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…
…congratulate the 15 New Visual Artists under 30 named in Print’s latest issue, including Alex Proba, Ryan Fitzgibbon, Ricardo Bojorquez, Laura Berglund, Sue Murphy, and 10 other extremely talented up-and-comers.
…warm my heart with Mike Perry’s The Great Discontent interview and his reflections on the creative, supportive college environment at MCAD.
“We all thought about graphic design as this ultra-powerful tool that could be used to make anything. It was never about making logos—it was more about problem-solving, concepting, and figuring out how things are made. It was amazing!”
(If all you know Perry for are his title sequences for “Broad City,” do yourself a favor and check out the rest of his portfolio.)
…propose that any time you feel like writing a ranty comment or mean tweet about how ugly a new font is and why it’s a disgrace to the design profession, maybe just chill out and play typography Asteroids, or Typoroids, instead. Yes, the 1979 arcade game is back, and it’s been retooled for all the angry graphic designers and uppity font freaks in your life.
…cut my shower time by a whole minute every day (and sometimes more!) after hearing about L.A.’s awful drought problems from my family week after week and then watching this sweet animated spot by We Are Royal, narrated by Steve Carell. If your mom hasn’t already shamed you into shorter showers, maybe Steve and this little blue water droplet can.
…spend my leap second on Tuesday night at spendyourleapsecondhere.com, created by the comic geniuses at John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight.” Click until you get “Charlie Rose Laughing.” It’s worth it.
…stay true to my strict no-soda policy, despite Coca-Cola’s best efforts to appeal to my love of innovative packaging design with these 12 “designer” alternatives and the company’s own very cool plant-based bottle.
…urge all my friends raising aspiring young architects to send their kids to the Build Your Own Pavilion campaign that London’s Serpentine Galleries commissioned from Pentagram (illustrations by Hiromi Suzuki) in an effort to get the under-14 set excited about the Summer Pavilion program. Kids can design their own pavilion online and enter in a competition to win an iPad loaded with CAD software.
…scroll through all the issues of i-D from my teenage years, now that the magazine has launched an online archive of its covers. If they follow this up by adding the pages inside, you may not see me for weeks.
…buy a vintage Playboy on a whim (for the articles!), and as much as I enjoy the pieces by Hemingway, Shel Silverstein, James Baldwin, Philip Roth, and even Picasso (no joke), I could really spend an entire evening poring over the old ads. Of course, if you’d rather not clog up your eBay watch list with old lad mags like I’ve now done, you can get your fix by scanning TimesMachine, 129 years’ worth of ads in the New York Times archives (though Playboy’s in color, just sayin’).
…get “Fearless Adventurer” in the What TED Talk Are You? quiz. My recommended video is about the joy of surfing in ice-cold water. Clearly, TED doesn’t know how the blood in my hands literally stops flowing when my body temperature drops just a mere 20 degrees. Now, balmy, tropical water yes, absolutely I’d love to (attempt to) surf in that. And as luck would have it I’ll be on the beach in Jamaica all weekend long, where I may “fearlessly” order a second daiquiri with lunch.