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Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story
TITLE: Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story
AUTHOR: Caren Stelson
PUBLISHER: Carolrhoda Books / Lerner Publishing Group

DESIGNER: Danielle Carnito
ART DIRECTOR: Danielle Carnito



Safe Ni_os Design for Holistic Healing
TITLE: Safe Ni_os Design for Holistic Healing
AUTHOR: Managing Editor - Susannah Ramshaw
PUBLISHER: Designmatters at ArtCenter College of Design

DESIGNER: Leonardo Santamaria



Salvatore Scarpitta 1956-1964
TITLE: Salvatore Scarpitta 1956-1964
AUTHOR: Raffaele Bedarida, Davide Colombo
PUBLISHER: Luxembourg & Dayan

DESIGNER: Joshua Shaddock
DESIGN FIRM: Joshua Shaddock



San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 360_: Views on the Collection
TITLE: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 360_: Views on the Collection
AUTHOR: Editors: Judy Bloch and Suzanne Stein
PUBLISHER: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

ART DIRECTOR: Jennifer Sonderby
DESIGN FIRM: SFMOMA Design Studio



Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse
TITLE: Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse
AUTHOR: Susan Brown, Matilda McQuaid
PUBLISHER: Cooper Hewitt Publications

DESIGNER: 978-1-942303-17-6
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Ingrid Paulson
ART DIRECTOR: Ingrid Paulson
DESIGN FIRM: Ingrid Paulson



Season's Greetings
TITLE: Season's Greetings
AUTHOR: Vincent Cianni
PUBLISHER: Daylight Books

DESIGNER: Ursula Damm
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Ursula Damm
DESIGN FIRM: Dammsaveg Inc



Seeds On Ice
TITLE: Seeds On Ice
AUTHOR: Cary Fowler
PUBLISHER: Prospecta Press

DESIGNER: Ben Tousley
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Stephen Doyle
ART DIRECTOR: ---
DESIGN FIRM: Doyle Partners



Seeing Things: A Kid_s Guide to Looking at Photographs
TITLE: Seeing Things: A Kid_s Guide to Looking at Photographs
AUTHOR: Joel Meyerowitz
PUBLISHER: Aperture Foundation

DESIGNER: Atelier Dyakova, London



Serious Nonsense
TITLE: Serious Nonsense
AUTHOR: William W. Donner
PUBLISHER: Penn State University Press

DESIGNER: Regina Starace
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jennifer Norton
DESIGN FIRM: Penn State University Press



Service: Platon
TITLE: Service: Platon
AUTHOR: Photographs by Platon/ Introduction by Elisabeth Biondi
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing

DESIGNER: Victor Krummenacher and Platon, with Scott Dadich



Shinique Smith: Wonder and Rainbows
TITLE: Shinique Smith: Wonder and Rainbows
AUTHOR: Katie Delmez
PUBLISHER: Frist Center for the Visual Arts

DESIGNER: Kristina Colucci
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Katie Delmez
ART DIRECTOR: Shinique Smith
DESIGN FIRM: Frist Center for the Visual Arts Design



Something To Food About
TITLE: Something To Food About
AUTHOR: Questlove
PUBLISHER: Clarkson Potter

DESIGNER: Jeanette Abbink
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Marysarah Quinn
ART DIRECTOR: Alexis Rosenzweig



Sophie Calle: And So Forth
TITLE: Sophie Calle: And So Forth
AUTHOR: Sophie Calle
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing

DESIGNER: Xavier Barral, Coline Aguettaz



Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art
TITLE: Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art
AUTHOR: Miranda Lash (Editor), Trevor Schoonmaker (Editor)
PUBLISHER: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

DESIGNER: Renee Cagnina Haynes and Julie Klugman Braude



Spice and Wolf Anniversary Collector's Edition
TITLE: Spice and Wolf Anniversary Collector's Edition
AUTHOR: Isuna Hasekura/Kurt Hassler
PUBLISHER: Yen Press

DESIGNER: Wendy Chan
ART DIRECTOR: Wendy Chan
DESIGN FIRM: Yen Press In-house team



STAND FOR THE VULNERABLE
TITLE: STAND FOR THE VULNERABLE
AUTHOR: World Relief
PUBLISHER: World Relief

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Shannon Lee
ART DIRECTOR: Marilyn Frank
DESIGN FIRM: StudioNorth



Stationery Fever: From Pencils to Paper Clips and Everything In Between
TITLE: Stationery Fever: From Pencils to Paper Clips and Everything In Between
AUTHOR: John Z. Komurki/ Edited by Angela Nicoletti and Luca Bendandi
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing

