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The Thrill of the Chase: The Wagstaff Collection of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum
TITLE: The Thrill of the Chase: The Wagstaff Collection of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum
AUTHOR: Project Editor - Dinah Berland
PUBLISHER: Getty Publications

DESIGNER: Jim Drobka



Theatre under Construction. Travelogue
TITLE: Theatre under Construction. Travelogue
AUTHOR: Boles_aw Stelmach
PUBLISHER: _Grodzka Gate _ NN Theatre_ Centre

DESIGNER: Idalia Smyczy_ska; Robert Zaj_c; Pawe_ Szarzy_ski
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Idalia Smyczy_ska; Robert Zaj_c
ART DIRECTOR: Idalia Smyczy_ska; Robert Zaj_c
DESIGN FIRM: kilku.com



They All Saw a Cat
TITLE: They All Saw a Cat
AUTHOR: Brendan Wenzel / Ginee Seo
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books

DESIGNER: Jennifer Tolo Pierce



Thin Slices of Anxiety
TITLE: Thin Slices of Anxiety
AUTHOR: Catherine Lepage
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books

DESIGNER: Catherine Lepage



Todd Hido: Intimate Distance: Twenty-Five Years of Photographs, A Chronological Album
TITLE: Todd Hido: Intimate Distance: Twenty-Five Years of Photographs, A Chronological Album
AUTHOR: Todd Hido / Denise Wolff
PUBLISHER: Aperture

DESIGNER: Bob Aufuldish
DESIGN FIRM: Aufuldish & Warinner



Too Far Gone
TITLE: Too Far Gone
AUTHOR: Todd Blubaugh
PUBLISHER: Gingko Press

DESIGNER: Eric Harvey
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Gabe Kean
DESIGN FIRM: Belle & Wissell, Co.



Twenty Over Eighty: Conversations with Legends of Architecture and Design
TITLE: Twenty Over Eighty: Conversations with Legends of Architecture and Design
AUTHOR: Aileen Kwun, Bryn Smith
PUBLISHER: Princeton Architectural Press

DESIGNER: Paul Wagner



Typography 37: The Annual of the Type Directors Club
TITLE: Typography 37: The Annual of the Type Directors Club
AUTHOR: Type Directors Club
PUBLISHER: Verlag Hermann Schmidt

DESIGNER: Michael McCaughley, Matt Kay
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Bobby C. Martin Jr.
DESIGN FIRM: OCD | The Original Champions of Design



Uptake
TITLE: Uptake
AUTHOR: Uptake
PUBLISHER: Uptake

DESIGNER: Eddie Opara, Brankica Harvey, Pedro Mendes
ART DIRECTOR: Eddie Opara
DESIGN FIRM: Pentagram



Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk
TITLE: Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk
AUTHOR: Danielle Krysa / Kate Woodrow
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books

DESIGNER: Danielle Krysa



_Buenos Nachos!
TITLE: _Buenos Nachos!
AUTHOR: Gina Hamadey
PUBLISHER: Dovetail Press




A cabra Vadia
TITLE: A cabra Vadia
AUTHOR: Nelson Rodrigues
PUBLISHER: Editora Nova Fronteira

DESIGNER: Rafael Nobre
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rafael Nobre
ART DIRECTOR: Rafael Nobre
DESIGN FIRM: Babilonia Cultura Editorial



A Filha Perdida
TITLE: A Filha Perdida
AUTHOR: Elena Ferrante
PUBLISHER: Intr_nseca

DESIGNER: Angelo Allevato Bottino



A Life Apart
TITLE: A Life Apart
AUTHOR: Neel Mukherjee
PUBLISHER: W.W. Norton

DESIGNER: Helen Yentus
ART DIRECTOR: Steve Attardo



A Love of UIQ
TITLE: A Love of UIQ
AUTHOR: F_lix Guattari
PUBLISHER: Univocal Publishing

DESIGNER: Jason Wagner
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: NA
ART DIRECTOR: NA
DESIGN FIRM: NA



