One of the perks of being the managing editor at AIGA is spending my mornings reading design stories and calling it “work.” But not everyone gets to (or wants to) peruse RSS feeds like it’s their job. Consider this a hit list (as well as a few things you may have missed) of the most interesting things I’ve and seen, read and watched this week. You can follow along every other day, too, on Instagram @AIGAdesign and on Twitter@AIGAdesign.
This week I…
..go on a Type Safari with James Victore, who talks some delicious trash about the “fast nasty sans serif” in the Starbucks logo, the good new and bad “fake old” lettering in Brooklyn, and why a “designed” logo isn’t always a good thing. And all without dropping a single F-bomb!
…reel from the swarm of love/hate comments after the debut of the Apple Watch, and struggle to understand the apparently myriad of amazing things it can do. Since when did telling time become so damn complicated?
…agree with Pentagrams’ Abbott Miller that while it’s great that more people are aware of “branding,” less and less of them seem to grasp what it actually means. “I think “brand” has a tendency to smother the consideration of the individual components of design… I prefer the word “identity” to brand because it suggests something more mutable, more contextual.”
…cringe at the latest major institution to ask for work without pay: this time the British Museum is seeking a skilled web designer/developer to build it a new site for free.
…start saving for the newly reissued Arne Jacobsen Drop chair. I’ll take two in camel leather, thanks.
…discover I’m not too old to go get my design degree, because “design isn’t gymnastics…The young ones don’t necessarily have the upper hand.”
…learn that there are 20 different kinds of rain, and they’re all beautiful.
…stop talking about how I’m going to start meditating and actually start doing it. Every day. Why now? Aside from the fact that I’m 100% on board with 16th-century writer Michel de Montaigne’s call to “shape the soul rather than furnish it,” I’m equally turned on by the very scientific fact that meditation can grow your brain’s feeling-groovy gray matter and shrink the bad, stressed-out part. Bring on the om.
Still have more catching up to do? Check out last week’s (still completely relevant) Design Diary.