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…
…feel pretty darn jealous of my friends heading to Design Indaba this weekend, where they’ll hear talks by Pentagram’s Emily Oberman and Michael Bierut, Wieden + Kennedy’s Dan Wieden, the designers behind Studio Formafantasma, artist William Kentridge, chef Roy Choi, Burning Man’s “chief philosophic officer” Larry Harvey (because of course that’s his title), and photographer Omar Viktor, whose gorgeous portraits might just speak for themselves. Case in point: see above.
…wish I could hop across the pond to the Design Museum in London to check out the Designs of the Year award nominees, especially those in the Graphics category, which include Norway’s new currency, the Animography animated typefaces foundry (above), MIT’s Media Lab identity design, and the hefty 100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design book—plus so many more worthy projects.
…catch up on a century-old typographic drama between the two founders of Doves Press that ended when one partner dumped 2,600 pounds of lead type they designed into the River Thames in an effort to save it from being used on “a press pulled otherwise than by the hand and arm of a man or woman.” Now divers are bringing it up to the surface so one type devotee can complete his reconstruction of the long lost font.
…observe the subtle relationships at work in individual letterforms, like the “simple and stable” one between the “baseline and cap height” in the average H, for example. If this already sounds too nerdy for you, it’s merely the tip of the typographic iceberg in Frere-Jones’ ongoing online class in Typeface Mechanics.
…listen up to It’s Nice That’s revamped “Studio Audience” podcast, which is officially back (we’re on episode three now) and just as fun as before, if slightly faster paced. In just about 25 minutes, editor Liv Siddall and her co-hosts put their spin the week’s art and design news in a disarmingly chummy manner that makes you feel like you’re all best buds. Hats off for making a culture podcast that isn’t at all stuffy.
…ain’t scared of no ghost, but I am slightly terrified of what the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot will do to the original logo. If you want to get full on ghost-logo geeky with me, Creative Review spoke with the film’s executive producer, who reveals that the logo designer was a “creature design consultant” from the special effects house hired for the movie. “He drew it up and there we were…We didn’t think twice about it.”
…finally solve the mystery of where libraries keep all their books–right after I admit to never having actually thought about it before. Turns out Harvard has a guarded compound where it stores the majority of its collection–a staggering nine million titles. That steely repository is the subject of the new short “interactive” documentary, “Cold Storage,” out this month.
…thoroughly understand that selfie sticks suck. Next topic internet, please?
…contemplate picking up a copy of the The Grand Budapest Hotel book after reading an interview with the designer, Martin Venezky. I didn’t think much of the film, but it was undeniably good to look at, as is the use of fabric backgrounds for many of the editorial layouts.
…meet Lucia DeRespinis, who was not only one of the first students to nab Pratt’s newly introduced bachelor’s degree in industrial design back in the ’50s, but she did it as one of just six women in a class of over a hundred men. Her post-graduate output is staggering. Not only did she design a number of pieces (clocks, furniture, etc.) for George Nelson, she also created the pink-and-orange Dunkin’ Donuts logo, the set design for CBS news, and flatware for TWA. Talk about a brilliant career.