A Man With One of Those Faces
TITLE: A Man With One of Those Faces
AUTHOR: Caimh McDonnell
PUBLISHER: McFori Ink

DESIGNER: Emir Paja
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: N/A
ART DIRECTOR: N/A
DESIGN FIRM: 99designs



A Totally Awkward Love Story
TITLE: A Totally Awkward Love Story
AUTHOR: Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen / Kate Sullivan
PUBLISHER: Random House Children's Books | Delacorte

DESIGNER: Ray Shappell
ART DIRECTOR: Alison Impey



Accidence Will Happen
TITLE: Accidence Will Happen
AUTHOR: Oliver Kamm
PUBLISHER: Pegasus Books

DESIGNER: Derek Thornton
DESIGN FIRM: Faceout Studio



Action Time Vision: Punk & Post-Punk 7
TITLE: Action Time Vision: Punk & Post-Punk 7" Record Sleeves
AUTHOR: Editors: Tony Brook & Adrian Shaughnessy, Consultant Editor: Russ Bestley
PUBLISHER: Unit Editions

DESIGNER: Callin Mackintosh
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Tony Brook
DESIGN FIRM: Spin



Addlands
TITLE: Addlands
AUTHOR: Tom Bullough
PUBLISHER: Granta

DESIGNER: Jenny Grigg
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jenny Grigg
ART DIRECTOR: Jenny Grigg
DESIGN FIRM: Jenny Grigg Design



Adios, Cowboy
TITLE: Adios, Cowboy
AUTHOR: Olja Savicevic
PUBLISHER: McSweeney's Publishing

DESIGNER: Sunra Thompson
ART DIRECTOR: Dan McKinley
DESIGN FIRM: McSweeney's Publishing



Alchemy of the Soul
TITLE: Alchemy of the Soul
AUTHOR: Joshua Basseches
PUBLISHER: Peabody Essex Museum

DESIGNER: Jean Wilcox
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jean Wilcox
ART DIRECTOR: Jean Wilcox
DESIGN FIRM: Wilcox Design



Alice in Space
TITLE: Alice in Space
AUTHOR: Gillian Beer
PUBLISHER: University of Chicago Press

DESIGNER: Lauren Michelle Smith
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
ART DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro



All the Birds in the Sky
TITLE: All the Birds in the Sky
AUTHOR: Charlie Jane Anders
PUBLISHER: Tor

DESIGNER: Will Staehle
ART DIRECTOR: Irene Gallo



All We Shall Know
TITLE: All We Shall Know
AUTHOR: Donal Ryan
PUBLISHER: Transworld

DESIGNER: James Jones
ART DIRECTOR: Richard Ogle



An Abbreviated Life
TITLE: An Abbreviated Life
AUTHOR: Author: Ariel Leve / Editor: Emily Griffin
PUBLISHER: Harper

DESIGNER: Milan Bozic



Andes
TITLE: Andes
AUTHOR: Tomaz Salamun
PUBLISHER: Black Ocean

DESIGNER: Abby Haddican
DESIGN FIRM: Abby Haddican



Angelus Trilogy (The Watchers | Angel City | The Way of Sorrows)
TITLE: Angelus Trilogy (The Watchers | Angel City | The Way of Sorrows)
AUTHOR: Jon Steele
PUBLISHER: Blue Rider Press

DESIGNER: Jason Booher



Anna and the Swallow Man
TITLE: Anna and the Swallow Man
AUTHOR: Gavriel Savit / Erin Clarke
PUBLISHER: Random House Children's Books | Knopf

ART DIRECTOR: Alison Impey



Anthem
TITLE: Anthem
AUTHOR: Ayn Rand
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House

DESIGNER: Leo NIckolls
ART DIRECTOR: Emily Osborne/Anthony Ramondo



Arranha-C_us
TITLE: Arranha-C_us
AUTHOR: J. G. Ballard
PUBLISHER: Elsinore

DESIGNER: Ricardo Nunes / Ideias com Peso
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lu_s Alegre
ART DIRECTOR: Lu_s Alegre
DESIGN FIRM: Ideias com Peso



