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Chardin and Rembrandt
TITLE: Chardin and Rembrandt
AUTHOR: Text by Marcel Proust. Afterword by Alain Madeleine-Perdrillat. Translated by Jennie Feldman
PUBLISHER: David Zwirner Books

DESIGNER: Michael Dyer, Remake



China Under the Covers
TITLE: China Under the Covers
AUTHOR: Margaret E. Davis
PUBLISHER: Ma Nao Books

DESIGNER: Scott Nasburg



City of Sedition
TITLE: City of Sedition
AUTHOR: John Strausbaugh
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing




C_digo da Estrada Series: motociclos, ligeiros, pesados (Road Code book series)
TITLE: C_digo da Estrada Series: motociclos, ligeiros, pesados (Road Code book series)
AUTHOR: CDNET __Inform_tica e Servi_os, Lda.
PUBLISHER: Educa__o Rodovi_ria

DESIGNER: Bruna de Sousa & Jos_ Maria Cunha
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Bruna de Sousa & Jos_ Maria Cunha
ART DIRECTOR: Bruna de Sousa & Jos_ Maria Cunha
DESIGN FIRM: Bruna de Sousa & Jos_ Maria Cunha



Cold Skin
TITLE: Cold Skin
AUTHOR: Albert S_nchez Pi_ol
PUBLISHER: Canongate Books

DESIGNER: Christopher Gale
DESIGN FIRM: Canongate Books



Color Science and the Visual Arts: A Guide for Conservators, Curators, and the Curious
TITLE: Color Science and the Visual Arts: A Guide for Conservators, Curators, and the Curious
AUTHOR: Project Editor - Beatrice Hohenegger
PUBLISHER: Getty Publications

DESIGNER: Jim Drobka



Commonwealth
TITLE: Commonwealth
AUTHOR: Author: Ann Patchett / Editor: Jonathan Burnham
PUBLISHER: Harper

DESIGNER: Robin Bilardello



Company Town
TITLE: Company Town
AUTHOR: Madeline Ashby
PUBLISHER: Tor Books (May 17 2016)

DESIGNER: n/a
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Erik Mohr
ART DIRECTOR: n/a
DESIGN FIRM: Made by Emblem



Confessions
TITLE: Confessions
AUTHOR: Kanae Minato
PUBLISHER: Dogan Egmont Publishing

DESIGNER: Geray Gencer
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Geray Gencer



Cookie Advent Cookbook
TITLE: Cookie Advent Cookbook
AUTHOR: Barbara Gruner & Virginia Van Vynckt / Amy Treadwell
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books

DESIGNER: Vanessa Dina



Cosmic Hotel
TITLE: Cosmic Hotel
AUTHOR: Russ Franklin
PUBLISHER: Soft Skull Press

DESIGNER: Jennifer Heuer
ART DIRECTOR: Kelly Winton



Cove
TITLE: Cove
AUTHOR: Cynan Jones
PUBLISHER: Granta

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



Coyote America
TITLE: Coyote America
AUTHOR: Dan Flores
PUBLISHER: Basic Books

DESIGNER: Nicole Caputo
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Nicole Caputo
ART DIRECTOR: Nicole Caputo



Cyberspies
TITLE: Cyberspies
AUTHOR: Gordon Corera
PUBLISHER: Pegasus Books

DESIGNER: Derek Thornton
DESIGN FIRM: Faceout Studio



Dada Presentism: An Essay on Art and History
TITLE: Dada Presentism: An Essay on Art and History
AUTHOR: Maria Stavrinaki
PUBLISHER: Stanford University Press

DESIGNER: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
ART DIRECTOR: Rob Ehle
DESIGN FIRM: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein



Dancing with the Tiger
TITLE: Dancing with the Tiger
AUTHOR: Lili Wright
PUBLISHER: Marian Wood Books | Putnam Books | Penguin Random House

