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…

…recover from a truly fabulous night out at the AIGA Gala, hosted by Michael Bierut, who could easily make it as an emcee if he wasn’t so damn good at his current gig.

…am clearly not the only one lamenting the absence of graphic design from major design festivals. As Rob Alderson of It’s Nice That points out, “A 35-meter high upside-down electricity pylon was the stand-out project announced for this year’s London Design Festival today, but once again none of the headline projects are graphics focused.” Et tu, London?

…cut through the art fair crap thanks to Artsy, which put together this fantastic list of 30 up-and-comers to watch during Frieze week, and well beyond. See three of my faves at the very top.

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…wonder what “underrepresented” group magazines will target next now that the five-and-under crowd is covered with Anorak’s latest effort, Dot. It’s damn cute, though. If I was in the family way, I’m sure I’d be subscribing.

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…am charmed by the illustrations Damien Cuypers drew for the clever site Rockwell Group created to celebrate its 30th anniversary (you probably know Cuypers from his work for T Magazine). Spin the wheel and click on the various drawings to watch videos about how the mega-talented, award-winning architecture, interiors, and theatrical set design studio got its start.

…am kinda bummed that “graphic design” doesn’t sound so hot as a rap beat when almost everything else I type into Type Drummer, a new app that creates a tune out from anything you type on your keyboard, sounds pretty great. Massimo Vignelli’s beat is solid, though.

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realllly hope everyone backs the Kickstarter campaign for the Light Phone, a super light, super slim phone that just makes phone calls—nothing else. It syncs with your iPhone to forward important calls only, so you can leave the house and leave behind the distraction of email, Twitter, and whatever other life-sucking apps you’ve convinced yourself you “need.”

…rest up for a weekend packed with NYCxDesign events, including Sight Unseen’s OFFSITE, where I’ll be manning the booth for the food design site, MOLD, all day Sunday. If you’re in town, don’t be shy; come by and say hello. And if you need some tips on what else to see this weekend, Core77 put together a solid hit list.