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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




The Design Observer Cooperative

Observed | January 22

Eye-watering amounts of money pour into Artificial Intelligence, and new technology empires are being forged before our eyes, but AI is a house divided by a decades-old rivalry. [BV]


Observed | January 19

“Our lives should be marked not by “comps” and metrics and filters and proofs of concept and virality but by tight circles and improvisation and adventure and lots and lots of creative waste. And not just to save ourselves, but to save each other.” [JH]


Observed | January 18

How architects write fictional architecture. [JH]

Beautiful weather rendering from Will MacNeil. (via Blake Eskin) [BV]


Observed | January 14

A New European Bauhaus? [JH]


Observed | January 13

Though it was later determined to be troll-driven, design twitter went bananas this week over the new CIA rebrand. [JH]

Women either decide or strongly influence 70% of all automotive purchases yet are 73% more likely to suffer injury in a car crash, and 17% more likely to die than the average man. A design problem? [JH]


Observed | January 12

Joy, disillusion, success, failure, hiring, finances, office space—just some of the topics in All in a Day’s Work, a new animated series about being an entrepreneur from our friends at Mailchimp in collaboration with It’s Nice That. [BV]


Observed | January 11

When Pac-Man arrived in 1980, it revolutionized gaming. The original game is at the root of a rich design tradition, one that goes well beyond detailed graphics and fluid controls. [BV]

Can the story of a pandemic be told in a single headline every day? David Rainbird collected headlines about the pandemic as a way of making sense of the infodemic that was 2020. [BV]


Observed | January 05

Paul Klee’s notebooks—nearly 4,000 pages of them—are now online. [JH]


Observed | December 30

“On cream-laid paper there is no “forward” button.” New York Times book critic Dwight Garner on the lost art of paper correspondence. [JH]


Observed | December 29

Job of the week: Yale’s British Art Center is looking for a new Design Director. [JH]


Observed | December 21

Renowned Swiss Designer Armin Hoffman dies at 100. [JH]

Screw mediocrity: Scottish industrial designer Neil Ferrier weighs in on a typographic mistake that turned out to benefit his career. [JH]

“That the cover of a book — something produced with a finite shelf life — could grip us throughout such a bitter, caustic year is either a triumph of artistry or a sign that our collective alarm bells are still not ringing loudly enough.” Matt Dorfman, Art Director for the New York Times Book Review, selects his favorite covers of 2020. [JH]


Observed | December 17

How custom fonts became the ultimate corporate flex. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]

First world problem of the week, or, why graphic design matters on your wine list. Behold: vinography! [JH]

Italian architect Stefano Boeri introduces prefabricated timber and fabric pavilions as Covid-19 vaccination stations in public piazzas across Italy beginning in January. (H/T Adina Karp.) [JH]


Observed | December 14

Pantone names its colors of the year for 2021. [JH]

Apparently not all architects declare. [JH]


Observed | December 11

“Royalty Now” is an ongoing art project by graphic designer Becca Saladin that reimagines queens, kings, emperors, statesmen, nobles, (and a few famous musicians, scientists and artists) as contemporary people. Follow her on Instagram. [JH]

Forest Young, Vivianne Castillo, Kelly Walters, and Dori Tunstall—among others—on the new design rules and why they matter. [JH]


Observed | December 10

Currently streaming: What Next? A virtual symposium discussing luxury as a concept and the ethical and moral questions surrounding it. [BV]


Observed | December 07

One week left to help support St. Bride’s magnificent library—and contribute to their efforts to digitize it for the rest of us. [JH]

Typography. Esports. Discuss! [JH]

Everything you ever wanted to know about a rejected Paul Rand logo for Ford Motor Company—from 1966—but were afraid to ask. (With apologies for the term “fancy-schmancy design trends” which would make Mr. Rand spin in his grave.) [JH]


Observed | December 03

Help our friends at Class Action fund their next campaign, a series of billboards in the hotly-contested state of Georgia. [JH]

Kern in hell! Announcing: Hell Vetica (via Victoria Brown). [JH]


Observed | November 30

Help our friends at Unit Editions produce a long-overdue monograph on the work of artist and designer Ed Fella. [JH]



Jobs | January 25