As Close to Us as Breathing
TITLE: As Close to Us as Breathing
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Poliner
PUBLISHER: Lee Boudreaux Books / Little, Brown

DESIGNER: Lauren Harms
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mario J. Pulice



Atlas Shrugged
TITLE: Atlas Shrugged
AUTHOR: Ayn Rand
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House

DESIGNER: Leo Nickolls
ART DIRECTOR: Anthony Ramondo/Emily Osborne



Atonement and Salvation: The Extravagance of God's Love
TITLE: Atonement and Salvation: The Extravagance of God's Love
AUTHOR: Eric M. Vail
PUBLISHER: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City

DESIGNER: Sherwin Schwartzrock
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Sherwin Schwartzrock
DESIGN FIRM: smARTer



Baseball Clubbies
TITLE: Baseball Clubbies
AUTHOR: Matt Palka
PUBLISHER: Moniker Press

DESIGNER: Jonathan Schute
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jonathan Schute
DESIGN FIRM: Goahead Schute



Beatlebone
TITLE: Beatlebone
AUTHOR: Kevin Barry
PUBLISHER: Canongate Books

DESIGNER: Rafaela Romaya



Before The Fall
TITLE: Before The Fall
AUTHOR: Noah Hawley
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing

ART DIRECTOR: Anne Twomey



Black Hole Blues
TITLE: Black Hole Blues
AUTHOR: Janna Levin/Dan Frank
PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf

DESIGNER: Janet Hansen
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Carol Devine Carson
ART DIRECTOR: Peter Mendelsund
DESIGN FIRM: Alfred A. Knopf



Black Wave
TITLE: Black Wave
AUTHOR: Michelle Tea
PUBLISHER: The Feminist Press at CUNY

ART DIRECTOR: Drew Stevens



Bob Stevenson
TITLE: Bob Stevenson
AUTHOR: Richard Wiley
PUBLISHER: Bellevue Literary Press

DESIGNER: Jennifer Heuer
ART DIRECTOR: Leslie Hodgkins



Boundless Books
TITLE: Boundless Books
AUTHOR: Postertext / Christina Amini
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books

DESIGNER: Kristen Hewitt



Boy Erased
TITLE: Boy Erased
AUTHOR: Garrard Conley
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books | Penguin Random House

DESIGNER: Rachel Willey
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus
DESIGN FIRM: Penguin Art Group



Brave New Weed
TITLE: Brave New Weed
AUTHOR: Author: Joe Dolce / Editor: Karen Rinaldi
PUBLISHER: Harper

DESIGNER: Milan Bozic



Brevity
TITLE: Brevity
AUTHOR: David Galef
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press

ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky



Brilliance and Fire
TITLE: Brilliance and Fire
AUTHOR: Author: Rachelle Bergstein / Jennifer Barth
PUBLISHER: Harper

DESIGNER: Joanne O'Neill



Bush
TITLE: Bush
AUTHOR: Jean Edward Smith
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster

DESIGNER: Alison Forner
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jackie Seow



But What If We_re Wrong
TITLE: But What If We_re Wrong
AUTHOR: Chuck Klosterman
PUBLISHER: Blue Rider Press

DESIGNER: Office of Paul Sahre
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Booher



C.S. Lewis paperback series design
TITLE: C.S. Lewis paperback series design
AUTHOR: C.S. Lewis
PUBLISHER: HarperOne

DESIGNER: Kimberly Glyder
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Adrian Morgan
ART DIRECTOR: Kimberly Glyder
DESIGN FIRM: Kimberly Glyder



Californium
TITLE: Californium
AUTHOR: R. Dean Johnson
PUBLISHER: Plume

DESIGNER: Rachel Willey
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Booher



Ceramics
TITLE: Ceramics
AUTHOR: Kate Singleton / Bridget Watson Payne
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books

DESIGNER: Sara Schneider



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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. 



Jobs | July 21