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


A Very Serious Cookbook
A Very Serious Cookbook
AUTHOR: Jeremiah Stone & Fabián von Hauske
PUBLISHER: Phaidon Press
JACKET DESIGNER: Ariane Spanier
DESIGN FIRM: Ariane Spanier Design


A zene a csendből jön (Music Comes from Silence)
A zene a csendből jön (Music Comes from Silence)
AUTHOR: András Schiff
PUBLISHER: Magvető Publishing House
JACKET DESIGNER: Anna Farkas
DESIGN FIRM: Anagraphic


Adjustment Day
Adjustment Day
AUTHOR: Chuck Palahniuk
PUBLISHER: WW Norton & Company
ART DIRECTOR: Ingsu Liu
JACKET DESIGNER: Paul D. Buckley


Aetherial Worlds
Aetherial Worlds
AUTHOR: Tatyana Tolstaya
PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Carol Devine Carson
JACKET DESIGNER: Stephanie Ross


Anthology of Contemporary Ural Poetry
Anthology of Contemporary Ural Poetry
AUTHOR: Vitaliy Kalpidy
PUBLISHER: Marina Volkova Publishing
JACKET DESIGNER: Pavel Pisklakov
OTHER CREDITS: Layout: Vitaliy Kalpidy, Vladlen Ferkel; Proofreading: Marina Volkova, Elena Menshenina


ArtCenter Viewbook 2019-2020
ArtCenter Viewbook 2019-2020
AUTHOR: Mike Winder
PUBLISHER: ArtCenter College of Design
JACKET DESIGNER: Creative direction and design: Brad Bartlett; Creative coding and design: Alex Seth
DESIGN FIRM: Brad Bartlett Design, LA
OTHER CREDITS: Font design: Josh Finklea; Project supervision: Scott Taylor; Editorial direction: Mike Winder; Production supervision: Ellie Eisner; Production: Audrey Krauss


Álvaro Siza Viera: A Pool in the Sea
Álvaro Siza Viera: A Pool in the Sea
AUTHOR: Kenneth Frampton
PUBLISHER: Actar
JACKET 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


BAM: The Next Wave Festival
BAM: The Next Wave Festival
AUTHOR: Susan Yung and Steven Serafin
PUBLISHER: Print Matters, Inc.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Andrew Sloat
JACKET DESIGNER: Andrew Sloat
DESIGN FIRM: BAM
OTHER CREDITS: BAM Hamm Archives, Joseph V. Melillo


Belt Revivals
Belt Revivals
AUTHOR: Various / Anne Trubek & Dan Crissman
PUBLISHER: Belt Publishing
JACKET DESIGNER: David Wilson


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
JACKET DESIGNER: Ryszard Bienert


Calypso
Calypso
AUTHOR: David Sedaris
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mario Pulice
ART DIRECTOR: Gregg Kulick
JACKET DESIGNER: Peter Mendelsund


Carne Crua
Carne Crua
AUTHOR: Rubem Fonseca
PUBLISHER: Nova Fronteira
JACKET DESIGNER: Angelo Bottino; Fernanda Mello


Christine Birkle: How I Felt
Christine Birkle: How I Felt
AUTHOR: Johannes Kochs
PUBLISHER: Revolver Publishing
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Franziska Morlok; Jenny Hasselbach
ART DIRECTOR: Franziska Morlok; Jenny Hasselbach
JACKET DESIGNER: Franziska Morlok; Jenny Hasselbach
DESIGN FIRM: Rimini Berlin


Denn sie wissen was sie tun
Denn sie wissen was sie tun
AUTHOR: Ernst Ottwalt
PUBLISHER: Büchergile Gutenberg
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Marion Blomeyer
ART DIRECTOR: Marion Blomeyer
JACKET DESIGNER: Marion Blomeyer
DESIGN FIRM: Lowlypaper


Der Gott jenes Sommers
Der Gott jenes Sommers
AUTHOR: Ralf Rothmann
PUBLISHER: Büchergilde Gutenberg
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Marion Blomeyer
ART DIRECTOR: Marion Blomeyer
JACKET DESIGNER: Marion Blomeyer
DESIGN FIRM: Lowlypaper


