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The Support Report
TITLE: The Support Report
AUTHOR: Bijan Berahimi, Scott Boms, Drew Bennett, C.W. Moss
PUBLISHER: Facebook Analog Research Lab

DESIGNER: Bijan Berahimi
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Scott Boms
DESIGN FIRM: Facebook Analog Research Lab



The Unseen: from Informalist Painting to the Postwar Photobook
TITLE: The Unseen: from Informalist Painting to the Postwar Photobook
AUTHOR: Manuel Font_n and In_s Vallejo
PUBLISHER: Fundaci_n Juan March. Editorial Arte y Ciencia

DESIGNER: Guillermo Nagore



The Voynich Manuscript
TITLE: The Voynich Manuscript
AUTHOR: Raymond Clemens, Editor
PUBLISHER: Yale University Press

DESIGNER: Peter M. Blaiwas
DESIGN FIRM: Wordesign



Think Wrong
TITLE: Think Wrong
AUTHOR: John Bielenberg, Mike Burn, and Greg Galle with Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson
PUBLISHER: Future Partners, Instigator Press

DESIGNER: Michael Braley
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Braley
DESIGN FIRM: Braley Design



Thirteen Round Moons
TITLE: Thirteen Round Moons
AUTHOR: Mus Wite
PUBLISHER: One Cat Press with Mus White & Carolyn Marks Blackwood

DESIGNER: Dennis Reed
DESIGN FIRM: One Cat Press



This Truck has Got to Be Special
TITLE: This Truck has Got to Be Special
AUTHOR: Anjum Rana
PUBLISHER: Tara Books

DESIGNER: Rathna Ramanathan
ART DIRECTOR: Sameer Kulavoor



Three Centuries of American Prints from the National Gallery of Art
TITLE: Three Centuries of American Prints from the National Gallery of Art
AUTHOR: Judith Brodie, Amy Johnston, and Michael J. Lewis
PUBLISHER: National Gallery of Art, Washington

DESIGNER: Chris Vogel
DESIGN FIRM: National Gallery of Art, Washington



Time and Cosmos in Greco-Roman Antiquity
TITLE: Time and Cosmos in Greco-Roman Antiquity
AUTHOR: Alexander Jones
PUBLISHER: Princeton University Press and Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

DESIGNER: Laura Grey
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jennifer Chi
DESIGN FIRM: Laura Grey Studio



Toba Khedoori
TITLE: Toba Khedoori
AUTHOR: Edited by Franklin Sirman and Lisa Gabrielle Mark
PUBLISHER: DelMonico Books _ Prestel | Los Angeles County Museum of Art

DESIGNER: Lorraine Wild
DESIGN FIRM: Green Dragon Office



Toward an Urban Ecology
TITLE: Toward an Urban Ecology
AUTHOR: Kate Orff
PUBLISHER: The Monacelli Press

DESIGNER: Michela Povoleri, Sarah Dunham, Aliza Dzik with Benoit Lemoine, Pedro Gon_alves, Camille Gervais, and Hanna Rullmann
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Glen Cummings
DESIGN FIRM: MTWTF



Vanishing Points: Poems and Photographs of Texas Roadside Memorials
TITLE: Vanishing Points: Poems and Photographs of Texas Roadside Memorials
AUTHOR: Sarah Cortez, Editor
PUBLISHER: Texas Review Press, Huntsville, TX

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



Victuals
TITLE: Victuals
AUTHOR: Ronni Lundy
PUBLISHER: Clarkson Potter

DESIGNER: Stephanie Huntwork
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Marysarah Quinn
ART DIRECTOR: Stephanie Huntwork



Vik Muniz
TITLE: Vik Muniz
AUTHOR: Arthur Ollman
PUBLISHER: DelMonico Books _ Prestel | Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography

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



Vom Blatt zum Bl_ttern
TITLE: Vom Blatt zum Bl_ttern
AUTHOR: Franziska Morlok, Miriam Waszelewski
PUBLISHER: Herman Schmidt Verlag Mainz

DESIGNER: Franziska Morlok, Miriam Waszelewski
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Franziska Morlok, Miriam Waszelewski
ART DIRECTOR: Franziska Morlok, Miriam Waszelewski
DESIGN FIRM: Franziska Morlok, Miriam Waszelewski



Waking Up In Naptown: Memory and Recognition in Indianapolis
TITLE: Waking Up In Naptown: Memory and Recognition in Indianapolis
AUTHOR: Rodger C. Birt
PUBLISHER: Blurb

DESIGNER: Kenneth Andreys
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Kenneth Andreys
ART DIRECTOR: Kenneth Andreys
DESIGN FIRM: Kenneth Andreys



We Must Become Idealists or Die, Gustav Metzger
TITLE: We Must Become Idealists or Die, Gustav Metzger
AUTHOR: Daniela P_rez, Gustav Metzger, Andrew Wilson, Leanne Dmyterko, Ula Dajerling, Samuel Dangel, S_ren Schmeling
PUBLISHER: Fundaci_n Jumex Arte Contempor_neo

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



What Can I Be?
TITLE: What Can I Be?
AUTHOR: Ann Rand, Ingrid Fiksdahl King
PUBLISHER: Princeton Architectural Press

DESIGNER: Ingrid Fiksdahl King



Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future
TITLE: Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future
AUTHOR: Joi Ito, Jeff Howe
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing

DESIGNER: Cover and book interior designed by Michael Bierut and Aron Fay, Pentagram
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Anne Twomey
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram



William Eggleston: The Democratic Forest, Selected Works
TITLE: William Eggleston: The Democratic Forest, Selected Works
AUTHOR: Alexander Nemerov
PUBLISHER: David Zwirner Books | Steidl

DESIGNER: Katy Homans



William N. Copley
TITLE: William N. Copley
AUTHOR: Ed. Germano Celant
PUBLISHER: Fondazione Prada / The Menil Collection

DESIGNER: Irma Boom



Wolf-Gordon: Sample Book, 50 Years of Interior Finishes
TITLE: Wolf-Gordon: Sample Book, 50 Years of Interior Finishes
AUTHOR: Wolf-Gordon
PUBLISHER: Andrea Monfried Editions LLC

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Marybeth Shaw & Hjalti Karlsson
DESIGN FIRM: karlssonwilker inc.



Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers
TITLE: Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers
AUTHOR: Ronald E. Ostman and Harry LIttell
PUBLISHER: Penn State University Press

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



Work '16 AAS Parsons Graphic Design
TITLE: Work '16 AAS Parsons Graphic Design
AUTHOR: Katarzyna Gruda
PUBLISHER: Parsons School of Design

DESIGNER: Carmen McLeod
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Katarzyna Gruda
ART DIRECTOR: Christine Moog
DESIGN FIRM: AAS GD at Parsons



Yayoi Kusama, Give Me Love
TITLE: Yayoi Kusama, Give Me Love
AUTHOR: David Zwirner Books
PUBLISHER: David Zwirner Books

DESIGNER: Kelsey Blackwell
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Kelsey Blackwell
ART DIRECTOR: Kelsey Blackwell
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Blackwell



Yoshi Ikezaki: Elements
TITLE: Yoshi Ikezaki: Elements
AUTHOR: Jacki Apple
PUBLISHER: ArtCenter College of Design

DESIGNER: Winnie Li
ART DIRECTOR: Jackie Apple and Winnie Li
DESIGN FIRM: Design Office, ArtCenter College of Design



Yun-Fei Ji: The Intimate Universe
TITLE: Yun-Fei Ji: The Intimate Universe
AUTHOR: Tracy L. Adler, Stephen J. Goldberg, and Robert C. Morgan.
PUBLISHER: DelMonico Books | Prestel Publishing

