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…
…virtually enter Hieronymus Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights,” the crazy, 500-year-old painting every art student discovers and becomes obsessed with in college (that can’t just be me). You can take a tour through the painting online, but for the VR experience teased in the trailer, download the free app and swim around the Garden of Eden panel as a fish. Pro tip: warn your office mates first so you don’t stumble into their desk like a crazy person just as god is giving Adam and Eve the keys to the kingdom.
…count down the days till I find out what happens when a celebrated graphic designer makes himself the subject of a three-part experiment on finding happiness. Yes, after much ado AIGA Medalist Stefan Sagmeister’s The Happy Film premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend, co-directed by fellow AIGA Medalist Hillman Curtis and Ben Nabors.
…can’t stop reading all the incredible interviews and thoughtful, honest profiles of Silicon Valley’s diverse “Techies.” This site will probably sustain me all year long.
…sincerely hope that MoMA’s decision to close its architecture and design galleries isn’t the beginning of the end of design and architecture in the museum. Mixing it up with painting, sculpture, and the other disciplines on view sounds like a good thing in theory. In practice, though? If AIGA Medalist Paola Antonelli wasn’t at the helm I might actually be worried.
…learn how to pick museum-worthy colors for the walls of my home with the experts at fancy UK paint brand Farrow & Ball, who share the way they fine tune hues at institutions like the Rodin Museum in Paris to show the art to its best advantage. I’m fairly certain they’d approve of the big pink wall in my apartment—it really makes the painting of my cat pop.
…don’t know what’s worse: crowdsourcing a logo or crowdsourcing the final selection. While the Tokyo Olympics Committee has already proven that they wouldn’t know spec work if it hit them in the face, the four shortlisted designs prove that it’s going to be a very meh summer 2020.
…wonder what to get Prince Harry for a housewarming present now that he and the fam have officially moved to the newly designed “home of the Royal Family,” royal.uk, which bears a striking resemblance to another British stalwart.
…hope you’ll join all of us at AIGA and the design community on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. for the annual AIGA Gala, where we celebrate this year’s honorees of the “Oscars of the design world.” No ticket? No problem. You can live stream the event and follow along with our handy program created for online viewers.