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Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific
TITLE: Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific
AUTHOR: Steven Hooper
PUBLISHER: University of East Anglia and Fiji Museum

ART DIRECTOR: Andrew Johnson
DESIGN FIRM: Johnson Design



Float
TITLE: Float
AUTHOR: Anne Carson
PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf

DESIGNER: Cassandra Pappas
ART DIRECTOR: Cassandra Pappas



Flying Saucers Are Real!
TITLE: Flying Saucers Are Real!
AUTHOR: By Jack Womack; Introduction by William Gibson; Edited by Michael P. Daley, Johan Kugelberg & Gabriel Mckee
PUBLISHER: Anthology Editions

DESIGNER: Bryan Cipolla
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Johan Kugelberg



For Nirvana
TITLE: For Nirvana
AUTHOR: Cho Oh-Hyun
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press

DESIGNER: Chang Jae Lee
ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky



GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human
TITLE: GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human
AUTHOR: Thomas Thwaites
PUBLISHER: Princeton Architectural Press

DESIGNER: Paul Wagner



God Save Sex Pistols
TITLE: God Save Sex Pistols
AUTHOR: Editors: Johan Kugelberg, Jon Savage, Glenn Terry
PUBLISHER: Rizzoli

DESIGNER: Bryan Cipolla
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Johan Kugelberg



How to be a Wildflower
TITLE: How to be a Wildflower
AUTHOR: Katie Daisy/Bridget Watson Payne
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books

DESIGNER: Katie Daisy



How to See: Visual Adventures in a World God Never Made
TITLE: How to See: Visual Adventures in a World God Never Made
AUTHOR: George Nelson
PUBLISHER: Phaidon Press

DESIGNER: Michael Bierut, Laitsz Ho
ART DIRECTOR: Michael Bierut
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram



Inqu_rito Policial: Fam_lia Tobias
TITLE: Inqu_rito Policial: Fam_lia Tobias
AUTHOR: Ricardo Lisias
PUBLISHER: Lote 42

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



Intimate Geometries: The Art and Life of Louise Bourgeois
TITLE: Intimate Geometries: The Art and Life of Louise Bourgeois
AUTHOR: Robert Storr
PUBLISHER: The Monacelli Press

DESIGNER: Abbott Miller, Kim Walker
ART DIRECTOR: Abbott Miller
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram



Invisible Adversaries
TITLE: Invisible Adversaries
AUTHOR: Lauren Cornell and Tom Eccles
PUBLISHER: Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College

DESIGN FIRM: Zak Group



King Baby
TITLE: King Baby
AUTHOR: Kate Beaton / Cheryl Klein and Emily Clement
PUBLISHER: Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

DESIGNER: Kate Beaton and David Saylor
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: David Saylor
ART DIRECTOR: David Saylor



Liz Deschenes
TITLE: Liz Deschenes
AUTHOR: Eva Respini
PUBLISHER: The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and DelMonico Books Prestel




London Calling: Bacon, Freud, Kissoff, Kitaj, Auerbach, and Andrews
TITLE: London Calling: Bacon, Freud, Kissoff, Kitaj, Auerbach, and Andrews
AUTHOR: Project Editor - Nola Butler
PUBLISHER: Getty Publications

DESIGNER: Catherine Lorenz



Los Angeles _ A Fiction
TITLE: Los Angeles _ A Fiction
AUTHOR: Gunnar B. Kvaran / Thierry Raspail / Nicolas Garait-Leavenworth
PUBLISHER: Astrup Fearnley Museet

DESIGN FIRM: Zak Group



Lowriders to the Center of the Earth
TITLE: Lowriders to the Center of the Earth
AUTHOR: Cathy Camper / Ginee Seo
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books

DESIGNER: Neil J. Egan III



Lust & Wonder: A Memoir
TITLE: Lust & Wonder: A Memoir
AUTHOR: Augusten Burroughs/Jennifer Enderline
PUBLISHER: St. Martin's Press

DESIGNER: Olga Grlic
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Olga Grlic
ART DIRECTOR: Michael Storrings
DESIGN FIRM: St. Martin's Press



