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

This week I…

…am not letting the fact that I don’t totally understand the concept behind Thomas Wirtz’s Master’s thesis (at Dusseldorf University of Applied Sciences) prevent me from enjoying the visual results. It has something to do with self-generating 3D-printed type that he then pours liquids into and sets on fire, so A+.

 

…dream up new projects to print just so I can make better use of Printed by Somerset’s fantastic new website, which they actually ask you to print out instead of clicking through. Sorry guys, your clever nod to the ‘90s-era Mac interface is too much fun.

Forgive my amateur screen shot
Forgive my amateur screen shot

…follow the journey of one sans serif alphabet by an early 20th-century Sussex village calligrapher all the way to the London Underground, where it’s been used for 100 years. It all plays out in the exhibition Underground: 100 years of Edward Johnston’s Lettering from London on now at the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft.

…don’t normally side with the popular vote, but can’t say I disagree with 56.6% of New Zealanders, who, after much ado over their country’s potential flag redesign, have decided to stick with the original, which they’ve flown since 1902. No matter how hard the designer defends his fern (he swears it represents everything from peace to multiculturalism and forward-thinking), the flimsy bit of flora is a tough sell as a symbol of national pride.

…can’t remember the last time I actually picked up a physical copy of VICE magazine (it’s not as if they don’t put out enough content everywhere else you look), but if anything they printed were to tempt me, it’d easily be their new UK redesign, complete with a cover by Toilet Paper’s Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari.

…have completely sworn off productivity apps, especially the beleaguered field of to-do lists, which, as everyone else already knows, simply do not work any better than a pen and paper and some good old-fashioned willpower.

…love the concept behind the D-D Play app, which aims to bring a little levity to your day with cheeky, unexpected messages and chummy animations—too bad it doesn’t exist (yet).

d-day-design-app

…plan to anticipate absolutely everything now, since that’s the first step to designing happiness, at least according to creative consultancy Lippincott and its Halo of Happiness theory. They use it to help brands build “happiness as a three-act structure of anticipation, experience, and memory,” which I’m testing tonight, starting with happy hour. That cocktail I’m gonna have when I get home later is already tasting really good.