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The Evaporation of Sofi Snow
TITLE: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow
AUTHOR: Mary Weber
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson

JACKET DESIGNER: Tim Green
DESIGN FIRM: Faceout Studio



The Fall of Lisa Bellow
TITLE: The Fall of Lisa Bellow
AUTHOR: Susan Perabo
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster

JACKET DESIGNER: Alison Forner



The Fate of Rome
TITLE: The Fate of Rome
AUTHOR: Kyle Harper
PUBLISHER: Princeton University Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Spencer Fuller
DESIGN FIRM: Faceout Studio



The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
TITLE: The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
AUTHOR: Philip Pullam
PUBLISHER: Canongate

JACKET DESIGNER: Rafaela Romaya
ART DIRECTOR: Rafaela Romaya



The Gospel of Wealth
TITLE: The Gospel of Wealth
AUTHOR: Andrew Carnegie
PUBLISHER: Carnegie Corporation of New York

BOOK DESIGNER: James D. McKibben
JACKET DESIGNER: Daniel Kitae Um
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Daniel Kitae Um
ART DIRECTOR: Daniel Kitae Um
DESIGN FIRM: Carnegie Corporation of New York In-house design



The Graybar Hotel
TITLE: The Graybar Hotel
AUTHOR: Curtis Dawkins
PUBLISHER: Canongate

JACKET DESIGNER: Peter Adlington



The Gustav Sonata
TITLE: The Gustav Sonata
AUTHOR: Rose Tremain
PUBLISHER: W.W. Norton




The Hate U Give
TITLE: The Hate U Give
AUTHOR: Angie Thomas
PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

JACKET DESIGNER: Jenna Stempel-Lobell
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Barbara Fitzsimmons
ART DIRECTOR: Alison Donalty



The Healing Tree
TITLE: The Healing Tree
AUTHOR: Alvin Oei
PUBLISHER: Designmatters at ArtCenter College of Design & COANIQUEM

BOOK DESIGNER: Belle Lee
JACKET DESIGNER: Belle Lee



The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
TITLE: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
AUTHOR: Douglas Adams
PUBLISHER: Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Charles Brock
DESIGN FIRM: Faceout Studio



The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution
TITLE: The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution
AUTHOR: Yuri Slezkine
PUBLISHER: Princeton University Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Chris Ferrante
JACKET DESIGNER: Chris Ferrante
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Maria Lindenfeldar
ART DIRECTOR: Chris Ferrante



The Impact Cycle: What Instructional Coaches Should Do to Foster Powerful Improvements in Teaching
TITLE: The Impact Cycle: What Instructional Coaches Should Do to Foster Powerful Improvements in Teaching
AUTHOR: Jim Knight
PUBLISHER: Corwin Publishing

JACKET DESIGNER: Clinton Carlson
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Clinton Carlson
ART DIRECTOR: Clinton Carlson
DESIGN FIRM: Clinton Carlson Design



The King Is Always Above the People
TITLE: The King Is Always Above the People
AUTHOR: Daniel Alarcón
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Grace Han
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus



The Last Veterans of World War II: Portraits and Memories
TITLE: The Last Veterans of World War II: Portraits and Memories
AUTHOR: Richard Bell
PUBLISHER: Schiffer Publishing, LTD.

BOOK DESIGNER: John Cheek
JACKET DESIGNER: John Cheek
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: John Cheek



The Lessons of St. Francis
TITLE: The Lessons of St. Francis
AUTHOR: John Michael Talbot with Steve Rabey
PUBLISHER: Plume Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Jason Booher
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Booher



The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race
TITLE: The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race
AUTHOR: Neda Maghbouleh
PUBLISHER: Stanford University Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
ART DIRECTOR: Rob Ehle
DESIGN FIRM: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein



The Love Gap
TITLE: The Love Gap
AUTHOR: Jenna Birch
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing

JACKET DESIGNER: Jacket design by Brian Lemus, Jacket illustrations by Ron Mor



The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily
TITLE: The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily
AUTHOR: Laura Creedle
PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

BOOK DESIGNER: Connie Gabbert
ART DIRECTOR: Whitney Leader-Picone
DESIGN FIRM: Connie Gabbert Design + Illustration



The Man Outside the Doors
TITLE: The Man Outside the Doors
AUTHOR: Wolfgang Borchert
PUBLISHER: Can Publishing

JACKET DESIGNER: Utku Lomlu
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
ART DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
DESIGN FIRM: Lom Creative



The Mirror Thief
TITLE: The Mirror Thief
AUTHOR: Martin Seay
PUBLISHER: Melville House

JACKET DESIGNER: Marina Drukman
ART DIRECTOR: Marina Drukman
DESIGN FIRM: Melville House



The Mothers
TITLE: The Mothers
AUTHOR: Brit Bennett
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Rachel Willey
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus



The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
TITLE: The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
AUTHOR: Patrick Rothfuss
PUBLISHER: DAW, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Paul Buckley (design and typography), Sam Weber (illustration)
ART DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley



The Naughty Nineties
TITLE: The Naughty Nineties
AUTHOR: David Friend
PUBLISHER: Twelve

JACKET DESIGNER: Jacket design by Jarrod Taylor



The Night Ocean
TITLE: The Night Ocean
AUTHOR: Paul La Farge
PUBLISHER: Penguin Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Will Staehle
ART DIRECTOR: Darren Hagger
DESIGN FIRM: Unusual Co.



