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3NÓS3 – Intervenções urbanas
3NÓS3 – Intervenções urbanas
AUTHOR: Mario Ramiro
PUBLISHER: Ubu Editora
BOOK DESIGNER: Elaine Ramos


A New Reality: Human Values and World Population
A New Reality: Human Values and World Population
AUTHOR: Jonas Salk and Jonathan Salk
PUBLISHER: Self Published
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Courtney Garvin
ART DIRECTOR: Courtney Garvin
BOOK DESIGNER: Courtney Garvin
DESIGN FIRM: Son&Sons
OTHER CREDITS: David Dewane


Alison Rossiter: Expired Paper
Alison Rossiter: Expired Paper
AUTHOR: Leah Ollman
PUBLISHER: Radius Books
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: David Chickey
ART DIRECTOR: David Chickey
BOOK DESIGNER: David Chickey
OTHER CREDITS: Photographer: Alison Rossiter


An Album of Artists' Drawings from Qajar Iran
An Album of Artists' Drawings from Qajar Iran
AUTHOR: David J. Roxburg
PUBLISHER: Harvard Art Museums
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Zak Jensen
BOOK DESIGNER: Becky Hunt, Adam Sherkanowski
DESIGN FIRM: Harvard Art Museums Design Department
OTHER CREDITS: Illustrator: Adam Sherkanowski (cover)Editors: Micah Buis, Sara Kushner, Cheryl Pappas


Analogue Photography
Analogue Photography
AUTHOR: Andrew Bellamy / John Z. Komurki
PUBLISHER: Ars-Imago / Vetro Editions
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Andrew Bellamy
ART DIRECTOR: Andrew Bellamy
BOOK DESIGNER: Andrew Bellamy
DESIGN FIRM: ILOTT Vintage
OTHER CREDITS: Illustrator: Andrew Bellamy; Photographer: Andrew Bellamy; Technical Advisor: Giorgio Di Noto


Ann Hamilton: habitus
Ann Hamilton: habitus
AUTHOR: Ann Hamilton, Patricia C. Phillips‎, Susan Lubowsky Talbott
PUBLISHER: The Fabric Workshop and Museum and DelMonico Books-Prestel
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Takaaki Matsumoto
BOOK DESIGNER: Takaaki Matsumoto
DESIGN FIRM: Matsumoto Incorporated
OTHER CREDITS: Design Assistant: Robin Brunelle


Anne Imhof: Faust
Anne Imhof: Faust
AUTHOR: Anne Imhof/Susanne Pfeffer, German Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia
PUBLISHER: Koenig Books
DESIGN FIRM: Zak Group
OTHER CREDITS: Photographer: Nadine Fraczkowski


Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.
Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.
AUTHOR: Texts by C. Ondine Chavoya, David Evans Frantz, Macarena Gómez-Barris, Leticia Alvarado, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Simon Doonan, Colin Gunckle, Joshua Javier Gúzman, Iván A. Ramos and Richard T. Rodríguez. Edited by C. Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz with Macarena Gómez-Barris.
PUBLISHER: USC Libraries and DelMonico Books • Prestel
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella
ART DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella
BOOK DESIGNER: Kimberly Varella
DESIGN FIRM: Content Object
OTHER CREDITS: Photographers: Fredrik Nilson and Ian Byers-Gamber; Color Separations: Echelon Color. Production Manager/Copy editor: Audrey Walen


Barbara Hammer Truant: Photographs, 1970 - 1979
Barbara Hammer Truant: Photographs, 1970 - 1979
AUTHOR: Barbara Hammer
PUBLISHER: Capricious
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Alex Lin
ART DIRECTOR: Alex Lin
BOOK DESIGNER: Alex Lin, Jena Myung, Sharon Gong
DESIGN FIRM: Studio LIn


Bicycle Landscape
Bicycle Landscape
AUTHOR: Yorit Kluitman / Yvonne Rijpers / Pieter Vos
PUBLISHER: nai010 publishers
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rens Muis & Pieter Vos
DESIGN FIRM: 75B
OTHER CREDITS: Illustrator: Yorit Kluitman; Photographer: Yorit Kluitman; Text contributions: Gerrie Andela, Nancy Arkema, Steven Flemming, Adriaan Geuze, Yorit Kluitman, Wim Pijbes, Timo de Rijk


Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?
Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?
AUTHOR: Sarah Schrauwen, Lucienne Roberts, Rebecca Wright
PUBLISHER: GraphicDesign&
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lucienne Roberts
BOOK DESIGNER: Lucienne Roberts, Sarah Schrauwen
DESIGN FIRM: LucienneRoberts+


Claus Porto – 130 years
Claus Porto – 130 years
AUTHOR: Andrew Howard
PUBLISHER: Ach Brito & Ca. S.A.
ART DIRECTOR: Andrew Howard
BOOK DESIGNER: Andrew Howard, Rita Carvalho
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Andrew Howard
OTHER CREDITS: Photographers: Nuno Moreira (principle photographer), Bruno Barbosa, Luís Moreira


Corpo a corpo – A disputa das imagens, da fotografia à transmissão ao vivo
Corpo a corpo – A disputa das imagens, da fotografia à transmissão ao vivo
AUTHOR: Thyago Nogueira (org.)
PUBLISHER: IMS – Instituto Moreira Salles
BOOK DESIGNER: Elaine Ramos


De best verzorgde boeken / The best Dutch book designs 2016
De best verzorgde boeken / The best Dutch book designs 2016
AUTHOR: Carolien Glazenburg (report of the judges), Vincent Bijlo (column), Marjo Janssen (text of the designers)
PUBLISHER: Stichting De Best Verzorgde Boeken
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Haico Beukers and Marga Scholma
ART DIRECTOR: Haico Beukers and Marga Scholma
BOOK DESIGNER: Haico Beukers and Marga Scholma
DESIGN FIRM: Beukers Scholma
OTHER CREDITS: Photographer: Beukers Scholma; technical data: De Monsterkamer (Esther Krop and Maud van Rossum)


Espírito de tudo
Espírito de tudo
AUTHOR: Rosângela Rennó
PUBLISHER: Cobogó
ART DIRECTOR: Gabriela Castro, Gustavo Marchetti, Paulo André Chagas
DESIGN FIRM: Bloco Gráfico
OTHER CREDITS: Graphic production: Lilia Góes


Highbrow, Lowbrow, Brilliant, Despicable: 50 Years of New York
Highbrow, Lowbrow, Brilliant, Despicable: 50 Years of New York
AUTHOR: Editors of New York Magazine
PUBLISHER: Simon and Schuster
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Thomas Alberty
BOOK DESIGNER: Aaron Garza, Randy Minor, Christopher Cristiano
DESIGN FIRM: New York Magazine Art Department
OTHER CREDITS: New York jacket lettering by Ed Benguiat


I am nothing
I am nothing
AUTHOR: Rodrigo Hernández
PUBLISHER: BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Santiago da Silva
ART DIRECTOR: Santiago da Silva
BOOK DESIGNER: Santiago da Silva
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Santiago da Silva
OTHER CREDITS: Photographers: Marc Doradzillo, Claire Dorn; Edited by Susanne Weiß and Jasmin Meinold


Insatiability of the Gaze
Insatiability of the Gaze
AUTHOR: Anna Królica
PUBLISHER: Centrum Sztuki Moscice / Instytut Muzyki i Tanca
ART DIRECTOR: Ryszard Bienert
BOOK DESIGNER: Ryszard Bienert


Inventar lo posible. Manifiestos mexicanos contemporáneos
Inventar lo posible. Manifiestos mexicanos contemporáneos
AUTHOR: Luciano Concheiro (ed.)
PUBLISHER: Taurus / Pinguin Random House Grupo Editorial
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Santiago da Silva
ART DIRECTOR: Santiago da Silva
BOOK DESIGNER: Santiago da Silva
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Santiago da Silva
OTHER CREDITS: Typeface Fibel Nord (used in cover), designed by Peter Wiegel (Cat Fonts)


Jungjin Lee: Desert
Jungjin Lee: Desert
AUTHOR: Jungjin Lee, Robert Frank
PUBLISHER: Radius Books
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: David Chickey
ART DIRECTOR: David Chickey
BOOK DESIGNER: David Chickey
OTHER CREDITS: Photographer: Jungjin Lee


