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Gifted : The Instruments of Ed Stilley
TITLE: Gifted : The Instruments of Ed Stilley
AUTHOR: Tim Hawley
PUBLISHER: PSG

DESIGNER: Brenda Bergen and Dave Reynolds
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Brenda Bergen
ART DIRECTOR: Brenda Bergen
DESIGN FIRM: Wink Design Atelier



Global By Design: Chinese Ceramics from the R. Albuquerque Collection
TITLE: Global By Design: Chinese Ceramics from the R. Albuquerque Collection
AUTHOR: Denise Patry Leidy and Maria Ant_nia Pinto de Matos
PUBLISHER: Jorge Welsh Research & Publishing

DESIGNER: In_s Rolo Mendon_a & Pedro Bento Novo
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: In_s Rolo Mendon_a & Pedro Bento Novo
DESIGN FIRM: Panorama Design Studio (www.panorama.pt)



Go Photo! An Activity Book for Kids
TITLE: Go Photo! An Activity Book for Kids
AUTHOR: Alice Proujansky
PUBLISHER: Aperture Foundation

DESIGNER: Emily Lessard



God Is, And I Thought It Was All About Me, The Gospel of Rev. Phil, A Spiritual Autobiography, The God Tilogy - Book 1
TITLE: God Is, And I Thought It Was All About Me, The Gospel of Rev. Phil, A Spiritual Autobiography, The God Tilogy - Book 1
AUTHOR: Revered Philip Strom
PUBLISHER: Revered Philip Strom, Church of the One God

DESIGNER: Dree Morin
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Dree Morin
ART DIRECTOR: Dree Morin
DESIGN FIRM: Dreemer Designs



Golden Delicous
TITLE: Golden Delicous
AUTHOR: Christopher Boucher
PUBLISHER: Melville House

DESIGNER: Marina Drukman
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Marina Drukman
ART DIRECTOR: Marina Drukman
DESIGN FIRM: Melville House



Hamilton
TITLE: Hamilton
AUTHOR: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing

DESIGN FIRM: Melcher Media / Headcase Design



Harts: A Collection of Short Stories
TITLE: Harts: A Collection of Short Stories
AUTHOR: Glenn Wilkes & Plantain
PUBLISHER: Plantain

DESIGNER: Plantain
DESIGN FIRM: Plantain



Helibo Seyoman
TITLE: Helibo Seyoman
AUTHOR: Sandra Bartoli, Agnieszka Brze_a_ska, Jerzy Goliszewski, Ulrich Gutmair, Tymek Jezierski, Christin Kaiser, Hari Kunzru, Krzysztof Pyda, Agata Pyzik, Gregor R__a_ski, Ariane Spanier, Olga Szczechowska, Andreas T_pfer, Aleksandra Waliszewska, Gregor Weichbrodt, Jakub _ulczyk
PUBLISHER: B_c Zmiana New Culture Foundation _/_ Martin Conrads, Franziska Morlok, Bogna _wi_tkowska

DESIGNER: Franziska Morlok
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Franziska Morlok
ART DIRECTOR: Franziska Morlok
DESIGN FIRM: Franziska Morlok



H_lio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium
TITLE: H_lio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium
AUTHOR: Lynn Zelevansky, Elisabeth Sussman, James Rondeau, Donna De Salvo / With Anna Katherine Brodbeck
PUBLISHER: DelMonico Books _ Prestel | Carnegie Museum of Art | The Art Institute of Chicago | Whitney Museum of American Art

DESIGNER: Barbara Glauber and Kellie Konapelsky
DESIGN FIRM: Heavy Meta



HIDDEN
TITLE: HIDDEN
AUTHOR: Iker Gil
PUBLISHER: MAS Context

DESIGNER: Jason Pickleman, Ashley Ryann, and Dan Marsden
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Pickleman
DESIGN FIRM: JNL Graphic Design



Highway Kind
TITLE: Highway Kind
AUTHOR: Justine Kurland
PUBLISHER: Aperture Foundation

DESIGNER: John Morgan studio



Hippie Inc.
TITLE: Hippie Inc.
AUTHOR: Michael Klassen/Andrew Goldstein and Michelle Toth
PUBLISHER: SixOneSeven Books

DESIGNER: Cover design by Max Goldstein Book design by Chiquita Babb



Hound in the hunt: optical aids in art
TITLE: Hound in the hunt: optical aids in art
AUTHOR: Tim Jenison, Jonathan Janson, David Walsh
PUBLISHER: Museum of Old and New Art

