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 on Instagram @AIGAdesign and on Twitter @AIGAdesign.

This week I…

…flip through Pentagrams 15-page holiday card, which is really a clever little booklet designed by Marina Willer that rails against tired boardroom jargon in a series of fun “raps” by Naresh Ramchandani, who both work out of the London office. Why wish your clients a happy holiday when you can discreetly ask them to stop making nautical analogies or saying things like “gamechanger,” “blue sky thinking,” and “creavate?”

…am wowed by some of the really beautiful work being done by students selected for Wallpaper*’s Visual Communication Grad Directory.

…high five Amsterdam artists Lernert & Sander for once again exceeding everyone’s expectations for what a shoe ad can be, this time by interviewing world-famous foot models for 3.1 Phillip Lim’s new collection.

listen to a typeface being made in this video from recent Norwegian design grad Håkon Stensholt, whose work investigates the relationship between sound and type design. Ever wanted a typeface that looks like your voice or your favorite song? Now you can.

…get some background on beloved illustrator Maira Kalman, whose work has enchanted me ever since my Talking Heads-obsessed parents gave me a copy of Stay Up Late (which we read together while dancing to their music). Her advice to young people just embarking on their careers? “That’s a rough time,” she says, adding “It’s a terrible thing to give advice…you have to try to be true to yourself and…try to weave that into your work; don’t separate yourself into different beings.”

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…wish my mother hadnt given up trying to teach me German as a kid so I could read the latest issue of Bau Meister magazine, whose cover Ive been oohing and ahhing over all week.

…would be confused as to whether I was in the children’s section of an IKEA or an actual airport if I were traveling through Londons Luton airport, which has a fresh, new identity this season. While I like the friendly letterhead and business cards, I wonder if the wayfinding and environment design don’t feel a bit like a kiddy daycare?

…realize that making my own wrapping paper, a fun project that grew into a personal holiday obsession tradition, is something I should apparently get glacéau vitaminwater to pay me to do. In case you’re reading, vitaminwater guys, Im available for guest-wrapper appearances at your London pop-up next December.

…get advice from some TED speakers on how they find stillness, now that we’re heading into what’s supposed to be a quieter, more reflective time of year. Their responses are pretty much what you’d expect: meditate, go for long walks, etc. My answer? I turn off my phone and head to California, land of my birth. The blog will still be humming along, but I’ll be doing my best to stay offline (well see how long that lasts). Merry, merry, everyone. See you in a few.