DESIGNER: Tim Laun and Natalie Wedeking



A World of Questions  _ 120 Posters on the Human Condition
TITLE: A World of Questions _ 120 Posters on the Human Condition
AUTHOR: Chaz Maviyane-Davies
PUBLISHER: Mzingeli

DESIGNER: Chaz Maviyane-Davies
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Chaz Maviyane-Davies
ART DIRECTOR: Chaz Maviyane-Davies
DESIGN FIRM: Maviyane-Project



ABUNDANCE Mediterranean Cuisine
TITLE: ABUNDANCE Mediterranean Cuisine
AUTHOR: Numerous Authors/Asma Ghannam, RN, MSN; Carla Habib Mourad, PhD; and Zaher Dawy, PhD (Editors)
PUBLISHER: Self-published by Worldwide Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut (WAAAUB) Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Alumni Chapter

DESIGNER: Mayda Freije Makdessi, BS, MS; Izzat Kreidieh, BFA; Alessandro Decaneva, BFA, and Chantal Kassarjian (Student)
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mayda Freije Makdessi, BS, MS
ART DIRECTOR: Mayda Freije Makdessi, BS, MS
DESIGN FIRM: Communica Design (Beirut, Lebanon Office)



Abuse Suxxx And Other Plays
TITLE: Abuse Suxxx And Other Plays
AUTHOR: Haresh Sharma
PUBLISHER: The Necessary Stage

DESIGNER: Victoria Lee
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Bryan Angelo Lim
ART DIRECTOR: Bryan Angelo Lim
DESIGN FIRM: qu_est-ce que c_est design



Advice from my 80-Year-Old Self
TITLE: Advice from my 80-Year-Old Self
AUTHOR: Susan O'Malley / Bridget Watson Payne
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books

DESIGNER: Brooke Johnson



Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear
TITLE: Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear
AUTHOR: Paula Bronstein
PUBLISHER: UT Press

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Erin Mayes
DESIGN FIRM: Em Dash LLC



America's National Gallery of Art
TITLE: America's National Gallery of Art
AUTHOR: Phillip Kopper et al.
PUBLISHER: National Gallery of Art, Washington

DESIGNER: Kelly Doe, New York
DESIGN FIRM: National Gallery of Art, Washington



An Incomplete Book of Awesome Things
TITLE: An Incomplete Book of Awesome Things
AUTHOR: Wee Society
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House

DESIGNER: Will Ecke, Nate Luetkehans
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Robertson, Rob Alexander
DESIGN FIRM: Office



Annika Von Hausswolff _ Grand Theory Hotel
TITLE: Annika Von Hausswolff _ Grand Theory Hotel
AUTHOR: Dragana Vujanovic
PUBLISHER: Art and Theory / Hasselblad Foundation

DESIGNER: Stefania Malmsten, Ulrika Hellberg
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Stefania Malmsten, Ulrika Hellberg
ART DIRECTOR: Stefania Malmsten, Ulrika Hellberg
DESIGN FIRM: Malmsten Hellberg



Anri Sala _ O momento presente (The present moment)
TITLE: Anri Sala _ O momento presente (The present moment)
AUTHOR: Heloisa Espada
PUBLISHER: IMS

DESIGNER: Bloco Gr_fico
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Bloco Gr_fico
ART DIRECTOR: Bloco Gr_fico
DESIGN FIRM: Bloco Gr_fico



Avedon_s France: Old World, New Look
TITLE: Avedon_s France: Old World, New Look
AUTHOR: Robert M. Rubin and Marianne Le Galliard
PUBLISHER: Abrams Books

DESIGNER: Cornelia Blatter and Marcel Hermans
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Cornelia Blatter and Marcel Hermans
ART DIRECTOR: Cornelia Blatter and Marcel Hermans
DESIGN FIRM: COMA Amsterdam / New York



