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Mexico: Essays on a Myth
TITLE: Mexico: Essays on a Myth
AUTHOR: Mar_a Virginia Jaua, Guillermo Paneque
PUBLISHER: Iberdrola

DESIGNER: Santiago Mart_nez Alber_
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Maricris Herrera
DESIGN FIRM: Estudio Herrera



Michael Gillette
TITLE: Michael Gillette
AUTHOR: Michael Gillette
PUBLISHER: Ammo

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jeanette Abbink
DESIGN FIRM: Rational Beauty



Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art
TITLE: Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art
AUTHOR: Patricia C. Phillips
PUBLISHER: Prestel

DESIGNER: Miko McGinty



Mixed Messages Journal
TITLE: Mixed Messages Journal
AUTHOR: Potter
PUBLISHER: Clarkson Potter

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



Modern Forms: A Subjective Atlas of 20th-Century Architecture
TITLE: Modern Forms: A Subjective Atlas of 20th-Century Architecture
AUTHOR: Nicolas Grospierre
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing

DESIGNER: Magdalena Ponagajbo
DESIGN FIRM: MamaStudio



Moowon Book of Stories: Vanishing Arts. Hidden Places. Singular People
TITLE: Moowon Book of Stories: Vanishing Arts. Hidden Places. Singular People
AUTHOR: Mona Kim
PUBLISHER: Mona Kim Projects LLC

DESIGNER: Mona Kim
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mona Kim
ART DIRECTOR: Mona Kim
DESIGN FIRM: Mona Kim Projects



Mouthfeel
TITLE: Mouthfeel
AUTHOR: Ole Mouritsen
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press

DESIGNER: Milenda Nan Ok Lee
ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky



Movimento est_tico [Static Movement]
TITLE: Movimento est_tico [Static Movement]
AUTHOR: Lucas Lenci
PUBLISHER: Valongo Editora

DESIGNER: mateus valadares
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: mateus valadares
DESIGN FIRM: mateus valadares est_dio



Mr. Ken Fulk's Magical World
TITLE: Mr. Ken Fulk's Magical World
AUTHOR: Ken Fulk/David Cashion
PUBLISHER: Abrams Books

DESIGNER: Daniel Castro and Deb Wood



Mystical Landscapes: from Vincent van Gogh to Emily Carr
TITLE: Mystical Landscapes: from Vincent van Gogh to Emily Carr
AUTHOR: Katharine Lochnan with Roald Nasgaard and Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov
PUBLISHER: DelMonico Books/ Prestel

DESIGNER: Linda Gustafson
DESIGN FIRM: Counterpunch Inc.



Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition
TITLE: Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition
AUTHOR: Edmund Clark and Crofton Black
PUBLISHER: Aperture Foundation and Magnum Foundation

DESIGNER: Ben Weaver



Neisha Crosland Life of a Pattern
TITLE: Neisha Crosland Life of a Pattern
AUTHOR: Neisha Crosland
PUBLISHER: Merrell

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Anikst
ART DIRECTOR: Ben Strachan
DESIGN FIRM: Anikst Design Ltd



Nicholas Mangan: Limits to Growth
TITLE: Nicholas Mangan: Limits to Growth
AUTHOR: Nicholas Mangan
PUBLISHER: Sternberg Press

DESIGNER: Ziga Testen
DESIGN FIRM: Ziga Testen



No Day Shall Erase You: The Story of 9/11 as Told at the National September 11 Memorial Museum
TITLE: No Day Shall Erase You: The Story of 9/11 as Told at the National September 11 Memorial Museum
AUTHOR: Alice M. Greenwald
PUBLISHER: Skira Rizzoli Publications, Inc.