DESIGNER: Luca Bogoni



Stuart Davis: In Full Swing
TITLE: Stuart Davis: In Full Swing
AUTHOR: Harry Cooper and Barbara Haskell
PUBLISHER: National Gallery of Art, Washington

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



Sun and Moon
TITLE: Sun and Moon
AUTHOR: Gita Wolf
PUBLISHER: Tara Books

DESIGNER: Catriona Maciver



Sunday Sketching
TITLE: Sunday Sketching
AUTHOR: Christoph Niemann/John Gall
PUBLISHER: Abrams Books

DESIGNER: Ariane Spanier



Sunnylands: America_s Midcentury Masterpiece
TITLE: Sunnylands: America_s Midcentury Masterpiece
AUTHOR: Janice Lyle
PUBLISHER: The Vendome Press

DESIGNER: Celia Fuller



Symbols: A Handbook for Seeing
TITLE: Symbols: A Handbook for Seeing
AUTHOR: Mark Fox and Angie Wang, authors / Alan Rapp, editor
PUBLISHER: The Monacelli Press

DESIGNER: Angie Wang and Mark Fox
DESIGN FIRM: Design is Play



TEXTURES OF LIFE
TITLE: TEXTURES OF LIFE
AUTHOR: JOANA VASCONCELOS
PUBLISHER: ARoS Aarhus Art Museum

DESIGNER: Susana Cruz



The 2 AM Principle
TITLE: The 2 AM Principle
AUTHOR: Jon Levy
PUBLISHER: Regan Arts

DESIGNER: Paul Kepple
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Richard Ljoenes
ART DIRECTOR: Paul Kepple
DESIGN FIRM: Headcase Design



The Art of Business Value
TITLE: The Art of Business Value
AUTHOR: Mark Schwartz
PUBLISHER: IT Revolution

DESIGNER: Joy Panos Stauber
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Joy Panos Stauber
DESIGN FIRM: Stauber Brand Studio



The Art of Inequality: Architecture, Housing, and Real Estate (A Provisional Report)
TITLE: The Art of Inequality: Architecture, Housing, and Real Estate (A Provisional Report)
AUTHOR: Reinhold Martin, Jacob Moore, and Susanne Schindler, eds.
PUBLISHER: The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture

DESIGNER: Michela Povoleri and Aliza Dzik
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Glen Cummings
DESIGN FIRM: MTWTF



The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop
TITLE: The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop
AUTHOR: Richard M. Isackes and Karen L. Maness
PUBLISHER: Regan Arts

DESIGNER: Gabriele Wilson
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Richard Ljoenes
ART DIRECTOR: Gabriele Wilson
DESIGN FIRM: Gabriele Wilson Design



The Bone Sparrow
TITLE: The Bone Sparrow
AUTHOR: Zana Fraillon/ Editor Emily Mehan & Assistant Editor Hannah Allaman
PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion

DESIGNER: Maria Elias
ART DIRECTOR: Joann Hill



The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of Seventeenth-Century France
TITLE: The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of Seventeenth-Century France
AUTHOR: C. D. Dickerson III and Esther Bell, with Claire Barry, Emerson Bowyer, Elise Effmann Clifford, Fr_d_rique Lano_, Nicolas Milovanovic, and Alain Tallon
PUBLISHER: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Yale University Press

DESIGN FIRM: Katy Homans



The Camera Does the Rest
TITLE: The Camera Does the Rest
AUTHOR: Peter Buse
PUBLISHER: The University of Chicago Press

DESIGNER: Matt Avery
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGN FIRM: The University of Chicago Press



The Collection | Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art
TITLE: The Collection | Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art
AUTHOR: Karen A. Sherry, Editor
PUBLISHER: Portland Museum of Art

DESIGNER: Malcolm Grear Designers
DESIGN FIRM: Malcolm Grear Designers



The Cosmopolitans
TITLE: The Cosmopolitans
AUTHOR: Sarah Schulman
PUBLISHER: Feminist Press at CUNY

DESIGNER: Drew Stevens
ART DIRECTOR: Drew Stevens
DESIGN FIRM: studioDrew



The Daily Henry James
TITLE: The Daily Henry James
AUTHOR: Henry James
PUBLISHER: University of Chicago Press

DESIGNER: Jill Shimabukuro
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
ART DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro



The Day the Earth Shook: Washington National Cathedral Earthquake Restoration
TITLE: The Day the Earth Shook: Washington National Cathedral Earthquake Restoration
AUTHOR: James W. Shepherd, author/Kevin Eckstrom, editor
PUBLISHER: Washington National Cathedral

DESIGNER: Mimi McNamara
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mimi McNamara
DESIGN FIRM: in house



