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…

…actually prefer some of the rejected covers for Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee’s hotly debated follow up to To Kill a Mockingbird. Penguin designer Glenn O’Neil explained that “all six in-house designers and art directors in the Cornerstone art department were given the chance to submit proposals for the title,” hence all the alternate takes.

“Brave New World”
“Brave New World”

…found a few themes in the winners of this year’s 50 Books/50 Covers contest, like die-cut covers, blacked-out covers, covers with only words, and covers without any words at all, but my favorite is the outlier that requires 3D goggles (above).


…not sure why Roald Dahl needs a new brand logo, but I’m pretty bummed by the results, which have more in common with plastic alphabet refrigerator magnets than the smart, fun, and edgy children’s books I grew up with.

…am duly impressed by Nicolas Ortega, a former Milton Glaser intern who’s been creating a movie poster for every single film he’s seen since January 2014. That’s way more ambitious than my typical post-movie watching activity, which is pretty much just going to bed.

…get my very SFW engraving porn fix with Neenah’s “Beauty of Engraving” video, created around Design to Touch, a new book that bridges the history of engraving with more modern applications by designers like Stefan Sagmeister, Jessica Hische, Steve Sandstrom, and Louise Fili.

…find a typographic excuse to rewatch James Franco and Seth Rogen’s spoof of Kanye’s “Bound 2,” thanks to Yeezy Display, the new typeface from AIGA Upstate New York’s Tyler Finck.


…agree with @PopularNoise that the Paul Rand rant we posted earlier this week is, essentially, the “get off my lawn of design.” Well put.


…often use my upcoming travel plans as an excuse to load up on new foldout guide maps from Herb Lester, which are not only beautifully illustrated, but offer great city tips for tourists and locals alike (I have a stack of Herb Lester NYC maps at home), and now that they’re reissuing guides to popular destination like London and Berlin, I’ve got a whole new reason to expand my collection.

…still prefer beaches with things like sand and water, but if you’re in Washington D.C. this stark-white, 10,000 square-foot version Snarkitechture installed in the National Building Museum might just be the next best thing. The interactive architectural feat includes an “ocean” of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls. Bathing suit optional.