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2A.M. GUMBO: Age 23
2A.M. GUMBO: Age 23
AUTHOR: Jason Lin
PUBLISHER: Boose Studio
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jason Lin
DESIGN FIRM: Boose Studio


44 Low-resolution Houses
44 Low-resolution Houses
AUTHOR: Michael Meredith
PUBLISHER: Princeton
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Meredith, Alex Lin
ART DIRECTOR: Alex Lin
BOOK DESIGNER: Alex Lin
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Lin
OTHER CREDITS: Photography by Michael Vahrenwald


A Love Supreme
A Love Supreme
AUTHOR: Adalber Salas
PUBLISHER: Ediciones Letra Muerta
ART DIRECTOR: Faride Mereb
BOOK DESIGNER: Faride Mereb


An Unfinished Encyclopedia of Scale Figures without Architecture
An Unfinished Encyclopedia of Scale Figures without Architecture
AUTHOR: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample & MOS
PUBLISHER: MIT
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, Alex Lin
BOOK DESIGNER: Alex Lin, Paul Ruppert
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Lin


Álvaro Siza Viera: A Pool in the Sea
Álvaro Siza Viera: A Pool in the Sea
AUTHOR: Kenneth Frampton
PUBLISHER: Actar
BOOK DESIGNER: Edwin van Gelder and Michael Müller
DESIGN FIRM: Mainstudio
OTHER CREDITS: Editorial committee: Wiel Arets, Vedran Mimica, Lluís Ortega, Proofreading: Paul Hammond, Text supervision: Moisés Puente, Lithography: Hilko Visser


Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home
Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home
AUTHOR: Nora Krug (author, illustrator) / Liese Mayer (editor) / Kathryn Belden (editor)
PUBLISHER: Scribner
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: n/a
ART DIRECTOR: n/a
BOOK DESIGNER: n/a
DESIGN FIRM: n/a


Between. Monograph dedicated to the art of Kamil Kuskowski
Between. Monograph dedicated to the art of Kamil Kuskowski
AUTHOR: dr Łukasz Musielak, prof. dr hab. Kamil Kuskowski
PUBLISHER: Wydawnictwo Artystyczno-Naukowe Wydziału Malarstwa i Nowych Mediów Akademii Sztuki w Szczecinie
ART DIRECTOR: Ryszard Bienert
BOOK DESIGNER: Ryszard Bienert


Black Book
Black Book
AUTHOR: Hyung-Min Yoon
PUBLISHER: Information Office
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Hyung-Min Yoon
BOOK DESIGNER: Derek Barnett


Born Free and Equal:The Story of Loyal___________-Americans
Born Free and Equal:The Story of Loyal___________-Americans
AUTHOR: Joseph Maida; Ansel Adams
PUBLISHER: CONVOKE
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Isaac Haas
BOOK DESIGNER: Isaac Haas
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Hi, New York


Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever
AUTHOR: Bruce Grenville; Jennifer M. Volland; Stephanie Rebick (editors)
PUBLISHER: Information Office
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Derek Barnett
DESIGN FIRM: Information Office


Concrete Language
Concrete Language
AUTHOR: Ron Terada
PUBLISHER: Reider Group
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Ron Terada; Derek Barnett
BOOK DESIGNER: Derek Barnett
DESIGN FIRM: Information Office


David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948-2018
David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948-2018
AUTHOR: Rachel Kent
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


Davide Balliano – Building Body
Davide Balliano – Building Body
AUTHOR: Chrissie Iles / Luigi Fassi
PUBLISHER: CURA.BOOKS
BOOK DESIGNER: Jeff Albert
DESIGN FIRM: WHYWHATIF
OTHER CREDITS: All artworks by Davide Balliano; Translations by Flavio Erra, Ginevra Quadrio Curzio, Stephen Piccolo


Dentro do nevoeiro [Inside the fog]
Dentro do nevoeiro [Inside the fog]
AUTHOR: Guilherme Wisnik
PUBLISHER: Ubu Editora
BOOK DESIGNER: Elaine Ramos
OTHER CREDITS: Design Assistant: Livia Takemura


ECHOS
ECHOS
AUTHOR: Mara Marcu
PUBLISHER: Actar Publishers
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mara Marcu
ART DIRECTOR: Mara Marcu
BOOK DESIGNER: Mara Marcu (University of Cincinnati DAAP SAID)
DESIGN FIRM: Mara Marcu with Actar
OTHER CREDITS: Editor: Mara Marcu // Student Editors: Kyle Winston, Alan Alaniz, Chas Wiederhold, Christina Tefend, Jamie Kruer, John Meyer, Anjana Sivakumar, Erin Klein, Daham Marapane, Michael Sullivan, Brady Ginn, Seher Hashmi, Gael Perichon, Farshad Khalighinejad, Kristin Moreno, and Garcia Ghislaine // Editorial Board: Edward Mitchell, Udo Greinacher, Elizabeth Riorden, Edson Cabalfin // Graphic Design: Mara Marcu with Student Editors // Copy Editor: Gabriela Sarhos


