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Twitter and Tear Gas
TITLE: Twitter and Tear Gas
AUTHOR: Zeynep Tufekci
PUBLISHER: Yale University Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Sonia L. Shannon
JACKET DESIGNER: Sonia L. Shannon
ART DIRECTOR: Nancy Ovedovitz
DESIGN FIRM: Yale University Press



Under Surveillance: Being Watched in Modern America
TITLE: Under Surveillance: Being Watched in Modern America
AUTHOR: Randolph Lewis
PUBLISHER: University of Texas Press

BOOK DESIGNER: Lindsay Starr
JACKET DESIGNER: Lindsay Starr



Under the Skin
TITLE: Under the Skin
AUTHOR: MIchel Faber
PUBLISHER: Canongate

JACKET DESIGNER: Rafaela Romaya
ART DIRECTOR: Rafaela Romaya



UNFU*K Yourself
TITLE: UNFU*K Yourself
AUTHOR: Gary John Bishop
PUBLISHER: HarperOne Publishers

JACKET DESIGNER: Rainmaker Creative
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Adrian Morgan
ART DIRECTOR: Rainmaker Creative
DESIGN FIRM: rainmaker Creative



Unjustifiable Means
TITLE: Unjustifiable Means
AUTHOR: Mark Fallon (author) / Lucas Wittmann (editor)
PUBLISHER: Regan Arts

JACKET DESIGNER: Mike McQuade
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Richard Ljoenes
ART DIRECTOR: Richard Ljoenes
DESIGN FIRM: Regan Arts



Us&Them: A Novel
TITLE: Us&Them: A Novel
AUTHOR: Bahiyyih Nakhjavani
PUBLISHER: Stanford University Press

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



Valley of the Gods
TITLE: Valley of the Gods
AUTHOR: Alexandra Wolfe
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster

JACKET DESIGNER: Alison Forner



Victors for Art: Michigan's Alumni Collectors
TITLE: Victors for Art: Michigan's Alumni Collectors
AUTHOR: Joseph Rosa
PUBLISHER: University of Michigan Museum of Art

BOOK DESIGNER: Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo and Emily Schumer
JACKET DESIGNER: Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo and Emily Schumer
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo
ART DIRECTOR: Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo and Emily Schumer
DESIGN FIRM: Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo



Viña. Relatos, identidad y cultura
TITLE: Viña. Relatos, identidad y cultura
AUTHOR: Miguel Laborde
PUBLISHER: Inmobiliaria Las Salinas

BOOK DESIGNER: Renata Tesser, Gabriela Lavín
JACKET DESIGNER: Camila Berger
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Piedad Rivadeneira
ART DIRECTOR: Camila Berger
DESIGN FIRM: Felicidad



Virgin and Other Stroies
TITLE: Virgin and Other Stroies
AUTHOR: April Ayers Lawson
PUBLISHER: Granta

BOOK DESIGNER: James Paul Jones
JACKET DESIGNER: James Paul Jones
ART DIRECTOR: Sarah Wasley



Visão–Ler Faz Bem_Series (11)
TITLE: Visão–Ler Faz Bem_Series (11)
AUTHOR: Various Authors
PUBLISHER: Cardume Editores

JACKET DESIGNER: Andrew Howard
ART DIRECTOR: Andrew Howard
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Andrew Howard



Wake Me When I'm Gone
TITLE: Wake Me When I'm Gone
AUTHOR: Odafe Atogun
PUBLISHER: Canongate

JACKET DESIGNER: Christopher Gale



Walkaway
TITLE: Walkaway
AUTHOR: Cory Doctorow
PUBLISHER: Tor Books

JACKET DESIGNER: Will Staehle
ART DIRECTOR: Irene Gallo
DESIGN FIRM: Unusual Co.