DESIGNER: Nadine Kessler
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Nadine Kessler



House is a House is a House is a House is a House: Architectures and Collaborations of Johnston Marklee
TITLE: House is a House is a House is a House is a House: Architectures and Collaborations of Johnston Marklee
AUTHOR: Reto Geiser
PUBLISHER: Birkh_user, Basel, Switzerland

DESIGNER: No_mi Mollet, Reto Geiser
DESIGN FIRM: MG&Co., Houston



Hubert Robert
TITLE: Hubert Robert
AUTHOR: Margaret Morgan Grasselli and Yuriko Jackall
PUBLISHER: National Gallery of Art, Washington

DESIGNER: Brad Ireland
DESIGN FIRM: National Gallery of Art, Washington



Il Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venezia, OMA. Il restauro e il riuso di un monumento veneziano (Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venice, OMA. Renovation and Reuse of a Landmark Building)
TITLE: Il Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venezia, OMA. Il restauro e il riuso di un monumento veneziano (Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venice, OMA. Renovation and Reuse of a Landmark Building)
AUTHOR: Francesco Dal Co, Elisabetta Molteni. With a text by Rem Koolhaas + Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli
PUBLISHER: Mondadori Electa S.p.a.

DESIGNER: Fabio Furlanis
ART DIRECTOR: Paolo Tassinari
DESIGN FIRM: Tassinari/Vetta



Impressionist and Modern Art: The A. Jerrold Perenchio Collection
TITLE: Impressionist and Modern Art: The A. Jerrold Perenchio Collection
AUTHOR: Leah Lehmbeck and Michael Govan
PUBLISHER: Lisa Gabrielle Mark/Los Angeles County Museum of Art and DelMonico Books/Prestel Publishing

DESIGNER: Barbara Glauber & Kellie Konapelsky/Heavy Meta



In the line of fire: the history of firefighting in Porec
TITLE: In the line of fire: the history of firefighting in Porec
AUTHOR: Elena Poropat Pustijanac
PUBLISHER: The museum of the Porec territory

DESIGNER: Martina Sirotic, Eugen Slavik, Rajko Ban
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jelena Fiskus, Sean Poropat
ART DIRECTOR: Martina Sirotic
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Sonda



Integrated Chinese
TITLE: Integrated Chinese
AUTHOR: Yuehua Liu and Tao-chung Yao Nyan-Ping Bi, Liangyan Ge, Yaohua Shi Original Edition by Tao-chung Yao and Yuehua Liu Liangyan Ge, Yea-fen Chen, Nyan-Ping Bi, Xiaojun Wang, Yaohua Shi
PUBLISHER: Cheng & Tsui

DESIGNER: Kate Papadaki
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Christian Sabogal
ART DIRECTOR: Christian Sabogal
DESIGN FIRM: Cheng & Tsui - In-house Studio



Intimate Distance
TITLE: Intimate Distance
AUTHOR: Todd Hido
PUBLISHER: Aperture Foundation

DESIGNER: Bob Aufuldish, Aufuldish & Warinner



Into the Mysterium
TITLE: Into the Mysterium
AUTHOR: Michele Oka Doner
PUBLISHER: Regan Arts

DESIGNER: Lorraine Wild, Marina Mills Kitchen, and Richard Ljoenes
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lorraine Wild
ART DIRECTOR: Lorraine Wild and Richard Ljoenes
DESIGN FIRM: Green Dragon Design Office



Into The Mysterium
TITLE: Into The Mysterium
AUTHOR: Michele Oka Doner
PUBLISHER: Regan Arts

DESIGNER: Lorraine Wild
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Richard Ljones
ART DIRECTOR: Michele Oka Doner
DESIGN FIRM: Green Dragon Office



Isamo Noguchi Playscapes
TITLE: Isamo Noguchi Playscapes
AUTHOR: Manuela Moscoso, Lars Bang Larsen, Gabriela Burkhalter, Alejandro Hern_ndez G_lvez, Shaina D. Larrivee
PUBLISHER: Museo Tamayo

DESIGNER: Emilio P_rez
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Maricris Herrera
DESIGN FIRM: Estudio Herrera



Ivory / Masks  Art of the Arctic
TITLE: Ivory / Masks Art of the Arctic
AUTHOR: Donald Ellis
PUBLISHER: Black Dog Publishing

DESIGNER: Barb Woolley
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Barb Woolley
ART DIRECTOR: Barb Woolley
DESIGN FIRM: Hambly & Woolley Inc.



