Dana Arnett + Kevin Bethune | The Design of Business | The Business of Design
S10E4: Perrin Drumm
Debbie Millman | Design Matters with Debbie Millman
A.M. Homes
Rachel Lehrer + Lee Moreau | The Futures Archive
The Futures Archive S2E12: The Vibrator
Kaleena Sales + Omari Souza | The Design of Business | The Business of Design
S10E3.5: Minisode
Scott Berkun | Books
The Powerful Decide
Adrian Shaughnessy | Terms of Service
Pan Afrikan Design Institute
Alexandra Lange | Essays
Kicked A Building Lately?
Jessica Helfand + Ellen McGirt | Audio
S9E2: Melanie Keen
Connect 4 | Audio
Eddie Opara and Tyriq Moore: How Do You Build Knowledge as a Designer?
Ashleigh Axios | Opinions
To Be a Design-Led Company
| Books
Origins of Design Patents
Steven Heller | Essays
Incompetence Is a Skill
Susan Morris | Essays
Design+ at Sundance, Slamdance, and the NYFF
The Editors | Books
Self-Reliance
Steven Heller | Essays
The Thrill is Gone: A Collector’s Lament
Jessica Helfand | Audio
S9E01: Ellen Mirojnick
Susan Morris | Essays
Observed at Hot Docs 2021
Elle Luna | Report
Report from a Japanese Maid Café
Steven Heller | Opinions
Pinch Me! 
Is it Really Over?
Connect 4 | Audio
Victor Newman and Ana Amaro: Becoming an Animator
Jason Hill | Books
Artist as Reporter
Ellen Lupton | Terms of Service
Confidence Equity
Chappell Ellison | Essays
You’ll Never Guess the Amazing Ways Online Design Writing and Criticism Has Changed
Jessica Helfand | Essays
Why Write About Graphic Design?
Adrian Shaughnessy | Essays
The Designer's Virus
The Editors | Watch This Space
Design Observer Community Session: Barbara Glauber
Susan Morris | Essays
Design + Architecture at SXSW
Connect 4 | Audio
Natasha Jen and Adnan Bishtawi: How Do You Survive as a Designer?


Observed | September 16

Eye candy? (Eye dairy?) Behold: the Barcelona Butter Chair! [JH]

A new exhibit at the Victoria & Albert museum reveals what objects people choose to repair—and how they want them fixed. [BV]


Observed | September 09

NYC is looking for volunteer artists to paint its garbage trucks. [JH]

Dezeen announces the 2022 award winners. [JH]

Artificial intelligence in the service of ... the skyscraper? [JH]

The Smithsonian announces the winners of the National Design Award. [JH]

Wellness—for designers. [JH]


Observed | August 13

Dizzying discs and obscene wordplay—revisiting Marcel Duchamp’s 1926 film debut. [BV]

For Ben Watson, who leads MillerKnoll, every great designer is an optimist. [JH]

Tina Charad—a Los Angeles-based South African by way of Britain—on the challenges of graphic in film. [JH]

Entertainment for the dog days of August: Focukups are digital mockups that show your work in, um, real conditions. [JH]


Observed | July 29

Conceptual magazine covers, and why they matter. [JH]


Observed | July 22

Deem is a design journal established upon the notion that design is fundamentally a shared experience that adds value to communities. [JH]

Fast Company shares its favorite design books of summer. [JH]

Design and surrealism, an exhibition at the London Design Museum. [JH]

Claes Oldenberg, the Swedish-born American Pop artist known for his monumental sculptures of everyday objects, has died. He was 93. [JH]

Manuhuia Barcham, Managing Director, Archetekt, will be the next head of the AIGA Board of Directors. [JH]


Observed | July 15

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About (Design And) Sex But Were Afraid To Ask. [JH]

“He’s even branched out into graphic design himself, with a little help from Naoto Fukasawa, in a bizarre collaboration that has yet to see the light of day.” Kanye West does design. (And doesn’t.) [JH]

Sreoshy Banerjea has been appointed by Mayor Eric Adams as the next Executive Director of the New York City Public Design Commission. [JH]

“He’s not just a designer,” Steve Jobs once said of Jonathan Ive, then-design director at Apple. “He has more operational power than anyone at Apple, except me.” [JH]


Observed | July 08

The American designer Arnold Skolnick who—Inspired by Matisse’s cutouts—created the iconic Woodstock poster in 1969, has died. He was 85. [JH]

Where graphic design meets architecture: Thonik’s new studio, in Amsterdam. [JH]

Marcus Fairs, the founder and editor-in-chief of Dezeen, has died. The well-known design journalist was 54. [JH]

2022 SEGD Award winners announced. [JH]


Observed | June 17

Molly Young reviews Alexandra Lange’s new book, Meet Me by the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall. (Read an excerpt here.) [JH]

Can you quantify creativity? [JH]

Zimbabwean born designer, visual artist, and educator Nontsikelelo Mutiti has been appointed the next Director of Graduate Studies in Graphic Design at Yale School of Art. [JH]


Observed | June 03

A critique of poster design goes viral. [JH]

Colin Forbes—who, with Alan Fletcher, Theo Crosby, Mervyn Kurlansky and Kenneth Grange co-founded the international design firm, Pentagram, in the early 1970s—has died at 94. [JH]

Are school shootings a design problem? Texas Senator Ted Cruz thinks so. [JH]]

In the United States, there are five requirements for design patentability. Do you know what they are? [JH]

Italian design legend Riccardo Falcinelli on design philosophy—and reality. [JH]

Read It And Weep Department: Just when you thought a more diverse cast of characters (think women and people of color, for starters) might actually be on their way to getting some long-overdue airtime, Austrian brothers Jono and Benji Bergmann release a film on ... Bruce Mau! [JH]



Jobs | September 30