Eva Castiel – Estrangeira (Foreign)
Eva Castiel – Estrangeira (Foreign)
AUTHOR: Eva Castiel
PUBLISHER: WMF Martins Fontes
ART DIRECTOR: Gabriela Castro, Gustavo Marchetti, Paulo André Chagas
DESIGN FIRM: Bloco Gráfico
OTHER CREDITS: Graphic Production: Lilia Góes


Fredrik Værslev as I Imagine Him
Fredrik Værslev as I Imagine Him
AUTHOR: Fredrik Værslev
PUBLISHER: JRP|Ringier with Astrup Fearnley Museet
ART DIRECTOR: Zak Kyes
BOOK DESIGNER: Julie Kim, Teo Furtado
DESIGN FIRM: Zak Group


Frida Escobedo Serpentine Pavilion 2018
Frida Escobedo Serpentine Pavilion 2018
AUTHOR: Rebecca Lewin and Joseph Constable
PUBLISHER: Serpentine Galleries and Koenig Books
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Maricris Herrera
ART DIRECTOR: Maricris Herrera
BOOK DESIGNER: Emilio Pérez
DESIGN FIRM: Estudio Herrera


Giedion and America: Repositioning the History of Modern Architecture
Giedion and America: Repositioning the History of Modern Architecture
AUTHOR: Reto Geiser
PUBLISHER: gta Verlag/ETH Zurich
BOOK DESIGNER: Maike Hamacher, Valentin Hindermann, Madeleine Stahel; with Christa Lanz
DESIGN FIRM: Büro 146


Go! My Adventure Journal
Go! My Adventure Journal
AUTHOR: Wee Society
PUBLISHER: Clarkson Potter
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Robertson, Rob Alexander
BOOK DESIGNER: Rob Alexander
DESIGN FIRM: Office
OTHER CREDITS: Lindley Boegehold, Clarkson Potter, Editor // Writer: Jill Robertson (Office)


Grlz + Veils: Cheryl Donegan
Grlz + Veils: Cheryl Donegan
AUTHOR: Bill Arning, Anja Aronowsky Cronberg, Daniel Baumann, Robert Buck, Johanna Drucker, Wade Guyton, Rem Koolhaas, Heidi Zuckerman; Ed. Sarah Stephenson
PUBLISHER: Aspen Art Press, CAM Houston, Kunsthalle Zürich
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: David Wise
BOOK DESIGNER: David Wise
DESIGN FIRM: Aspen Art Museum


Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal …
Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal …
AUTHOR: Lesley A. Martin
PUBLISHER: Copublished by Aperture Foundation and Portland Art Museum
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Bobby C. Martin Jr.
BOOK DESIGNER: Bobby C. Martin Jr.; Michael McCaughley
DESIGN FIRM: The Original Champions of Design
OTHER CREDITS: Samantha Marlow, Associate Editor; Susan Ciccotti, Senior Text Editor; Sally Knapp, Copy Editor; Lauren Harper, Madison Reid, Marisa Sottos, Work Scholars.


Hayv Kahraman
Hayv Kahraman
AUTHOR: Edited by Rebecca McGrew
PUBLISHER: Pomona College Museum of Art
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella
ART DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella
BOOK DESIGNER: Kimberly Varella
DESIGN FIRM: Content Object


Henry N. Cobb: Words & Works 1948-2018
Henry N. Cobb: Words & Works 1948-2018
AUTHOR: Henry N. Cobb
PUBLISHER: The Monacelli Press
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Chris Grimley
BOOK DESIGNER: Chris Grimley, Shannon McLean, and Anna Driscoll
DESIGN FIRM: OverUnder
OTHER CREDITS: Edited by Emma Cobb, Mark Pasnik, and Alan Rapp


Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future
Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future
AUTHOR: Tracey Bashkoff with David Horowitz
PUBLISHER: Guggenheim Museum Publications
BOOK DESIGNER: Barbara Glauber, Heavy Meta
DESIGN FIRM: Barbara Glauber, Heavy Meta


How We See: Photobooks by Women
How We See: Photobooks by Women
AUTHOR: Russet Lederman, Olga Yatskevich, Michael Lang
PUBLISHER: 10x10 Photobooks
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Laura Coombs
ART DIRECTOR: Laura Coombs
BOOK DESIGNER: Laura Coombs
DESIGN FIRM: Laura Coombs