Japanese Books, Manuscripts, & Scrolls
TITLE: Japanese Books, Manuscripts, & Scrolls
AUTHOR: Jonathan A. Hill
PUBLISHER: Jonathan A. Hill

DESIGNER: Jerry Kelly
DESIGN FIRM: Jerry Kelly LLC



John Udvardy
TITLE: John Udvardy
AUTHOR: Lucie G. Teegarden, Editor
PUBLISHER: Udvardy Editions

DESIGNER: Malcolm Grear Designers
DESIGN FIRM: Malcolm Grear Designers



Journal+: For Positive Thinking
TITLE: Journal+: For Positive Thinking
AUTHOR: Jessica Adanich
PUBLISHER: WestBowPress

DESIGNER: Jessica Adanich
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jessica Adanich
ART DIRECTOR: Jessica Adanich
DESIGN FIRM: Jessica Adanich



Julian Onderdonk: A Catalogue Raisonn_
TITLE: Julian Onderdonk: A Catalogue Raisonn_
AUTHOR: Harry A. Halff and Elizabeth Halff with an essay by Emily Ballew Neff
PUBLISHER: Yale University Press

DESIGNER: Silja Hillmann, J. Brad Sturm, and Tuan Pham
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Cheryl Towler Weese
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Blue



Julio Le Parc: Form Into Action
TITLE: Julio Le Parc: Form Into Action
AUTHOR: Estrellita Brodsky
PUBLISHER: P_rez Art Museum Miami and DelMonico Books __Prestel

DESIGNER: Beverly Joel
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Beverly Joel
DESIGN FIRM: pulp, ink.



Kapunahou: In Celebration of the One Hundred and Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the 1841 Founding of Punahou School
TITLE: Kapunahou: In Celebration of the One Hundred and Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the 1841 Founding of Punahou School
AUTHOR: Authors: James Koshiba, Mary Vorsino, Sara Lin, Yong Zhao, James Scott; Editors: Barbara Pope and Carlyn Tani
PUBLISHER: Punahou School

DESIGNER: Barbara Pope
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Barbara Pope
ART DIRECTOR: Barbara Pope
DESIGN FIRM: Barbara Pope Book Design



K_the Kollwitz and the Women of the War
TITLE: K_the Kollwitz and the Women of the War
AUTHOR: Claire C. Whitner
PUBLISHER: Davis Museum at Wellesley College

DESIGNER: Katherine Hugesh
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Clif Stoltze
DESIGN FIRM: Stoltze Design



Koya Bound
TITLE: Koya Bound
AUTHOR: Craig Mod and Dan Rubin
PUBLISHER: PRE/POST

DESIGNER: Craig Mod & Dan Rubin
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Craig Mod
ART DIRECTOR: Craig Mod
DESIGN FIRM: Craig Mod



Linha _nica (Single line)
TITLE: Linha _nica (Single line)
AUTHOR: Jo_o Anzanello Carrascoza
PUBLISHER: Sesi-SP Editora

DESIGNER: Raquel Matsushita
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Raquel Matsushita
ART DIRECTOR: Raquel Matsushita
DESIGN FIRM: Entrelinha Design



Listen with the Eyes: Sound Art in Spain, 1961-2016
TITLE: Listen with the Eyes: Sound Art in Spain, 1961-2016
AUTHOR: Manuel Font_n
PUBLISHER: Fundaci_n Juan March. Editorial Arte y Ciencia

DESIGNER: Guillermo Nagore



Little Magazine, World Form
TITLE: Little Magazine, World Form
AUTHOR: Eric Bulson
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press

DESIGNER: Lisa Hamm
ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky



Living with Pattern
TITLE: Living with Pattern
AUTHOR: Rebecca Atwood
PUBLISHER: Clarkson Potter

DESIGNER: Danielle Deschenes
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Marysarah Quinn
ART DIRECTOR: Danielle Deschenes



Lloyd Ziff   New York/Los Angeles   Photographs: 1967-2015
TITLE: Lloyd Ziff New York/Los Angeles Photographs: 1967-2015
AUTHOR: Lloyd Ziff, Introductions by Sir Harold Evans (New York), Paul Ruscha (Los Angeles)
PUBLISHER: KMW Studio

DESIGNER: Kiersten Armstrong
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lloyd Ziff
ART DIRECTOR: Kiersten Armstrong
DESIGN FIRM: KMW Studio



Looking for Janis
TITLE: Looking for Janis
AUTHOR: Lucie Baratte
PUBLISHER: Lucie Baratte

DESIGNER: Lucie Baratte
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lucie Baratte
ART DIRECTOR: Lucie Baratte
DESIGN FIRM: Lucie Baratte