DESIGN FIRM: Yolanda Cuomo Design, NYC



Nort_
TITLE: Nort_
AUTHOR: Edmundo Paz Sold_n
PUBLISHER: University of Chicago Press

DESIGNER: Isaac Tobin
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
ART DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro



Not-So-Nice Bible Stories: Gory Deaths
TITLE: Not-So-Nice Bible Stories: Gory Deaths
AUTHOR: Jonathan Schkade
PUBLISHER: Concordia Publishing House

DESIGNER: Alex Ha
ART DIRECTOR: Tim Agnew



Nuevo New York
TITLE: Nuevo New York
AUTHOR: Hans Neumann and Gabriel Rivera-Barraza
PUBLISHER: Damiani

DESIGNER: Robin Brunelle
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Takaaki Matsumoto
DESIGN FIRM: Matsumoto Incorporated



On Design
TITLE: On Design
AUTHOR: Justin Negard
PUBLISHER: Future Boy Design

DESIGNER: Justin Negard
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Justin Negard
ART DIRECTOR: Justin Negard
DESIGN FIRM: Future Boy Design



On the Edge of Your Seat: Chairs for the 21st Century
TITLE: On the Edge of Your Seat: Chairs for the 21st Century
AUTHOR: Joshua Lane with contributions by Nora Atkinson, Jasper Brinton, Benjamin Colman, Albert LeCoff with Tina LeCoff, Susie Silbert
PUBLISHER: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. with The Center for Art in Wood

DESIGNER: Alvaro Villanueva
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Dan Saal
DESIGN FIRM: StudioSaal Corporation



On the Origin of Art
TITLE: On the Origin of Art
AUTHOR: Steven Pinker, David Walsh, Elisabeth Pearce, Brian Boyd, Geoffrey Miller, Mark Changizi
PUBLISHER: Museum of Old and New Art

DESIGNER: Nadine Kessler
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Nadine Kessler



One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers
TITLE: One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers
AUTHOR: Sarah Hermanson Meister
PUBLISHER: The Museum of Modern Art

DESIGNER: Henrik Nygren
DESIGN FIRM: Henrik Nygren Design, Stockholm



Open Source: A Citywide Public Art Exhibition
TITLE: Open Source: A Citywide Public Art Exhibition
AUTHOR: Pedro Alonzo (Author), Teddy Cruz (Author), Jane Golden (Author)
PUBLISHER: Mural Arts Philadelphia

DESIGNER: Lucy Price
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Brian Jacobson
ART DIRECTOR: Lucy Price
DESIGN FIRM: J2 Design



Oscar de la Renta
TITLE: Oscar de la Renta
AUTHOR: Jennifer Park, Molly Sorkin, and Andr_ Leon Talley
PUBLISHER: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and DelMonico Books | Prestel

DESIGN FIRM: Aufuldish & Warinner



Other Literature by Jorge M_ndez Blake
TITLE: Other Literature by Jorge M_ndez Blake
AUTHOR: Ekaterina Alvarez, Sarah Demuse, Ver_nica Gerber Bicecci, Luis Felipe Fabre, Geovana Ibarra, Brenda Lozano, Humberto Moro, Rodrigo Ortiz Monasterio, Daniela P_rez, Matthew Reynolds.
PUBLISHER: Ediciones MP

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Maricris Herrera
DESIGN FIRM: Estudio Herrera



Out of the Wreck I Rise
TITLE: Out of the Wreck I Rise
AUTHOR: Neil Steinberg and Sara Bader
PUBLISHER: University of Chicago Press

DESIGNER: Matt Avery
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
ART DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro



Paul Klee: Irony at Work
TITLE: Paul Klee: Irony at Work
AUTHOR: Edited by Angela Lampe
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing/ Centre Pompidou, Paris




People Knitting: A Century of Photographs
TITLE: People Knitting: A Century of Photographs
AUTHOR: Barbara Levine
PUBLISHER: Princeton Architectural Press

DESIGNER: Mia Johnson



Perspecta 49: Quote
TITLE: Perspecta 49: Quote
AUTHOR: Edited by AJ Artemel, Russell LeStourgeon and Violette de la Selle
PUBLISHER: The MIT Press