War Against War
TITLE: War Against War
AUTHOR: Michael Kazin
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster

JACKET DESIGNER: Thomas Colligan
ART DIRECTOR: Alison Forner



War and Turpentine
TITLE: War and Turpentine
AUTHOR: Stefan Hertmans
PUBLISHER: Vintage

JACKET DESIGNER: Linda Huang
ART DIRECTOR: Megan Wilson



Wax Twin
TITLE: Wax Twin
AUTHOR: Andy Babbitz
PUBLISHER: Wax Twin

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Andy Babbitz
ART DIRECTOR: Andy Babbitz



We All Love the Beautiful Girls
TITLE: We All Love the Beautiful Girls
AUTHOR: Joanne Proulx/Nicole Winstanley
PUBLISHER: Viking Canada

BOOK DESIGNER: Jennifer Griffiths
JACKET DESIGNER: Jennifer Griffiths
DESIGN FIRM: Penguin Random House Canada



We Thought We’d Be Back Soon: 18 stories of refugees 1940-1944
TITLE: We Thought We’d Be Back Soon: 18 stories of refugees 1940-1944
AUTHOR: Dalia Cidzikaitė, Laima Petrauskas VanderStoep, Dalia Stakė Anysas
PUBLISHER: Aukso žuvys

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Agnė Dautartaitė-Krutulė
ART DIRECTOR: Agnė Dautartaitė-Krutulė
DESIGN FIRM: -



WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER
TITLE: WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER
AUTHOR: TA-NEHISI COATES
PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE; ONE WORLD

JACKET DESIGNER: BEN GRANDGENNETT
ART DIRECTOR: GREG MOLLICA



We Were Strangers Once
TITLE: We Were Strangers Once
AUTHOR: Betsy Carter
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing

JACKET DESIGNER: Handlettering by Nick Misani, Digital imaging by Scott Nobles, Jacket photograph of bridge by Superstock/ Everett Collection, Jacket photograph of couple and dog by AKG/ Mauritius Images/Karl Heinrich Lammel
ART DIRECTOR: Art Direction from Anne Twomey



We Will Not Be Silenced
TITLE: We Will Not Be Silenced
AUTHOR: William I Robinson & Maryam S Griffin
PUBLISHER: Pluto Press

BOOK DESIGNER: James Paul Jones
JACKET DESIGNER: James Paul Jones
ART DIRECTOR: Melanie Patrick



Weddiculous
TITLE: Weddiculous
AUTHOR: Jamie Lee
PUBLISHER: HarperOne Publishers

JACKET DESIGNER: Adrian Morgan
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Adrian Morgan
ART DIRECTOR: Adrian Morgan
DESIGN FIRM: HarperOne



What Girls Are Made Of
TITLE: What Girls Are Made Of
AUTHOR: Elana K. Arnold author / Alix Reid editor
PUBLISHER: Carolrhoda Lab / Lerner Publishing Group

BOOK DESIGNER: Emily Harris
JACKET DESIGNER: Emily Harris
DESIGN FIRM: Lerner Publishing Group



Where The Animals Go
TITLE: Where The Animals Go
AUTHOR: James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti
PUBLISHER: W.W. Norton

JACKET DESIGNER: Oliver Uberti
ART DIRECTOR: Francine Kass



Whirlaway
TITLE: Whirlaway
AUTHOR: Poe Ballantine
PUBLISHER: Hawthorne Books

BOOK DESIGNER: Adam McIsaac
JACKET DESIGNER: Adam McIsaac
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Adam McIsaac
ART DIRECTOR: Adam McIsaac
DESIGN FIRM: Sibley House



White Jacket
TITLE: White Jacket
AUTHOR: Herman Melville
PUBLISHER: Carambaia

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Nathalia Cury + Alexandre Lindenberg
DESIGN FIRM: Estudio Margem



Why I Am Not A Feminist
TITLE: Why I Am Not A Feminist
AUTHOR: Jessa Crispin
PUBLISHER: Melville House

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



Why?
TITLE: Why?
AUTHOR: Peter Hayes
PUBLISHER: W.W. Norton

JACKET DESIGNER: Evan Gaffney
ART DIRECTOR: Francine Kass



Wicked Girls
TITLE: Wicked Girls
AUTHOR: Katherine Emberton
PUBLISHER: Katherine Emberton