Devan Shimoyama: Cry Baby
Devan Shimoyama: Cry Baby
AUTHOR: Jessica Beck & Abigail Franzen-Sheehan
PUBLISHER: The Andy Warhol Museum
ART DIRECTOR: Shannon Jager
JACKET DESIGNER: Shannon Jager
OTHER CREDITS: Contributions by Jessica Beck Emily Colucci and Devan Shimoyama Alex Fialho Rickey Laurentiis Patrick Moore


ECHOS
ECHOS
AUTHOR: Mara Marcu
PUBLISHER: Actar Publishers
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mara Marcu
ART DIRECTOR: Mara Marcu
JACKET DESIGNER: Kyle Winston (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


Familiar Things
Familiar Things
AUTHOR: Hwang Sok-yong
PUBLISHER: Egmont Publishing
JACKET DESIGNER: Geray Gencer
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Geray Gencer


Fernando Pessoa – Contos completos (Complete Stories)
Fernando Pessoa – Contos completos (Complete Stories)
AUTHOR: Fernando Pessoa
PUBLISHER: Carambaia
ART DIRECTOR: Gabriela Castro, Gustavo Marchetti, Paulo André Chagas
DESIGN FIRM: Bloco Gráfico
OTHER CREDITS: Graphic Production: Lilia Góes


Fired Up! Ready to Go!: Finding Beauty, Demanding Equity: An African American Life in Art
Fired Up! Ready to Go!: Finding Beauty, Demanding Equity: An African American Life in Art
AUTHOR: Peggy Cooper Cafritz; Charmaine Picard
PUBLISHER: Rizzoli Electa Publications
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Eddie Opara
ART DIRECTOR: Eddie Opara
JACKET DESIGNER: Eddie Opara; Shannon Jager
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram Design
OTHER CREDITS: Contributors: Njideka Akunyili Crosby; LaToya Ruby Frazier; Thelma Golden; Titus Kaphar; Simone Leigh; Kerry James Marshall; Uri McMillan; Tschabalala Self; Jack Shainman; Hank Willis Thomas; William Villalongo.


Frankenstein in Baghdad
Frankenstein in Baghdad
AUTHOR: Ahmed Saadawi
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley
JACKET DESIGNER: Jason Ramirez
DESIGN FIRM: Penguin Publishing Group


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
JACKET DESIGNER: Zak Group and Fredrik Værslev
DESIGN FIRM: Zak Group


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
JACKET DESIGNER: Maike Hamacher, Valentin Hindermann, Madeleine Stahel; with Christa Lanz
DESIGN FIRM: Büro 146


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.
JACKET 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.


Hardly Children
Hardly Children
AUTHOR: Laura Adamczyk
PUBLISHER: Farrar Straus & Giroux
ART DIRECTOR: Rodrigo Corral
JACKET DESIGNER: Jennifer Heuer


How Democracy Ends
How Democracy Ends
AUTHOR: David Runciman
PUBLISHER: Profile Books
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Peter Dyer
JACKET DESIGNER: James Jones


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


Katalog druków ulotnych z lat 1914–1918 w zbiorach Biblioteki Narodowej / Catalogue of Printed Ephemera 1914-1918 in the National Library of Poland
Katalog druków ulotnych z lat 1914–1918 w zbiorach Biblioteki Narodowej / Catalogue of Printed Ephemera 1914-1918 in the National Library of Poland
AUTHOR: Zofia Głowicka
PUBLISHER: National Library of Poland
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Aleksandra Toborowicz
ART DIRECTOR: Aleksandra Toborowicz
JACKET DESIGNER: Aleksandra Toborowicz


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
JACKET DESIGNER: Estudio Herrera
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
JACKET DESIGNER: Kimberly Varella
DESIGN FIRM: Content Object


Migration Stories
Migration Stories
AUTHOR: Mark Menjivar
PUBLISHER: Borderland Collective
JACKET DESIGNER: Molly Sherman


Mirtha Dermisache: Selected Writings
Mirtha Dermisache: Selected Writings
AUTHOR: Edited by Daniel Owen and Lisa Pearson
PUBLISHER: Siglio Press and Ugly Duckling Presse
JACKET DESIGNER: Natalie Kraft (artwork by Mirtha Dermisache)