The People’s Police
TITLE: The People’s Police
AUTHOR: Norman Spinrad
PUBLISHER: Tor Books

JACKET DESIGNER: Michael Graziolo
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Graziolo
ART DIRECTOR: Irene Gallo
DESIGN FIRM: Drive Communications



The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact
TITLE: The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact
AUTHOR: Dan Heath and Chip Heath
PUBLISHER: Simon and Schuster

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rodrigo Corral
ART DIRECTOR: Justin Gammon
DESIGN FIRM: Weirdo Works



The Readymade Thief
TITLE: The Readymade Thief
AUTHOR: Augustus Rose
PUBLISHER: Viking Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Jaya Miceli
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Ramirez



The Regional Office is Under Attack!
TITLE: The Regional Office is Under Attack!
AUTHOR: Manuel Gonzales
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Grace Han
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus



The Safe House
TITLE: The Safe House
AUTHOR: Christophe Boltanski
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Brian Chartier
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press



The Secret History
TITLE: The Secret History
AUTHOR: Donna Tartt
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books

JACKET DESIGNER: David Tanguy and Emily Schofield
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: David Tanguy
ART DIRECTOR: David Tanguy
DESIGN FIRM: Praline



The Secret History of Jane Eyre
TITLE: The Secret History of Jane Eyre
AUTHOR: John Pfordresher
PUBLISHER: W. W. Norton

JACKET DESIGNER: Catherine Casalino
ART DIRECTOR: Francine Kass
DESIGN FIRM: Casalino Design Inc



The Spark and the Grind
TITLE: The Spark and the Grind
AUTHOR: Erik Wahl
PUBLISHER: Portfolio, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Henry James Nuhn
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Sergio



The Stanislavski System
TITLE: The Stanislavski System
AUTHOR: Sonia Moore
PUBLISHER: Penguin

JACKET DESIGNER: Christopher Sergio
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley
ART DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley
DESIGN FIRM: Christopher Sergio Design



The Story of Hebrew
TITLE: The Story of Hebrew
AUTHOR: Lewis Glinert
PUBLISHER: Princeton University Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Derek Thornton
DESIGN FIRM: Faceout Studio



The Switch
TITLE: The Switch
AUTHOR: Joseph Finder
PUBLISHER: Dutton Books, Penguin Random House

JACKET DESIGNER: Kaitlin Kall
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Lin



The Synthetic Age
TITLE: The Synthetic Age
AUTHOR: Christopher J. Preston
PUBLISHER: The MIT Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Emily Gutheinz



The Talented Ribkins
TITLE: The Talented Ribkins
AUTHOR: Ladee Hubbard
PUBLISHER: Melville House

JACKET DESIGNER: Marina Drukman
ART DIRECTOR: Marina Drukman
DESIGN FIRM: Melville House



The Things We Lost In The Fire
TITLE: The Things We Lost In The Fire
AUTHOR: Mariana Enriquez
PUBLISHER: Portobello Books Ltd

JACKET DESIGNER: La Boca
DESIGN FIRM: La Boca



The Trials of Annie Oakley
TITLE: The Trials of Annie Oakley
AUTHOR: Howard Kazanjian and Chris Enss
PUBLISHER: TwoDot Books

JACKET DESIGNER: Sally Rinehart
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Piper Wallis
ART DIRECTOR: Piper Wallis



The Tribe of the Esraris
TITLE: The Tribe of the Esraris
AUTHOR: Ahmet Güntan
PUBLISHER: Imprint / Koç University Press

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: E S Kibele Yarman
ART DIRECTOR: E S Kibele Yarman
DESIGN FIRM: Kibele Yarman



The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
TITLE: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
AUTHOR: HANNAH TINTI
PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE; DIAL PRESS

JACKET DESIGNER: GREG MOLLICA
ART DIRECTOR: GREG MOLLICA



The Vanishing Futurist
TITLE: The Vanishing Futurist
AUTHOR: Charlotte Hobson
PUBLISHER: Faber & Faber

JACKET DESIGNER: La Boca
ART DIRECTOR: Luke Bird
DESIGN FIRM: La Boca



The Water Kingdom
TITLE: The Water Kingdom
AUTHOR: Philip Ball
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Kevin Quach
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press



The Year They Burned the Books
TITLE: The Year They Burned the Books
AUTHOR: Nancy Garden
PUBLISHER: Open Road Integrated Media

BOOK DESIGNER: Mauricio Díaz
ART DIRECTOR: Mauricio Díaz



Thinking About History
TITLE: Thinking About History
AUTHOR: Sarah Maza
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Kevin Quach
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press



