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…
…plan to completely overhaul my wardrobe with Print All Over Me’s latest collaboration with graphic designer Wade Jeffree (he designed the Hardy typeface we’re such fans of) when it goes on sale Tuesday, October 13. The bright blots and scratches of color are inspired by “the textures and mark-making of the everyday: the scuffs and stains… that we routinely walk past and forget. All of these textures have been gathered and re-purposed during explorations through the streets of NYC.” Who woulda thought scuff marks could look so chic?
…now know what the New York Yankees hat looks like minus the Y. For “26 Creative Characters,” an exhibition staged by Netherlands design studio Autobahn that asks 26 designers to take on one letter of the alphabet, fellow countryman Baster unstitched the letter for his entry, the letter N.
…readily admit that the finer points on Fontself allude me, but if creating a typeface is as easy as Franz Hoffman’s new drag-and-drop app seems, everyone should probably go back it on Kickstarter right this very moment.
…can’t decide what I like staring up into better: 1,000 white umbrellas or 100,000 white balloons—not that I have to choose. If Charles Pétillon’s installation at Covent Gardens last month wasn’t breathtaking enough, now environmental artist Kaisa Berry and creative director Timo Berry from design agency BOTH have created an uplifting canopy of umbrellas for the Finland Habitare Design Fair.
…am pleased to see local heroes the Mast Brothers move from the old-timey look they helped popularize (and that only the most ardent twee-lovers aren’t thoroughly sick of) to a clean, fresh aesthetic, courtesy of the company’s creative director, Nathan Warkentin, who draws inspiration from the ever popular Ettore Sottsass, as well as masters like Isamu Noguchi and Sol Lewitt for the beautiful papers that wrap the brothers’ bars of delicious chocolate.
…abate my curiosity about what it’d be like to work at multinational design firm Snøhetta: in a nutshell, basically just awesome. The global team works on a huge range of projects—from buildings to bank notes—with colleagues from California to Egypt, and then hike with them on an annual trek up the Norwegian mountain the company is named after.
…wish all the best to Jamie Cullum, a musician who’s just come out with issue number two of his magazine The Eighty-Eight, a good-looking good read he’s dubbing both “an adventurous magazine for the occasional thinker” and “an occasional magazine for the adventurous thinker.”
…really believe the way to get rid of mean internet trolls is by destroying their natural habitat, a.k.a. the comments section. But before we resort to total annihilation, two designers are doing something truly commendable with Civil Comments, a new system that polices itself by asking people to rate the quality of their comment before they post it. There are other factors involved, too, and it’s still in beta, but hey, a step very much in the right direction, even if it comes as many major new sites drop their comments sections completely.
…generally just take a breather from AIGA’s amazing Design Conference to remember that while it may seem like everything important in design is going down in New Orleans right now, there’s a whole lot else. Case in point: everything in this post. Though what’s going on in NOLA is pretty freaking great; get minute-by-minute updates on Twitter @AIGAdesign.