The Drum Thing
TITLE: The Drum Thing
AUTHOR: Deirdre O'Callaghan
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing

DESIGNER: Gerard Saint and Ali Esen
DESIGN FIRM: Big Active Design



The Extraordinary Beauty of Birds: Designs, Patterns and Details
TITLE: The Extraordinary Beauty of Birds: Designs, Patterns and Details
AUTHOR: Photographs by Deborah Samuel/Text by Mark Peck
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing

DESIGNER: Amy Preston and Ame_lie Bonhomme



The Finer Things
TITLE: The Finer Things
AUTHOR: Christiane Lemieux
PUBLISHER: Clarkson Potter

DESIGNER: Rita Sowins/ Sowins Design; Cover by Ian Dingman
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Marysarah Quinn
ART DIRECTOR: Stephanie Huntwork



The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer
TITLE: The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer
AUTHOR: Michael Maizels and Patrick Jagoda
PUBLISHER: MIT Press

DESIGNER: Prin Limphongpand, Katherine Hughes
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Clif Stoltze
ART DIRECTOR: Sara Williams
DESIGN FIRM: Stoltze Design



The Godfather Notebook, Limited Edition
TITLE: The Godfather Notebook, Limited Edition
AUTHOR: Francis Ford Coppola (author) / Lucas Wittman (editor)
PUBLISHER: Regan Arts

DESIGNER: Richard Ljoenes and Nancy Singer
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Richard Ljoenes
ART DIRECTOR: Richard Ljoenes
DESIGN FIRM: Regan Arts



The Idealist
TITLE: The Idealist
AUTHOR: Hirthler, George
PUBLISHER: Ringworks Press LLC

DESIGNER: David Laufer
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: David Laufer
ART DIRECTOR: David Laufer
DESIGN FIRM: BrandBook LLC



The Incidents: Abstract from the Concrete
TITLE: The Incidents: Abstract from the Concrete
AUTHOR: Author: David Harvey, with interview conducted by Mariano Gomez Luque and Daniel Iba_ez ; Editors: Jennifer Sigler and Leah Whitman-Salkin
PUBLISHER: Co-published by Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Sternberg Press

DESIGNER: _b_ke
DESIGN FIRM: _b_ke



The Letters Page, Vol.1
TITLE: The Letters Page, Vol.1
AUTHOR: Jon McGregor
PUBLISHER: Book Ex Machina

DESIGNER: Ioanna Mavrou & Thodoris Tzalavras



The Lumen Seed
TITLE: The Lumen Seed
AUTHOR: Judith Crispin
PUBLISHER: Daylight Books

DESIGNER: Ursula Damm
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Ursula Damm
DESIGN FIRM: Dammsavage Inc.



The Mechanical Horse: How the Bicycle Reshaped American Life
TITLE: The Mechanical Horse: How the Bicycle Reshaped American Life
AUTHOR: Margaret Guroff
PUBLISHER: University of Texas Press

DESIGNER: Lindsay Starr



The Medici's Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence
TITLE: The Medici's Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence
AUTHOR: Eve Straussman-Pflanzer
PUBLISHER: Davis Museum at Wellesley College

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



The Natural Flow of Things
TITLE: The Natural Flow of Things
AUTHOR: Jos_ Duarte/La Casa Encendida
PUBLISHER: La Casa Encendida

DESIGNER: Jos_ Duarte
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jos_ Duarte
DESIGN FIRM: Jos_ Duarte



The Phish Companion: A Guide to the Band and their Music, 3rd Edition
TITLE: The Phish Companion: A Guide to the Band and their Music, 3rd Edition
AUTHOR: The Mockingbird Foundation (Author), Marco Walsh (Editor), Phillip Zerbo (Editor)
PUBLISHER: The Mockingbird Foundation

DESIGNER: Cara Cox
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Brian Jacobson
ART DIRECTOR: Cara Cox
DESIGN FIRM: J2 Design



The Photographer's Cookbook
TITLE: The Photographer's Cookbook
AUTHOR: Originally conceived and edited by Deborah Barsel, Edited by Denise Wolff
PUBLISHER: Aperture Foundation and George Eastman Museum

DESIGNER: Atelier Dyakova



The Spice Companion
TITLE: The Spice Companion
AUTHOR: Lior Lev Sercarz
PUBLISHER: Clarkson Potter

DESIGNER: Christine Fischer
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Marysarah Quinn
ART DIRECTOR: Marysarah Quinn



The Story of Emoji
TITLE: The Story of Emoji
AUTHOR: Gavin Lucas
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing

DESIGNER: FL@33
DESIGN FIRM: FL@33



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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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