In the Design Observer collection

My article “I Believe in Design,” originally published on the Design Observer blog, has been included in the new compendium of writings from the site Culture Is Not Always Popular: Fifteen Years of Design Observer. The book was edited by site co-founders Michael Bierut and Jessica Helfand and published by the MIT Press.

Vaughan Oliver: Archive

I am quoted in the new Vaughan Oliver: Archive, published by Unit Editions. The book is a two-volume collection of  “…the stuff other designers threw away: proofs, running sheets, paper labels for vinyl records, original artwork for classic album covers, videotapes, books and the weird ephemera that was the source of inspiration for many of his most famous works.” The quote is taken from my essay “Beauty: Entropy” from the catalog for the Vaughan Oliver Walking Backwards exhibition in 2017.

 

On Emigre in HOW

I wrote a short appreciation of Emigre magazine as part of the article “The Most Influential Designs of the Past 33 Years” by Jason Tselentis in HOW magazine. The issues shown with the article are from my own collection. I contributed to the magazine from 1996 to its final issue in 2005.

Design and the Creation of Value

I review the book Design and the Creation of Value by John Heskett and edited by Clive Dilnot and Susan Boztepe in the second issue of the academic journal Dialectic—for which I also serve on the editorial board. I say of the book, “Because it focuses on design’s core rationale, my impulse is to pronounce this short, posthumously assembled volume as one of the most important texts ever offered on design. I argue that this is one of the field’s essential books.”