Observer Decameron

Michael Bierut
The Observer Decameron—First Day
The top ten books of 2015 from Design Observer contributors


Jessica Helfand
The Observer Decameron—Second Day
The top ten books of 2015 picked by our contributors



Steven Heller
The Observer Decameron—Third Day
The top ten books of 2015 picked by our contributors


Eugenia Bell
The Observer Decameron—Fourth Day
The top ten books of 2015 picked by our contributors


Adrian Shaughnessy
The Observer Decameron—Fifth Day
The top ten books of 2015 picked by our contributors


Blake Eskin
The Observer Decameron—Sixth Day
The top ten books of 2015 picked by our contributors


Adam Harrison Levy
The Observer Decameron—Seventh Day
The top ten books of 2015 picked by our contributors



Rick Poynor
The Observer Decameron—Eighth Day
The top ten books of 2015 picked by our contributors


Bonnie Siegler
The Observer Decameron—Ninth Day
The top ten books of 2015 picked by our contributors


John Foster
The Observer Decameron—Tenth Day
Favorite books of 2015 from our contributors



Observed | April 29

Creatives for Ukraine, an open platform with over one thousand digital artworks submitted showing solidarity with Ukraine. [BV]

Trained as an Industrial designer at Notre Dame, Michigan state senator Mallory McMorrow takes on the GOP. [JH]

Yup. [JH]

Designers! They’re just like us! “Grey’s friend Jamie Lee Curtis helped design the cover of Out of the Corner, using what she described in a phone interview as “D.I.Y. photoshop phone app skills.” [JH]


Observed | April 26

Award-winning American artist and illustrator, Marshall Arisman, has died at 83. Steve Heller’s tribute is here. [JH]


Observed | April 08

Kevin Lippert, the founder of Princeton Architectural Press, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 63. [JH]

Forbes offers “graphic design on a budget” advise—in the name of leadership. [JH]

The saga to redesign Rhode Island’s license plate continues, with design educators weighing in. [JH]

An early Easter gift for a grateful librarian: Charles Darwin’s notebooks, long missing, mysteriously returned! (Via Jen Renninger) [JH]

Educator, artist, activist and civil rights era photographer Doris Derby has died. She was 82. [JH]


Observed | March 18

MIT announces The Morningside Academy for Design, a new hub for cross-disciplinary education, research, and innovation across the design professions, and which will be housed at the School of Architecture and Planning. [JH]

Karen Hoffman, a seasoned educator and industrial designer, is named the next President of ArtCenter, in California. She will be the first female president in the college’s ninety-year history. [JH]


Observed | March 11

The 2020 National Security Law, slogans, and the art of the pictogram: a thread on Twitter. (via Blake Eskin.) [JH]

Owning the apple—one logo at a time. [JH]


Observed | March 04

Emeline King, Ford’s first black female transportation designer, has a few things to say about trailblazing. [JH]


Observed | February 25

The value of well-designed work. [JH]

In Berlin: Konstantin Grcic on design, function, and the new normal. [JH]

How to design a bike lane. [JH]


Observed | February 11

A love letter to Garamond. [JH]

Maria Nicanor is appointed director of the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York.[JH]


Observed | January 28

An extraordinary list of speakers just announced for the State of Black Design conference, at Texas State University. (h/t Rebecca Breuer) [JH]

When design fails—according to Reddit users. [JH]

When Build Back Better becomes Design Back Better: a speculative scenario for employee retention, one “innovation space” at a time. [JH]



Jobs | May 17