Lady in the Mirror. Female Art Strategies in the 1970s
Lady in the Mirror. Female Art Strategies in the 1970s
AUTHOR: Emilia Chorzępa, Magdalena Piłakowska
PUBLISHER: Fundacja 9/11 Art Space
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Ryszard Bienert
ART DIRECTOR: Ryszard Bienert
BOOK DESIGNER: Ryszard Bienert


Lara
Lara
AUTHOR: Anna Pasternak
PUBLISHER: Ecco/HarperCollins
BOOK DESIGNER: Allison Saltzman


LOT-EK: Objects + Operations
LOT-EK: Objects + Operations
AUTHOR: LOT-EK (Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano) with Thomas de Monchaux
PUBLISHER: The Monacelli Press
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Glen Cummings
BOOK DESIGNER: Sarah Dunham
DESIGN FIRM: MTWTF
OTHER CREDITS: designed in collaboration with LOT-EK (Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano)


Michelangelo Pistoletto — The Minus Objects
Michelangelo Pistoletto — The Minus Objects
AUTHOR: Tiffany Edwards, Julia Speed, Lisa Varghese
PUBLISHER: Luhring Augustine, Delmonico Books • Prestel
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: David Yun, Zak Klauck
BOOK DESIGNER: David Yun, Zak Klauck, Michela Povoleri, Albert Hicks IV, Biba Košmerl, Seth Hoekstra
DESIGN FIRM: Wax Studios


Modeling History
Modeling History
AUTHOR: Kenneth Frampton (author); James Graham (editor)
PUBLISHER: Columbia Books on Architecture and the City
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Glen Cummings
BOOK DESIGNER: Ann-Kathrin Seligmann
DESIGN FIRM: MTWTF
OTHER CREDITS: Additional Contributions by: Amale Andraos and James Ewing; copyeditor: Ellen Tarlin; photographs printer: Printspace; special thanks to David Hutchinson


Mr. und Mrs. Derdon
Mr. und Mrs. Derdon
AUTHOR: Maeve Brennan
PUBLISHER: Buechergilde Gutenberg
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Marion Blomeyer
ART DIRECTOR: Marion Blomeyer
DESIGN FIRM: Lowlypaper
OTHER CREDITS: Illustrator: Marion Blomeyer


Muriel Cooper
Muriel Cooper
AUTHOR: David Reinfurt and Robert Wiesenberger
PUBLISHER: The MIT Press
ART DIRECTOR: Yasuyo Iguchi
BOOK DESIGNER: Yasuyo Iguchi
DESIGN FIRM: The MIT Design Department
OTHER CREDITS: Acquiring editor: Roger Conover; Manuscript editor: Matthew Abbate


Naoya Hatakeyama Excavating the Future CIty
Naoya Hatakeyama Excavating the Future CIty
AUTHOR: Yasufumi Nakamori
PUBLISHER: Aperture
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Alex Lin/Leslie Martin
ART DIRECTOR: Alex Lin, Jena Myung
BOOK DESIGNER: Alex Lin, Jena Myung
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Lin


O nome do medo [The name of fear] by Rivane Neuenschwander
O nome do medo [The name of fear] by Rivane Neuenschwander
AUTHOR: Lisette Lagnado
PUBLISHER: Museu de Arte do Rio
ART DIRECTOR: Gabriela Castro, Gustavo Marchetti, Paulo André Chagas
DESIGN FIRM: Bloco Gráfico
OTHER CREDITS: Graphic production: Lilia Góes


Olafur Eliasson: Pentagonal Landscapes
Olafur Eliasson: Pentagonal Landscapes
AUTHOR: Riikka Stewen, Päivi Talasmaa, Juhani Pallasmaa
PUBLISHER: EMMA, Espoo Museum of Modern Art
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Tony Eräpuro
ART DIRECTOR: Tony Eräpuro
BOOK DESIGNER: Tony Eräpuro
DESIGN FIRM: Kuudes Helsinki
OTHER CREDITS: Photographer: Ari Karttunen, EMMA; Project manager, Sonja Söderholm Kuudes, Portfolio images by photographer Paavo Lehtonen, Editorial EMMA - Päivi Talasmaa, Esa Takala, Milla Rissanen, Suvi Sivulainen / Studio Olafur Eliasson - Geoffrey Garrison, Biljana Joksimovic-Grosse, Kristina Köper, Kathryn Politis, Vajra Spook, Emma Thorning Danielsen, Production Kirsi Rauhala Kuudes,