Misery
Misery
AUTHOR: Stephen King
PUBLISHER: Suntup Editions
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Paul Suntup
JACKET DESIGNER: Catherine Casalino
DESIGN FIRM: Casalino Design Inc


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


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


Raold Dahl Series
Raold Dahl Series
AUTHOR: Raold Dahl
PUBLISHER: Can Publishing
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
ART DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
JACKET DESIGNER: Utku Lomlu
DESIGN FIRM: Lom Creative


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


Spain
Spain
AUTHOR: Caren Beilin
PUBLISHER: Rescue Press
ART DIRECTOR: Annie Leue
JACKET DESIGNER: Annie Leue
DESIGN FIRM: Intradesign


Sun Gardens: Cyanotypes by Anna Atkins
Sun Gardens: Cyanotypes by Anna Atkins
AUTHOR: Larry J. Schaaf
PUBLISHER: Delmonico Books | Prestel with the New York Public Library


The Incidents, “Insert Complicated Title Here”
The Incidents, “Insert Complicated Title Here”
AUTHOR: Author: Virgil Abloh with Oana Stanescu / Editors: Jennifer Sigler and Leah Whitman-Salkin
PUBLISHER: Copublished by Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Sternberg Press
JACKET DESIGNER: Åbäke
DESIGN FIRM: Åbäke


The Overstory
The Overstory
AUTHOR: Richard Powers
PUBLISHER: WW Norton & Company
ART DIRECTOR: Ingsu Liu
JACKET DESIGNER: Evan Gaffney


The True Measure of A Space Is How It Makes Us Feel
The True Measure of A Space Is How It Makes Us Feel
AUTHOR: Teknion
PUBLISHER: Teknion
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Vanderbyl
ART DIRECTOR: Michael Vanderbyl
JACKET DESIGNER: Michael Vanderbyl
DESIGN FIRM: Vanderbyl Design
OTHER CREDITS: Designer, Tori Koch


The Vanishing Frame: Latin American Culture and Theory in the Postdictatorial Era
The Vanishing Frame: Latin American Culture and Theory in the Postdictatorial Era
AUTHOR: Eugenio Claudio Di Stefano
PUBLISHER: The University of Texas Press
ART DIRECTOR: Dustin Kilgore
JACKET DESIGNER: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
DESIGN FIRM: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
OTHER CREDITS: Design & Production Manager at University of Texas Press: Dustin Kilgore


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AUTHOR: Author: Nelly Dijkstra and others; Editors: Henri Spijkerboer and Verily Klaassen
PUBLISHER: Rabobank Netherlands, Art Department, 2018
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: thonik
ART DIRECTOR: thonik
JACKET DESIGNER: thonik
DESIGN FIRM: thonik


Viagem ao Volga
Viagem ao Volga
AUTHOR: Ahmad Ibn Fadlān
PUBLISHER: Carambaia
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Tereza Bettinardi
ART DIRECTOR: Tereza Bettinardi
JACKET DESIGNER: Tereza Bettinardi
DESIGN FIRM: Tereza Bettinardi
OTHER CREDITS: Print Production: Lilia Goes


W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design
W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design
AUTHOR: Bruce Kennett
PUBLISHER: Letterform Archive
JACKET DESIGNER: Bruce Kennett
OTHER CREDITS: Publisher: Rob Saunders


Wee Hee Hee: A Collection of Pretty Funny Jokes & Pictures
Wee Hee Hee: A Collection of Pretty Funny Jokes & Pictures
AUTHOR: Wee Society
PUBLISHER: Clarkson Potter
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Robertson, Rob Alexander, Jason Schulte
JACKET DESIGNER: Rob Alexander
DESIGN FIRM: Office
OTHER CREDITS: Lindley Boegehold, Clarkson Potter, Editor // Writer: Jill Robertson (Office)


What is a Self-Portrait? An MCAD Viewbook
What is a Self-Portrait? An MCAD Viewbook
AUTHOR: Melissa Huybrecht; Rita Kovtun
PUBLISHER: Minneapolis College of Art and Design
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Aberman
JACKET DESIGNER: Michael Aberman
DESIGN FIRM: Michael Aberman
OTHER CREDITS: Phillip Countryman, (Videographer); Ann Benrud, Steven Candy, Josie Steen (review/editing, insight and planning)




