As editorial director at AIGA, I keep tabs on all the design news (so you don’t have to) and bring you only the best bits. Behold: my weekly hit list of the most interesting things I’ve and seen, read, and watched this week. Follow along all day every day on Instagram @AIGAdesign and Twitter @AIGAdesign.
This week I…
…somehow thought Paola Antonelli’s seminal “Design and Violence” exhibition at MoMA would go on forever, but the provocative 18-month-long “online curatorial experiment” has come to a close. It’s still online for now, but you can bring it offscreen in the recently released book.
…bid a fond farewell to two design greats: type designer Hermann Zapf, the man behind Palatino, Optima, Zapfino, Melior, Aldus, and the bizarre but beloved Zapf Dingbats, and Paul Bacon, who created thousands of famous book and record album covers, both died this week.
…come full circle on the 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.” Divers have since rescued the remains and type enthusiast Robert Green has gone above and beyond to create a digital version of Doves Type, which you can now download.
…make the charming new kid’s book, The Typefaces, my go-to baby shower gift for parents who want to initiate their offspring into design ASAP (also works as an antidote for the poor children of design-averse families).
…would love a designer’s take on how many of these “20 lies designers tell their clients” are actually true (really, let us know or tweet us your own design lies at @AIGAdesign).
…finally find the best. beach chair. ever. Now I just need to come to terms with spending $500 on this Gerrit Rietveld-inspired stunner.
…add the “most zen library in the world” to my mental Rolodex of happy places. A clean, pristine book bunker and work space just steps away from the ocean? Are you kidding me?
…scope out the new Bjarke Ingels building going up down the street (it’s nice, but I wish we were getting one of these instead).
…love hearing seven of the world’s leading architects defend seven of the world’s most-hated buildings. The ensuing discussion is a lot more interesting than you might think.
…learn why designers should fight habituation and “stay beginners,” as Steve Jobs put it, and take all those little, seemingly mundane daily observations one step further into a real solutions, via Apple’s iPod creator Tony Fadell in his recent TED Talk.
…wonder how long it’ll be before the French public declares outrage over Anish Kapoor’s Versailles takeover. The English artist joins the rank of Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami, both of whom caused more than just a raised eyebrow or two when they brought their individual brands of pop art to the historical chateau and gardens. While I’ve never been a Murakami fan, I frankly loved what Koons did to the place; Kapoor’s dizzying “Descension” pool seems downright staid by comparison, though his sculptural centerpiece “Dirty Corners” is already being likened to “Marie Antoinette’s private parts.” Ooh la la!