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 seen, read, and watched this week. Follow along all day every day on Instagram @AIGAdesign and Twitter @AIGAdesign

This week I…

…expand my definition of “Beauty” at the Cooper Hewitt’s Design Triennial (February 12-August 21, 2016), which groups over 250 works by 63 designers or design teams around seven themes: extravagant, intricate, ethereal, transgressive, emergent, elemental, and transformative.

…try to keep up with all the Talks from TED2016—like life hacks that make me feel better about procrastinating, why it’s okay to say no to work, and something called space archaeology—but you know what those blog posts are missing? The Talk part. Hey TED, till you upload those I’ll just be over at your YouTube page, hitting refresh. Ditto for Design Indaba.

…fail to find the airline route for my trip to California this weekend in one of Paula Scher’s new cartographic paintings on view now at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in NYC (February 18-March 26, 2016). The large-scale works in “U.S.A.” (some are as tall as seven feet) are jam packed with data: demographics, temperatures, driving distances, etc. mixed with Scher’s own commentary, in effect mapping her own personal American experience.

…don’t wonder for a second why so many designers marry other designers (who else could ever hope to understand that neatly kerned mind of yours?) but do kinda wonder who they marry when they’re not busy mostly marrying each other. And now that we’re on the subject, why are so many people marrying teachers and truck drivers? Bloomberg’s surprisingly addictive marriage infographic tracks what professions are matches made in heaven, leaving me to wonder why I didn’t marry another editor (sorry beb).

…know that I’m partial to salmon pink (just cast your eyes around you), but I still think Base’s redesigned identity for the Museum of Sex looks best in the hue.


…think these scratch-and-sniff posters are maybe the best example of disruptive design I’ve seen and hope to experience soon. I could easily go through sheets on my commute. In the meantime I’ll just be burying my face in my scarf like everyone else.

…don’t read the Bible and am not likely to pick it up anytime soon (DeLillo’s 900-page Underworld is quite enough for now), but if I was ever truly desperate for reading material I’d pick up this unsolicited redesign of the Great Book. Ambitious, much?


…do my best to help poor Leo finally win an Oscar by playing the actually really fun arcade-style game, Leo’s Red Carpet Rampage by London animation collective The Line. Race against Eddie Redmayne as The Danish Girl, jump over Titanic-level icebergs, and act as hard you possibly can while powering up with Emmys and Golden Globes. Leo, I hope you fare better than me.

…search high and low for someone who can fill the shoes of our former (unbelievable) director of marketing and communications, who left us last week to follow the call of his dream job in Nashville, TN. That means we’re hiring. Check out the job description and get in touch if you think you’re a good fit.