The Design Observer Cooperative

Observed | July 14

A national reckoning: why It is falling to individuals to become their own interim museums and archives. [JH]


Observed | July 10

Together again for the very first time, Microsoft ditches backgrounds for foregrounds—like simulated office desks. [JH]

A new, coronavirus-inspired concoction at Alinea, one of the world’s most famous restaurants, is spurring backlash online. (via Blake Eskin) [BV]


Observed | July 08

A look inside the typography of the Biden campaign, by Hoefler & Co. [JH]


Observed | July 06

Designer and photographer Margaret Morton, who taught for many years at Cooper Union and at Yale, died last week at her home in New York City. She was 71. [JH]


Observed | July 03

Architect James Biber on backgrounds as the new foregrounds. (Via Adrian Shaughnessy.) [JH]


Observed | July 01

An exhaustive study of house address number styles. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | June 29

Aric Jenkins curated some essential writing on racial inequity and injustice in urban planning and design for Pocket. [BV]

Alice Rawsthorn and Paula Antonelli cohost Design Emergency, a new series on Instagram Live. [JH]


Observed | June 26

In the “you can’t make this shit up” department, from the company once described as a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money, Goldman Sachs releases a new font you’re not allowed to criticize Goldman Sachs with. (H/T Jeffrey Kittay) [JH]


Observed | June 24

The Drift is a new online magazine about politics and culture. (Don’t miss what bores them.) [JH]


Observed | June 23

June 24 at noon Pacific, 3pm Eastern: don‘t miss Rachel Gogel speaking in the Ladies Who Create series from Dropbox. [JH]


Observed | June 10

IBM will no longer offer, develop, or research facial recognition technology. [BV]


Observed | June 01

For the Army Corps of Engineers in 1944, Harold Fisk created extraordinarily beautiful maps of the changing Mississippi River over time. [MB]


Observed | May 29

A brilliant and timely design exploration: Alexandra Bell disrupts perception by rewriting headlines. (Via Lana Rigsby.) [JH]


Observed | May 28

The new book from Scott Berkun, How Design Makes the World, “will help you see design everywhere and question why it works—or why it fails.”—Ellen Lupton. Watch the trailer. [BV]


Observed | May 27

Kate Wagner at McMansionHell on the rise of Coronagrifting: “cheap mockups of COVID-related design ‘solutions’ filling the endlessly scrollable feeds of PR-beholden design websites” [MB]


Observed | May 21

Former Design of Business | Business of Design podcast guest David Rockwell creates a kit for instant outdoor restaurant dining. [MB]


Observed | May 20

Floodwaters threaten Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House. [MB]


Observed | May 19

A map featuring the 222 typefaces named for American places. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | May 15

Matteo Zallio, a design research scholar from Stanford, has developed a multipurpose tool as an open source response to COVID-19 outbreaks.. [BV]


Observed | May 14

Seven artists on how creating during the quarantine is helping them find solace and meaning in this period of uncertainty and paralyzing anxiety. [BV]


Observed | May 06

On the Detroit City of Design Podcast, Jessica Helfand points to curiosity and agile thinking as a resource for creativity. [BV]


Observed | May 04

How poster artist Randy Tuten inducted Led Zeppelin into the Avocado Club. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | April 27

Is the NYC subway system being unfairly blamed for spreading COVID-19? [MB]


Observed | April 24

Is minimalism the punch line to some joke we haven‘t heard yet, but are about to? [JH]


Observed | April 21

The Great Pottery Throw Down is the feel-good home and design show we need right now. It‘s chill, creative, and educational (with a tiny side of drama). [BV]


Observed | April 20

Shepard Fairey collaborates with Adobe to make a new series of posters celebrating the medical first-responders on the front lines during Covid-19. [JH]


Observed | April 17

How tape is remaking the urban landscape in Singapore. (via Daniel Benneworth-Gray) [BE]


Observed | April 16

The #BestNYAccent challenge on Instagram from Nicolas Heller, answers the question: How does a New Yawker tawk? (via Steven Heller) [BV]



Jobs | July 14