I Was Raised on the Internet
I Was Raised on the Internet
AUTHOR: Omar Kholeif
PUBLISHER: Delmonico Books | Prestel with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
BOOK DESIGNER: Dylan Fracareta


John Edmonds Higher
John Edmonds Higher
AUTHOR: Capricious
PUBLISHER: Capricious
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Alex Lin
ART DIRECTOR: Alex Lin, Jena Myung
BOOK DESIGNER: Alex Lin, Jena Myung
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Lin


John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new
John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new
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


Juliana Stein – Não está claro até que a noite caia (It is not clear until the night falls)
Juliana Stein – Não está claro até que a noite caia (It is not clear until the night falls)
AUTHOR: Juliana Stein
PUBLISHER: WMF Martins Fontes
ART DIRECTOR: Gabriela Castro, Gustavo Marchetti, Paulo André Chagas
DESIGN FIRM: Bloco Gráfico
OTHER CREDITS: Graphic Production: Lilia Góes


Learning to Read with John Baldessari
Learning to Read with John Baldessari
AUTHOR: Kit Hammonds
PUBLISHER: Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo and JRP Ringier
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Maricris Herrera
ART DIRECTOR: Maricris Herrera
BOOK DESIGNER: Santiago Martínez Alberú
DESIGN FIRM: Estudio Herrera


Marcia Hafif: A Place Apart
Marcia Hafif: A Place Apart
AUTHOR: Edited by Rebecca McGrew
PUBLISHER: Pomona College Museum of Art
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella
ART DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella
BOOK DESIGNER: Kimberly Varella
DESIGN FIRM: Content Object


New Farmers 2014/2018
New Farmers 2014/2018
AUTHOR: D. Bryon Darby, Tim Hossler, Paul V. Stock
PUBLISHER: P&T Committee
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Tim Hossler
DESIGN FIRM: Tim Hossler Design


Past/Forward: The LA Phil at 100
Past/Forward: The LA Phil at 100
AUTHOR: Julia Ward; Robin Rauzi; Derek Traub
PUBLISHER: Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella
ART DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella and Jessica Fleischmann (still room)
BOOK DESIGNER: Kimberly Varella and Jessica Fleischmann (still room)
DESIGN FIRM: Content Object
OTHER CREDITS: Visual Curator for Forward: Aandrea Stang; Interviews by Tim Page; Color Separations by Echelon Color, Santa Monica


Police: A Field Guide
Police: A Field Guide
AUTHOR: David Correia and Tyler Wall
PUBLISHER: Verso
ART DIRECTOR: Andy Pressman
BOOK DESIGNER: Matt Avery


Polish Dance Theatre 1973–2018
Polish Dance Theatre 1973–2018
AUTHOR: Iwona Pasińska, Joanna Targoń, Anna Koczorowska
PUBLISHER: Polish Dance Theatre
ART DIRECTOR: Ryszard Bienert
BOOK DESIGNER: Ryszard Bienert


PRIMER
PRIMER
AUTHOR: Artist: Matthew Craven; Editor: Mark Iosifescu
PUBLISHER: Anthology Editions
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Keith Abrahamsson
ART DIRECTOR: Bryan Cipolla
BOOK DESIGNER: Nicholas Law
DESIGN FIRM: N/A
OTHER CREDITS: Foreword: Leslie Jones; Sales director: Casey Whalen; Publishing coordinator: Grace Srinivasiah


Pulp II: A Visual Bibliography of the Banished Book
Pulp II: A Visual Bibliography of the Banished Book
AUTHOR: Shubigi Rao
PUBLISHER: Studio Swell, Rock Paper Fire
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Benson Chong, Felix Sng
BOOK DESIGNER: Benson Chong, Felix Sng
DESIGN FIRM: SWELL
OTHER CREDITS: Creative Concept: Shubigi Rao, Editor: Leena Teneja Rao


Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings
Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings
AUTHOR: Sarah Greenough et al.
PUBLISHER: National Gallery of Art, Washington
BOOK DESIGNER: Margaret Bauer
OTHER CREDITS: Image manager: Sara Sanders-Buell; Production assistant: Mariah Shay


São Paulo: A Graphic Biography
São Paulo: A Graphic Biography
AUTHOR: Felipe Correa
PUBLISHER: University of Texas Press
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Felipe Correa and Devin Dobrowolski
BOOK DESIGNER: Neil Donnelly and Ben Fehrman-Lee
DESIGN FIRM: Neil Donnelly Studio
OTHER CREDITS: Book photography by Kris Graves; pre-press and color separations by DZA.


Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art and Science
Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art and Science
AUTHOR: Rachel Seligman and Rachel Roe-Dale
PUBLISHER: Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Barbara Glauber
BOOK DESIGNER: Barbara Glauber & Grace Han
DESIGN FIRM: Heavy Meta


Songs for Sabotage: 2018 New Museum Triennial
Songs for Sabotage: 2018 New Museum Triennial
AUTHOR: Gary Carrion-Murayari, Alex Gartenfeld
PUBLISHER: Phaidon
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mỹ Linh Triệu Nguyễn
ART DIRECTOR: Mỹ Linh Triệu Nguyễn
BOOK DESIGNER: Mỹ Linh Triệu Nguyễn, Eric Lee
DESIGN FIRM: STUDIO LHOOQ
OTHER CREDITS: Curatorial Assistant: Francesca Altamura


Soul of the Nilgiris: A Journey Through the Mountains
Soul of the Nilgiris: A Journey Through the Mountains
AUTHOR: Ramya Reddy
PUBLISHER: Ramya and Rajesh Reddy
ART DIRECTOR: Ramya Reddy and Cleber Rafael de Campos
BOOK DESIGNER: Cleber Rafael de Campos // email: [email protected] /
DESIGN FIRM: Self-published
OTHER CREDITS: Printing and Prepress: PRAGATI OFFSET, HYDERABAD, India


Spaces of Disappearance: The Architecture of Extraordinary Rendition
Spaces of Disappearance: The Architecture of Extraordinary Rendition
AUTHOR: Jordan H. Carver
PUBLISHER: UR | Urban Research
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Isaac Gertman
DESIGN FIRM: The Independent Group
OTHER CREDITS: Copy Editor: Stephen Hoban; Proofreader: Caitlin Blanchfield


Speculations on Anonymous Material, nature after nature, Inhuman
Speculations on Anonymous Material, nature after nature, Inhuman
AUTHOR: Susanne Pfeffer
PUBLISHER: Koenig Books
ART DIRECTOR: Zak Kyes
BOOK DESIGNER: Julie Kim
DESIGN FIRM: Zak Group


Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics: A Collaboration with Nobuo Tsuji and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics: A Collaboration with Nobuo Tsuji and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
AUTHOR: Edited and with an introduction by Anne Nishimura Morse
PUBLISHER: MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
BOOK DESIGNER: Takaya Goto, Lesley Chi, and Sho Momma, Goto Design, New York
DESIGN FIRM: Goto Design, New York
OTHER CREDITS: Edited by Anna Barnet; editorial assistance by Tomoko Nagakura; Translations by Martha McClintock, Ruth S. McCreery, Yuiko Kimura, Yuiko Hotta, and Yuko Sakata


The Senses: Design Beyond Vision
The Senses: Design Beyond Vision
AUTHOR: Ellen Lupton & Andrea Lipps
PUBLISHER: Princeton Architectural Press
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: David Genco
ART DIRECTOR: David Genco
BOOK DESIGNER: David Genco & Ellen Lupton
DESIGN FIRM: David Genco Inc.


Thomas Demand: The Complete Papers
Thomas Demand: The Complete Papers
AUTHOR: Christy Lange
PUBLISHER: MACK
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Naomi Mizusaki
BOOK DESIGNER: Naomi Mizusaki
DESIGN FIRM: Supermarket


Unboxing New York
Unboxing New York
AUTHOR: ODA
PUBLISHER: Actar
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Alex Lin, ODA
ART DIRECTOR: Alex Lin
BOOK DESIGNER: Alex Lin, Jena Myung
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Lin


Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System
Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System
AUTHOR: Risa Puleo
PUBLISHER: [NAME] Publications
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Aaron Sutherlen and Stacy Asher
ART DIRECTOR: Aaron Sutherlen and Stacy Asher
BOOK DESIGNER: Aaron Sutherlen and Stacy Asher
DESIGN FIRM: Aaron Sutherlen and Stacy Asher
OTHER CREDITS: Under the editorial direction of Natalia Zuluaga, Lucie Steinberg, and Gean Moreno; Co-Published by Contemporary Art Museum Houston





Observed | June 20

Poster House, the first museum in the US dedicated exclusively to posters, opens today! Listen here to their first audio newsletter and guide narrated by Steven Heller. [BV]


Observed | June 19

Remembering the Bantam paperback of The Greening of America with its truly relentless deployment of Bookman Swash Italic. Quintessential 70s. RIP Charles Reich, 1928-2019. [MB]

Here’s your chance to hear Debbie Millman on the other side of the mike. Recorded live on stage at the famous Design and Advertising festival in London in May, Debbie is interviewed on episode 14 of This Way Up. [BV]


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]



Jobs | June 25