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Collective Museum Collection
TITLE: Collective Museum Collection
AUTHOR: Public Doors and Windows
PUBLISHER: Institute of the Arts and Sciences

DESIGNER: Molly Sherman
DESIGN FIRM: Molly Sherman



Concrete Cuba: Cuban Geometric Abstraction from the 1950s
TITLE: Concrete Cuba: Cuban Geometric Abstraction from the 1950s
AUTHOR: Text by Abigail McEwen. Interview with Pedro de Ora_ by Lucas Zwirner. Illustrated chronology by Susanna Temkin
PUBLISHER: David Zwirner Books

DESIGNER: Henk van Assen



Consumed Socialism
TITLE: Consumed Socialism
AUTHOR: Branislav Dimitrijevi_
PUBLISHER: Fabrika knjiga (Book Factory)

DESIGNER: Olivera Bataji_ Sretenovi_
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Olivera Bataji_ Sretenovi_
ART DIRECTOR: Olivera Bataji_ Sretenovi_
DESIGN FIRM: -



Correspondence in D Minor
TITLE: Correspondence in D Minor
AUTHOR: James Dennis
PUBLISHER: Stephen F Austin University Press

DESIGNER: Carmen Garza
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lana Rigsby
ART DIRECTOR: Lana Rigsby
DESIGN FIRM: Rigsby Hull



Creatures of the Deep
TITLE: Creatures of the Deep
AUTHOR: Illustrations from Ernst Haeckel, Maike Biederst_dt
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing

DESIGNER: Maike Biederst_dt/Meike Sellier



Cuba: A Personal Journey 1989-2016
TITLE: Cuba: A Personal Journey 1989-2016
AUTHOR: Manuello Paganelli
PUBLISHER: Daylight Books

DESIGNER: Melanie McLaughlin
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Melanie McLaughlin



Dan Flavin: Corners, Barriers and Corridors
TITLE: Dan Flavin: Corners, Barriers and Corridors
AUTHOR: Texts by Michael Auping and Alexandra Whitney
PUBLISHER: David Zwirner Books

DESIGNER: McCall Associates



Danh Vo ____ _______
TITLE: Danh Vo ____ _______
AUTHOR: Magal_ Arriola, Danh Vo, Patrick Charpenel, Virgilio Pi_era, Mark Godfrey, Patricia Falgueires, Francesco Pellizzi, Tom McDonough
PUBLISHER: Fundaci_n Jumex Arte Contempor_neo

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



Danny Lyon: Message to the Future
TITLE: Danny Lyon: Message to the Future
AUTHOR: Julian Cox and Elisabeth Sussman, with Alexander Nemerov, Danica Willard Sachs, Ed Halter, and Alan Rinzler
PUBLISHER: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Yale University Press

DESIGN FIRM: Aufuldish & Warinner



Dead Animals or The Curious Occurrence of Taxidermy in Contemporary Art
TITLE: Dead Animals or The Curious Occurrence of Taxidermy in Contemporary Art
AUTHOR: Jo-Ann Conklin, Curator
PUBLISHER: David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University

DESIGNER: Malcolm Grear Designers
DESIGN FIRM: Malcolm Grear Designers



Del Posto
TITLE: Del Posto
AUTHOR: Mark Ladner, Forewords by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Anne Twomey
DESIGN FIRM: Gary Tooth, Empire Design



DELHI: Communities of Belonging
TITLE: DELHI: Communities of Belonging
AUTHOR: Sunil Gupta & Charan Singh
PUBLISHER: The New Press

DESIGNER: Lisa LaRochelle / Manuel Mendez / Yoko Yoshida-Carrera
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jurek Wajdowicz
ART DIRECTOR: Lisa LaRochelle / Jurek Wajdowicz
DESIGN FIRM: Emerson, Wajdowicz Studios (EWS)



Design  The Invention of Desire
TITLE: Design The Invention of Desire
AUTHOR: Jessica Helfand
PUBLISHER: Yale University Press

DESIGNER: Jessica Helfand and Sara Jamshidi



Design a Better Business
TITLE: Design a Better Business
AUTHOR: Patrick van der Pijl, Lisa Kay Solomon, Justin Lokitz
PUBLISHER: Wiley

DESIGNER: Jonas Louisse
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Erik van der Pluijm
ART DIRECTOR: Maarten van Lieshout
DESIGN FIRM: Thirty-X



Design for People
TITLE: Design for People
AUTHOR: Scott Stowell
PUBLISHER: Metropolis Books

DESIGNER: Scott Stowell, Martha Kang McGill, Ryan Thacker
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Scott Stowell
DESIGN FIRM: Open



Design: The Invention of Desire
TITLE: Design: The Invention of Desire
AUTHOR: Jessica Helfand
PUBLISHER: Yale University Press

DESIGNER: Sara Jamshidi
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jesscia Helfand
ART DIRECTOR: Jessica Helfand



