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Design Observer, and its related channels, Observatory, Change Observer, Places, Observer Media and Observers Room, are owned and operated by Observer Omnimedia LLC, and are collectively referred to here as The Design Observer Group Sites. Places: Forum of Design for the Public Realm is published by the Places Journal Foundation.

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  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Nineteenth Century Menu Covers   8 hours, 2 minutes ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: By John Foster ANNUAL BANQUET IN HONOR OF THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMEN ELECT IN NY; BUSINESS MEN’S DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION OF NY “HOTEL SAVOY, NY” (HOTEL) 1899 The Buttolph Collection of Menus New York Public Library Digital Collections It was exciting to discover another great digitized collection available for public use. The New York Public Library Digital [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Our Shopping Lists, Our Selves   1 week ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: By Jessica Helfand A found grocery list, via The Grocery List Collection. Lists are the practical roadmaps by which we quantify our obligations. They’re scorecards for accomplishment, spreadsheets for success. At once truncated and annotated, they urge us to consider hierarchy and value, want and need. Lists embrace both duty (what we’re meant to do) [...]

  • ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: By Rick Poynor Boards by Rick Poynor at Pinterest, January 2014 A week ago on a sudden whim I joined Pinterest. I have always liked the site’s exclusively visual focus and the unlimited “boards” structure that allows pinners to group images by theme. That seems to me a great advantage over Tumblr’s month-based archival structure [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Hale County Revisited   1 month ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Rob Walker Photos by Adrian Gaut, Fast Company The February issue of Fast Company includes my story on a subject that’s interested me for a long time: the many ambitious design and architecture projects that have played out, over 20 years, in Hale County, Alabama. It took me a long time to [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Premature Demolition   1 month, 1 week ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Alexandra Lange Wakefield Market Hall / Adjaye Associates (2008), via ArchDaily The news last week that David Adjaye’s 2008 Wakefield Market Hall faces the wrecking ball made me start looking for a third example of what begins to seem like a trend: premature demolition . Definition: When a purpose-built structure designed by a [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Personal Packaging   2 months, 1 week ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Rob Walker There’s a box in our spare room, full of cassettes. Actually there are two boxes full of cassettes. And maybe more to the point, both are buried beneath a variety of unrelated objects that have piled up over the years, because of course I never listen to cassettes [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Japanese Municipality Logos   3 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By John Foster In Japan, city municipalities are identified by some of the most forward-thinking, abstract logos I have seen in a long time. In contrast, American cities are overwhelmingly identified by pale interpretations of trees, the town square, fountain, or other more literal representations, like a city landmark. In [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Is Design Benign?   4 months, 1 week ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Rob Walker Via Design And Violence : “Defense Distributed (USA, est. 2013). The Liberator pistol. 2013. BSplus thermoplastic, nail. 2 1/2 x 8 1/2″ (6.35 x 21.59 cm). Photograph by Michael Thad Carter for Forbes. Courtesy of Defense Distributed.” If you’re looking for a not-so-traditional pastime this long holiday weekend, may I [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Scenes from the Crowdcrit Revolution   4 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Rob Walker Fast Company published its annual “design” issue , which includes a sort of timeline package of significant design-related trends of the past ten years. I was asked to chime in on “design rage:” online outbursts of discontent with, say, Tropicana’s packaging, a proposed Gap logo, and the like. I bring this [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Capturing Imagination   5 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By John Foster Each week, John Foster shares with Design Observer readers his curated discoveries from various online resources. Foster spends hours mining digital collections at museums and hundreds of other sources for objects of interest and curiosity that present the kind of high design and graphic qualities he thinks [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Cover Story   6 months, 1 week ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Rob Walker The relationship between a book and its cover is famously fraught. Keep that in mind when considering the unhappy reaction of at least some in Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation program to its most recent annual publication of student work —  Abstract, as it’s titled — [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: The Portrait in Snapshot Photography   6 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By John Foster Since the beginning of photography in the mid-nineteenth century and for roughly 150 years since, portraits have always been a dominate theme. As a snapshot collector, portraits of people are probably the most common image to find. Close ups, waist high views and full body shots are [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: The Enchanted Highway   6 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By John Foster The Enchanted Highway is a 32-mile stretch of highway starting at Interstate 94 (Exit 72) in North Dakota, about 20 miles east of the town of Dickinson. The display features some of the world’s largest scrap metal sculptures. In fact, the sculpture “Geese in Flight,” is currently [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: How to Unforget   7 months ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Alexandra Lange A Handbook of California Design, 1930-1965: Craftspeople, Designers, Manufacturers (Los Angeles County Museum of Art and MIT Press), edited by Bobbye Tigerman (via LAMA) In 2013 Despina Stratigakos published a vigorous call to arms for historians at Places, “Unforgetting Women Architects: From the Pritzker to Wikipedia. ” She writes, History is not a [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: The Medium Is The Mail   7 months, 1 week ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Rob Walker #271, to Ariel, NY; “ Norman with Some Other Guys Named Norman .” Photomontage on resin coated print. Earlier this year I received something unusual in the mail: actual mail. What I mean is, mail that wasn’t a bill, solicitation, promotion, or form letter. It was a postcard — but not [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: High Net Space: The New International Style   7 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Mark Lamster In a now classic post on bldgblog, Geoff Manaugh coined the term “Nakatomi Space,” a reference to the action film Die Hard , in which supercop John McLain navigates a fictional L.A. skyscraper (the Nakatomi Building) through its infrastructure, suggesting an alternate and largely invisible urban environment that we rarely think [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: An ABC of the ABCs   8 months ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Alexandra Lange “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter,” at the New York Public Library (thru March 23). Designed by Pure+Applied. Were you a child? Did you read books? Then you will surely find the New York Public Library’s new exhibition, “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter,” a portal [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Looking Better, All The Time   8 months, 1 week ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Rob Walker By Maira Kalman, from On Looking The other day I mentioned in passing that I sometimes give myself a “looking assignment” when I’m doing a lot of task-oriented walking. Before that I praised a street-art subgenre that draws attention to easily overlooked features of the built environment, and recently complained about [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: The Voynich Manuscript   8 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By John Foster Recently, in The New Yorker online , I read a fascinating article by Reed Johnson relaying his description of a rare and undecipherable manuscript said to have been written and illustrated more than six centuries ago. Reed tells the story of the modern discovery of the manuscript in 1912 [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Dream Weaver   9 months ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Alexandra Lange Ruth Asawa for LIFE, 1954 (Photo by Nat Farbman, via Christie’s) When I wrote about the figure of the knitting architect in February, inspired by Maria Semple’s novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette , little did I know that a panoply of knitted, woven and recycled work would soon be on display [...]

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