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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 | 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