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Books


03.24.14: OBlog

Deventer
In Deventer, the Netherlands, a routine real estate deal and demolition became the site of innovation and new intelligence in urban design.
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03.24.14: OBlog

A Love Letter to the City
In 1999, Stephen Powers stopped writing graffiti and dedicated himself to being a full-time artist.
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03.20.14: OBlog

Designed by: Lella Vignelli
To celebrate 50 years of their partnership, Massimo Vignelli published a book of the work of his partner and wife, Lella.
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01.14.14: OBlog

These Collages Blur the Lines of Reality
Daniel Gordon is an artist and author living and working in Brooklyn. His collage work is the subject of three books Still Lifes, Portraits, and Parts (Mörel, 2013), Flowers and Shadows (Onestar Press, 2011) and Flying Pictures (powerHouse Books, 2009) and a profile this week on Wired.
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01.09.14: OBlog

3D Book Cover
Helen Yentus, the art director of Riverhead Books, designed a 3D book jacket for Chang-rae Lee’s new novel, On Such a Full Sea.
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01.03.14: OBlog

Recent Books Received: 01.03.14
Collaborative Media: Production, Consumption, and Design Interventions by Jonas Löwgren and Bo Reimer; The Petropolis of Tomorrow by Neeraj Bhatia and Mary Casper; Oitoemponto: Architecture & Intérieurs by Marie Vendittelli; After You Left / They Took it Apart: Demolished Paul Rudolph Homes by Chris Mottalini; Chicagoisms: The City as Catalyst for Architectural Speculation edited by Alexander Eisenschmidt with Jonathan Mekinda
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12.20.13: The Editors

50 Books/50 Covers: Call For Entries
Enter a book for consideration into 50 Books/50 Covers.
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12.17.13: OBlog

Recent Books Received: 12.17.13
Why Photography Matters by Jerry L. Thompson; The Houses of Louis Kahn by George H. Marcus and William Whitaker; Common Pavilions: The National Pavilions in the Giardini of the Venice Biennale in Essays and Photographs edited by Diener & Diener Architects and Gabriele Basilico; Archidoodle: The Architect’s Activity Book by Steve Bowkett; Sustainable Urban Metabolism by Paulo Ferrão and John E. Fernández
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11.22.13: OBlog

New Items in the Design Observer Store
New products listed in the Design Observer store.
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11.07.13: OBlog

Recent Books Received: 11.07.13
Five Conversations on Graphic Design and Creative Writing, Maura Frana, Leigh Mignogna, Liz Seibert; A Logo for London, David Lawrence; Logo Creed: The Mystery, Magic, and Method Behind Designing Great Logos, Bill Gardner and Catharine Fishel; ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book about Color, Jude Stewart; The Purpose Economy: Lessons from the Front Lines of the New Economy, Aaron Hurst
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10.24.13: OBlog

Recent Books Received: 10.24.13
Design for Information by Isabel Meirelles; A Life In Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley by Warren Lehrer; A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps by Chris West; The Generosity Network: New Transformational Tools for Successful Fund-Raising by Jeff Walker and Jennifer McCrea; Postage Stamps by AIGA Medalists by Michael Russem
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09.26.13: OBlog

Recent Books Received: 09.26.13
Murals of New York City: The Best of New York's Public Paintings from Bemelmans to Parrish by Glenn Palmer-Smith, Joshua McHugh and Graydon Carter; EP Volume 1/ The Italian Avant-Garde 1968-1976 Edited by Alex Coles, Catharine Rossi; Shiro Kuramata by Deyan Sudjic; Space & Psyche by Elizabeth Danze, Stephen Sonnenberg, Editors; Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
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08.29.13: OBlog

Recent Books Received: 08.29.13
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas; The User Experience Team of One: A Research and Design Survival Guide by Leah Buley; Build Your Own Brand: Strategies, Prompts and Exercises for Marketing Yourself by Robin Landa; Rotman on Design: The Best on Design Thinking from Rotman Magazine by Roger Martin and Karen Christensen;  Why We Fail: Learning from Experience Design Failures by Victor Lombardi
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08.27.13: OBlog

A Nearly Perfect Book
The poetry critic, the publisher, and the art of bookmaking in a digital era.
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08.22.13: OBlog

