Poster by Anthony Burrill

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…

…applaud the 20 graphic designers to make the Wallpaper* Power 200 list of the most influential designers in the world. Among those who successfully “snap out of the grid” are icons like Alan Kitching, Erik Spiekermann, and Paula Scher; poster boy Anthony Burrill (above); book designer Irma Boom, and 15 other type designers, creative agencies, art directors, and all around bright lights who more than deserve the nod.

…remember John Berg, the Grammy-winning art director for Columbia Records who hadn’t designed a single record before taking the job, yet went on to work with some incredible creatives, including Milton Glaser, illustrator Tomi Ungerer, and photographer Richard Avedon on albums for musicians like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Simon and Garfunkel, and Thelonius Monk.

…am hypnotized by the clever way motion designer Henning M. Lederer animated all those amazing yet unknown minimal, geometric book covers from the ‘50s-’70s—you know, the ones you see all the time in used bookstores and fall a little in love with yet can’t bring yourself to actually buy because how many treatises on quantum mechanics and thermodynamics does one person really need?

…count myself as a fan of the new typographic logo UK agency The Beautiful Meme created for a soon-to-be-opened museum dedicated to illustrator Heath Robinson, who Wired calls “the unsung hero of British eccentricity and innovation.” The logo itself references the complicated machines in the illustrations Robinson created as a cartoonist and ad man in turn-of-the-century London.

…think I’ve finally recovered from the double whammy of sleep deprivation + over-stimulation that is the AIGA Design Conference. Catch up on what you missed, like who won Command X, how four emerging designers created their dream careers and the crazy amazing way science, space, and outrageous French accents come together.

Starting the party at the 2015 AIGA Design Conference (photo by Frank L. Aymami III)
Starting the party at the 2015 AIGA Design Conference (photo by Frank L. Aymami III)

…can’t wait to see what comes out of Scotland’s Graphic Design Festival in Glasgow next week, though if it’s anything like last year’s we can expect big rooms full of super bold, pattern-rich posters by some of the UK’s brightest talents. Earlier this year we spoke to the founders, both fresh out of design school, about how on earth you start something this good right out of the gate.

A scene from last year's Scotland Graphic Design Festival
A scene from last year’s Scotland Graphic Design Festival