DESIGNER: Min Hee Lee and Martha Kang McGill



Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better
TITLE: Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better
AUTHOR: Edited by Nancy Spector and Nat Trotman with contributions by Ann Goldstein, Isabelle Graw, John Kelsey, and Anne Wheeler
PUBLISHER: Guggenheim Museum Publications/DelMonico Books Prestel

DESIGNER: Joseph Logan, assisted by Rachel Hudson
DESIGN FIRM: Joseph Logan Design



Photography at MoMA: 1920 to 1960
TITLE: Photography at MoMA: 1920 to 1960
AUTHOR: Quentin Bajac, Lucy Gallun, Roxana Marcoci, and Sarah Hermanson Meister
PUBLISHER: The Museum of Modern Art

DESIGNER: Sonia S_nchez and Paco Lacasta
DESIGN FIRM: S_nchez/Lacasta



Photography Reinvented: The Collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker
TITLE: Photography Reinvented: The Collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker
AUTHOR: Sarah Greenough et al.
PUBLISHER: National Gallery of Art, Washington

DESIGNER: Wendy Schleicher
DESIGN FIRM: National Gallery of Art, Washington



Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time
TITLE: Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time
AUTHOR: Edited by Michael Govan and Diana Magaloni / With contributions from _milie Bouvard, Lilly Casillas, Juan Rafael Coronel Rivera, Michael Govan, Michele Greet, Patricia Leighton, Diana Magaloni, Camille Mathieu, Itzel A. Rodr_guez Mortellaro, James Oles, Jennifer Stager
PUBLISHER: DelMonico Books _ Prestel | Los Angeles County Museum of Art

DESIGNER: Lorraine Wild and Xiaoqing Wang
DESIGN FIRM: Green Dragon Office



Pick Me Up: A Pep Talk For Now & Later
TITLE: Pick Me Up: A Pep Talk For Now & Later
AUTHOR: Adam J. Kurtz
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House

DESIGNER: Adam J. Kurtz
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Adam J. Kurtz



Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia
TITLE: Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia
AUTHOR: Guy Cogeval and Isabelle Cahn, with essays by Cogeval, Cahn, and 12 additional authors
PUBLISHER: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Prestel | Del Monico Books

DESIGN FIRM: Public, Inc.



POLTRONOVA BACKSTAGE: ARCHIZOOM, SOTTSASS and SUPERSTUDIO
TITLE: POLTRONOVA BACKSTAGE: ARCHIZOOM, SOTTSASS and SUPERSTUDIO
AUTHOR: Francesca Balena Arista
PUBLISHER: FORTINO EDITIONS

ART DIRECTOR: Michela Arfiero
DESIGN FIRM: Alessandro Gori.Laboratorium



Pride & Joy: Taking the Streets of New York City
TITLE: Pride & Joy: Taking the Streets of New York City
AUTHOR: Jurek Wajdowicz
PUBLISHER: The New Press

DESIGNER: Lisa LaRochelle / Manuel Mendez / Yoko Yoshida-Carrera
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jurek Wajdowicz
ART DIRECTOR: Lisa LaRochelle & Jurek Wajdowicz
DESIGN FIRM: Emerson, Wajdowicz Studios (EWS)



Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos)
TITLE: Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos)
AUTHOR: Edited by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla
PUBLISHER: Dia Art Foundation

DESIGNER: Laura Fields



Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book
TITLE: Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book
AUTHOR: Shubigi Rao
PUBLISHER: Studio Swell

DESIGNER: Benson Chong and Felix Sng
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Benson Chong and Felix Sng
DESIGN FIRM: SWELL



Pure Pulp: Contemporary Artists Working in Paper at Dieu Donne
TITLE: Pure Pulp: Contemporary Artists Working in Paper at Dieu Donne
AUTHOR: Tracy L. Adler, Kathleen Flynn, Bridget Donlon, Rachel Wolff, Richard Tuttle
PUBLISHER: DelMonico Booksv| Prestel Publishing