Destroying The Laboratory For The Sake Of The Experiment
TITLE: Destroying The Laboratory For The Sake Of The Experiment
AUTHOR: Mark Power and Daniel Cockrill
PUBLISHER: Globtik Books

DESIGNER: Dominic Brookman
DESIGN FIRM: Kenosha Design



Diplomatic Security Service Then and Now
TITLE: Diplomatic Security Service Then and Now
AUTHOR: Vincent Crawley
PUBLISHER: Goetz Printing

DESIGNER: Stephanie Archuleta
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Stephanie Archuleta
ART DIRECTOR: Stephanie Archuleta
DESIGN FIRM: Bureau of Diplomatic Security Public Affairs



Document
TITLE: Document
AUTHOR: Henry Leutwyler
PUBLISHER: Steidl

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Ruba Abu-Nimah
ART DIRECTOR: Eleanor Ren_e Rogers
DESIGN FIRM: Water NYC



Documenting the Salon: Paris Salon Catalogs, 1673_1945
TITLE: Documenting the Salon: Paris Salon Catalogs, 1673_1945
AUTHOR: John Hagood, Yuriko Jackall, Kimberly A. Jones, and Yuri Long
PUBLISHER: National Gallery of Art, Washington

DESIGNER: Brad Ireland
DESIGN FIRM: National Gallery of Art, Washington



Dog Years
TITLE: Dog Years
AUTHOR: Melissa Yancy
PUBLISHER: University of Pittsburgh Press

DESIGN FIRM: in-house



Doris Salcedo: The Materiality of Mourning
TITLE: Doris Salcedo: The Materiality of Mourning
AUTHOR: Mary Schneider Enriquez; With contributions by Doris Salcedo and Narayan Khandekar
PUBLISHER: Harvard Art Museums (distributed by Yale University Press)

DESIGNER: Zak Jensen, Becky Hunt, Adam Sherkanowski
ART DIRECTOR: Zak Jensen
DESIGN FIRM: Harvard Art Museums Design Department



Doug Aitken: Electric Earth
TITLE: Doug Aitken: Electric Earth
AUTHOR: Donna Wingate
PUBLISHER: The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Delmonico / Prestel

DESIGNER: Marina Mills Kitchen
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lorraine Wild
DESIGN FIRM: Green Dragon Office



Draplin Design Co. Pretty Much Everything
TITLE: Draplin Design Co. Pretty Much Everything
AUTHOR: Aaron James Draplin/John Gall and Sarah Massey
PUBLISHER: Abrams Books

DESIGNER: Aaron James Draplin



Dreamcrashers
TITLE: Dreamcrashers
AUTHOR: Susan Terris
PUBLISHER: Conflux Press

DESIGNER: Tania Baban
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Tania Baban
ART DIRECTOR: Tania Baban
DESIGN FIRM: Atelier Baban



Dwan Gallery: Los Angeles to New York, 1959_1971
TITLE: Dwan Gallery: Los Angeles to New York, 1959_1971
AUTHOR: James Meyer, Virginia Dwan, and Paige Rozanski
PUBLISHER: National Gallery of Art, Washington

DESIGNER: Margaret Bauer
DESIGN FIRM: National Gallery of Art, Washington



EachOther
TITLE: EachOther
AUTHOR: Laurie Hernandez
PUBLISHER: Self Publisher

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Laurie Hernandez
ART DIRECTOR: Laurie Hernandez



Eat In My Kitchen
TITLE: Eat In My Kitchen
AUTHOR: Meike Peters
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing

DESIGNER: Jan Derevjanik



Ed Ruscha and the Great American West
TITLE: Ed Ruscha and the Great American West
AUTHOR: Karin Breuer, Kerry Brougher, Colleen Terry, and D. J. Waldie
PUBLISHER: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and University of California Press

DESIGN FIRM: Em Dash



Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Ecologies of Drama: Collected Writings, Interviews, and Scripts
TITLE: Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Ecologies of Drama: Collected Writings, Interviews, and Scripts
AUTHOR: Cathleen Chafee (ed.)
PUBLISHER: Albright-Knox Art Gallery

DESIGNER: Christopher Sleboda, Kathleen Sleboda



Elephant Child
TITLE: Elephant Child
AUTHOR: Camille Henrot
PUBLISHER: Inventory Press

DESIGNER: Project Projects
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Adam Michaels
ART DIRECTOR: Adam Michaels
DESIGN FIRM: Project Projects



Enter Title Here
TITLE: Enter Title Here
AUTHOR: Rahul Kanakia / Kieran Viola
PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion

DESIGNER: Maria Elias
ART DIRECTOR: Art Director Joann Hill, Associate Art Director Marci Senders



Everything Becomes a Poem
TITLE: Everything Becomes a Poem
AUTHOR: James W. Gaynor
PUBLISHER: Nemeton Press

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Kelly McKinley
DESIGN FIRM: Pak Creative



Everything I Want to Eat
TITLE: Everything I Want to Eat
AUTHOR: Jessica Koslow/Holly Dolce
PUBLISHER: Abrams Books