Once Upon a Time... The Western
Once Upon a Time... The Western
AUTHOR: Mary-Dailey Desmarais / Thomas Brent Smith
PUBLISHER: MMFA's Publishing Department / 5 Continents Éditions / Denver Art Museum
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Louis Gagnon
ART DIRECTOR: Daniel Robitaille
BOOK DESIGNER: Daniel Robitaille
DESIGN FIRM: Paprika


One Last Thing
One Last Thing
AUTHOR: Jonn Herschend, Will Rogan, Heather Fisk, K.r.m. Mooney
PUBLISHER: THE THING
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Scott Thorpe
BOOK DESIGNER: Felix Talkin
DESIGN FIRM: MacFadden & Thorpe
OTHER CREDITS: Photographer: Lenny Gonzalez


Our daily lives have to be a satisfaction in themselves
Our daily lives have to be a satisfaction in themselves
AUTHOR: Selma Miriam and Noel Furie / edited by Emily Larned
PUBLISHER: Alder & Frankia
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Emily Larned
ART DIRECTOR: Emily Larned
BOOK DESIGNER: Emily Larned
DESIGN FIRM: N/A
OTHER CREDITS: Photographer: Noel Furie


Pipilotti Rist Sip My Ocean
Pipilotti Rist Sip My Ocean
AUTHOR: Natasha Bullock
PUBLISHER: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Alex Torcutti
ART DIRECTOR: Alex Torcutti
BOOK DESIGNER: Alex Torcutti
DESIGN FIRM: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia


Prometheus 2017: Four Artists from Mexico Revisit Orozco
Prometheus 2017: Four Artists from Mexico Revisit Orozco
AUTHOR: Texts by Rebecca McGrew,Terri Geis, Mary K. Coffey, Daniel Garza Usabiaga, and Benjamin Kersten. Edited by Rebecca McGrew and Terri Geis.
PUBLISHER: Pomona College Museum of Art in association with Getty Publications
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella
ART DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella
BOOK DESIGNER: Kimberly Varella
DESIGN FIRM: Content Object
OTHER CREDITS: Photographer: Fredrick Nilson; Color Separations: Echelon Color. Project Manager/Copy editor: Stephanie Emerson


Red Flower, The Women of Okinawa
Red Flower, The Women of Okinawa
AUTHOR: Mao Ishikawa
PUBLISHER: Session Press
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Alex Lin
ART DIRECTOR: Alex Lin, Jena Myung
BOOK DESIGNER: Alex Lin, Jena Myung
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Lin


Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between
Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between
AUTHOR: Andrew Bolton
PUBLISHER: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Fabien Baron and Yuki Iwashiro, Baron & Baron, New York
BOOK DESIGNER: Fabien Baron and Yuki Iwashiro, Baron & Baron, New York
DESIGN FIRM: Baron & Baron
OTHER CREDITS: Photographers: Nicholas Alan Cope, Inez and Vinoodh, Katerina Jebb, Kazumi Kurigami, Ari Marcopoulos, Craig McDean, Bridgette Niedermair, Paolo Roversi, and Coolier Schorr; Edited by Nancy E. Cohen, Image acquisitions and permissions by Jenn Sherman, Separations by Professional Graphics


School of Visual Arts Senior Library 2016
School of Visual Arts Senior Library 2016
AUTHOR: School of Visual Arts
PUBLISHER: School of Visual Arts
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Scott Buschkuhl
ART DIRECTOR: Regina Puno
BOOK DESIGNER: Jen Marchese
DESIGN FIRM: Hinterland
OTHER CREDITS: Photographer: Jason Wyche


Slavs and Tatars
Slavs and Tatars
AUTHOR: Pablo Larios
PUBLISHER: Koenig Books, London
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Heimann, Hendrik Schwantes
ART DIRECTOR: Michael Heimann, Hendrik Schwantes
BOOK DESIGNER: Michael Heimann, Hendrik Schwantes
DESIGN FIRM: Heimann + Schwantes