Bad Girls Throughout History
TITLE: Bad Girls Throughout History
AUTHOR: Ann Shen / Laura Lee Mattingly
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books

DESIGNER: Jennifer Tolo Pierce
ART DIRECTOR: Jennifer Tolo Pierce



Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III
TITLE: Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III
AUTHOR: Robert Greenfield/Peter Wolverton
PUBLISHER: Thomas Dunne Books

DESIGNER: Robert Grom
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Storrings
ART DIRECTOR: Robert Grom
DESIGN FIRM: St. Martins Press



Black Power 50
TITLE: Black Power 50
AUTHOR: Edited by: Sylviane A. Diouf Komozi Woodard, With a foreword by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
PUBLISHER: The New Press

DESIGNER: Christina Newhard
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Christine Sullivan
DESIGN FIRM: cstudio design



Boolean Expressions
TITLE: Boolean Expressions
AUTHOR: Fiona Kearney
PUBLISHER: Lewis Glucksman Gallery

DESIGNER: David Smith
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: David Smith
ART DIRECTOR: David Smith
DESIGN FIRM: Atelier David Smith



Brooklyn Nobody Knows
TITLE: Brooklyn Nobody Knows
AUTHOR: William Helmreich
PUBLISHER: Princeton University Press

DESIGNER: Amanda Weiss
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Maria Lindenfeldar
ART DIRECTOR: Jess Massabrook



Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road
TITLE: Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road
AUTHOR: Project Editor - Tevvy Ball
PUBLISHER: Getty Publications

DESIGNER: Catherine Lorenz



Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker's Journey
TITLE: Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker's Journey
AUTHOR: Harlan Lebo / Peter Joseph
PUBLISHER: Thomas Dunne Books

DESIGNER: Robert Grom
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rob Grom
ART DIRECTOR: Michael Storrings
DESIGN FIRM: St. Martins Press



Donald Ellis Gallery 12
TITLE: Donald Ellis Gallery 12
AUTHOR: Donald Ellis
PUBLISHER: Donald Ellis Gallery

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



Donald Judd Writings
TITLE: Donald Judd Writings
AUTHOR: Flavin Judd and Caitlin Murray
PUBLISHER: Judd Foundation / David Zwirner Books

DESIGNER: Michael Dyer, Remake



Emanations: The Art of the Cameraless Photograph
TITLE: Emanations: The Art of the Cameraless Photograph
AUTHOR: Geoffrey Batchen
PUBLISHER: DelMonico Books _ Prestel

DESIGNER: Barbara Glauber & Kellie Konapelsky
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Barbara Glauber
DESIGN FIRM: Heavy Meta



Every Anxious Wave: A Novel
TITLE: Every Anxious Wave: A Novel
AUTHOR: Mo Daviau / George Witte
PUBLISHER: St. Martins Press

DESIGNER: James Iacobelli
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Storrings
ART DIRECTOR: James Iacobelli
DESIGN FIRM: St. Martins Press



Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones
TITLE: Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones
AUTHOR: Ileen Gallagher
PUBLISHER: Bravado

DESIGNER: Abbott Miller, Jesse Kidwell, Yoon-Young Chai
ART DIRECTOR: Abbott Miller
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram



Explodity: Sound, Image, and Word in Russian Futurist Book Art
TITLE: Explodity: Sound, Image, and Word in Russian Futurist Book Art
AUTHOR: Project Editor - Lauren Edson
PUBLISHER: Getty Publications

DESIGNER: Kurt Hauser



Eye Spy Indian Art
TITLE: Eye Spy Indian Art
AUTHOR: Ritu Khoda and Vanita Pai/ Meera Kurian
PUBLISHER: Takshila Publication

DESIGNER: Ishan Khosla, Rohina Thapar, Tanya Mittal
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Ishan Khosla
ART DIRECTOR: Ishan Khosla
DESIGN FIRM: Ishan Khosla Design



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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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