JACKET DESIGNER: Alexandria Southern, Shantanu Suman
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Shantanu Suman
ART DIRECTOR: Shantanu Suman
DESIGN FIRM: Open Door Design Studio (ODDS)



Will China’s Economy Collapse?; Do We Need Economic Inequality?; Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis?; Why Can't You Afford a Home?; Is inequality in America Irreversible? (The Future of Capitalism series)
TITLE: Will China’s Economy Collapse?; Do We Need Economic Inequality?; Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis?; Why Can't You Afford a Home?; Is inequality in America Irreversible? (The Future of Capitalism series)
AUTHOR: Vv. Aa. (Ann Lee; Donny Dorling; Steve Keen; Josh Ryan Collins; Chuck Collins...)
PUBLISHER: Polity Books

JACKET DESIGNER: Ana Boavida
DESIGN FIRM: FBA.



Words in Deep Blue
TITLE: Words in Deep Blue
AUTHOR: Cath Crowley
PUBLISHER: Random House Children's Books | Knopf

JACKET DESIGNER: Alison Impey
ART DIRECTOR: Alison Impey



Writing Not Writing: Poetry, Crisis, and Responsibility
TITLE: Writing Not Writing: Poetry, Crisis, and Responsibility
AUTHOR: Tom Fisher
PUBLISHER: University of Iowa Press

JACKET DESIGNER: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
ART DIRECTOR: Karen Copp
DESIGN FIRM: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein



Y he aquí la luz | Et voici la lumière
TITLE: Y he aquí la luz | Et voici la lumière
AUTHOR: Pascal Beausse
PUBLISHER: Museo de Arte Miguel Urrutia del Banco de la república - MAMU (Colombia)

BOOK DESIGNER: Andrés Pachón and Alejandra Sabogal
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Nicolás Consuegra, Margarita García, Mónica Páez
ART DIRECTOR: Nicolás Consuegra, Margarita García, Mónica Páez
DESIGN FIRM: Tangrama



You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me
TITLE: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me
AUTHOR: Sherman Alexie
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company

JACKET DESIGNER: Julianna Lee
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mario J. Pulice



You Must Change Your Life
TITLE: You Must Change Your Life
AUTHOR: Rachel Corbett
PUBLISHER: W.W. Norton

JACKET DESIGNER: Yang Kim
ART DIRECTOR: Steve Attardo



Your Brain is a Time Machine
TITLE: Your Brain is a Time Machine
AUTHOR: Dean Buonomano
PUBLISHER: W.W. Norton

JACKET DESIGNER: Jason Heuer
ART DIRECTOR: Francine Kass
DESIGN FIRM: Jason Heuer



YUSUF'UN RUYASI / THE DREAM OF YUSUF
TITLE: YUSUF'UN RUYASI / THE DREAM OF YUSUF
AUTHOR: Semih Kaplanoğlu
PUBLISHER: H Publishing

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



Zuleicha atmerkia akis
TITLE: Zuleicha atmerkia akis
AUTHOR: Guzel Jachina
PUBLISHER: Alma littera

BOOK DESIGNER: Rūta Ivaškevičiūtė
JACKET DESIGNER: Rūta Ivaškevičiūtė





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Observed | July 12

Ikea claims to have created the World’s Comfiest Font, Soffa Sans, where each letter is formed by pieces from a sofa! Free download here. [LY]

Can you imagine the cereal isle? Kellogg’s has temporarily made the packaging for its most popular cereal varieties black and white in a new partnership with Crayola. [BV]

Not over the hill: Design With Nature, Ian McHarg’s landmark book of ecological design turns 50. [LY]


Observed | July 11

Congratulations to Collins, Ad Age‘s first design agency of the year! [BV]

Our privacy crisis is a crisis of design. [JH]


Observed | July 09

A wonderful deep dive online Bauhaus exhibition from Getty Research Institute. [BV]

