Lee Moreau + Natasha Jen | Audio
The Futures Archive S1E1: The Passport
Jessica Helfand + Ellen McGirt | The Design of Business | The Business of Design
S9E11: Avery Willis Hoffman
Anezka Minarikova | Book
Clara Istlerová, Her Work and Life
Debbie Millman | Design Matters with Debbie Millman
Amy Koppelman
Adrian Shaughnessy | Essays
Are JPEGs the New Album Covers?
Ellen Lupton | Terms of Service
Confidence Equity
Susan Morris | Essays
Observed at Hot Docs 2021
Connect 4 | Audio
Natasha Jen and Adnan Bishtawi: How Do You Survive as a Designer?
The Editors | Terms of Service
Terms of Service: February Edition
Ashleigh Axios | Opinions
To Be a Design-Led Company
Jessica Helfand | From Our Archive
Total Recall
Connect 4 | Audio
Eddie Opara and Tyriq Moore: How Do You Build Knowledge as a Designer?
| Books
Sign Painting
Andrew Shea | Essays
Flies in Urinals: The Value of Design Disruptions
The Editors | Watch This Space
Design Observer Community Session: Barbara Glauber
Robert Finkel + Shea Tillman | Books
The IBM Poster Program
Augusta Pownall | Books
Rational Simplicity: Rudolph de Harak, Graphic Designer
Steven Heller | Opinions
Pinch Me! 
Is it Really Over?
Connect 4 | Audio
Forest Young and Sakinah Bell: Follow Your Curiosity, Find Your Inspiration
Elle Luna | Report
Report from a Japanese Maid Café
Alexandra Lange | Opinions
Why Nicolai Ouroussoff Is Not Good Enough
Connect 4 | Audio
Man-Wai Cheung and Angel Blanco: “Mom, Dad, I Want to Be a Designer”
Jessica Helfand | My First Job
When Less Was More
Scott Berkun | Books
The Powerful Decide
| Books
The New Art of Making Books
Francisco Laranjo | Essays
Critical Graphic Design: Critical of What?
Adrian Shaughnessy | Essays
Charles Dickens and The BBC
Jason Grant | Essays
Against Branding: Part 1 — Design and Conflict


Observed | October 01

Adnan Lotia recreates iconic album covers with ... Lego. [JH]

Designers Verònica Fuerte and Sebastián Londoño turn circles into an international design language. [JH]

Jim Jarmusch, collage artist. [JH]

Posted without comment. [JH]


Observed | September 24

For the ABC Science series Phenomena, the Australian artist and filmmaker Josef Gatti collaborated with the Australian composer Kim Moyes for an amalgamation of art and science exploring ‘naturally occurring patterns, and the fundamental forces of nature that create them’. [BV]

Jack Kerouac, book designer. [JH]

An exquisite memorial by the American artist Suzanne Firstenberg. [JH]




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]



Jobs | October 17