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, too, on Instagram @AIGAdesign and on Twitter@AIGAdesign.
This week I…
…try to send a message to Somebody using Miranda July’s new app that delivers messages indirectly by sending them to someone standing nearby the person you’re actually trying to text. Like the other app store reviewers, I give it five stars for concept and one star for functionality. The short films she made for the project are definitely worth watching, though. And maybe for version 2.0 she’ll enlist the services of an app designer or two.
…throw my crappy iPad stylus out the window upon discovering that Moleskine has made the worlds of analog and digital collide in an incredible way with its new Livescribe smartpen, which records whatever you draw or write in the corresponding Livescribe Notebook on your tablet— in real time. Let’s just ignore the fact I had to use an annoying techie buzz phrase for a second and let this new development sink in…whoa, right?
…come up with an idea for a brilliant new web series called “Who Designed That?,” which will be a direct rip off of one of my favorite New York Times Magazine columns and the love and care and insane amounts of research that clearly went into The Creative Review’s latest book TM: The Untold Stories Behind 29 Classic Logos .
…meet Max Gill, Eric’s lesser-known brother who’s credited with saving the public’s perception of the London underground in 1914 and producing a slew of work that his big brother derided as “feebly artistic.” Not cool, bro.
…scratch my head at this university’s bookless library that’s still as big as a library full of ‘em. What are they putting in there instead?
…agree with Rem D. Koolaas (the United Nude designer, not the architect), that “not everything has to redesigned,” though I disagree with the example he gives. “Nobody’s going to come up with a better wine glass than the traditional one; that object has finished its evolution,” he argues. Really? After years of drinking almost everything out of my Riedels I’ve never wanted for a stem.
…finally get the lowdown on all the cool typographic tattoos Monotypes’ Dan Rhatigan sports on his arms in this charming video, and am chuffed to learn that the lowercase “e” from his very own Sodachrome is high enough on his left arm that it can be covered with short-sleeve shirt if he’s feeling modest.
…take a break from looking at type on a screen all day to reading about Type on Screen,a new bookby the wonderfully talented Ellen Lupton.
…arm myself with yet another piece of ammo to support my anti-Kuerig crusade . Unless you like a little ground wheat and corn in your morning cuppa.
…consider signing up for my local urban beekeeping class just to have an excuse to install one ofSnøhetta’s gorgeous Vulkan beehives on my roof deck.
…discover a treasure trove of videos of Muppets rapping, way beyond the Beastie Boys’ “Sure Shot” video that made the rounds a couple years back. There’s also “So What’cha Want,” M.O.P.’s “Ante Up” and Kanye’s “Monster.” It’s probably the best thing I’ve seen all week, and I’m totally okay with that.
…prepare to disengage from the world on the eve of my annual pilgrimage to a blissfully remote Southern California beach after reading this (sort of helpful) reminder not to take your “work mind” with you on vacation. A more useful pre-vacay tool? Making like Bill Murray in What About Bob and following Dr. Leo Marvin’s prescription to the letter. If you see me upon my return next week try to hide your tan envy. Until then, happy reading.
Still have more catching up to do? Check out last week’s (still completely relevant) Design Diary.