DESIGNER: Aitch
ART DIRECTOR: Monica Cordova
DESIGN FIRM: Penguin Art Group



Database of Dreams
TITLE: Database of Dreams
AUTHOR: Rebecca Lemov
PUBLISHER: Yale University Press

DESIGNER: Thomas Starr



Design to Renourish: Sustainable Graphic Design in Practice
TITLE: Design to Renourish: Sustainable Graphic Design in Practice
AUTHOR: Eric Benson & Yvette Perullo
PUBLISHER: CRC Press

DESIGNER: Eric Benson & Yvette Perullo
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Eric Benson & Yvette Perullo
ART DIRECTOR: Eric Benson & Yvette Perullo
DESIGN FIRM: Re-nourish



Dialogue
TITLE: Dialogue
AUTHOR: Robert McKee
PUBLISHER: Twelve

DESIGNER: Catherine Casalino
ART DIRECTOR: Catherine Casalino



Disegnare il sacro
TITLE: Disegnare il sacro
AUTHOR: Marco Sammicheli
PUBLISHER: Rubettino

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michele Bortolami, Tommaso Delmastro
DESIGN FIRM: Undesign



Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS Actor's Script
TITLE: Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS Actor's Script
AUTHOR: Disney Theatrical Group and Music Theatre International
PUBLISHER: Hal Leonard Corporation

DESIGNER: Chad Hornberger
DESIGN FIRM: Disney Theatrical Group



Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS Actor's Script
TITLE: Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS Actor's Script
AUTHOR: Disney Theatrical Group and Music Theatre International
PUBLISHER: Hal Leonard Corporation

DESIGNER: Chad Hornberger
DESIGN FIRM: Disney Theatrical Group



Displaying Death and Animating Life
TITLE: Displaying Death and Animating Life
AUTHOR: Jane C. Desmond
PUBLISHER: University of Chicago Press

DESIGNER: Adeetje Bouma
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
ART DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro



Disrupting Thinking
TITLE: Disrupting Thinking
AUTHOR: Kylene Beers & Robert E. Probst
PUBLISHER: Scholastic

DESIGNER: Brian LaRossa
ART DIRECTOR: Brian LaRossa
DESIGN FIRM: In-House



Do Not Say We Have Nothing
TITLE: Do Not Say We Have Nothing
AUTHOR: Madeleine Thien
PUBLISHER: WW Norton

DESIGNER: Jaya Miceli
ART DIRECTOR: Ingsu Liu



Do Not Say We Have Nothing
TITLE: Do Not Say We Have Nothing
AUTHOR: Madeleine Thien
PUBLISHER: W.W. Norton

DESIGNER: Jaya Miceli
ART DIRECTOR: Ingsu Liu



Doctorow: Collected Stories
TITLE: Doctorow: Collected Stories
AUTHOR: E. L. Doctorow
PUBLISHER: Random House

DESIGNER: RACHEL AKE
ART DIRECTOR: JOSEPH PEREZ



Drone, Remote Control Warfare
TITLE: Drone, Remote Control Warfare
AUTHOR: Hugh Gusterson
PUBLISHER: The MIT Press

DESIGNER: Marge Encomienda



Durgadeshnandi
TITLE: Durgadeshnandi
AUTHOR: Bankim Chattopadhyay/ Chiki Sarkar
PUBLISHER: Random House

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



Emotions of a Book
TITLE: Emotions of a Book
AUTHOR: Guido Parisi
PUBLISHER: Troubador Publishing Ltd




Evangeline
TITLE: Evangeline
AUTHOR: Mark Marchesi
PUBLISHER: Daylight Books

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



Everything I Don't Remember
TITLE: Everything I Don't Remember
AUTHOR: Jonas Hassen Khemiri
PUBLISHER: Atria Books

DESIGNER: Laywan Kwan
ART DIRECTOR: Albert Tang



Executing Freedom
TITLE: Executing Freedom
AUTHOR: Daniel LaChance
PUBLISHER: University of Chicago Press

DESIGNER: Tim Green
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
DESIGN FIRM: Faceout Studio