Looking Good: A visual guide to the nun's habit
TITLE: Looking Good: A visual guide to the nun's habit
AUTHOR: GraphicDesign&, Veronica Bennett and Jessie Price
PUBLISHER: GraphicDesign&

DESIGNER: Lucienne Roberts, Sarah Schrauwen, John McGill
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lucienne Roberts
DESIGN FIRM: LucienneRoberts+



Losing Altitude
TITLE: Losing Altitude
AUTHOR: Arras Wiedorn
PUBLISHER: Art Book Bindery

DESIGNER: Suzanne Marshall
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Arras Wiedorn
ART DIRECTOR: Suzanne Marshall
DESIGN FIRM: Whale Works Design and Illustration



Love Give Us One Death: Bonnie and Clyde in the Last Days
TITLE: Love Give Us One Death: Bonnie and Clyde in the Last Days
AUTHOR: Jeff P. Jones
PUBLISHER: Texas Review Press

DESIGNER: Nancy Parsons
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Nancy Parsons
ART DIRECTOR: Nancy Parsons
DESIGN FIRM: Graphic Design Group



Machine Project: The Platinum Collection (Live by Special Request)
TITLE: Machine Project: The Platinum Collection (Live by Special Request)
AUTHOR: Mark Allen and Rachel Seligman
PUBLISHER: The Francis Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College

DESIGNER: Kimberly Varella
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: -
ART DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella
DESIGN FIRM: Content Object



Macuna_ma
TITLE: Macuna_ma
AUTHOR: Gustavo Piqueira
PUBLISHER: Ateli_ Editorial

DESIGNER: Gustavo Piqueira, Samia Jacintho
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Gustavo Piqueira
ART DIRECTOR: Gustavo Piqueira
DESIGN FIRM: Casa Rex



Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only
TITLE: Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only
AUTHOR: Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker
PUBLISHER: Hammer Museum and DelMonico Books/ Prestel

DESIGNER: Joseph Logan
DESIGN FIRM: Joseph Logan Design



Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920-1940
TITLE: Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920-1940
AUTHOR: Dennis Reed
PUBLISHER: Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles

DESIGNER: Dennis Reed
DESIGN FIRM: One Cat Press



Manhattan Sunday
TITLE: Manhattan Sunday
AUTHOR: Richard Renaldi
PUBLISHER: Aperture Foundation

DESIGNER: Andrew Sloat



Mary Weatherford: The Neon Paintings
TITLE: Mary Weatherford: The Neon Paintings
AUTHOR: Robert Faggen
PUBLISHER: Delmonico / Prestel

DESIGNER: Amy Fortunato
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lorraine Wild
DESIGN FIRM: Green Dragon Office



Matisse/Diebenkorn
TITLE: Matisse/Diebenkorn
AUTHOR: Kari Dahlgren
PUBLISHER: SFMOMA

DESIGNER: Kari Dahlgren
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Kari Dahlgren
ART DIRECTOR: Kari Dahlgren
DESIGN FIRM: SFMOMA



Me: A Compendium
TITLE: Me: A Compendium
AUTHOR: Wee Society
PUBLISHER: Clarkson Potter

DESIGNER: Wee Society LLC
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Wee Society LLC
ART DIRECTOR: Wee Society LLC



METAPHORIA II
TITLE: METAPHORIA II
AUTHOR: Michael Staab, Silvia Guerra
PUBLISHER: Lab'Bel Artistic laboratory of the Bel Group

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jelena Fiskus, Sean Poropat
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Sonda



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Observed


“As a person who spent the first part of my career as a graphic designer and art director, I immediately saw the visual power and nearly infinite graphic possibilities of this image.” In today's New York Times, Charles Blow discusses the irrefutable power of an iconic photograph.

In New York City, The Design Trust for Public Space is looking for photographers with “unique lenses on an equitable water future for New York”. Deadline for entry is 11 August. More here.

One artist's (musical) cry for help—or at least, fewer fast-food franchises in North Adams, Massachusetts.

“My design philosophy is to make people happy and comfortable in their environment,” says the 83-year old Irish designer known simply by her first name—Clodagh. “Since I don’t know the rules, I can actually break them all the time.” 

Design for accessibility, blessedly, is on the minds of architects and builders all over the world. Given the fact that an estimated 15-20% of the population is neurodivergent, commercial buildings are increasingly working to become more welcoming, inclusive, and comfortable for all individuals.

