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RADICAL. 50 Arquitecturas Latinoamericanas.
TITLE: RADICAL. 50 Arquitecturas Latinoamericanas.
AUTHOR: Miquel Adri_ and Andrea Griborio
PUBLISHER: Arquine

DESIGNER: David Kimura and Gabriela Varela
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Miquel Adri_
ART DIRECTOR: Andrea Griborio
DESIGN FIRM: David Kimura and Gabriela Varela



Ramblings of a Wannabe Painter
TITLE: Ramblings of a Wannabe Painter
AUTHOR: _Text by Paul Gauguin. Translated with an introduction by Donatien Grau
PUBLISHER: David Zwirner Books

DESIGNER: Michael Dyer, Remake



RE SIGN
TITLE: RE SIGN
AUTHOR: Kevin Kremer
PUBLISHER: Self Published




Reasons to Stay Alive
TITLE: Reasons to Stay Alive
AUTHOR: Matt Haig
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books | Penguin Random House

DESIGNER: Jason Ramirez
ART DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley
DESIGN FIRM: Penguin Art Group



Red Queen
TITLE: Red Queen
AUTHOR: Christina Henry
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House

DESIGNER: Judith Lagerman
ART DIRECTOR: Judith Lagerman



Reino do amanh_
TITLE: Reino do amanh_
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



Reinvent Yourself
TITLE: Reinvent Yourself
AUTHOR: James Altucher
PUBLISHER: Choose Yourself Media

DESIGNER: Pamela Sisson
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Pamela Sisson
ART DIRECTOR: Pamela Sisson
DESIGN FIRM: Sisson Design



Rest
TITLE: Rest
AUTHOR: Alex Pang
PUBLISHER: Basic Books

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



Rio 2065
TITLE: Rio 2065
AUTHOR: Julio Ludemir e Ecio Salles
PUBLISHER: Casa da Palavra

DESIGNER: Leandro Dittz
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Leandro Dittz and S_lvia Dantas
ART DIRECTOR: Leandro Dittz and S_lvia Dantas
DESIGN FIRM: D29



Risalah of Mud Construction
TITLE: Risalah of Mud Construction
AUTHOR: Aref Noshahi
PUBLISHER: Academy of Art

DESIGNER: Arman Khorramak
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Arman Khorramak
ART DIRECTOR: Arman Khorramak



Russian Library Series (3 jackets)
TITLE: Russian Library Series (3 jackets)
AUTHOR: Platonov/Sokolov/Sinyavsky
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press

ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky



Rust Belt Boy
TITLE: Rust Belt Boy
AUTHOR: Paul Hertneky
PUBLISHER: Bauhan Publishing

DESIGNER: Eugenia Kim



Santa Mazie ('Saint Mazie' / Italian Edition)
TITLE: Santa Mazie ('Saint Mazie' / Italian Edition)
AUTHOR: Jami Attenberg
PUBLISHER: Giuntina, Italy

DESIGNER: Ada Rothenberg
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Ada Rothenberg
ART DIRECTOR: Ada Rothenberg
DESIGN FIRM: Ada Rothenberg Design



Selva Cosmopol_tica
TITLE: Selva Cosmopol_tica
AUTHOR: Mar_a Bel_n S_ez de Ibarra
PUBLISHER: Universidad Nacional de Colombia

DESIGNER: Nicol_s Consuegra
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Margarita Garc_a, Nicol_s Consuegra and M_nica P_ez
ART DIRECTOR: Nicol_s Consuegra
DESIGN FIRM: Tangrama



SHAME AND WONDER
TITLE: SHAME AND WONDER
AUTHOR: David Searcy
PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE

DESIGNER: RACHEL AKE
ART DIRECTOR: JOSEPH PEREZ



Sick on You
TITLE: Sick on You
AUTHOR: Andrew Matheson
PUBLISHER: Blue Rider Press

DESIGNER: Ben Denzer
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Booher



Siracusa
TITLE: Siracusa
AUTHOR: Delia Ephron
PUBLISHER: Blue Rider Press

DESIGNER: Jaya Miceli
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Booher



Six Memos from the Last Millennium: A Novelist Reads the Talmud
TITLE: Six Memos from the Last Millennium: A Novelist Reads the Talmud
AUTHOR: Joseph Skibell
PUBLISHER: University of Texas Press

DESIGNER: Lindsay Starr



Skyblind
TITLE: Skyblind
AUTHOR: J. R. Fehr
PUBLISHER: CreateSpace

DESIGNER: Everett Ranni
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: J. R. Fehr
ART DIRECTOR: Everett Ranni
DESIGN FIRM: Ev.



Sleeping Giants
TITLE: Sleeping Giants
AUTHOR: Sylvain Neuvel
PUBLISHER: Del Rey

DESIGNER: Charles Brock
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: David Stevenson
DESIGN FIRM: Faceout Studio



Slow Boat to China and Other Stories
TITLE: Slow Boat to China and Other Stories
AUTHOR: Ng Kim Chew
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press

ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky



Socialism of Fools
TITLE: Socialism of Fools
AUTHOR: Michelle Battini
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press

ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky



Solar Bones
TITLE: Solar Bones
AUTHOR: Mike McCormack
PUBLISHER: Tramp Press

DESIGNER: Fiachra McCarthy
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Fiachra McCarthy
ART DIRECTOR: Fiachra McCarthy
DESIGN FIRM: Fiachra McCarthy



Solution 257: Complete Love
TITLE: Solution 257: Complete Love
AUTHOR: Ingo Niermann
PUBLISHER: Sternberg Press

