Debbie Millman | Design Matters with Debbie Millman
Best of Design Matters: Kaki King
Lee Moreau + Liz Danzico | The Futures Archive
The Futures Archive S1E12: The Pet
The Editors | Interview
Ritesh Gupta + Useful School
Richard Kraft | Books
It Is What It Is
Susan Yelavich | Books
Beings: Unruly Things, Golems, Cyborgs
Adam Harrison Levy | Essays
The History of Being Found
Connect 4 | Audio
Forest Young and Sakinah Bell: Follow Your Curiosity, Find Your Inspiration
Chappell Ellison | Essays
You’ll Never Guess the Amazing Ways Online Design Writing and Criticism Has Changed
Jessica Helfand | Audio
S9E01: Ellen Mirojnick
Adrian Shaughnessy | Essays
Charles Dickens and The BBC
Susan Morris | Essays
Design + Architecture at SXSW
Eugenia Bell | Essays
Eliot Noyes
The Editors | Watch This Space
Design Observer Community Session: Barbara Glauber
Jessica Helfand + Ellen McGirt | Audio
S9E4: Na Kim
Connect 4 | Audio
Man-Wai Cheung and Angel Blanco: “Mom, Dad, I Want to Be a Designer”
Alexandra Lange | Opinions
Why Nicolai Ouroussoff Is Not Good Enough
Alexandra Lange | Essays
Against Kickstarter Urbanism
Alexandra Lange | Essays
Lessons from the High Line
Connect 4 | Audio
Kojo Boateng and Brian Jean: Making Decisions, Making Your Mark
Connect 4 | Audio
Min Lew and Zaiah Sampson: Finding Your Creative Voice
Sean Adams | Books
How Design Makes Us Think
Laetitia Wolff | Essays
Design is Capital: Five Lessons I Learned from Lille
Scott Berkun | Books
The Powerful Decide
Francisco Laranjo | Essays
The Whitney Identity: Responding to W(hat)?
Jason Grant | Essays
Against Branding: Part 2 — Design and Happiness
Jessica Helfand | From Our Archive
Total Recall
Adam Harrison Levy | Essays
Jump Cut: Thoughts on Editing
Steven Heller | Opinions
Pinch Me! 
Is it Really Over?


Observed | January 28

An extraordinary list of speakers just announced for the State of Black Design conference, at Texas State University. (h/t Rebecca Breuer) [JH]

When design fails—according to Reddit users. [JH]

When Build Back Better becomes Design Back Better: a speculative scenario for employee retention, one “innovation space” at a time. [JH]


Observed | January 21

How a design museum unearthed a treasure trove of classic Slovak games. [JH]

“Someone out there ... came up with the emoji grid as a spoiler-free way of sharing her results with other people.” Josh Wardle, creator of the internet word game Wordle, on the game’s minimalist design. (via Blake Eskin) [JH]

In other design news, the green M&M has been redesigned so that she will be “better represented to reflect confidence and empowerment, as a strong female, and known for much more than her boots.” (via Jeffrey Kittay.) [JH]

Colgate’s designers have spent more than five years redesigning their toothpaste tubes so they can be recycled in curbside bins. [JH]


Observed | January 14

Cooper Union is looking for a new architecture dean. [JH]

In a year of cancelled film and theatrical productions all over the world, production design gets a nice shout-out. [JH]

Meet the woman preserving 125 years of black history in Baltimore. [BV]


Observed | January 07

“It seems to me that designers, bringing evermore astonishing prowess to bear, too often outshine the work they are meant to support.” Another pitch-perfect review by Jesse Green. [JH]

Design and the Chinese bookstore: a saga! (h/t to Jen Renninger) [JH]

From Mad magazine to B-Movies: An Oral History of Beastie Boys’ Artwork. [BV]


Observed | December 30

Book jackets as optical echoes. [JH]

Design and Healing, a new exhibition at Cooper Hewitt in New York, “helps us appreciate optimism amid hopelessness, and celebrates extraordinary accomplishments under duress”. [JH]

The long read: Craig L. Wilkins on the questionable role of the architectural biennial. [JH]

Why is a typeface named Jim Crow? (via Mike Errico.) [JH]


Observed | December 23

“It’s something that should have been caught in the design phase.” [JH]

A beautiful roundup of forty years of MTV logos, from our friends at It’s Nice That. [JH]

Broken covers: Steve Goldman puts the world’s worst album art on show.[BV]


Observed | December 17

Redesigning the euro—by 2024! [JH]

Brad Pitt, design obsessive, takes on his latest project, in France. [JH]

Design at Apple in the post-Jony Ive era. [JH]

We normally avoid any incoming news item labeled “trends to watch” but there are actually some lovely things in here. ’Tis the season to look at ... beer labels! [JH]

La Patria is a robust online archive of Uruguayan design that includes posters, postage stamps. book and record covers, and more. [JH]


Observed | December 10

Design and traffic. [JH]

In Ghana, a model for design, education, community—and sustainability. [JH]

Insecure—the acclaimed HBO series—makes costume design history. [JH]

Ritesh Gupta launches Useful School, a pay-what-you-can online design curriculum for people of color. [BV]

Spotify Wrapped: a design-cautionary tale. [JH]


Observed | November 26

Dave Hickey, the author of Air Guitar and The Invisible Dragon, has died. The influential art and cultural critic was 82. [JH]

Rethinking design—as a transformative catalyst for change—in the circular economy. [JH]



Jobs | January 29