Lee Moreau + Harry West | The Futures Archive
The Futures Archive S1E2: The Toothbrush
Jessica Helfand + Ellen McGirt | The Design of Business | The Business of Design
S9E12: Jessica Helfand + Ellen McGirt
Debbie Millman | Design Matters with Debbie Millman
Adam J. Kurtz
Anezka Minarikova | Book
Clara Istlerová, Her Work and Life
Connect 4 | Audio
Eddie Opara and Tyriq Moore: How Do You Build Knowledge as a Designer?
Adrian Shaughnessy | Essays
The Politics of Desire and Looting
The Editors | Watch This Space
Design Observer Community Session: Barbara Glauber
Connect 4 | Audio
Victor Newman and Ana Amaro: Becoming an Animator
Scott Berkun | Books
The Powerful Decide
Augusta Pownall | Books
Rational Simplicity: Rudolph de Harak, Graphic Designer
Susan Morris | Essays
Design + Architecture at SXSW
Connect 4 | Audio
Man-Wai Cheung and Angel Blanco: “Mom, Dad, I Want to Be a Designer”
Adrian Shaughnessy | Essays
Charles Dickens and The BBC
Steven Heller | Opinions
Pinch Me! 
Is it Really Over?
Susan Morris | Essays
Design+ at Sundance, Slamdance, and the NYFF
Jason Grant | Essays
Against Branding: Part 1 — Design and Conflict
Andrew Shea | Essays
Flies in Urinals: The Value of Design Disruptions
Laura Scherling | Essays
How Micromobility Vehicles are Redesigning Global Transportation Systems
Alexandra Lange | Essays
Criticism = Love
Jason Hill | Books
Artist as Reporter
Alexandra Lange | Opinions
Why Nicolai Ouroussoff Is Not Good Enough
Bryan Finoki | Essays
Architecture vs. the People
Jessica Helfand + Ellen McGirt | Audio
S9E4: Na Kim
| Books
The New Art of Making Books
Francisco Laranjo | Essays
Critical Graphic Design: Critical of What?
Adrian Shaughnessy | Essays
Books. Still not dead.
Steven Heller | Essays
Incompetence Is a Skill
Jessica Helfand + Ellen McGirt | Audio
S9E3: Astra Taylor


Observed | October 15

Karim Rashid opines on the harsher realities of a life in design. [JH]

Richard Schultz, American pioneer of modernist furniture, dies at 95. [JH]

Pixar movies, and the subtleties of dystopian cities. [JH]

In celebration of their relaunch Print magazine comissioned a wonderful video that you should watch. [BV]


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]



Jobs | October 24