A-Z
AIGA
Carrie Olivia Adams
Fernando Aguiar
Manuela Aguirre
Renna Al-Yassini
Marc Alt
Mariana Amatullo
Kurt Andersen
Gail Anderson
Kate Andrews
David Antin
Paola Antonelli
Alec Appelbaum
Allison Arieff
Zara Arshad
Mary Badon
Eric Baker
Marian Bantjes
Jonathan Barnbrook
John Barr
Lawrence Barth
Ernest Beck
Rachel Berger
Andrew Bernheimer
Fred A. Bernstein
Josh Berta
James Biber
Lisa Bielawa
Magda Biernat
Michael Bierut
Pedro Levi Bismarck
Eva D. Blake
Johanna Blakley
Teddy Blanks
Andrew Blauvelt
Ken Botnick
Constantin Boym
Alan G. Brake
Brooke Brewer
Gaby Brink
Liz Brown
Azby Brown
Gavin Browning
Dominique Browning
David Cabianca
Michael Cannell
John Cantwell
Alexandra Cardia
Jade-Snow Carroll
John Cary
Valerie Casey
Robin Cembalest
Deirdre Cerminaro
Helen Chang
Patrick Chappatte
Andy Chen
Joanne Chew
Allan Chochinov
Andrea Codrington
Billy Collins
Jan Conradi
Julia Cooke
John Corbett
Patrick Cramsie
Denise Gonzales Crisp
Glen Cummings
Meredith Davis
Thomas de Monchaux
Mark Dery
Prajna Desai
Nathalie Destanda
Carolyn Deuschle
Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson
Krista Donaldson
Stephen Doyle
Courtney Drake
William Drenttel
Jade Dressler
Lena Dunham
Charles & Ray Eames
Elliott Earls
Owen Edwards
Adam Eeuwens
Jennifer Ehrenberg
John Emerson
Mitch Epstein
Michael Erard
Gabrielle Esperdy
Robert Fabricant
Louise Fili
Thomas Fisher
Kenneth FitzGerald
Barbara Flanagan
Ramsey Ford
John Foster
Thomas Frank
Felice C. Frankel
David Freund
Robert Frost
Julia Galef
John Gall
Óscar Fernando Gómez
Rob Giampietro
Jessica Gladstone
Joshua Glenn
Kaomi Goetz
Vicki Goldberg
Sarah Williams Goldhagen
Justin Good
Peter Good
Jason Grant
Robert Grudin
Rachel Hadas
Donald Hall
Phil Hamlett
Robert Hammond
Michelle Hauser
Jessica Helfand
William H. Helfand
Steven Heller
Scott Henderson
Eric J. Herboth
Tarpley Hitt
Kirsten Hively
John Hockenberry
Andrew Howard
Kate Howe
John Howell
Cathy Huang
Amanda Hurley
William Henry Jackson
Karrie Jacobs
Ricky Jay
Meena Kadri
John Kaliski
Jac sm Kee
Justin Kemerling
Chip Kidd
William Davies King
Liza Kirwin
Alex Knowlton
Leonard Koren
Steven Kroeter
Amelia Lacy
Juliette LaMontagne
Mark Lamster
Rick Landesberg
Alexandra Lange
Francisco Laranjo
Julie Lasky
Jiwon Lee
Warren Lehrer
Nancy Levinson
Adam Harrison Levy
Zeuler R. M. de A. Lima
Randy Ludacer
Claire Lui
Paul Lukas
Elle Luna
Ellen Lupton
Elaine Lustig Cohen
John Madere
Roger Martin
Chaz Maviyane-Davies
J.D. McClatchy
Bradford McKee
KT Meaney
James Merrill
Debbie Millman
Elizabeth Helman Minchilli
Momus
Bill Moran
Edward Morris
Murray Moss
Michael Mossoba
Christopher Mount
Paul Muldoon
Michael Murphy
Dan Nadel
Ashish Nangia
Nichelle Narcisi
Bruce Nussbaum
Diana O’Hehir
Meghan O’Rourke
Sharon Olds
Wanda Orlikowski
Jason Orton
Jez Owen
Lyle Owerko
Jay Parkinson
Martin Parr
Phil Patton
Rick Perlstein
Robert Petrick
Robert Pinsky
Kolean Pitner
Adam Plunkett
Maria Popova
Doug Powell
Rick Poynor
Chris Pullman
Kerry William Purcell
Avinash Rajagopal
Wendy Rawlings
Willis Regier
Jen Renninger
Angela Riechers
Fred Ritchin
Jen Roos
Susan Roy
Michael Russem
Vera Sacchetti
Louise Sandhaus
Luc Sante
Kerry Saretsky
Steven Boyd Saum
Paula Scher
Carl Schoonover
Jonathan Schultz
Martha Scotford
Gerry Shamray
Adrian Shaughnessy
Paul Shaw
Dick Sheaff
Dmitri Siegel
Rachel Signer
Mike Sinclair
Andrew Sloat
Andrea Nagy Smith
Bryn Smith
Matt Soar
Victoria Solan
Michael Sorkin
Ettore Sottsass
Jeff Speck
Erik Spiekermann
David Stairs
Karen Stein
Daniel Stephens
Jude Stewart
DJ Stout
Gong Szeto
Laura Tarrish
John Thackara
The Editors
Alan Thomas
Dana Thomas
James Traub
Elizabeth Tunstall
Alice Twemlow
William Underhill
Tom Vanderbilt
Betsy Vardell
Dirk Wachowiak
Alissa Walker
Rob Walker
Josh Wallaert
Helen Walters
Timothy Jack Ward
John Waters
Jeshurun Webb
James Wegener
Laura Weiss
Margaret Wertheim
Lawrence Weschler
Kit White
George M. Whitesides
Tony Whitfield
Lorraine Wild
Deborah Willis
Christian Wiman
Jane Withers
Peter Wolf
Ken Worpole
Franz Wright
An Xiao Mina
Cheryl Yau
William Butler Yeats
Edvin Yegir
Mimi Zeiger
Michael Zinman


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]

You’ve seen the decorations everywhere: How postwar Christmas embraced spaceships, nukes, cellophane. [BV]


Observed | November 28

From pickled sharks to compositions in silence, fake ideas and fake emotions have elbowed out truth and beauty. [BV]

Will there be grapes in 2050? Tour the facilities where scientists breed plants to survive the future. [BV]

Zuckerberg and the data visualization that’s become core to Facebook’s mythos. [BE]


Observed | November 27

Design for Neuroticism? Sign me up! Bot designers (yes, it’s a thing) frame bot characters around something called the “big five” (I was hoping for hippos, like on safari, but no luck). The big bot five is a “personality trait model according to which each personality has five dimensions — agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, extraversion, and openness”. [JH]

This just in from the department of first world problems: The Dip Clip is the brainchild of a problem encountered, a decade ago, by a group of designers who stopped during a short trip at a fast food drive-thru and “realized they could not easily enjoy their condiments without making a mess.” [JH]

“Apple’s designers have long had an influence in the company which is barely imaginable to most designers elsewhere.” In this week’s New Yorker, Ian Parker’s profile of Sir Jonny Ive and the future of Apple. [JH]


Observed | November 24

The complex history of flash photography. [BV]

Life at the Edge of Sight: a photographic exploration of the microbial world. Want even more beautiful science? [BV]

The rise and fall of the English sentence. [BV]



Jobs | December 12