DESIGNER: Tim Laun and Natalie Wedeking



Radical Seafaring
TITLE: Radical Seafaring
AUTHOR: Andrea Grover
PUBLISHER: DelMonico Books _ Prestel | Parrish Art Museum

DESIGNER: Eileen Boxer
DESIGN FIRM: boxerdesign.com



Rauschenberg in China
TITLE: Rauschenberg in China
AUTHOR: Julia Blaut, Susan Davidson, David White, Philip Tinari, Helen Hsu, Hiroko Ikegami, Felicia Chen
PUBLISHER: Koenig Books

DESIGNER: Philipp Hubert, Sebastian Fischer
DESIGN FIRM: Hubert & Fischer



Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus
TITLE: Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus
AUTHOR: Foreword by Dirk Luckow and Sabine Breitwieser. Editors' Introduction by Ulrich Loock and Harald Falckenberg. _Texts by Ulrich Loock, Raymond Pettibon, and Lucas Zwirner
PUBLISHER: David Zwirner Books / Deichtorhallen Hamburg _ Sammlung Falckenberg

DESIGNER: Sarah Lamparter, B_ro Otto Sauhaus



Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015
TITLE: Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015
AUTHOR: Sharon Sadako Takeda, Kaye Durland Spilker, and Clarissa M. Esguerra
PUBLISHER: Lisa Gabrielle Mark/Los Angeles County Museum of Art and DelMonico Books/Prestel Publishing

DESIGNER: Lorraine Wild and Xiaoqing Wang for Green Dragon Office



Relationship
TITLE: Relationship
AUTHOR: Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing

DESIGNER: Michael Worthington
DESIGN FIRM: Counterspace



Richard Serra: Forged Steel
TITLE: Richard Serra: Forged Steel
AUTHOR: _Texts by Richard Serra and Richard Shiff
PUBLISHER: David Zwirner Books | Steidl

DESIGNER: McCall Associates



Robert Irwin: All The Rules Will Change
TITLE: Robert Irwin: All The Rules Will Change
AUTHOR: Edited by Evelyn C. Hankins / With contributions from Evelyn C. Hankins, Robert Irwin, Susan F. Lake, Julia Langenbacher, Rachel Rivenc, Matthew Simms, Jennifer (Licht) Winkworth
PUBLISHER: DelMonico Books _ Prestel | Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

DESIGNER: Roy Brooks
DESIGN FIRM: Fold Four, Inc.



Robert Rauschenberg
TITLE: Robert Rauschenberg
AUTHOR: Leah Dickerman and Achim Borchardt-Hume
PUBLISHER: The Museum of Modern Art

DESIGNER: Mark Nelson
DESIGN FIRM: McCall Associates



Rodney McMillian
TITLE: Rodney McMillian
AUTHOR: Anthony Elms and Naima J. Keith
PUBLISHER: Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania and The Studio Museum in Harlem

DESIGNER: Kimberly Varella
DESIGN FIRM: Content Object Design Studio



Rosalyn Drexler: Who Does She Think She Is?
TITLE: Rosalyn Drexler: Who Does She Think She Is?
AUTHOR: Katy Siegel
PUBLISHER: Gregory R. Miller & Co.

DESIGNER: Miko McGinty, Anjali Pala, and Claire Bidwell
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Miko McGinty, Anjali Pala, and Claire Bidwell
ART DIRECTOR: Miko McGinty, Anjali Pala, and Claire Bidwell
DESIGN FIRM: Miko McGinty Inc.



Rug as Place
TITLE: Rug as Place
AUTHOR: Adam Eeuwens and Rebeca M_ndez
PUBLISHER: Woven

DESIGNER: Rebeca M_ndez
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rebeca M_ndez
ART DIRECTOR: Rebeca M_ndez
DESIGN FIRM: Rebeca M_ndez Studio



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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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