Stephen Shore: Selected Works, 1973—1981
Stephen Shore: Selected Works, 1973—1981
AUTHOR: Stephen Shore
PUBLISHER: Aperture
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lesley A. Martin
BOOK DESIGNER: Murray & Sorrell FUEL
OTHER CREDITS: Photographer: Stephen Shore ; Texts and image selections by Wes Anderson, Quentin Bajac, David Campany, Paul Graham, Guido Guidi, Takashi Homma, An-My Lê, Michael Lesy, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Francine Prose, Ed Ruscha, Britt Salvesen, Taryn Simon, Thomas Struth, and Lynne Tillman


Talk Listen Door
Talk Listen Door
AUTHOR: The Design Office
PUBLISHER: The Design Office
BOOK DESIGNER: Sarah Verity
DESIGN FIRM: The Design Office
OTHER CREDITS: John Caserta, Lucinda Hitchcock, Nic Schumann


That Way to the Left
That Way to the Left
AUTHOR: Miriam Brack
PUBLISHER: Miriam Brack
ART DIRECTOR: Miriam Brack
BOOK DESIGNER: Miriam Brack
OTHER CREDITS: BA diploma project at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), Mentors: Jonas Voegeli, Aude Lehmann, Code: Claudio Bruderer


The Many Lives of Erik Kessels
The Many Lives of Erik Kessels
AUTHOR: Erik Kessels
PUBLISHER: Aperture/CAMERA
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Angela Lidderdale, Lesley Martin
BOOK DESIGNER: Angela Lidderdale
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Lidderdale
OTHER CREDITS: Photographer: Erik Kessels; Introductory text by Francesco Zanot, Additional texts by Hans Aarsman, Simon Baker, and Sandra S. Phillips


The series of albums celebrating the centenary of the avant-garde in Poland
The series of albums celebrating the centenary of the avant-garde in Poland
AUTHOR: Aleksandra Jach, Przemysław Strożek, Andrij Bojarov, Paweł Polit, Karolina Szymaniak, Katarzyna Słoboda, Paulina Kurc-Maj, Anna Saciuk-Gąsowska, Natasha Ginwala, Daniel Muzyczuk
PUBLISHER: Muzeum Sztuki w Lodzi
ART DIRECTOR: Ryszard Bienert
BOOK DESIGNER: Ryszard Bienert


The Visual History of Type
The Visual History of Type
AUTHOR: Paul McNeil
PUBLISHER: Laurence King Publishing
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Paul McNeil
ART DIRECTOR: Paul McNeil
BOOK DESIGNER: Paul McNeil
DESIGN FIRM: MuirMcNeil
OTHER CREDITS: Photographer: Ida Riveros; Philip Contos, editor. Sophie Drysdale, Commissioning Editor.


Total Destruction of the National Museum of Anthropology
Total Destruction of the National Museum of Anthropology
AUTHOR: Eduardo Abaroa/Jennifer Burris
PUBLISHER: Athénée Press
BOOK DESIGNER: Blair Richardson
DESIGN FIRM: MiniSuper Studio
OTHER CREDITS: Production Designer: Sonia C. Mozden


Unsettled
Unsettled
AUTHOR: JoAnne Northrup
PUBLISHER: Hirmer Verlag
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Brad Bartlett
BOOK DESIGNER: Brad Bartlett
DESIGN FIRM: Brad Bartlett Design, LA
OTHER CREDITS: Illustrator: Jay Kim, Jon Nishida


William Morris y compañía: el movimiento Arts & Crafts en Gran Bretaña
William Morris y compañía: el movimiento Arts & Crafts en Gran Bretaña
AUTHOR: Manuel Fontán del Junco & María Zozaya Álvarez, Eds.
PUBLISHER: Fundación Juan March & Museo Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
BOOK DESIGNER: Adela Morán


With All the Precision Possible
With All the Precision Possible
AUTHOR: André-Jacob Roubo / Donald C. Williams, ed.
PUBLISHER: Lost Art Press
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Wesley B. Tanner
ART DIRECTOR: Wesley B. Tanner
BOOK DESIGNER: Wesley B. Tanner
DESIGN FIRM: Passim Editions


