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…
…wonder what I’d look like as a typeface after seeing the brilliant way Bureau Mirko Borsche captured the spirit of Dieter Rams, Charles and Ray Eames, Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, Zaha Hadid, Ron Arad, and the other designers at Munich’s Die Neue Sammlung design museum. It’s a pretty smart way to say: “Look at all the famous architects you can see here,” without showing a single building.
…remind myself to never translate any future books I may write into German for fear that the country’s renowned lit critic Hellmuth Karasek will tear them apart like he did the world’s most widely distributed book—which has never before been reviewed, a fact that’s not so crazy when you learn it’s the IKEA catalogue. Full disclosure: this is actually a clever IKEA ad that consists entirely of Karasek’s fictional and very funny review of the Swedish retailer’s “furnished novel,” which he argues “has a lot to say, but much could be considered junk.”
…get to know one of my favorite up-and-coming illustrators, Malika Favre, a little better, including how she went from studying quantum physics to graphic design and became everyone’s go-to source for art that’s a “beguiling mix of sex and structure.” Case in point, the Kama Sutra Alphabet she made for Penguin (click through above), which she insists is first and foremost a typeface. Uh-huh, sure it is.
…am just going to assume that Facebook named its new virtual assistant app M after the James Bond character so we can call picture Judi Dench at the other end of our 007-worthy questions like where the nearest taco truck is and what really happens to our dry cleaning and how to perfect the super-soft scrambled egg.
…don’t know what my responses to this visual quiz of sorts says about me, but the categories in the “Two Kinds of People” project by João Rocha, an art director for Young & Rubicam, are so spot on. What I can say is I’m a multiple alarm setter, diagonal sandwich slicer, chocolate bar breaker, and iPhone app mega-organizer—what about you?
…confess that I still don’t understand how Wieden + Kennedy’s new typeface for Booking.com “embraces the Earth’s axial tilt of 23.5°,” even subtly. And that’s after I tried tilting my own head 23.5° to both sides. Any ideas?
…am glad I’m about to head out on the annual Drumm family end-of-summer beach holiday because there’s no way I could play all these truly fun-looking Games for Designers without raising a few eyebrows at work. I’ll probably steer clear of head-to-head combat with actual typographers in KernType and play it safe with Shoot the Serif, which is (amazingly) exactly what it sounds like.