Manual of Section
TITLE: Manual of Section
AUTHOR: Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, David J. Lewis (LTL)
PUBLISHER: Princeton Architectural Press

DESIGNER: LTL, Ben English
ART DIRECTOR: LTL



MCHAP: THE AMERICAS
TITLE: MCHAP: THE AMERICAS
AUTHOR: Fabrizio Gallanti
PUBLISHER: ACTAR PUBLISHERS

DESIGNER: Edwin van Gelder & Philipp Mockli
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Edwin van Gelder
ART DIRECTOR: Edwin van Gelder
DESIGN FIRM: Mainstudio



Me: A Compendium
TITLE: Me: A Compendium
AUTHOR: Wee Society
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House

DESIGNER: Rob Alexander
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Robertson, Rob Alexander
DESIGN FIRM: Office



Mister Magnificent's Magical Merrimack Adventure
TITLE: Mister Magnificent's Magical Merrimack Adventure
AUTHOR: Ingrid Hess
PUBLISHER: Ingrid Hess

DESIGNER: Ingrid Hess



My Mad Fat Diary: A Memoir
TITLE: My Mad Fat Diary: A Memoir
AUTHOR: Rae Earl/Michael Flamini
PUBLISHER: St. Martin'S Griffin

DESIGNER: Olga Grlic
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Olga Grlic
ART DIRECTOR: Michael Storrings
DESIGN FIRM: Coral Graphics



Never Built New York
TITLE: Never Built New York
AUTHOR: Sam Lubell / Greg Goldin
PUBLISHER: Metropolis Books

DESIGNER: Eric Heiman / Jon Hioki / Nick Velazquez
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Adam Brodsley / Eric Heiman
ART DIRECTOR: Eric Heiman
DESIGN FIRM: Volume Inc.



Nicholas Krushenick: Electric Soup
TITLE: Nicholas Krushenick: Electric Soup
AUTHOR: Ian Berry
PUBLISHER: Tang Museum at Skidmore College & DelMonico Books _ Prestel

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



Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawings and Prints
TITLE: Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawings and Prints
AUTHOR: Project Editor - Ruth Lane
PUBLISHER: Getty Publications

DESIGNER: Kurt Hauser



Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas
TITLE: Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas
AUTHOR: Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
PUBLISHER: University of California Press

DESIGNER: Lia Tjandra
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: n/a
ART DIRECTOR: Lia Tjandra
DESIGN FIRM: University of California Press



North of Dixie: Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South
TITLE: North of Dixie: Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South
AUTHOR: Project Editor - Elizabeth Nicholson
PUBLISHER: Getty Publications

DESIGNER: Jim Drobka



Odyssey Works
TITLE: Odyssey Works
AUTHOR: Abraham Burickson, Ayden LeRoux
PUBLISHER: Princeton Architectural Press

DESIGNER: Ben English



Of Reality
TITLE: Of Reality
AUTHOR: Gianni Vattimo
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press

DESIGNER: Lisa Hamm
ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky



On Christopher Street: Transgener Storries
TITLE: On Christopher Street: Transgener Storries
AUTHOR: Mark Seliger
PUBLISHER: Rizzoli

DESIGNER: Fred Woodward and Griffin Funk



One World Trade Center: Biography of the Building
TITLE: One World Trade Center: Biography of the Building
AUTHOR: Judith Dupr_
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company

DESIGNER: Darren Tuozzoli
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Johnny Petley
ART DIRECTOR: Darren Tuozzoli
DESIGN FIRM: DBOX



Perspectives on Contemporary Aesthetics
TITLE: Perspectives on Contemporary Aesthetics
AUTHOR: Arnold Berleant and Yuriko Saito
PUBLISHER: RISD Shortruns

DESIGNER: Scarlett Xin Meng
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Nancy Skolos
DESIGN FIRM: Rhode Island School of Design



Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design
TITLE: Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design
AUTHOR: Esther da Costa Meyer
PUBLISHER: The Jewish Museum

DESIGNER: Abbott Miller, Andrew Walters
ART DIRECTOR: Abbott Miller
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram



Real/Ideal: Photography in Mid-Nineteenth-Century France
TITLE: Real/Ideal: Photography in Mid-Nineteenth-Century France
AUTHOR: Project Editor - Ruth Lane
PUBLISHER: Getty Publications

DESIGNER: Jeffrey Cohen



Rio_Montevideo
TITLE: Rio_Montevideo
AUTHOR: Ros_ngela Renn_
PUBLISHER: CDF _ Centro de fotograf_a de Montevideo

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



Robert Mapplethorpe: The Archive
TITLE: Robert Mapplethorpe: The Archive
AUTHOR: Project Editor - Lauren Edson
PUBLISHER: Getty Publications

DESIGNER: Catherine Lorenz



Robert Mapplethorpe: The Photographs
TITLE: Robert Mapplethorpe: The Photographs
AUTHOR: Project Editor - Beatrice Hohenegger
PUBLISHER: Getty Publications

DESIGNER: Jeffrey Cohen



Samlade dikter
TITLE: Samlade dikter
AUTHOR: Bodil Malmsten
PUBLISHER: Albert Bonniers f_rlag

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



Season of the Rainbirds
TITLE: Season of the Rainbirds
AUTHOR: Nadeem Aslam
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House

DESIGNER: Rymn Massand
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rymn Massand
DESIGN FIRM: +Rymn



Selldorf Architects: Portfolio and Projects
TITLE: Selldorf Architects: Portfolio and Projects
AUTHOR: Annabelle Selldorf
PUBLISHER: Phaidon Press

DESIGNER: Michael Bierut, Jessica Svendsen
ART DIRECTOR: Michael Bierut
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram



Sequential Drawings
TITLE: Sequential Drawings
AUTHOR: Richard McGuire
PUBLISHER: Pantheon Books

DESIGNER: Richard McGuire



TEA CEREMONY MANUAL
TITLE: TEA CEREMONY MANUAL
AUTHOR: Tom Sachs, Dakin Hart
PUBLISHER: The Noguchi Museum

DESIGNER: Yeju Choi
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Yeju Choi
ART DIRECTOR: Yeju Choi
DESIGN FIRM: Nowhere Office



The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force
TITLE: The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force
AUTHOR: Stephanie Sauer
PUBLISHER: University of Texas Press

DESIGNER: Lindsay Starr



The Creative Architect
TITLE: The Creative Architect
AUTHOR: Pierluigi Serraino / Alan Rapp
PUBLISHER: The Monaccelli Press

DESIGNER: Brett MacFadden / Geoff Kaplan
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Brett MacFadden / Geoff Kaplan
ART DIRECTOR: Brett MacFadden / Geoff Kaplan
DESIGN FIRM: MacFadden & Thorpe with Geoff Kaplan/General Working Group



The Great East Asian War and the Birth of the Korean Nation
TITLE: The Great East Asian War and the Birth of the Korean Nation
AUTHOR: JaHyun Kim Haboush
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press

DESIGNER: Chang Jae Lee
ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky



The Hem of Enlightenment
TITLE: The Hem of Enlightenment
AUTHOR: Mark Graham/Clark Goldsberry
PUBLISHER: Brigham Young University

DESIGNER: Clark Goldsberry
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mark Graham
ART DIRECTOR: Mark Graham



The Last Stop
TITLE: The Last Stop
AUTHOR: Ryann Ford
PUBLISHER: powerHouse Books

DESIGNER: Barrett Fry
ART DIRECTOR: DJ Stout
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram



The Light of Coincidence: The Photographs of Kenneth Josephson
TITLE: The Light of Coincidence: The Photographs of Kenneth Josephson
AUTHOR: Kenneth Josephson
PUBLISHER: University of Texas Press

DESIGNER: Derek George
DESIGN FIRM: University of Texas Press



The Psychological Portrait: Marcel Sternberger's Revelations in Photography
TITLE: The Psychological Portrait: Marcel Sternberger's Revelations in Photography
AUTHOR: Jacob Loewentheil
PUBLISHER: Skira Rizzoli

DESIGNER: Bryan Cipolla
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Johan Kugelberg



The Subsidiary
TITLE: The Subsidiary
AUTHOR: Matias Celedon
PUBLISHER: Melville House Publishing

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



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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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