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 hit list of the most interesting things I’ve seen, read, and watched this week. Follow along all day every day on Instagram @AIGAdesign and Twitter @AIGAdesign.
…grip my head with both hands lest it explode over news of the book design exhibition curated and featuring work by #girlcrush Irma Boom, creator of 300 incredible books, including what’s been rightly called “the most beautiful book in the world.” Irma Boom! Beautiful books! Amsterdam! Oh damn, that’s far.
…die over how freaking cute this picture of husband and wife Steve Heller and Louise Fili is, taken behind the scenes of Print’s new Hollywood: New York issue.
…place my bets on the predictions by design and tech sensei John Maeda in his new Design in Tech Report, like why design will actually come to mean less the more specialized the industry becomes and why VCs will become designers new BFFs.
…definitely think the sign on the right is more legible, no? If you disagree, you’re not alone. The clarity of Clearview, the typeface in question, is up for debate right now between its designer and the Highway Administration (and I can’t help but root for the designer).
…let my inner historical-collection geek flag fly upon discovering Pantone’s predecessor, the Forbes Pigment Collection, an insanely meticulous and unbelievably impressive repository of the physical sources for more than 2,500 colors. Housed at the Harvard Library, the project was originally launched in the early 20th century as a way to authenticate pigments in classical paintings, and now holds some of the rarest—and most toxic—materials used in everything from fine art to Legos. Yeah, don’t go chewing on pre-1970s Lego bricks, there’s actual cadmium in those.
…have a nerd-redemption moment with Graphic Stamps, an ode to beautifully designed stamps, the latest release from Unit Editions. The book honors “the often-neglected aesthetic and technical brilliance of postage stamps from around the world,” and reminds me how amazing my 6th-grade collection could have been had I not abandoned it for less nerdy pursuits.
…offer major hand claps to Mother’s design director Alex Proba, who did the 100 Days project one better with her daily poster designs, which just reached its 1,000th day milestone. You can follow her ongoing practice to fight creative blocks on Instagram @alexproba and keep an eye out for future designer collabs (like this one, with Eye on Design fave Karan Singh).
…agree 1,000,000% that Trump’s latest Instagram anti-Hillary Clinton ad is, like everything else about him, beyond offensive, but appreciate the public outrage so much more because it’s as much over his campaign manager’s lazy font choice as it is about his egregious sound editing of a dog barking over Clinton’s speech (among many other terrible editing choices).
…urge designers from Rhode Island and beyond to help support AIGA RI’s anti-spec work effort, their response to a job posted by the local Office of Digital Excellence, which is seeking a designer who will work for free. Yes, there are offering a real job (hours, required skills, all that stuff) and zero compensation in return. From the chapter:
“We recognize that there is value in real pro-bono work. But… to ask a designer to work without compensation is an insult to our profession. Design work is work, and good design requires both education and experience.”
You don’t need to be a local to tell the ODE that you won’t work for free. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.