To The Back of Beyond
TITLE: To The Back of Beyond
AUTHOR: Peter Stamm
PUBLISHER: Other Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Jon Gray
DESIGN FIRM: gray318



TOL / TOL - HAR / THORN - MERHUME / THE DECEASED
TITLE: TOL / TOL - HAR / THORN - MERHUME / THE DECEASED
AUTHOR: Murat Uyurkulak
PUBLISHER: April

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Murat Yılmaz
ART DIRECTOR: Murat Yılmaz
DESIGN FIRM: TERAPİ



Trainspotting
TITLE: Trainspotting
AUTHOR: Irvine Welsh
PUBLISHER: Secker & Warburg

JACKET DESIGNER: Shanna Shu



Trash
TITLE: Trash
AUTHOR: Piero Martin, Alessandro Viola
PUBLISHER: Codice Edizioni

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michele Bortolami, Tommaso Delmastro
DESIGN FIRM: Undesign



Turf
TITLE: Turf
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Crane
PUBLISHER: Soft Skull Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Kelly Winton





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Observed | February 19

Vanity plate victory! In Kentucky, an 80-year old atheist triumphs in battle for ‘IM GOD’ license plate. [JH]


Observed | February 18

For 15 years, the Exercise Book Archive has been compiling an extensive digital archive of children’s school notebooks from countries like the US, Ghana, Latvia, Brazil, and Finland. [BV]


Observed | February 12

“We can’t just be about making things pretty.” —Jessica Helfand talks with Lorne Buchman on the latest Change Lab podcast from ArtCenter. [BV]

Could anyone be the girl (or boy) with a Pearl earring? (via Joy Miller) [BV]


Observed | February 04

Humans at work”: the new call of Posterheroes is inviting the international creative community to share their message about the future of work. [BV]

The pitfalls and the potential of the new minimalism. [BV]


Observed | February 03

Architects wrestle with a thorny conundrum: ampersand or plus sign? (via James I. Bowie) [BV]

And to think this entire election may rest on font size. [JH]


Observed | January 31

The past and future of punctuation marks. [BV]


Observed | January 29

Vermont could be the first state in the US to allow emoji on license plates. [BV]


Observed | January 28

Looking for your people? A regular mixer brings together designers and typography nerds who get consumed by spacing and serifs. [BV]


Observed | January 22

A new book explores the cold heart of Frank Lloyd Wright. [BV]


Observed | January 20

A facial recognition app with what appear to be endless weaponization possibilities. Truly. [JH]


Observed | January 15

A beautiful remembrance by Melissa Harris about Mercy Cunningham, in the New York Review of Books this week. [JH]


Observed | January 14

Are typefaces political? Researchers find "serif and bold is rated as more conservative, while sans serif and italics is rated as more liberal" [MB]

Congratulations to the entire AIGA community on their wonderful new executive director, Bennie F. Johnson! Here’s to bright futures. [BV]


Observed | January 13

Anyone interested in a “book about the future of human beings, as viewed by some of today‘s most creative minds working at the intersection of biology and technology...Think of it as a guide to your future self.”? Because we are! #FundThis [BV]


Observed | January 10

Donald Norman says we have to change the way we educate designers. [JH]


Observed | January 09

This is a very specific genre and Andrew Cushing is nailing it with Veronica Gent-level skills: “Name a fake startup and I’ll write an ad for it in the style of an NYC subway campaign.” [MB]

Take 2 minutes and ride shotgun through mid-century LA with Ed Ruscha’s photos and Jack Kerouac’s words. [BV]


Observed | January 08

“The short answer is that the intersection of art + science is in my blood... my favorite kind of artist residency is one where I get to work with scientists.” Our very own Jessica Helfand joins Caltech as a Winter 2020 artist-in-residence. [BV]

Royal Mail has released a set of stamps celebrating a golden era of British video game design from the 1980s and 90s. [BV]


Observed | January 07

Los Angeles’ favorite logos. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | January 02

Brand New‘s Armin Vit ranks the top twelve clickbait-iest design stories of 2019. [MB]


Observed | December 30

New research finds that typefaces are perceived as having political characteristics, with sans serif fonts seen as more liberal, and serif fonts as more conservative. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | December 29

Desperately sad to announce that Vaughan Oliver died peacefully today, with his partner Lee by his side. Great loss of friend and design hero. Vaughan Oliver (1957—2019). [AS]


Observed | December 27

Continuing the blessed holiday tradition that began at Design Observer, now at Curbed, Alexandra Lange + Mark Lamster review the year in design (with a special look back over the decade‘s greatest hits & misses). [MB]


Observed | December 17

A photographer captures the sculptural landscapes of California skateparks. [BV]


Observed | December 11

Matisse felt an intense love for books, and the care and attention he lavished on them included not just his illustrations, but also the selection of paper, typeface, and layout. [BV]


Observed | December 10

Stanford’s d.school attempts to move beyond Post-its on whiteboards. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]



Jobs | February 24