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…

…add Hattie Stewart’s fun-looking new exhibition “Adversary,” on now at the House of Illustration, to my “won’t be doing this summer” list, unless someone fortuitously drops a ticket to London in my lap before the show closes in July.

…think pretty much every young designer can, unfortunately, sympathize with the satirical-but-sadly-very-real Welcome to Our Design Studio, Where You’ll Never See the Light of Day But You Can Bring Your Dog” article from (where else) McSweeney’s. I could pull my favorite lines, but you should probably just read the whole thing for yourself.


…get sad when I think about all the time Spanish studio Achos! wasted on their inane Sagmeister & Walsh robbery stunt when they could have just been creating their own work.

…find out what happens when you crowd-source a presidential campaign logo: you pretty much get what you (don’t) pay for.

…agree that it’s about time the pot “logo” got a redesign.

…pick my own best in show from Salone in Milan, via Wallpaper*. Clean, geometric marble and brass pieces made a predictable appearance again this year, but it was these fresh pastels and crisp, brightly colored numbers that caught my eye.

…get 100 percent behind “a group of business owners, executives, and county officials” who just launched a “crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the first stages of a futuristic, transit-themed World’s Fair in Los Angeles in 2022.” A World’s Fair—yippee! But have you seen the graphic they’re using? Just compare the two images above. Guys, I know you have a lot to live up to with the gorgeous poster designs from previous years, but that doesn’t mean you should just give up altogether. Please get a designer involved.

The New York Times Lab: Interactive Recording Table

…love the concept behind the New York Times’ new Listening Table almost as much as I love the design by tech-meets-craft industrial designer (and personal fave) UM Project, but even after watching the video for a second time I have to admit that the actual functionality of this table is beyond me. How is tapping a tabletop when I want to remember something from a meeting—and then getting an iffy transcript of what was said around the general time of my tap—better or simpler than just writing the important thing down in a notebook and being done with it? Geez, I feel like an ol’ stick in the mud just saying that, but kinda, yeah, right…?

…do without smart tables, smart phones, or smart anything for that matter while I take this week off in Crete. So while I may be going on a bit of a Design Diary diet, I’ll be more than making up for it in fresh Greek cheese, shots of raki, and lots and lots of sunshine to replenish my vitamin D-deficient winter bones. μέχρι τότε!