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…
…jump on the let’s-break-the-internet bandwagon and watch as personal IT girl Joan Didion models for Céline, and promptly becomes the fashion world’s latest darling. (Not since Angela Lansbury graced the cover of The Gentlewoman have I been this pleased by something fashion-y.) I loved Didion long before I had the courage to introduce myself to her at a party 10 years ago, where she was so incredibly nice to me that I became a devoted fangirl for life.
…follow suit by adding all of the titles on Didion’s illegible list of favorite books to my current way-too-long reading list. Crime and Punishment, Joan? Sigh, if you say so.
…doggedly follow the outpouring of support from designers and illustrators over the Charlie Hebdo tragedy. Creative Review flagged some of the strongest responses.
…do a double-take after spotting Monotype at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that’s usually overrun by gaming gadgets and fancy headphones. But no, the storied type foundry took to the strip to debut Monotype Spark, new software that prevents fonts from getting pixelated, jagged, or generally looking bad on any piece of tech.
…begrudgingly visit BuzzFeed, one of my least-favorite sites after hearing that they’re getting “serious about design” and hired a new VP of design. Does that mean the site will look and function better one day? (I’ll save you a click: it’s currently still horrible in every possible way.) Even the new guy doesn’t know. “I could probably tell you something here, but I’m pretty sure I’d be wrong.”
…catch up on a month of typography news, namely The Endangered Alphabets Project (above), the best book covers of 2014, and the fact that New York’s Landmarks Commission is poised to take down the historic neon Pepsi sign in a Long Island City park I love. Make that one less reason to visit Queens this summer.
…change up my commute after watching this TEDTalk about “happy maps,” in which researcher Daniele Quercia (of Yahoo! Labs Barcelona) discusses something he calls “the cartography of human emotions,” basically, how to choose the happier, quieter, or more beautiful route to work over the quickest one. East River Ferry, here I come.