Lee Moreau + Liz Danzico | The Futures Archive
The Futures Archive S1E12: The Pet
Richard Kraft | Books
It Is What It Is
Debbie Millman | Design Matters with Debbie Millman
Best of Design Matters: Krista Tippett
Kathleen Meaney | Essay
Asafo-fonts
Adam Harrison Levy | Essays
The History of Being Found
Susan Morris | Essays
MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight
Adrian Shaughnessy | Essays
The Designer's Virus
Susan Morris | Essays
Design + Architecture at SXSW
Adrian Shaughnessy | Books
Impact
Connect 4 | Audio
Jonathan Jackson and Avalon Garrick: Time for Change
Ellen Lupton | Terms of Service
Confidence Equity
Susan Morris | Essays
Design+ at Sundance, Slamdance, and the NYFF
Debbie Millman | Audio
Celebrating Pride
Adrian Shaughnessy | Essays
Are JPEGs the New Album Covers?
Eugenia Bell | Essays
Eliot Noyes
Elle Luna | Report
Report from a Japanese Maid Café
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
Alexandra Lange | Essays
Against Kickstarter Urbanism
Jessica Helfand + Ellen McGirt | Audio
S9E3: Astra Taylor
Andrew Shea | Essays
Flies in Urinals: The Value of Design Disruptions
Francisco Laranjo | Essays
Critical Graphic Design: Critical of What?
Laura Scherling | Essays
How Micromobility Vehicles are Redesigning Global Transportation Systems
Jason Grant | Essays
Against Branding: Part 2 — Design and Happiness
Alexandra Lange | Essays
Criticism = Love
Connect 4 | Audio
Kojo Boateng and Brian Jean: Making Decisions, Making Your Mark
Jason Hill | Books
Artist as Reporter
Augusta Pownall | Books
Rational Simplicity: Rudolph de Harak, Graphic Designer


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]


Observed | November 15

Bob Gill, “bomb-throwing revolutionary”“, “polemicist”, and, yes, the important and influential graphic designer, dies at 90. [JH]

Who designs the city? A compelling, inclusive, and actionable inquiry. [JH]

All hail the mighty ... typewriter! [JH]



Jobs | January 24