Sean Adams | Evidence

The Strange Case of the Designer







Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand | Audio

Episode 75: Dressed and Obsessed

Phantom Thread, John Perry Barlow, Cleveland Indians to retire Chief Wahoo, Obama portraits, riotous schnauzers...
Lilly Smith | Interviews

Chain Letters: Jason Murphy

“Inclusivity. That is the cliché. Where are they doing that?”...
Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand | Audio

S4E1: Stella Bugbee

Stella Bugbee is the editor in chief and president of New York Magazine’s The Cut....
Debbie Millman | Audio

Kaki King

Debbie talks to musician Kaki King about her collaborations, her career, and performing and composing....
Bonnie Siegler | Books

Dear Client

“Ironically, there are many books for designers about how we can better work with clients...But, as far as I know, there are no books to help clients better work with creative people, who are a unique species with a unique language and not-so-unique insecurities.”...
Steven Heller | Essays

Fear Of Phallus

In my case, on average of twice a week, editors accused me of allowing one or more illustrators to include an unacceptable banana, kidney, or lozenge shape — and I’m talking about a plain old curvilinear-tipped graphic device that happened to be touching some other shape....
Lilly Smith | Interviews

Chain Letters: Ced Funches

“Admitting you may not be the best person to bring a vision to life is the hard part.”...
Olivia Coetzee | Essays

Use Only as Directed: Safety is not Always Safe

The safety pin, the safety match, the safety razor: are these objects as safe as their names suggest?...


Observed | February 23

Rethinking school design in the wake of school tragedy. [JH]

“Show me someone with a seemingly unbroken stride and unfettered path.” Frank Bruni’s remarkable essay about his imperiled sight. [JH]


Observed | February 22

Black Panther spurred conversation among urbanist architecture and cities buffs on Twitter. [BV]


Observed | February 21

The case against popular culture: it‘s not just bad art, it enslaves us to repetition and robs us of aesthetic freedom. [BV]

Ready to embrace robots? [MPL]


Observed | February 20

At Stanford’s School of Continuing Education, a dive into the relationship between happiness and design. Here’s the syllabus. [JH]

Tackling Cape Town’s water crisis while reconsidering what might be considered luxury or waste. [BV]

Chicago toddler knows his car badges. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | February 19

Angharad Hengyu Owen’s wandering typographic lyricism. [JH]

At the Design Museum in London, through May 6, The Guardian’s design evolutions over time. More here. [JH]


Observed | February 16

The first energy-positive Arctic hotel. [MPL]

Do concrete monsters deserve to be rescued? Saving Brutalism. [MPL]

AIGA Eye on Design‘s first magazine is now available for pre-order, and while the theme for issue 01 may be “Invisible,” it’s no wallflower. [LS]


Observed | February 15

Valentines Day may be behind us, but embracing the V is a daily constant. Enter Racket + #KnowTheFlow. [BV]

Visualizing musical scores: Theresa Sauer‘s stunning Notations21. [BV]

Fuzzy dudes. That‘s all. [MPL]


Observed | February 14

Ellsworth Kelly’s chapel at the University of Texas at Austin. [JH]

Long live graffiti. And the importance of exhibitions. [JH]


Observed | February 13

Poland. NATO. Design. Go! [JH]

Designing the perfect cafe. [JH]

How do you build a healthy city? [JH]


Observed | February 12

A new design residency is announced, courtesy of our friends at Core77. [JH]

A new logo for Lufthansa. [JH]

Busting the myths of logo design! [JH]


Observed | February 09

Ethics, truth, addiction—and design. [JH]

“These magazines were portals to other lives, systems of taste I learned by acquiring the small talismans and minute gestures that held these worlds up.” Hua Hsu remembers The Face and the magic of print. [MB]

It’s hard to be inspired on Friday. Adobe wants to make it a little easier: download free icon kits made by legendary designers here. [BV]


Observed | February 08

“American society has so normalized our inferior sidewalk system that we don’t believe we deserve a place to walk.” [BV]

Are madness and creativity linked? Is the art of the mentally ill freer in expression? [BV]


Observed | February 07

If birds left tracks in the sky, what would they look like? [BV]



Jobs | February 24