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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 | 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]


Observed | December 06

“I simply wanted to explore the interiority of both myself and others. I wanted to focus on what connected us rather than what separated us.” Painting friends in mid-conversation, Alex Bradley Cohen hides as much as he reveals. [BV]

Yello is a great new newsletter from journalist Hunter Schwarz “about the culture, branding, and visual rhetoric of politics in America.” Here are his 101 picks for visual moments that defined politics in the 2010s, including Edel Rodriguez’s melting Trump. [MB]


Observed | December 04

How do you bring an 18th-century Agateware teapot to life? Crafting it calls for an intricate process of moulding and layering clay materials, to mimic the agate stone. [BV]

Check out French artist
Paul Sougy’s stunning mid-century scientific illustrations of plants, animals, and the human body. [BV]


Observed | November 29

London-based studio Dorothy has developed a map of the United Kingdom using the titles of more than 1,400 pop songs. #CartographyRules [BV]


Observed | November 21

The icons of our popular culture depicted as ancient ruins. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | November 14

“Other bad films fascinate because they define an area of heroic obsession, horrifically misapplied. The heroism and the misapplication are inseparable. Anyone can commit himself body and soul to a clearly formulated project of obvious importance or quality, but to throw your last dollar, your last scrap of energy, into something ill-conceived and absurd from the beginning: That takes a human being.” Phil Christman on the reasons we watch bad movies. [BV]

Congratulations to Côte d’Ivoire-based artist Joana Choumali on being the first photographer from the African continent to be awarded one of the world’s most prestigious photography prizes, the Prix Pictet. [BV]


Observed | November 13

We are very excited for the next chapter of The Great Discontent and send all our congratulations to Hugh Weber and the TGD community: we look forward to new stories and new journeys. [BV]


Observed | November 12

Gorgeous redesign of The Atlantic by Peter Mendelsund and Oliver Munday. [MB]


Observed | November 11

Out TODAY, Jessica Helfand’s FACE: A VISUAL ODYSSEY from MIT Press. From Chuck Close, it’s “Everything you ever wanted to know about the face, plus lots you never knew you would want to know—and a few things you wish you didn’t. A must-read as well as a treasury of images.” [BV]


Observed | November 05

Flo Ngala’s photographs of Figure Skating in Harlem celebrate young skaters of color. [BV]


Observed | November 04

#BreakingNews: FACEBOOK goes all-caps (but the app will stay lowercase). (via James I. Bowie) [BV]



Jobs | January 19