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AUTHOR: Paul Auster
PUBLISHER: Can Publishing
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
ART DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
JACKET DESIGNER: Utku Lomlu
DESIGN FIRM: Lom Creative


A Collection of Sentences
A Collection of Sentences
AUTHOR: Yuji Guo
PUBLISHER: Xinxing Publisher
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jessie Ning
DESIGN FIRM: Gild.Studio
OTHER CREDITS: Illustrator: Dabin Choi


A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
AUTHOR: Eimear McBride
PUBLISHER: Can Publishing
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
ART DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
JACKET DESIGNER: Utku Lomlu
DESIGN FIRM: Lom Creative


Ad Usum To Be Used
Ad Usum To Be Used
AUTHOR: Pedro Reyes/José Luis Falconi
PUBLISHER: Harvard University Press
JACKET DESIGNER: Blair Richardson
DESIGN FIRM: MiniSuper Studio
OTHER CREDITS: Editorial Coordinator: Andrea Leal Montemayor; Translations: Lisa Crossman, Lacey Pipkin, Joaquin Torres; Copy Editors: Lisa Crossman, Amanda Gokee, Cydney Gottlieb, Andreal Leal Montemayor, Lacey Pipkin, Madelyn Stroik, Bronté Velez


After the Mass-Age
After the Mass-Age
AUTHOR: Chris Riley
PUBLISHER: An^log
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Fredrik Averin
ART DIRECTOR: Fredrik Averin
JACKET DESIGNER: Fredrik Averin
DESIGN FIRM: Fredrik Averin
OTHER CREDITS: Illustrator: Fredrik AverinChris Riley, Author


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
AUTHOR: Lewis Carroll
PUBLISHER: DERT
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Marcos Chavez
DESIGN FIRM: TODA
OTHER CREDITS: Illustrator: Lise Bye Kjeldsen


All The Dirty Parts
All The Dirty Parts
AUTHOR: Daniel Handler
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury USA
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Patti Ratchford
ART DIRECTOR: Patti Ratchford
JACKET DESIGNER: Daniel Handler and Rodrigo Corral
DESIGN FIRM: Bloomsbury


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


Anni Albers: Notebook 1970–1980
Anni Albers: Notebook 1970–1980
AUTHOR: Brenda Danilowitz
PUBLISHER: David Zwirner Books
JACKET DESIGNER: Sarah Schrauwen


Being Elvis
Being Elvis
AUTHOR: Ray Connolly
PUBLISHER: Liveright
ART DIRECTOR: Steve Attardo
JACKET DESIGNER: Steve Attardo
DESIGN FIRM: W.W. Norton


Blitzed
Blitzed
AUTHOR: Norman Ohler
PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ART DIRECTOR: Michaela Sullivan
JACKET DESIGNER: Albert Tang


Boundless
Boundless
AUTHOR: Jillian Tamaki
PUBLISHER: Drawn & Quarterly
JACKET DESIGNER: Jillian Tamaki


Brae
Brae
AUTHOR: Dan Hunter
PUBLISHER: Phaidon Press
DESIGN FIRM: Hubert & Fischer
OTHER CREDITS: Photographer: Colin Page; Commissioning Editor: Ellie Smith / Project Editor: Eve O'Sullivan


Brian Eno Light Music
Brian Eno Light Music
AUTHOR: Brian Eno
PUBLISHER: Paul stolper Gallery
ART DIRECTOR: Ryuhei Nakadai
JACKET DESIGNER: Ryuhei Nakadai
DESIGN FIRM: Anyhow Ltd
OTHER CREDITS: Photographer: Masami Naruo


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
JACKET DESIGNER: Lucienne Roberts, Sarah Schrauwen
DESIGN FIRM: LucienneRoberts+


Chronicle Books: The First 50 Years
Chronicle Books: The First 50 Years
AUTHOR: Chronicle Books
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Carabetta
ART DIRECTOR: Pamela Geismar
JACKET DESIGNER: Pamela Geismar with the In-House Design Dept at Chronicle Books
DESIGN FIRM: Domino Design
OTHER CREDITS: Photographers: Michael Carabetta and Irene Kim; Beth Weber, editor; Julianne Balmain, writer; Sara Schneider, additional art direction; Sarah Malarkey, editorial direction


Clarice,
Clarice,
AUTHOR: Benjamin Moser
PUBLISHER: Companhia das Letras
DESIGN FIRM: Máquina Estúdio


Cranbrook Academy of Art 2017
Cranbrook Academy of Art 2017
AUTHOR: Julie Fracker and Judy Dyki
PUBLISHER: Cranbrook Academy of Art
JACKET DESIGNER: Christian Perez-Morin


