Liz Danzio + Lee Moreau | The Futures Archive
The Futures Archive S2E11: The Microphone
Kaleena Sales + Omari Souza | The Design of Business | The Business of Design
S10E3.5: Minisode
Dana Arnett + Kevin Bethune | The Design of Business | The Business of Design
S10E3: Vernon Lockhart
Debbie Millman | Design Matters with Debbie Millman
Best of Design Matters: Catherine Opie
Adrian Shaughnessy | Essays
Philosophy, Graphic Design and Virtue of Clarity
Elle Luna | Report
Report from a Japanese Maid Café
Jason Hill | Books
Artist as Reporter
Susan Morris | Essays
MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight
Scott Berkun | Books
The Powerful Decide
Adrian Shaughnessy | Terms of Service
Pan Afrikan Design Institute
Robert Finkel + Shea Tillman | Books
The IBM Poster Program
Connect 4 | Audio
Man-Wai Cheung and Angel Blanco: “Mom, Dad, I Want to Be a Designer”
Ellen Lupton | Terms of Service
Confidence Equity
Ashleigh Axios | Opinions
To Be a Design-Led Company
Connect 4 | Audio
Min Lew and Zaiah Sampson: Finding Your Creative Voice
Adrian Shaughnessy | Books
Impact
Connect 4 | Audio
Jonathan Jackson and Avalon Garrick: Time for Change
Jessica Helfand | Essays
Why Write About Graphic Design?
Alexandra Lange | Essays
Dot Supreme
Adrian Shaughnessy | Essays
Books. Still not dead.
Harriet Gridley | Terms of Service
Terms of Service: March Edition
Jessica Helfand | From Our Archive
Total Recall
| Books
Sign Painting
Jessica Helfand | Audio
S9E01: Ellen Mirojnick
Jessica Helfand | Essays
All Things Matter
The Editors | Watch This Space
Design Observer Community Session: Barbara Glauber
Steven Heller | Essays
WAR! What’s it Really Good For?
Jessica Helfand | My First Job
When Less Was More


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]


Observed | April 29

Creatives for Ukraine, an open platform with over one thousand digital artworks submitted showing solidarity with Ukraine. [BV]

Trained as an Industrial designer at Notre Dame, Michigan state senator Mallory McMorrow takes on the GOP. [JH]

Yup. [JH]

Designers! They’re just like us! “Grey’s friend Jamie Lee Curtis helped design the cover of Out of the Corner, using what she described in a phone interview as “D.I.Y. photoshop phone app skills.” [JH]


Observed | April 26

Award-winning American artist and illustrator, Marshall Arisman, has died at 83. Steve Heller’s tribute is here. [JH]


Observed | April 08

Kevin Lippert, the founder of Princeton Architectural Press, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 63. [JH]

Forbes offers “graphic design on a budget” advise—in the name of leadership. [JH]

The saga to redesign Rhode Island’s license plate continues, with design educators weighing in. [JH]

An early Easter gift for a grateful librarian: Charles Darwin’s notebooks, long missing, mysteriously returned! (Via Jen Renninger) [JH]

Educator, artist, activist and civil rights era photographer Doris Derby has died. She was 82. [JH]



Jobs | August 10