As editorial director at AIGA, I keep tabs on all the design news (so you don’t have to) and bring you only the best bits. Behold: my weekly hit list of the most interesting things I’ve and seen, read, and watched this week. Follow along all day every day on Instagram @AIGAdesign and Twitter @AIGAdesign.
This week I…
…will never look at “ugly” fruit the same way again after seeing Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables, the “witty supermarket campaign to reduce food waste” that just swept the Graphics category in Design Museum London’s 2015 Designs of the Year award. Congrats to the French design group Marcel on the win!
…catch the end of “Uncensored,” the Good Fucking Design Advice poster show created in collaboration with designer and hand-letterer Ricardo Gonzalez. Follow them on Instagram @gooddsgnadvice for daily design pick-me-ups.
…love it when people find letterforms in unexpected places, like the negative space between buildings.
…briefly contemplate joining the space race to make some life on Mars after falling under the spell of SpaceX’s vintage-inspired posters—not that SpaceX would even have me. I’m pretty sure you need to have perfect eyesight and be good at math or handy with tools.
…don’t exactly suffer from pangs of guilt about the felled trees that went into the paper in my favorite books, but the more altruistic among you can get involved in Tree Book Tree, an innovative new program that lets kids plant books after reading them. Like, they can just dig a hole and drop the whole book right in.
…realize that the aforementioned altruistic reader will likely be horrified by this eye-catching artwork by British artist Steven Messam, who created a weight-bearing bridge made from 20,000 sheets of bright red paper “held in place entirely by compression; no glue or other fixings are used.”
…work more animal analogies into my texts, or at least the 17 #EndangeredEmoji Wieden + Kennedy made to raise awareness and funding for World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The animals are based on characters in the emoji alphabet you probably already have on your phone. To join in, just retweet the tweet @WWF has pinned to the top of their Twitter feed right now, then simply go about your usual texting business. WWF will keep a tally of all the times you use one of the 17 animal emoji and at the end of the month they’ll send you a voluntary donation amount based on your usage. So telling your significant other that your love for them is rarer than a Siamese crocodile or that you burn for them like the sting of an Antiguan racer snake is now completely acceptable.
…start counting down the days till I get to hear the three latest AIGA Design Conference speakers take the main stage in New Orleans this fall. Keetra Dean Dixon, Christopher Simmons, and Virginia Postrel are just 140 days away (but you can still get the early registration discount on tickets).