Debbie Millman | Design Matters with Debbie Millman
Carol Lim + Humberto Leon
Rachel Lehrer + Lee Moreau | The Futures Archive
The Futures Archive S2E5: The Air Conditioner
Lorraine Wild | Essay
On the Basis of “Art”
David Byrne | Book
A Story Made of Pictures
Susan Morris | Essays
Observed at Hot Docs 2021
Elle Luna | Report
Report from a Japanese Maid Café
Francisco Laranjo | Essays
Critical Graphic Design: Critical of What?
Jessica Helfand | Essays
Why Write About Graphic Design?
Adam Harrison Levy | Essays
The History of Being Found
Alexandra Lange | Essays
Criticism = Love
Scott Berkun | Books
The Powerful Decide
Laura Scherling | Essays
How Micromobility Vehicles are Redesigning Global Transportation Systems
Susan Morris | Essays
MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight
Jessica Helfand | From Our Archive
Total Recall
| Books
Sign Painting
Jessica Helfand | Audio
S9E01: Ellen Mirojnick
The Editors | Books
Self-Reliance
Adrian Shaughnessy | Essays
Charles Dickens and The BBC
Steven Heller | Essays
The Thrill is Gone: A Collector’s Lament
Susan Yelavich | Books
Beings: Unruly Things, Golems, Cyborgs
The Editors | Watch This Space
Design Observer Community Session: Barbara Glauber
Jason Grant | Essays
Against Branding: Part 2 — Design and Happiness
Alexandra Lange | Essays
Dot Supreme
Connect 4 | Audio
Forest Young and Sakinah Bell: Follow Your Curiosity, Find Your Inspiration
Francisco Laranjo | Essays
The Whitney Identity: Responding to W(hat)?
Bryan Finoki | Essays
Architecture vs. the People
Steven Heller | Essays
WAR! What’s it Really Good For?
Jessica Helfand + Ellen McGirt | Audio
S9E4: Na Kim


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 18