WORKac: We'll Get There When We Cross That Bridge
WORKac: We'll Get There When We Cross That Bridge
AUTHOR: Amale Andraos, Dan Wood
PUBLISHER: The Monacelli Press
BOOK DESIGNER: Neil Donnelly
DESIGN FIRM: Neil Donnelly Studio





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]


Observed | May 30

Felice Frankel has donated hundreds of images taken during her early career as a landscape architecture photographer—Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute, Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, Richard Haag’s Bloedel Reserve, and Dan Kiley’s Miller Garden—to MIT libraries to create a learning resource. [BV]

As a kid, I had no idea that Peter Max was so derivative (Heinz Edelmann, Andy Warhol, Push Pin). I just knew his work was everywhere, and he got to sign it. To me he was the most famous artist in the world. That makes this story so depressing. [MB]


Observed | May 29

London Street Photographer Nick Turpin highlights five photographers making candid public photographs on the fringes of street photography. [BV]


Observed | May 28

An essay from Rob Walker on the tension inherent in what we do with the time we have, and how we try to make more. [BV]

NBA players are no longer waiting for shoe companies to give them personal logos — they are creating their own. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | May 24

Congratulations to Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand! The Observatory made dezeen’s list of 14 of the best architecture and design podcasts to subscribe to. [BV]


Observed | May 23

From Atlas Obscura: 18 of the world’s most wondrous public transportation options. [BV]

Iceland’s environmental ministry says Justin and his Belibers have nearly ruined Fjadrárgljúfur canyon. But even for the non-famous, selfies are ruining national parks and the great outdoors around the world. Go outside but leave your phones at home. [BV]


Observed | May 22

How do you create a logo for a presidential candidate? On this week‘s The West Wing Weekly: West Wing & fonts. The guests are our co-founder Michael Bierut, who designed Hillary Clinton‘s 2016 logo, and Leslie Wah, who made the campaign logos in Season 6 of the West Wing. [BV]


Observed | May 21

Wanna play with some Brutalist buildings? Skyline chess has a new offering of London’s most-notable architecture from the Brutalist movement including the Trellick Tower, Petty France, Centrepoint and Cromwell Tower. [BV]

Design Observer co-founder @jessicahelfand is heading to Malta this week as an external critic working with Professor Vince Briffa, recipient of the Tribute to Art and Innovation award at this year’s Venice Biennale. [BV]


Observed | May 20

Book lovers will want to pay close attention to a new collaboration between Designers & Books and Peter Kraus’s Ursus Books & Gallery in New York. This installment: A Flowering of Creativity: Ladislav Sutnar and F. T. Marinetti. [BV]


Observed | May 15

We can‘t wait to explore Boston this fall when we host The Design of Business | The Business of Design conference at MIT. Bike-commuting, T-riding, and monorail-tweeting around Boston with transit-oriented 20-something NUMTOT founder Juliet Eldred. [BV]


Observed | May 14

What year is it? Why does it matter? While chronology and dating might not be exciting, they are the stuff that history is made on, for dates do two things: they allow things to happen only once, and they insist on the ordering and interrelation of all happenings. [BV]

“We should not be excessively interested in books”, wrote Roy Gold, biblio-graffiti outsider artist, and a bookish man. [BV]


Observed | May 13

You may not love sports, but it’s hard not to enjoy sports photography, especially for it’s innovativeness. Case in point: Sports Illustrated photographer Neil Leifer hit a grand slam when he set out to capture a double play on film. [BV]


Observed | May 10

In the 1950s and 1960s artists from the Soviet Union looked to the skies and foresaw a Utopia in space. [BV]


Observed | May 09

Early cinema is often remembered as an exclusively black-and-white affair—the bold and often fantastical colors that flickered across the earliest film reels are frequently left out of our greater cinematic history. More neglected still are the women responsible for those dazzling hues. [BV]


Observed | May 08

We’re addicted to likes, retweets, and reshares, and our addiction makes us distracted and depressed. Tristan Harris believes that tech is ‘downgrading humans’ and that the words we use to describe the problem are tepid and insufficient. It’s time to fight back. [BV]

Created for animators aiming to perfect their rendering of animal gaits, this video combines illustration, biology, and physics, and is a joy to watch! [BV]

The compelling history and impressive prints of the earliest printing press in the Uruguayan territory. [BV]



Jobs | June 17