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Massimo Vignelli’s Desk
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Design Observer Community Session: Barbara Glauber
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Rational Simplicity: Rudolph de Harak, Graphic Designer
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Elle Luna | Report
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Design + Architecture at SXSW
Alexandra Lange | Essays
Criticism = Love
Debbie Millman | Audio
Celebrating Pride
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Sign Painting
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Forest Young and Sakinah Bell: Follow Your Curiosity, Find Your Inspiration
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The New Art of Making Books
Alexandra Lange | Opinions
Why Nicolai Ouroussoff Is Not Good Enough
Steven Heller | Essays
The Thrill is Gone: A Collector’s Lament
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Philosophy, Graphic Design and Virtue of Clarity
Susan Morris | Essays
Design+ at Sundance, Slamdance, and the NYFF
Alexandra Lange | Essays
Kicked A Building Lately?
Steven Heller | Essays
Incompetence Is a Skill
Laura Scherling | Essays
How Micromobility Vehicles are Redesigning Global Transportation Systems
Jessica Helfand | Essays
All Things Matter
Diana Seave Greenwald | Books
Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?
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Eliot Noyes
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Origins of Design Patents
Adrian Shaughnessy | Essays
Are JPEGs the New Album Covers?
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Flies in Urinals: The Value of Design Disruptions


Observed | September 17

From Aunt Jemima to AI, How Racism Creeps Into Design: an insightful video from Bloomberg Equality. [JH]

The 40 winners of this year’s Posterheroes Becoming e-Quals competition have been announced. Congrats to all! [BV]

German artist Max Hattler finds inspiration in the immense size, muted colors, and relentless repetition of the facades of Hong Kong’s apartment high-rises. [BV]

Swatch Bharat—online collections of Indian native aesthetics, created to preserve artifacts disappearing due to globalization—has completed their eighth collection. Get inspired![BV]


Observed | September 10

Rachel Berger’s Shooter Box—an exhibition protesting the United States military’s use of Microsoft Xbox controllers as battle equipment—now on view at California College of the Arts. [JH]

Pantone No. 1837, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and a conspiracy theory about art and commerce. [JH]

Designing a better airport. [JH]

Revisiting a seminal guerilla signage project, twenty years later. [JH]


Observed | September 03

Everyone’s a (design) critic! The internet goes wild—not in a good way—for the cover art “design” for Drake’s new album. [JH]

A new graphic novel on censorship—from MITPress—gathers insights and highlights from a profession under attack. [JH]

Rebranding Chernobyl with a logo that decays over time. (Via Michael Bierut.) [JH]

Today we chase after information, without gaining knowledge. We take note of everything, without gaining insight. We communicate constantly, without participating in a community... This is how information develops a lifeform: inexistent and impermanent. [JH]


Observed | August 27

A spectacularly researched—and meticulously produced—history of design and visual culture in Louisiana. (Via Nancy Sharon Collins.) [JH]

Alan Heller, who collaborated with Mario Bellini, Massimo and Lella Vignelli, and others to produce memorable objects in plastic, dies at 81. [JH]

Originally located in Marshall Field’s unused 1905 South Prairie Avenue mansion, The New Bauhaus school opened its doors on October 18, 1937. Bauhäusler László Moholy-Nagy, director, began to shape the original Bauhaus curriculum to suit his purposes. Gone were the craft-based distinctions that helped enforce gendered segregation and discrimination in the German workshops. An in-depth look at the founding of American Bauhaus. [BV]




Observed | August 20

Preserving Black historical resorts is a radical act: Amid the violent segregation of the Jim Crow era, leaning into Black joy, leisure, and recreation was a form of quiet radical resistance. [BV]

Our favorite water bottle designers have debuted their newest product, a sleek, steel vessel for all your portable beverage needs. [BV]

Populism—fascism—and design: Derek Hill explains. (Via Mike Errico.) [JH]

Punishment for ... a logo? [JH]

Data visualization in three parts: Mars rover, seabed geochemistry, and drought and climate change. [BV]

How the ice cream truck made summer cool. [BV]



Jobs | September 23