Also in this week’s Design Diary, our roundup of projects, events, and general design world news, we bring you the open admissions for AIGA’s annual 50 Books | 50 Covers competition, Yuri Suzuki’s Face the Music project, and a website where 34 artists visually interpret their favorite albums of the year. For more along these lines (and so many others) you can follow along all day, every day on Instagram @AIGAeyeondesign, Facebook, and Twitter @AIGAeyeondesign.
Design Interns Club
As you may have heard, we recently put out a Graphic Design Salary Transparency spreadsheet, in which designers can anonymously add their position, salary, and benefits via a Google form. It follows the lead of other salary surveys in various and adjacent industries that we’re much indebted to for the idea (and that we name in our post about the project), but we’ve also been hearing from readers about more efforts in this vein since we’ve published ours. Which is exciting! We love to see this type of energy around salary transparency, and with this kind of thing, there’s absolutely power in numbers.
One project we found particularly interesting was from the Design Interns Club, an initiative by graphic design students, recent grads, and interns who “wish for bigger transparency related to internships in design studios, agencies, fashion houses, or other institutions.” The group sent us its own spreadsheet for interns; which, like ours, makes all responses optional and anonymous. This one is meant to benefit other interns or those seeking internships so that they have a better understanding of the opportunities and what compensation to expect and when to ask for more. If you’re an intern, add to it—and while you’re at it, add to ours, too (interns are welcome—you don’t have to have a yearly salary). When it comes to salary transparency in the industry, the more info the merrier.
50 Books | 50 Covers
AIGA’s annual, much-anticipated, highly reputable 50 Books | 50 Covers is now open for applications. This survey of the best book covers of the year has was started more than a century ago, making it one of the longest-standing competitions in American graphic design. You can see all the past winners in the AIGA archives—they include (but are far from limited to) Alan Fleming, Alvin Lustig, Jennifer Morla, Paul Sahre, Rodrigo Corral, Paula Scher, and many more. Want to join this illustrious company? Entries are open for 2019, and entrants will be told in Spring 2020 if their submissions made the top 50 covers of the year.
We love a well-designed calendar, especially this time of year. In fact, we’ve got a whole section dedicated to the best ones to buy for the new year in our Eye on Design gift guide. We just got news of this one by London-based studio Lunes, designed to free you from the usual ways of organizing your year—you know, with the typical days and months, etc. Instead, it marks out the year with just numbered days: 001 through 365. “Free from the days of the week and months, the design is intended to rid you of routines such a fearing Mondays and waiting for a new month to start fresh,” says the studio. So don’t get rid of your day book just yet, but for a gentler look at time, Project 366 is a beautiful way to do it.
Face the Music by Pentagram
This holiday season, Pentagram has given the gift of music…made with your face. The firm’s seasons greetings this year came in the form of Face the Music, a project headed up by Pentagram partner and sound designer Yuri Suzuki which makes use of your computer camera in order to make sounds from facial movements. To change a note, you open your mouth. To bend the note, you tilt your head. Sound the symbols with the raise of an eyebrow. Watch videos of Suzuki in viking horns or a cowboy hat for inspiration. This feels like a great activity to soothe any family tension or politics talk over the holidays—thanks for that, Pentagram.
10 x 19
We’ll leave you with this nice yearly project, called 10×19, in which a group of artists (this year, there’s 34) visually interpret their favorite albums of the year. This year, there’s Frank Chimero on Jessica Pratt’s Quiet Signs, Shawna X on Eartheater’s Trinity, Lauren Gallagher on Metz’s Automat and many more. Take a look.