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
JACKET 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)


Degas, Renoir e o relógio de Orfeu (The orpheus clock: The search for my family's art treasures stolen by the nazis)
Degas, Renoir e o relógio de Orfeu (The orpheus clock: The search for my family's art treasures stolen by the nazis)
AUTHOR: Simon Goodman
PUBLISHER: José Olympio
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Leonardo Iaccarino
ART DIRECTOR: Leonardo Iaccarino
JACKET DESIGNER: Leonardo Iaccarino
DESIGN FIRM: Leonardo Iaccarino
OTHER CREDITS: Photographer: Dumitrescu Ciprian-Florin (Shutterstock)


Design Poverty
Design Poverty
AUTHOR: BA (Hons) Graphic Design Students
PUBLISHER: Typenowhere


Elefant
Elefant
AUTHOR: Martin Suter
PUBLISHER: Buechergilde Gutenberg
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Marion Blomeyer
ART DIRECTOR: Marion Blomeyer
JACKET DESIGNER: Marion Blomeyer
DESIGN FIRM: Lowlypaper


Florentine Nights
Florentine Nights
AUTHOR: Heinrich Heine
PUBLISHER: Carambaia
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: mateus valadares
ART DIRECTOR: mateus valadares
JACKET DESIGNER: mateus valadares
DESIGN FIRM: mateus valadares estúdio
OTHER CREDITS: Print production: Lilia Goes; Editorial Assistant: Ana Ligia Martins; Book Still Photo: Nino Andrés; Images Credits:  The New York Public Library, Nova York.


Heating and Cooling
Heating and Cooling
AUTHOR: Beth Ann Fennelly
PUBLISHER: W.W. Norton
ART DIRECTOR: Ingsu Liu
JACKET DESIGNER: Alex Merto
OTHER CREDITS: Photographer: Gregory Reid


Hope
Hope
AUTHOR: Bruketa&Zinic&Grey
PUBLISHER: Adris Foundation
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Davor Bruketa
ART DIRECTOR: Davor Bruketa
DESIGN FIRM: Bruketa&Zinic&Grey
OTHER CREDITS: Illustrators: Iva Curic, Nebojsa Cvetkovic, Ana Zaja Petrak, Danijel Srdarev, Luka Juras, Davor Sunk, Hana Tintor, Anita Celic – Cella, Klarxy, Vedran Klemens, Filip Peraic, Alen Lipus, Tomislav Torjanac, Imelda Ramovic (Mireldy Design studio), Tea Jurisic, Srđana Modrinic – BooBoo, Helena Janecic, Igor Taritas, Slaven Kosanovic – Lunar, Tomislav Sestak, Dominik Vukovic, Tonka Lujanac, Vendi Vernic, Davor Rukovanjski; Photographer: Domagoj Kunic; Masa Ivanov (Account Director), Zrinka Pozar (Account Executive), Miran Tomicic (Head of Illustration), Vesna Durasin (Production Manager), Radovan Radicevic (Head of Pre-press/DTP), Danko Durasin (Pre-press/DTP operator)


How To Fix A Broken Heart and Make A Spare
How To Fix A Broken Heart and Make A Spare
AUTHOR: Tré Seals
PUBLISHER: n/a
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Tré Seals
ART DIRECTOR: Tré Seals
JACKET DESIGNER: Tré Seals
DESIGN FIRM: n/a
OTHER CREDITS: Illustrator: Tré Seals


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
JACKET DESIGNER: Santiago da Silva
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Santiago da Silva
OTHER CREDITS: Typeface Fibel Nord (used in cover), designed by Peter Wiegel (Cat Fonts)


Jerzy
Jerzy
AUTHOR: Jerome Charyn
PUBLISHER: Bellevue Literary Press
JACKET DESIGNER: Alban Fischer
DESIGN FIRM: Alban Fischer Design


Kape 24 h Cookbook
Kape 24 h Cookbook
AUTHOR: Sanna Pöyry
PUBLISHER: Tammi
DESIGN FIRM: Bond Creative Agency
OTHER CREDITS: Illustrator: Kasperi Salovaara; Photographer: Sami Repo; Styling: Kirsikka Simberg


Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things
Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things
AUTHOR: Loudon Wainwright III
PUBLISHER: Blue Rider Press
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Booher
JACKET DESIGNER: Ben Denzer
OTHER CREDITS: Photographer: Kmazur / WireImage


Literature Classics
Literature Classics
AUTHOR: Aslı Güneş
PUBLISHER: Dogan Egmont Publishing, İstanbul
JACKET DESIGNER: Geray Gencer
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Geray Gencer
OTHER CREDITS: Illustrator: Geray Gencer