Recent Books Received: 08.22.13
Still: American Silent Motion Picture Photography by David S. Shields; Multiple Signatures: On Designers, Authors, Readers and Users by Michael Rock; Adhocism: The Case for Improvisation by Charles Jencks and Nathan Silver; Recalculating by Charles Bernstein; Memory Place by Hari Kunzru
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08.08.13: OBlog

Recent Books Received: 08.08.13
Koloman Moser: Designing Modern Vienna 1897-1907 by Christian Witt-Dorring; Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia by Anthony Townsend; Design: The Groundbreaking Moments by Nina Kozel; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston by Norman Foster and Edward R. Bosley; Willis Faber & Dumas by Norman Foster and Kenneth Powell
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07.24.13: OBlog

Recent Books Received: 07.24.13
Architects from A to Z by Paul Cattermole and Simon Forty; Peter Kluska: Landscape Architecture by Peter Kluska; The Designer as: Author, Producer, Activist, Entrepeneur, Curator, and Collaborator: New Models for Communicating by Steven Mccarthy; American Architecture and Urbanism by Vincent Scully; The Shape of. Things. that. Work: The Fourth Architect by Curtis B. Waybe
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07.16.13: OBlog

A Book for Two
A new design for a shared reading experience from designer Soofiya Chaudry.
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07.03.13: OBlog

Special Summer Series of Design Matters with Debbie Millman
The special series will include interviews with Michael Rock, Jean-Louis Cohen, Brenda Danilowitz and Phillip Tiongson, Harmut Essinger and Leon Krier.
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06.26.13: Michael Bierut

50 Books/50 Covers 2012 Winners Announced
Continuing a tradition that dates back to 1922, we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Fifty Books/Fifty Covers show.
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06.19.13: OBlog

Flowering Pages
A little-known but remarkable collection of treasures from The Garden Club of America illustrates the activities of the premier American gardening association over the course of a century.
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06.11.13: Rob Walker

The Mighty Shirt Kings
Back in the 1980s, a group of artists calling themselves The Mighty Shirt Kings set up shop at the Jamaica Coliseum, in Queens, offering “custom air-brushed and original artwork,” which could be had on canvas, but also pants, jackets, and of course T-shirts. They are the subject of a new book: The Shirt Kings.
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06.03.13: OBlog

Designing in a Complex World
John Thackara's In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World has just been published in Spanish by the fabulous folks at Editorial Disegnio in Mexico City.
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05.30.13: OBlog

Recent Books Received: 05.30.13
Punk: Chaos to Couture by Andrew Bolton and Richard Hell; Alone in the Forest, by Gita Wolf and Andrea Anastasio; Illustrated by Bhajju Shyam; Facts are Sacred by Simon Rogers; The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs: A Scientific Mystery by Sandra Markle; The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry, and Politics in 17th-Century China edited by Peter C. Sturman and Susan S. Tai
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05.30.13: OBlog

The Olympic City, Documenting The Remains
Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit visted former Olympic host cities all over the world, documenting what remains and how Olympic development has affected these cities and their citizens.
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05.23.13: OBlog

Recent Books Received: 05.23.13
Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs by Larry Keeley and Helen Walters; Close-Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology, and Politics by Laura Kurgan; Interviewing Users by Steve Portigal; Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living by Todd McLellan; The Essential Robert Indiana by Martin Krause and John Wilmerding
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05.09.13: OBlog

Recent Books Received: 05.09.13
Vernier: Fashion, Femininity and Form by Robin Muir and Becky Conekin; Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums by Mabel O. Wilson; Maynard L. Parker: Modern Photography and the American Dream, Jennifer A. Watts, Editor; Meme Wars by Kalle Lasn and Adbusters; Designing the Creative Child: Playthings and Places in Midcentury Americaby Amy F. Ogata
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05.02.13: OBlog

Recent Books Received: 05.02.13
Souvenir Nation by William L. Bird Jr., Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects by Jeanne Gang and Zoë Ryan, Editors, The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science by Jenny Volvovski, Julia Rothman, Matt Lamothe, John Heartfield and the Agitated Image by Andrés Mario Zervigón, The Address Book by Sophie Calle
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04.29.13: OBlog

