Steven Heller | Essays

Bury My Heart On St. Marks Place: A Sixties Memorial






Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand | Audio

Episode 71: A 40,000-point 9

Ivan Chermayeff and American modernism, Kurt Andersen, Vincent Scully, Ivo van Hove’s The Fountainhead, Brothers in Arms...
Doug Powell, Christopher Simmons | Books

Holiday Book List: For the Design Practitioner and the Theorist

Books that provide a broad understanding of the world around you....
Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand | Audio

S3E11: Melissa Harris

Melissa Harris is editor at large of the Aperture Foundation and the author of A Wild Life: A Visual Biography of Photographer Michael Nichols....
Debbie Millman | Audio

Marina Abramović

Debbie talks to performance artist Marina Abramović about her career, her art, and her incredible body of work....
Debbie Millman | Audio

Catie Lazarus

Debbie talks to podcast host, comic, and comedy writer Catie Lazarus about comedy, and about the grey area of comedians telling off-color jokes....
Sean Adams | Evidence

When the World Was Young

When I started in the profession, I was the youngest such and such for a long time. Somewhere along the line as the generation before me retired or moved on to greener pastures, I became the old guard. This happens to all of us, which is better than being hit by a bus....
Maya P. Lim | Interviews

Why Not Futura? How Futura is Actually a Conversation with the Past

Maya P. Lim talks to Never Use Futura author Douglas Thomas....
Sean Adams, Ashleigh Axios | Books

Holiday Book List: For the Serenity-seeker and the Problem-solver

Are you looking to escape reality or face it? Either way, we’ve got the book for you....


Observed | December 15

In Reykjavik: uniform design controversy! [JH]

Allison Arieff reviews the new “design for access” exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt, in New York. [JH]

How to make an architectural image go viral: a six-step guide by Alexandra Lange. [MB]


Observed | December 14

Questions for Khoi Vinh? Start here! [JH]

The Guardian ranks the top ten design events of the year. And Fast Co. Design predicts what the next year will bring. [JH]

An
elaborate online hoax led many to believe that D.C.’s NFL team had rebranded itself as the “Washington Redhawks.” (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | December 13


“Symbols don’t make it clear what you do, it just makes it clear who they are. The less they say, the better.” We celebrate 60 years of branding torchbearer Chermayeff & Geismar with this new retrospective video from the AIGA Design Archives. [LS]

Can biometrics help architects design better cities? [JH]


Observed | December 12

Mis-overestimating the user, aka “the reverse George Bush design effect”. [JH]

In Dubai: building a design culture, from scratch. [JH]


Observed | December 11

Why success stories are just propaganda. [MB]

“Design thinking is kind of like syphilis: it’s contagious and rots your brains.” [MB]


Observed | December 08

Designing an autonomous car—from scratch. (Ford says they’re ready.) [JH]

There is Nordic design and then there is incredible Nordic design. (This is the latter.) [JH]


Observed | December 07

Protect your design job! From robots! No, not the tagline of a new blockbuster movie: an article about how you can actually, um, protect your design job from robots. [JH]

New design guidelines announced for the city of San Francisco. Perhaps other cities will follow suit: better to serve humanity than to express hostility, no? At a minimum, we should strive for coherent and peaceful cities. [JH]


Observed | December 06

Airbnb: People think our logo is anatomically suggestive. New Jersey ice cream parlor: Hold my beer. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]

Saving faces...on eggs. [MPL]


Observed | December 05

Can design reduce stress in cities? [JH]

News from China: will design help “power the next stage of growth”? Some business leaders think so. Meanwhile, in Shenzhen, a new design center opens. And if you’re in Hong Kong later this week, threee days of design inspiration await you! [JH]

Type designer and House Industries co-founder Rich Roat has died, age 52. [JH]


Observed | December 02

A decade of Chip! [JH]

Can a logo be adorable? Air Malta thinks so. [JH]


Observed | December 01

Is this the end of an era? Is process passé? More here. [JH]

Design tool = privacy nightmare. [JH]

If God is in the details—maybe design is in the relationships? Nathan Shedroff thinks so. [JH]


Observed | November 30

Holograms and rainbow printing are just a few of the ways the new Hong Kong high-tech ID card is building in security. [JH]

It seemed like a good idea at the time? [JH]


Observed | November 29

Book lovers never go to bed alone. (Support public libraries!) [BV]

Cool new illustrations from London-based illustrator Fay Dalton for the original James Bond novels. [BV]



Jobs | December 15