Featuring upside-down pages, illegible interviews, and appearances from Sonic Youth, Björk, and David Bowie, Ray Gun, 90s America’s bible of music and style, shook up US publishing in the ‘90s. [BV]


Observed | July 08

Pioneering video artist Gretchen Bender predicted our obsession with screens. [BV]


Observed | July 02

“Not having anything to do sounds terrible. I fear that more than anything else. It’s greater than the fear of death.” Anne Quito interviews Milton Glaser on his 90th birthday. [MB]

70% of graphic design students are women, yet only 11% are Creative Directors. Discuss. [JH]


Observed | July 01

What a better way to kick off July than with some new art? And what better place to get it than the 20x200 weeklong sitewide semi-annual sale? Starting tomorrow their vintage & space editions are on sale. [BV]

Congratulations to our co-founder, Jessica Helfand, and all the Fall 2019 Bogliasco Fellowship recipients! [BV]

What’s as satisfying as a good book? Seeing one made the old-fashioned way, by hand. [BV]


Observed | June 28

Matthew Carter will discuss his ambitious new Latin superfamily of serif, sans, slab, and rounded typefaces at the Katherine Small Gallery. [BV]


Observed | June 27

The enduring appeal of mustard yellow. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | June 26

Color theory explored by Peter Kraus in three jewels of book-making. [BV]


Observed | June 25

Jessica Helfand gave a poster design workshop to scientists at Yale a few years ago and was told by one that if he followed her advice, nobody would take him seriously as a scientist. Behold: the future! A graphic design revolution for scientific conference posters. [BV]

The new ghost museums of China. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | June 20

Poster House, the first museum in the US dedicated exclusively to posters, opens today! Listen here to their first audio newsletter and guide narrated by Steven Heller. [BV]


Observed | June 19

Remembering the Bantam paperback of The Greening of America with its truly relentless deployment of Bookman Swash Italic. Quintessential 70s. RIP Charles Reich, 1928-2019. [MB]

Here’s your chance to hear Debbie Millman on the other side of the mike. Recorded live on stage at the famous Design and Advertising festival in London in May, Debbie is interviewed on episode 14 of This Way Up. [BV]


Observed | June 17

The School of Visual Arts has donated nearly 100 of its beloved Subway Series posters from the past three decades to the brand new Poster Museum, opening Thursday, June 20. These, as well as all new posters created in the future, will live in the Museum’s permanent archival collection. [BV]

Can a small Italian village point the way to more livable modern cities? A conference of urbanists aims to find out. [BV]


Observed | June 14

The late William Helfand had an incredible collection of medical prints, posters, and advertising emphasized "quack" pills, potions, and snake oil cure-alls. Hear his daughter, and our co-founder Jessica Helfand pay tribute to his "quackery” obsession. [BV]


Observed | June 11

“Beer cans are officially the new record sleeve.” The rise in craft brewing has spurred a beer aisle design renaissance. [BV]


Observed | June 10

Seeking 1000 people who eat. ZOE‘s experts are marrying nutritional science with machine learning to perform the world‘s largest study of individuals‘ unique nutritional responses. Visit joinzoe.com to sign up. Read this NYTimes article to see why. [BV]

A new exhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum celebrates amateur photography from 1890–1970 through the recent gift of 150 amateur photographs from St. Louis collectors John and Teenuh Foster. John Foster assembled this collection of anonymous found images over the past 20 years, some of which can be seen in his Design Observer column. [BV]


Observed | June 06

An in-depth look at an urban mall designed to revive downtown San Diego that is set to be destroyed, from Alissa Walker. [BV]


Observed | June 05

Congratulations to Susan Kare, Patricia Moore, MIT D-Lab, Tom Phifer, Tobias Frere-Jones, Tobias Frere-Jones, Derek Lam, Ivan Poupyrev, Open Style Lab and all the winners of the 2019 Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards! [BV]


Observed | June 03

The first in a series of articles about the early days of the space age, in celebration of this summer’s 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing:
How NASA selected the first astronauts (and why no convicts have walked on the Moon). [BV]



Jobs | July 15