Book Trade Labels
Book trade labels are advertising artifacts from booksellers, binders, printers, publishers, importers, and distributors of books.
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04.25.13: OBlog

Recent Books Received: 04.25.13
Curiosity and Method: Ten Years of Cabinet Magazine; Norman Bel Geddes Designs America by Donald Albrecht: The Complete Engraver: Monograms, Crests, Ciphers, Seals, and The Etiquette of Social Stationary by Nancy Sharon Collins; Sky High by Germano Zullo; Brooklyn Makers: Food, Design, Craft and Other Scenes from the Tactile Life by Jennifer Causey
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04.22.13: OBlog

Awful Library Books
Awful Library Books is a collection of amusing and/or questionable library holdings found in real libraries and curated by librarians Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner.
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04.18.13: OBlog

Recent Books Received: 04.18.13
Between Page and Screen by Amaranth Borsuk and Brad Bouse; Design for Emotion by Trevor van Gorp and Edie Adams; Material Manifestations by Rensselaer Architecture, Shaker Museum Mt. Lebanon; A Topology of Everyday Constellatons by Georges Teyssot; An Intellectual's Visual Miscellany by Daniel P. Murphy, PhD
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04.11.13: OBlog

Recent Books Received: 04.11.13
Various writer's Eye On A Century; I Used To Be A Design Student by Frank Philippin and Billy Kiosoglou; Work For Money, Design For Love by David Airey; See What I Mean : How to Use Comics to Communicate Ideas by Kevin Cheng; Content Everywhere by Sara Wachter-Boettcher
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04.09.13: OBlog

Czech Book Covers of the 1920's and 30's
The Smithsonian has an engaging collection of Czech avant-garde book cover designs from the 1920s and 30s.
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04.04.13: OBlog

Flickr Collection of the Week: The Library
The Library is a curated Flickr gallery of antique books.
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03.26.13: OBlog

Classic Albums Reimagined as Books
Christophe Gowans re-imagines well-known album covers as book jackets.
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03.26.13: OBlog

Recent Books Received: 03.26.13
"Dialog" : What Makes a Great Partnership, Philosophy of Design, The Cinema of Me, Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli's Field and Ken Garland: Structure and Substance
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02.04.13: OBlog

Irving Harper, Paper Wizard
Irving Harper's paper sculptures are the subject of a new book out next week from Skira Rizzoli, Irving Harper Works in Paper.
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12.17.12: Pamela Hovland

Happy Holidays from Robert Frost
A brief history of the collaboration between Robert Frost and Joseph Blumenthal as well as many top woodcut and engraving artists of the day.
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10.16.12: OBlog

Unbored
Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun from Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen features 350 pages of projects, games, and information for kids aged 8-13, and their parents.
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09.11.12: Rob Walker

Uncreative Writing
Rob Walker recommends Kenneth Goldsmith's "Uncreative Writing".
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08.15.12: Rob Walker

Swimming Studies
Leanne Shapton is known for her work as a writer and illustrator, but it turns out that her new book, Swimming Studies, is animated by her abilities as an athlete.
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08.13.12: OBlog

Merce Cunningham: The App
Launched in conjunction with Aperture Foundation’s sixtieth anniversary and the centennial of John Cage’s birth, Merce Cunningham: 65 Years is a monograph in the form of a dynamic and interactive iPad app.
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07.15.12: The Editors

50 Books/50 Covers Competition: Enter Today
Since 1924, the 50 Books/50 Covers book design competition has been a yearly mainstay of the AIGA. We are pleased to announce that this important design competition is now being hosted by Design Observer. Enter today.
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06.14.12: Anne Mikoleit and Moritz Purckhauer

100 Lessons for Understanding the City
We were struck by the Table of Contents of this new title, Urban Code: 100 Lessons for Understanding the CityIt reads like a staccato narrative of citylife.
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06.14.12: Rob Walker

Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy
Rob Walker recommendeds Dave Hickey's "Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy".
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05.10.12: OBlog

A Pattern Language
Alexandra Lange reviews A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander.
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05.07.12: Jessica Helfand, OBlog

Page One: Great Expectations

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