DESIGNER: Scott Barry



Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia
TITLE: Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia
AUTHOR: Edited by Stephen Gilchrist; With essays by Stephen Gilchrist, Henry F. Skerritt, Hetti Perkins, Fred Myers, Shawn C. Rowlands, Narayan Khandekar, Georgina Rayner, and Daniel P. Kirby
PUBLISHER: Harvard Art Museums (Distributed by Yale University Press)

DESIGNER: Zak Jensen, Adam Sherkanowski, Becky Hunt
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Steven Waldron
DESIGN FIRM: Harvard Art Museums Design Department



Expanded Field*
TITLE: Expanded Field*
AUTHOR: Ila Berman + Douglas Burnham
PUBLISHER: ar&d (Applied Research + Design Publishing), ORO Editions

DESIGNER: Erik Adigard + Patricia McShane
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Erik Adigard + Patricia McShane
ART DIRECTOR: Erik Adigard + Patricia McShane
DESIGN FIRM: M-A-D



Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder
TITLE: Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder
AUTHOR: Edited by Denise Markonish
PUBLISHER: DelMonico Books _ Prestel | MASS MoCa

DESIGNER: Brett Yasko



Explorations in Typography (2nd edition)
TITLE: Explorations in Typography (2nd edition)
AUTHOR: Carolina de Bartolo with Stephen Coles and Erik Spiekermann
PUBLISHER: 101 Editions, LLC

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Carolina de Bartolo
DESIGN FIRM: 101 Editions, LLC



FATHER DAUGHTER
TITLE: FATHER DAUGHTER
AUTHOR: Terry Corrao
PUBLISHER: Colfax Press

DESIGNER: Amanda Shaw, Terry Corrao



Fernando Coburgo fecit - A Atividade Art_stica do Rei-Consorte
TITLE: Fernando Coburgo fecit - A Atividade Art_stica do Rei-Consorte
AUTHOR: Parques de Sintra - Monte da Lua, S.A.
PUBLISHER: Parques de Sintra - Monte da Lua, S.A.

DESIGNER: Estela Estanislau
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Estela Estanislau
ART DIRECTOR: Estela Estanislau
DESIGN FIRM: P-06 ATELIER



First Light: Tala Madani
TITLE: First Light: Tala Madani
AUTHOR: Philomena Mariani
PUBLISHER: Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MIT List Visual Arts Center, and Delmonico Books / Prestel

DESIGNER: Amy Fortunato
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lorraine Wild
DESIGN FIRM: Green Dragon Office



Five Bells: Being LGBT in Australia
TITLE: Five Bells: Being LGBT in Australia
AUTHOR: Jenny Papalexandris
PUBLISHER: The New Press

DESIGNER: Lisa LaRochelle, Manuel Mendez & Yoko Yoshida-Carrera
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jurek Wajdowicz
ART DIRECTOR: Lisa LaRochelle & Jurek Wajdowicz
DESIGN FIRM: Emerson, Wajdowicz Studios (EWS)



Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores
TITLE: Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores
AUTHOR: Bob Eckstein
PUBLISHER: Clarkson Potter

DESIGNER: Danielle Deschenes
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Marysarah Quinn
ART DIRECTOR: Danielle Deschenes



Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms
TITLE: Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms
AUTHOR: Edited by Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and Ina Conzen
PUBLISHER: Prestel Publishing/Staatsgalerie Stuttgart




Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction
TITLE: Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction
AUTHOR: Anne Umland and Cath_rine Hug
PUBLISHER: The Museum of Modern Art

DESIGNER: Mark Nelson
DESIGN FIRM: McCall Associates



Francois Catroux
TITLE: Francois Catroux
AUTHOR: David Netto
PUBLISHER: Rizzoli

DESIGNER: Takaaki Matsumoto
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Takaaki Matsumoto
DESIGN FIRM: Matsumoto Incorporated



Franz Erhard Walther: First Work Set
TITLE: Franz Erhard Walther: First Work Set
AUTHOR: Edited by Stephen Hoban, Kelly Kivland, and Yasmil Raymond
PUBLISHER: Dia Art Foundation

DESIGNER: Laura Fields



Fred Sandback: Light, Space, Facts
TITLE: Fred Sandback: Light, Space, Facts
AUTHOR: Harry Cooper, Briony Fer
PUBLISHER: Prestel/Glenstone

DESIGN FIRM: Joseph Logan Design



From The Heart
TITLE: From The Heart
AUTHOR: Brian Lanker
PUBLISHER: Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

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



Frontier Shores: Collection, Entanglement, and the Manufacture of Identity in Oceania
TITLE: Frontier Shores: Collection, Entanglement, and the Manufacture of Identity in Oceania
AUTHOR: Shawn Rowlands
PUBLISHER: Bard Graduate Center

DESIGNER: Hue Park
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Kate DeWitt
DESIGN FIRM: Bard Graduate Center



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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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