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…

…read up on any good tweets I may have missed while I was busy live-tweeting much of this week’s formidable “Gain” conference. Keep up on all the best bits via #GAINconference.

…bid a happy 20th anniversary to letterpress studio and “masters of poster design” Hammerpress (see one of their lovelies, pictured above).

…take a bird’s-eye view of the alphabet with Benedikt Groß & Joseph K. Lee’s Kickstarter project to continue their amazing efforts to read satellite images of the earth for letterforms.

…virtually high five designer (and AIGA board member) Christopher Simmons on his ability to get more clients to use design thinking, his definition of success (note: it doesn’t involve starting your own studio or moving up to CEO), and his advice for how designers can make the most of their seat at the table—now that they officially have it—in this great interview from 99u.

…catch up on The Financial Times’  beautifully produced  Unquiet Film Series, this time on how “spiky, slightly grumpy, extraordinarily oddball” political cartoonist Peter Brookes draws one “anarchic” cartoon a day. “It sort of just comes together by the time it has to,” he reasons humbly.

…think it’s ridiculous to suggest that we should set away messages if we step away from our inbox for just a few hours.

…wait to speak in public again until TED’s Chris Anderson finishes writing his book on how to be a better speaker.

…peep at pics from Kurt Cobain’s very last photo shoot that prove that not only did the man know how to strike a (disaffected, hunched over) pose, but he’s still dictating street-style trends two decades later.

…have been watching The Shining on repeat all week (it’s about as much I get “into” Halloween), so I was obviously floored to see that  IKEA riffed on the film in their latest ad.

Still have more catching up to do? Check out last week’s (still completely relevant) Design Diary.