As an editorial resident here at AIGA, I spend heaps of time on the internet scouring social media and websites for the choicest design news. You’re too busy with your life to do this each week, so I’ve brought all my findings here—consider it my weekly gift to you (you’re welcome). Follow along all day every day on Instagram @AIGAdesign and Twitter @AIGAdesign

This week I…

…worship at the feet of icon designer par excellence Susan Kare, whose groundbreaking work you see every single day as a modern day Mac user, or even more regularly if you’re still using legacy software. This week the folks at Lenny were lucky enough to catch up with Kare about the early days of Apple, working with Jobs, and the grave error of hiding a bomb on the early OS—a lesson we can all learn from.

…think long and hard about what breathtaking view I might use to inspire the color palette of my new front room now that Pantone is offering a zero-hassle method of making swatches. PANTONE Studio lets you pull together swatches of up to five colors from photographs or found imagery and export them into all manner of design software, plus a shed load of other inventive features too numerous to list here. Trust me, it’s an app you need.

Airbnb, Samara Logo

…get excited at the prospect of Airbnb’s new in-house design agency Samara, and the potential it offers for exciting products and experiences within its sprawling global community. One to keep an eye on.

…imagine the fun Steve Heller and Mirko Illic are going to have putting together their latest book that currently invites submissions from creatives whose work deals with the human body in all its forms: “realistically, symbolically, aesthetically, yes, and pruriently.” Hurry though, you’ve got just over a month to submit.

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Christoph Niemann, Words

…marvel at the sheer ingenuity of Christoph Niemann as his new book, Words, lands; an exploration of language and imagery that seems the perfect tool to engage young children (or fledgling linguists) with the English language. “My aim for this book was to make the discovery of words equally fun and inspiring,” says Niemann. “By showing more than 300 key words in the context of simple scenes, I am inviting kids (and readers of all ages) to intuit and puzzle out meaning, and to see language as a source of ideas and stories.”

…just really enjoy IKEA’s bold sense of humor. So on point.