Luftwerk Solarise: A Sea of All Colors
Luftwerk Solarise: A Sea of All Colors
AUTHOR: Luftwerk / Lee Ann Norman
PUBLISHER: Luftwerk
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Renata Graw
ART DIRECTOR: Alexa Viscius
DESIGN FIRM: Normal Studio
OTHER CREDITS: Photographers: John Faier, Peter Tsai


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
JACKET 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
JACKET DESIGNER: Daniel Robitaille
DESIGN FIRM: Paprika


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
JACKET DESIGNER: Alex Torcutti
DESIGN FIRM: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia


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
JACKET DESIGNER: Michael Heimann, Hendrik Schwantes
DESIGN FIRM: Heimann + Schwantes


Sleepy
Sleepy
AUTHOR: Hakan Bicakci
PUBLISHER: Iletisim Yayinevi
OTHER CREDITS: Illustrator: Koray Ekremoglu


Stephen Ormandy: Only Dancing
Stephen Ormandy: Only Dancing
AUTHOR: Mark Gowing and Elliott Bryce Foulkes
PUBLISHER: Formist
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mark Gowing
JACKET DESIGNER: Elliott Bryce Foulkes
DESIGN FIRM: Formist


Stephen Shore: Selected Works, 1973—1981
Stephen Shore: Selected Works, 1973—1981
AUTHOR: Stephen Shore
PUBLISHER: Aperture
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lesley A. Martin
JACKET 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


The Colosseum Book
The Colosseum Book
AUTHOR: Nunzio Giustozzi
PUBLISHER: Mondadori Electa S.p.a.
ART DIRECTOR: Paolo Tassinari
DESIGN FIRM: Tassinari/Vetta


The Many Lives of Erik Kessels
The Many Lives of Erik Kessels
AUTHOR: Erik Kessels
PUBLISHER: Aperture/CAMERA
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Angela Lidderdale, Lesley Martin
JACKET 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 Secret History
The Secret History
AUTHOR: Donna Tartt
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: David Tanguy
ART DIRECTOR: David Tanguy
JACKET DESIGNER: David Tanguy and Emily Schofield
DESIGN FIRM: Praline


The Stampographer
The Stampographer
AUTHOR: Vincent Sardon (author/artist), Lisa Pearson (editor)
PUBLISHER: Siglio
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lisa Pearson
JACKET DESIGNER: Vincent Sardon
DESIGN FIRM: Siglio


The Tribe of the Esraris
The Tribe of the Esraris
AUTHOR: Ahmet Güntan
PUBLISHER: Koç University Press, Imprint
JACKET DESIGNER: E S Kibele Yarman
DESIGN FIRM: Kibele Yarman
OTHER CREDITS: Translator: Ali Alper Çakır, Editor: Emre Ayvaz


The Vanishing Futurist
The Vanishing Futurist
AUTHOR: Charlotte Hobson
PUBLISHER: Faber & Faber
ART DIRECTOR: Luke Bird
JACKET DESIGNER: La Boca
DESIGN FIRM: La Boca
OTHER CREDITS: Illustrator: La Boca


Twitter and Tear Gas
Twitter and Tear Gas
AUTHOR: Zeynep Tufekci
PUBLISHER: Yale University Press
ART DIRECTOR: Nancy Ovedovitz
JACKET DESIGNER: Sonia L. Shannon
DESIGN FIRM: Yale University Press
OTHER CREDITS: Photographer: Mstyslav Chernov/Unframe


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


WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER
WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER
AUTHOR: TA-NEHISI COATES
PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE; ONE WORLD
ART DIRECTOR: GREG MOLLICA
JACKET DESIGNER: BEN GRANDGENNETT
OTHER CREDITS: Jacket photograph: Matthew Zach


Writing Not Writing: Poetry, Crisis, and Responsibility
Writing Not Writing: Poetry, Crisis, and Responsibility
AUTHOR: Tom Fisher
PUBLISHER: University of Iowa Press
ART DIRECTOR: Karen Copp
JACKET DESIGNER: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
DESIGN FIRM: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
OTHER CREDITS: Photographers: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein




The Design Observer Cooperative

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]


Observed | November 18

You may congratulate yourself for being a good listener, but often it’s the powerful who get to listen and decide what to hear. (via Blake Eskin) [BV]

Why the Google Workspace rebrand isn’t as bad as the Internet would have you believe. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | November 17

Aaaaaannnnnnd—that’s a lawsuit. Banana Republic gets sued over an Ampersand. [JH]


Observed | November 16

Architects designing for sea changes—as in, sea LEVEL changes. [JH]



Jobs | January 17