Bonnie Siegler | Book

Dear Client






Steven Heller | Essays

Fear Of Phallus

In my case, on average of twice a week, editors accused me of allowing one or more illustrators to include an unacceptable banana, kidney, or lozenge shape — and I’m talking about a plain old curvilinear-tipped graphic device that happened to be touching some other shape....
Lilly Smith | Interviews

Chain Letters: Ced Funches

“Admitting you may not be the best person to bring a vision to life is the hard part.”...
Olivia Coetzee | Essays

Use Only as Directed: Safety is not Always Safe

The safety pin, the safety match, the safety razor: are these objects as safe as their names suggest?...
Debbie Millman | Audio

David Cay Johnston

On this episode, Debbie talks to David Cay Johnston about the fun of investigative journalism....
Steven Heller | Essays

The Design Comb Over

Hair is more than a fibrous protein. Hair is who we are, or at least what we project we are. Hair defines personal brand identity....
Alexandra Lange | Essays

The Critical Olympics

What the best sports commentary does is just like criticism: it makes you care about the previously abstract....
Lilly Smith | Interviews

Chain Letters: Dian Holton

"As designers, we are problem-solvers, visionaries, and teachers," says Holton. "It’s important for us to be empathic and proactive in learning about our audience, so that we can provide meaningful experiences. This means getting to know the people who may not be like you."...
James Cartwright | Essays

Co-opting Design in the Name of Public Trust

The U.K.’s Government Digital Service used strategic design to streamline its bureaucratic processes and services. Could it be the democratic system’s Hail Mary?...


Observed | February 16

The first energy-positive Arctic hotel. [MPL]

Do concrete monsters deserve to be rescued? Saving Brutalism. [MPL]

AIGA Eye on Design‘s first magazine is now available for pre-order, and while the theme for issue 01 may be “Invisible,” it’s no wallflower. [LS]


Observed | February 15

Valentines Day may be behind us, but embracing the V is a daily constant. Enter Racket + #KnowTheFlow. [BV]

Visualizing musical scores: Theresa Sauer‘s stunning Notations21. [BV]

Fuzzy dudes. That‘s all. [MPL]


Observed | February 14

Ellsworth Kelly’s chapel at the University of Texas at Austin. [JH]

Long live graffiti. And the importance of exhibitions. [JH]


Observed | February 13

Poland. NATO. Design. Go! [JH]

Designing the perfect cafe. [JH]

How do you build a healthy city? [JH]


Observed | February 12

A new design residency is announced, courtesy of our friends at Core77. [JH]

A new logo for Lufthansa. [JH]

Busting the myths of logo design! [JH]


Observed | February 09

Ethics, truth, addiction—and design. [JH]

“These magazines were portals to other lives, systems of taste I learned by acquiring the small talismans and minute gestures that held these worlds up.” Hua Hsu remembers The Face and the magic of print. [MB]

It’s hard to be inspired on Friday. Adobe wants to make it a little easier: download free icon kits made by legendary designers here. [BV]


Observed | February 08

“American society has so normalized our inferior sidewalk system that we don’t believe we deserve a place to walk.” [BV]

Are madness and creativity linked? Is the art of the mentally ill freer in expression? [BV]


Observed | February 07

If birds left tracks in the sky, what would they look like? [BV]


Observed | February 06

How oceanliners shaped modern design. [MPL]

Supersmart algorithms won’t take all the jobs, but it’s not to be ignored: The Wired guide to artificial intelligence. [BV]


Observed | February 05

The insect that painted Europe red. [MPL]

The silent rise of the female-driven economy. [BV]


Observed | February 02

Has it been a long week? Are you exhausted by what’s on your screen? Erase the internet. [BV]

Machine learning and lack of learning in the tale of Google Translate. [BV]


Observed | February 01

How Muslim women use fashion to exert political influence: The rebellious potential of an apparently conservative style. [BV]

How planes fly (admit it — you always wanted to know). [BV]


Observed | January 30

A 3,000-year-old pharaoh statue is moved to a new home. It’s not the first time we‘ve noted the moving of a monument. [MPL]

To the distress of many, designs for the Resistance are being co-opted from their altruistic intentions into corporate moneymakers. [LS]



Jobs | February 17