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…

…am pretty sure none of you noticed I skipped a Design Diary last week, but I was on one of those rare vacations that you say you’ll unplug for and then actually do. It was on an island in the Mediterranean and it was amazing. Now, let’s catch up, shall we?

…don’t know what I’d do with The Collection, 400 pages of G . F Smith’s papers (that’s every single one they offer) except drool all over this brick of a book like the paper-crazy fool I am, but I want need this. Bonus: each paper range is presented alongside a little story about how it came to be, which I’m fully aware would bore the average person to tears, but to me that just sounds like excellent bedside reading.

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…back McSweeney’s Kickstarter effort because seeing their weird and wonderful (and wonderfully designed) titles go out of print would be sadder than seeing them have to use Kickstarter to support their business in the first place.

…wish every site redesign could be launched as tongue-in-cheekily as The Onion’s, which is extremely and uniquely well-positioned to poke fun at itself before anyone else can. Case in point, here’s an excerpt from their redesign announcement:

“To get the most out of this interactive experience, readers are encouraged to constantly scroll downward on their browsers at all times, during every moment of every day. An entire catalogue of news and information is now at your fingertips as long as you ignore any impulse to eat, drink, or sleep, instead devoting all your time and energy to scrolling further and further and further until your body eventually reaches such a point of exhaustion and dehydration that your organs shut down and you cease being of any value to The Onion.”

…don’t have plans attend to the Venice Biennale any time soon, but at least now I finally understand how it works and why it really is “the world’s most important art exhibition,” thanks to this fun, short explanatory video narrated in the quick, breezy style of Mike Mills’ Beginners. Watch and learn.

…get to know MoMA’s Paola Antonelli a little better via her interview with The Great Discontent. (If you don’t think Pac Man is worthy of the museum’s permanent collection, let her convince you in this TED Talk.) Watch me awkwardly attempt to rub elbows with her at the AIGA Gala next week. You can still buy tickets, btw.

…wish a heartfelt congrats to Project Projects on their Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Communication Design. Woot woot!

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…would say Saatchi & Saatchi Switzerland made good on their effort to raise awareness of HIV with this issue of the Vangardist printed with ink infused with HIV-positive blood.

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…applaud WeTransfer for really hitting it out of the park with their artist collaborations, like this one with Slovakian illustrator Martina Paukova. Here’s her illustration of what I’ll be up to this weekend (I wish the same for you).