“While designers are eager for praise and acclaim and create an aura of ostensibly cultured and intellectual pursuit, often involving awards and accolades, design itself takes no responsibility for what happens when things go wrong.” An excerpt from Manuel Lima's latest book.  

Scientists are designing a space suit that converts urine into drinking water. More here.

Graphology geeks, rejoice! A new book featuring a selection of treasures from the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford is out from our friends at University of Chicago Press.

Sad but true: according to Q1 data collected by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, undergraduates choosing to major in Art History, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, and Graphic Design are associated with the highest rates of unemployment across the nation.

The Underground Railroad Stamps, for the United States Postal Service—released in May— feature 10 portraits of some of the men and women who escaped slavery and/or helped others escape: Catharine Coffin, Frederick Douglass, Thomas Garrett, Laura Haviland, Lewis Hayden, Harriet Jacobs, William Lambert, Jermain Loguen, William Still and Harriet Tubman. Designed by Antonio Alcalá, of Studio A,  the stamp, observes Steven Heller, “has done an important job of teaching American history to the public through these miniature ‘posters’ ”.

Randy Hunt is the new chair of the MFA “Designer as Entrepreneur” program at the School of Visual Arts in New York, succeeding founding co-chairs Steven Heller and Lita Talarico.

At Tulane, architecture students build homes for the homeless.

Cesar Rivera—who leads design for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta—has been named the next board chair of AIGA.

Founded in 1944 by Winston Churchill’s government to help accelerate post-war economic growth, The UK Design Council is on a mission to put the planet at the heart of the sector’s work.

Figma's new AI tool hits a roadblock.

Unlike most of the world, Iceland's design scene skews overwhelmingly female. Nat Barker explores what makes the tiny Nordic nation so different.

"If MoMA is going to get serious about this world, it needs to start by dumping the whole concept of “Latin America” and start getting specific." Carolina A. Miranda skillfully reviews Crafting Modernity, an exhibition about design (yes, in Latin America) that runs through the summer at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Logo lunacy for the New York Jets!

Professor Nayef Al-Rodhan—a philosopher, neuroscientist, geostrategist, and futurologist who currently leads the Geopolitics and Global Futures Department at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Switzerland—holds strong opinions about architecture, which he characterizes as “an intrinsically philosophical enterprise grounded in aesthetics and ethics, including theories of human nature”. And he has something to say about its future, particularly in the age of artificial intelligence.

Co. Design is now Fast Company Design.

From our friends at the MITPress Reader (an occasional newsletter that we can't recommend highly enough), the architect Moshe Safdie offers a beautiful remembrance of steps—and insights on their complexity—that led him to a life in design. (Also in this edition: graphic design enthusiasts will love this story on the design of the original edition of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown's Learning from Las Vegas.)

At The Design Museum in London, a more "rainbow-hued version of the Barbie universe". 

Right-leaning public interest groups have filed a barrage of federal lawsuits intended to dismantle long-standing corporate and government programs that consider race in job placement. With an alleged goal of “complete race neutrality” (a view of radical equality that, for example, lawyers for the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty think is “in line with the Declaration of Independence”) litigants are chippping away at the use of affirmative action across America.  

As we wind down Pride Month 2024, a look at how queer theory apples to urban design: as theory and practice grows more empathetic towards the needs of its diverse stakeholders, queer urban design brings a broad and holistic shift to understanding identity and community in publicly inhabited spaces, challenging traditional (and often rigid) methods of city planning by applying more inclusive criteria to reflect fluidity and interconnectedness. 

Longevity, by Design: Apple has published a 24-page document outlining its key principles for designing hardware that endures.

Manchester City released a brand-new club font to use on the player’s shirts. But instead of tapping the skills of renowned typeface firms who routinely work with sports teams and brands, the Premier League champions asked former Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher to submit a brief. So he did! And the crowd went wild.

Designer Vivienne Westwood’s personal wardrobe goes to auction.

The UK's Design Council has announced a plan to upskill one million designers for the green transition by 2030. Their report, A Blueprint for Renewal: Design and Technology Education, was published with a group of 20 design and education organizations. 

The Peabody-award nominated audio documentarians at Scene on Radio have just dropped CAPITALISM. A full season, a dozen or so episodes, exploring the world's dominant economic system -- how people shaped it over time and what to do about it now that more and more people see capitalism as the problem, not the solution. Produced by host/producer John Biewen with co-host Design Observer’s Ellen McGirt and story editor Loretta Williams, among other amazing collaborators.  The trailer is here; find it wherever you get your podcasts.

Speaking of AI, Kevin Bethune would like a word with Adobe. 



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