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…
…hope GoodType has a fire extinguisher handy this afternoon when they light up @6bartwork’s temporary type piece made from roughly 1,500 matchsticks. Watch as “a beautiful dream” goes up in flames, and be grateful you can’t hear me sing “This type is on fi-errr” under my breath as it burns.
…get tips on how to win Print’s RDA from last year’s judges Jessica Helfand, Michael Vanderbyl, Joseph Duffy, Debbie Millman, Alexander Isley, and Caleb Bennett, who advocate for 1) a tightly curated selection of well-photographed work, 2) selling your entry with a description that includes your design strategy, and 3) filling out all the entry forms. Apparently that’s not a no-brainer.
…can’t help but be skeptical of the competition to find an architect to revamp the Bauhaus Museum Dessau, given that all the entrants in the 2012 competition for the Weimar location were brushed aside when the museum handed Berlin firm Heike Hanada the commission instead. Still, hopeful architects have until April 13 to submit their proposal for the $28 million project. Might we suggest Federico Babina? He already has an illustrated mock-up for an ode to Walter Gropius ready to go. $28 million should cover a G-shaped building, right?
…missed what was apparently an underwhelming Oscars night (that’s what Twitter’s for when you have better things to do, like stand in line for the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride at Disney World—don’t judge me), which left plenty of room for people to notice the animated interstitials designed by Henry Hobson, who created all 23 title sequences in just two and a half weeks. Well done, Henry!
…suffer a severe bout of library jealousy after seeing this “modern-day Indiana Jones home library design.” This sky-high rotunda is how the National Geographic Society’s explorer-in-residence (yes, that enviable job title is real) stores his book collection. What it lacks in practicality it more than makes up for in its resemblance to a “Navajo kiva of knowledge.” His words, most definitely not mine.
…meet New York City’s last typewriter repairman, 76-year-old Paul Schweitzer, who retools about 20 typewriters each week. “There are fewer and fewer of us that do this,” he said. “Years ago, if you looked at the yellow pages, there were six pages of typewriter companies in Manhattan. Now, there’s us.”
…back the (rightfully overfunded) Kickstarter campaign for these clever pushpins that won’t damage your prints. Now I don’t have to hammer alligator clips into the wall anymore.
…am still blown away by what the graphic designers at Necon did with the (probably boring) design brief they received from a Chinese mining company. I mean, so good, right?
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