One of the perks of being the managing editor at AIGA is spending my mornings reading design stories and calling it “work.” But not everyone gets to (or wants to) peruse RSS feeds like it’s their job. Consider this a hit list (as well as a few things you may have missed) of the most interesting things I’ve and seen, read, and watched this week. You can follow along every other day on Instagram @AIGAdesign and on Twitter @AIGAdesign.

This week I…

…discover one of the most conceptually brilliant and beautifully executed typography projects I’ve seen recently (or maybe ever) by graphic designer Richard Heap, who documented the “urban lettering” in Guatemala City and then created original typefaces of his favorites. Okay, they’re not complete typefaces (yet); so far he’s just drawn a few letters for each. C’mon Richard, get moving.

…meet the man behind these elegant and deservedly famous book covers for Vintage in The Great Discontent’s interview with designer and art director John Gall, who, in his early years, was inspired by AIGA annuals (!).

…then meet the couple who created The Great Discontent and are thus responsible for introducing so many of us to all the wonderfully talented and creative people they regularly profile. Hear Debbie Millman in conversation with Tina + Ryan Essmaker on this week’s Design Matters.

…page through this ode to Leonard Cohen that photographer and former Magnum president Stuart Franklin made for the singer’s 80th birthday. Everyone else had better step up their birthday card-giving game.


…wish I had thought of this actually funny Nativity Selfie Christmas card idea first. My Oma’s gonna love these.

…file this under ideas too terrible to be true: now your antisocial colleagues can enshroud themselves in a canvas cocoon when they want a little privacy (and you can immediately spot the biggest office weirdos). Does wearing headphones not signal “Don’t bother me, I’m working” anymore?

…plan to hit the snooze again and again this weekend. After working overtime with Leta Sobierajski and Michael Dijkstra of XXIX to launch the new AIGA Eye on Design blog, I’m settling in for a long winter’s nap. And while my eyes may be closed, AIGA’s roving Eye will be forever open (and blinking!), so check back daily, and as ever, thanks for reading.