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…

…shed many a collective lightning bolt-shaped tear over David Bowie, remembering him in a rare moment of kinship with the rest of the world via work by designers and illustrators, his style through the years, portraits by the world’s leading photographers, and of course that GIF.

…guess it’s about time I copped to my (perhaps?) uncharacteristic love of Disney, especially the visual style established by original Imagineer Frank Armitage, who died this week. In his many, many years with Walt + co., Armitage animated classics like Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, and Mary Poppins, a.k.a. my entire childhood.


…fully support the flat graphic style in the vastly more grown-up looking Emoji Redesign Project, and def think our keyboards could use a major upgrade, even if Japanese people a(apparently) think emojis are lame (whaaa…?).


…can’t wait to get my hands on the new book by Sarah Hyndman, a graphic designer who specializes in the psychology of typefaces. Now she’s taking her Type Tasting experiments about how typefaces feel, smell, and taste a step further with Why Fonts Matter, which explores how typography influences the choices we make, something we’ve covered here with Hyndman before. (Pre-order for January 28.)

…prep for the upcoming Shakespeare season at BAM with Mirko Ilic and Steven Heller’s fantastic book, Presenting Shakespeare: 1,100 Posters from Around the World, which scratches that itch only hardcore Bard nerds and design lovers struggle to reach.

…learn about the art of quilling from the USPS, of all places. Everyone’s favorite government institution just unveiled its 2016 love stamp by Yulia Brodskaya, a master of the insanely intricate art of weaving strips of paper.

…finally get to visit the AIGA Design Archives in Colorado at the Denver Art Museum. A trip IRL is now very much in order.

…hear from AIGA Medalist Paola Antonelli on how to fail upward: “[Our work] can be weapons to really help people understand how to be better citizens, but only if we will be allowed to do exhibitions that shock, disgust, and sometimes, even fail.” Preach.