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…

…should’ve anticipated the social media fallout after Paula Scher debuted her IMHO fantastic “algorithmic” typeface for the redesign of The New School’s visual identity. Seriously, if you’re someone who likes to tweet awful things about other people, maybe, I dunno, get something better to do? Still, if anyone can weather a Twitter sh*t storm, my money’s on Paula. Here she is reading some mean tweets like a pro:

And to prove it also has a sense of humor, The New School tweeted a brilliant #tbt:

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…can’t help but be totally charmed by Michael Bierut in his interview with The Great Discontent. After being drawn to graphic design as a kid, but unable to “fathom who made things like logos and posters,” Bierut discovered a career guide book series with an edition called Aim for a Job in Graphic Design/Art. “I opened the book up, and it was like receiving an instruction manual for my future career: it was all right there. I was about 15 at the time, and I thought, ‘This is what I want to do.’”

…also manage to dig up some non-Pentagram-related news:

…have never been to Salone del Mobile, the preeminent furniture and product design fair held in Milan every year in mid-April, so I can neither confirm nor deny design critic Alice Rawsthorn’s assertions that it diminishes design’s importance rather than elevate it. Sure, media circuses are annoying, especially when they detract from the purpose of the event they eclipse, but I’m not sure that actually diminishes the importance of design. Guess I’ll just have to take a trip over to find out for myself, right? Hey Salone people, I’m cool with coach.

…navigate my neighborhood as PacMan. What, you mean missed out on Google Map’s 8-bit treat this week?

…wonder how Australians have survived without Netflix until now. Seriously, guys, no House of Cards? How do you go on? Fortunately, that’s all changing, and Ricky Gervais gets to be the (begrudging) bearer of good news in these short, fun ads.

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…invite you to join me for a round of whatever we’re drinking for happy hour later today (you’re following our boozy Friday afternoon packaging design posts, yes?), served over these insane 3D-printed ice cubes. I’ll watch them melt over what promises to be a (finally) warmer weekend.