DESIGN FIRM: Zak Group



Some Rain Must Fall and other stories
TITLE: Some Rain Must Fall and other stories
AUTHOR: Michel Faber
PUBLISHER: Canongate Books

ART DIRECTOR: Rafaela Romaya



Spillway 24
TITLE: Spillway 24
AUTHOR: Susan Terris
PUBLISHER: Tebot Bach

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



Story of a Brief Marraige
TITLE: Story of a Brief Marraige
AUTHOR: Anuk Arudpragasam
PUBLISHER: Granta

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



Story: The Power of Narrative for Christian Leaders
TITLE: Story: The Power of Narrative for Christian Leaders
AUTHOR: Jay R. Martinson
PUBLISHER: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City

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



Strong Looks Better Naked (paperback)
TITLE: Strong Looks Better Naked (paperback)
AUTHOR: Khloe Kardashian (author) / Alexis Gargagliano (editor)
PUBLISHER: Regan Arts

DESIGNER: Richard Ljoenes
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Richard Ljoenes
ART DIRECTOR: Richard Ljoenes
DESIGN FIRM: Regan Arts



Strong Wind
TITLE: Strong Wind
AUTHOR: Miguel Angel Asturias
PUBLISHER: Yordam Yay_nlar_ / Publications

DESIGNER: Savas Cekic
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Savas Cekic
ART DIRECTOR: Savas Cekic
DESIGN FIRM: Savas Cekic Design



Substitute
TITLE: Substitute
AUTHOR: Nicholson Baker
PUBLISHER: Blue Rider Press

DESIGNER: Spencer Kimble
ART DIRECTOR: Jason Booher



Summer House with Swimming Pool
TITLE: Summer House with Swimming Pool
AUTHOR: Herman Koch
PUBLISHER: Dogan Egmont Publishing

DESIGNER: Geray Gencer
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Geray Gencer



Summerland
TITLE: Summerland
AUTHOR: Michael Chabon
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins

DESIGNER: Will Staehle
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Robin Bilardello
ART DIRECTOR: Milan Bozic



Sun Moon Earth
TITLE: Sun Moon Earth
AUTHOR: Tyler Nordgren
PUBLISHER: Basic Books

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



Teenage Suicide Notes
TITLE: Teenage Suicide Notes
AUTHOR: Terry Williams
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press

ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky



Tetralogy
TITLE: Tetralogy
AUTHOR: Lavinia Filippi, Gabria Lupone, Amanda Masha Caminals, Laura Prime, Nephertiti Oboshie Schandorf
PUBLISHER: Royal College of Art

DESIGNER: Antonio Bertossi and Esa Matinvesi
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Antonio Bertossi, Esa Matinvesi



The Abridged History of Rainfall
TITLE: The Abridged History of Rainfall
AUTHOR: Jay Hopler
PUBLISHER: McSweeney's

DESIGNER: Sunra Thompson
ART DIRECTOR: Sunra Thompson
DESIGN FIRM: McSweeney's



The After Party
TITLE: The After Party
AUTHOR: Anto DiSclafani
PUBLISHER: Riverhead

DESIGNER: Jaya Miceli
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus



The Apparently Marginal Activities of Marcel Duchamp
TITLE: The Apparently Marginal Activities of Marcel Duchamp
AUTHOR: Elena Filipovic
PUBLISHER: The MIT Press

DESIGNER: Marge Encomienda



The Architect's Apprentice
TITLE: The Architect's Apprentice
AUTHOR: Elif Shafak
PUBLISHER: Viking

DESIGNER: Jaya Miceli
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley



The Art of Memoir
TITLE: The Art of Memoir
AUTHOR: Author: Mary Karr / Editor: Jennifer Barth
PUBLISHER: Harper

DESIGNER: Robin Bilardello



The Association of Small Bombs
TITLE: The Association of Small Bombs
AUTHOR: Karan Mahajan
PUBLISHER: Viking Books | Penguin Random House

DESIGNER: Matt Vee
ART DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley and Jason Ramirez
DESIGN FIRM: Penguin Art Group



The Bed Moved
TITLE: The Bed Moved
AUTHOR: Rebecca Schiff/Diana Miller
PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf

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



The Best American Magazine Writing 2016
TITLE: The Best American Magazine Writing 2016
AUTHOR: Sid Holt
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press

ART DIRECTOR: Julia Kushnirsky



The Big Fix
TITLE: The Big Fix
AUTHOR: Tracey Helton Mitchell
PUBLISHER: Seal Press

DESIGNER: Tim Green
DESIGN FIRM: Faceout Studio



The Big Inch
TITLE: The Big Inch
AUTHOR: Kimberly Fish
PUBLISHER: Self Published

DESIGNER: Holly Forbes
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: holly forbes
ART DIRECTOR: holly forbes
DESIGN FIRM: forbes&butler visual communications



The Bones of Grace
TITLE: The Bones of Grace
AUTHOR: Author: Tahmima Anam, Editor: Terry Karten
PUBLISHER: Harper

DESIGNER: Robin Bilardello



The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter
TITLE: The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter
AUTHOR: Kia Corthron/Veronica Liu
PUBLISHER: Seven Stories Press

DESIGNER: Stewart Cauley Design
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Stewart Cauley Design
ART DIRECTOR: Stewart Cauley Design
DESIGN FIRM: Stewart Cauley Design



The Children's Home
TITLE: The Children's Home
AUTHOR: Charles Lambert
PUBLISHER: Scribner

DESIGNER: Jaya Miceli
ART DIRECTOR: Jaya Miceli



The Chosen
TITLE: The Chosen
AUTHOR: Chaim Potok
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster

DESIGNER: Na Kim
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jackie Seow
ART DIRECTOR: Alison Forner



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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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