Fates and Furies
TITLE: Fates and Furies
AUTHOR: Lauren Groff
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books

DESIGNER: Rodrigo Corral and Adalis Martinez
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus



Feathers
TITLE: Feathers
AUTHOR: Robert Clark / Bridget Watson Payne
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books

DESIGNER: Sara Schneider



Feminism: Reinventing the F-Word
TITLE: Feminism: Reinventing the F-Word
AUTHOR: Nadia Abushanab Higgins
PUBLISHER: Twenty-First Century Books/Lerner Publishing Group

DESIGNER: Laura Otto Rinne
ART DIRECTOR: Laura Otto Rinne
DESIGN FIRM: Lerner Publishing Group



Fill The Sky
TITLE: Fill The Sky
AUTHOR: Katherine Sherbrooke/Michelle Toth
PUBLISHER: SixOneSeven Books

DESIGNER: Whitney Scharer



Find Her
TITLE: Find Her
AUTHOR: Lisa Gardner
PUBLISHER: Dutton | Penguin Random House

DESIGNER: Christopher Lin
DESIGN FIRM: Penguin Art Group



Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine,Fine
TITLE: Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine,Fine
AUTHOR: Diane Willaims
PUBLISHER: McSweeney's Publishing

DESIGNER: Dan McKinley
ART DIRECTOR: Dan McKinley
DESIGN FIRM: McSweeney's



Flamingos
TITLE: Flamingos
AUTHOR: Grant Maierhofer
PUBLISHER: ITNA Press

DESIGNER: Mario Dzurila
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mario Dzurila
ART DIRECTOR: Mario Dzurila
DESIGN FIRM: dzurila.com



Forty Rooms
TITLE: Forty Rooms
AUTHOR: Olga Grushin
PUBLISHER: Marian Wood Books | Putnam Books | Penguin Random House

DESIGNER: David J. High, highdzn
ART DIRECTOR: Monica Cordova
DESIGN FIRM: Penguin Art Group



Girl in Pieces
TITLE: Girl in Pieces
AUTHOR: Kathleen Glasgow / Krista Marino
PUBLISHER: Random House Children's Books | Delacorte

DESIGNER: Jen Heuer
ART DIRECTOR: Alison Impey



Girl in the Dark
TITLE: Girl in the Dark
AUTHOR: Anna Lyndsey / Anchor Books
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House

DESIGNER: Isabel Urbina Pe_a
ART DIRECTOR: Megan Wilson



Girls on Fire
TITLE: Girls on Fire
AUTHOR: Author: Robin Wasserman / Jennifer Barth
PUBLISHER: Harper

DESIGNER: Robin Bilardello



Girls On Fire
TITLE: Girls On Fire
AUTHOR: Robin Wasserman
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown UK

DESIGNER: Jack Smyth



Gold Fame Citrus
TITLE: Gold Fame Citrus
AUTHOR: Claire Vaye Watkins
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books | Penguin Random House

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



Gold from the Stone
TITLE: Gold from the Stone
AUTHOR: Lemn Sissay
PUBLISHER: Canongate Books

DESIGNER: Peter Adlington
DESIGN FIRM: Canongate Books



Gorse No. 6 _ Identity
TITLE: Gorse No. 6 _ Identity
AUTHOR: Susan Tomaselli (ed.)
PUBLISHER: Gorse

DESIGNER: Niall McCormack
ART DIRECTOR: Niall McCormack
DESIGN FIRM: Hi-Tone Design



Gorse No. 7 _ Codes
TITLE: Gorse No. 7 _ Codes
AUTHOR: Susan Tomaselli (Ed)
PUBLISHER: Gorse

DESIGNER: Niall McCormack
ART DIRECTOR: Niall McCormack
DESIGN FIRM: Hi-Tone Design



Haiti + Fair Trade = Hope
TITLE: Haiti + Fair Trade = Hope
AUTHOR: Ingrid Hess
PUBLISHER: Artisan Business Network

DESIGNER: Ingrid Hess



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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