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 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…
…don’t know what I’m more conflicted about when it comes to Pantone’s new color of the year—which is really two colors (everyone freak out!), Rose Quartz and Serenity—my aversion to pairing pastel pink and baby blue, or the fact their press release claims it’s a response to both gender issues and society’s obsession with mindfulness. As Pantone puts it, “Consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.” And because the two Color of the Year videos on Pantone’s site are as bizarre as they are completely different from one another, I offer this antidote:
…award Snarkitecture my Best Use of Gradient award for the “NetJets” installation they made for Art Basel in Miami Beach. The blue-to-white effect is meant to recall a sky at dawn or dusk, which also makes it my top pick for Most Innovative Camo Print award.
…am so into the (apparent) trend in graphic designers turning to textiles, as evidenced in the new collab between UK arts blog It’s Nice That, three designers and illustrators (Ed Carvalho-Monaghan, Peter Judson, and Nous Vous), and bespoke knitwear company Unmade, which is determined to “unlock the potential of knitting machines to help not only fashion designers, but designers from a breadth of fields and industries.”
…whine about wonder why London gets all the cool creative events (Mod Mag, LDF, etc.). Case in point: the London Illustration Fair, where some of the finest in the industry show their work, judge work, talk about their work, give workshops, and we all swoon.
…have been known to get a little too excited about well-designed wrapping paper, but the glorious sheets I picked up at AIGA/NY’s holiday party—all designed by the chapter’s inimitable board in Pantone 805 U and Pantone 201 U—is like a gift in itself. Friends and fam, get ready for a very monochromatic holiday.
…think Rockwell Group’s new “Luminaries,” a rainbow-hued holiday light installation in downtown NYC, easily outshines Rockefeller Center’s big lit up tree. Not that it’s a competition or anything, but the glowing light canopy is also interactive: when visitors make a wish on podiums installed in the space, “a wave of color travels across the lanterns above. When wishes from multiple stations are released simultaneously, the colors mix together like luminescent tie-dye.” Okay, it’s a little hokey, but that’s allowed this time of year.