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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 | March 15

Street art used to be the voice of the people. Now it’s the voice of advertisers. [BV]

Scientists have not kept pace with the work of discovering new species. Now, a growing number of committed hobbyists – ranging from a Belgian bus driver to a California cybersecurity expert – are out in the field, igniting a boom in documenting the world’s biodiversity. [BV]


Observed | March 14

In a week where the transportation department is facing some of its most pointed criticism, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao wants to speed the commercial adoption of untested technologies like driverless vehicles and hyperloops—without addressing the dramatic, necessary changes needed today. [BV]

In 1927, the Italian Futurist artist and designer Fortunato Depero created a monograph of his work unlike any book that had been seen before. Called Depero Futurista, or “Depero the Futurist,” it is also known as The Bolted Book, because it is famously bound together by two large industrial aluminum bolts. And you can have an exact replica! [BV]


Observed | March 13

Olympic Games sport pictograms were first introduced at the Tokyo 1964 Games, and have been a part of the games ever since. The Tokyo 2020 pictograms were designed by Masaaki Hiromura who “tried to express the dynamic beauty of the athletes through these pictograms, while respecting the legacy bequeathed by the pioneers of the Japanese design industry in their designs for the Tokyo 1964 Games.” [BV]


Observed | March 12

Our collective wisdom is perhaps one of humanity’s greatest accomplishments ... this is because people—no matter where they are, no matter from where they come—possess intrinsic curiosity, creative souls and inquiring minds. [JH]


Observed | March 11

Art powered by disability: ‘I fear being trapped in the statue of my own body, whilst my mind gazes out.’ [BV]

A grand collection of the tiniest of books — 950 of them — is now on display at the Grolier Club in New York City. [BV]


Observed | March 08

Neighborhood Golf Association, a new film from Nicolas Heller, highlights “Tiger Hood”, a NYC photographer who created a street version of golf to help pass the time while he sold his work. [BV]


Observed | March 07

Reckoning with design’s role in the production of more and more objects and more and more waste. [BV]

Net neutrality gets a power-up! [BV]


Observed | March 06

The Architecture & Design Film Festival returns to DTLA next Wednesday at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. 24 outstanding films are on the schedule. [BV]

‘A Sense of Place’ is a graphic art project that reveals how places can develop deeply felt strong identities and culture and includes an interview with the lovely Debbie Millman. [BV]


Observed | March 05

Out today from Penguin Random House: Follow This Thread. A twisting journey through the world of mazes, real and imagined, unraveling our ancient, abiding relationship with them and exploring why they continue to fascinate us. [BV]

A wildly popular mobile game allows users to decorate virtual spaces with real-life (and easily purchasable) furniture. It’s the future of advertising—but what does ‘Design Home’ say about the future of the people who play it? [BV]


Observed | March 04

The scion of a storied Amsterdam family rediscovered Rembrandt paintings that lead to an art-world feud. [BV]

Artist Katie Holten has created a New York City Tree Alphabet. (A is for Ash, B for Birch...) She’s encouraging people to download the free font and create tree messages that will be planted with live trees this spring. [BV]


Observed | February 28

A flip through Playboy France reveals experimental layouts, an innovative use of typefaces, and, a design direction that can absolutely be described as “tasteful.” It’s more about typography than titties. [BV]


Observed | February 27

Underwater photographer of the year awards announced. The winners don’t disappoint! [BV]


Observed | February 26

Saint Louis designers celebrate America’s 60th National Park through typographic focused posters. Type Hike, started by designers James Walker and David Rygiol, continue their type-focused collaborative nonprofit with their 5th installment, ARCH. Vote for your favorite poster here through March 24. (via John Foster) [BV]


Observed | February 25

An argument against modern architecture. [BV]

When the %$#@! did we start to use obscenicons? Belive it or not, as early as 1901. [BV]


Observed | February 21

Science answers the age old question: Why does a grape turns into a fireball in a microwave? [BV]


Observed | February 20

The Sunset Strip occupies a short stretch of Sunset Boulevard, but its reputation as a stomping ground of gangsters, glamour girls, rock stars and hell-raisers has held an oversized fascination for decades. Curbed LA dives deep. Part One. Part Two. [BV]

Should historic logos be protected in the same way as historic buildings? (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | February 19

My new favourite part of Twitter is Josh Lipnik’s tours of the modern architecture of the US midwest. Here he looks at the modern architecture of Columbus, Ohio—houses, schools, churches, banks, and even a cool Space Age horse racing track. [MB]

The authoritative, totally not subjective, incontrovertibly definitive and 100% correct L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings. [BV]


Observed | February 14

Welcome to 2019. If you value your privacy, don’t get your Valentine an internet-connected sex toy. [BV]


Observed | February 13

Places Journal’s ongoing series “Future Archive” republishes significant 20th-century texts introduced by a prominent scholar. This installment features J.B. Jackson’s 1976 essay on the American garage from Landscape. [BV]

Can multigenerational home-sharing solve LA’s affordability crisis? Alissa Walker explores what it might mean to age in place in LA. [BV]



Jobs | March 18