Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond poster by Martin McGrath Studio

As an editorial resident here at AIGA, I have been spending my time nosing around for interesting design-related goings on each week, so you don’t have to. Follow along all day every day on Instagram @AIGAeyeondesign and Twitter@AIGAeyeondesign.

This week I….

…am just crazy about the new Wellcome Collection exhibition Bedlam: The Asylum And Beyond, a fascinating show exploring how society historically treated mental illness. The graphics, by Martin McGrath studio, are rather special too–you can learn more about them over on Grafik.

…get even more mega hyped about the AIGA Design Conference this week in Las Vegas, with the launch of our dedicated event app. You can download it here, and it will provide everything you need to know about the event, including scheduling, workshop times, navigation, and much more.

….arrive a little late to the party and get lost in the neon horrorshow of weirdness that is the new Die Antwoord music video. The song is called “Banana Brain” (of course it is!) and the suitably odd, distressing, but brilliantly conceptual video is courtesy of directors Ninja & Terence Neale.

…dig deep into the new issue of Ordinary Magazine, the arts and photography quarterly that focuses on a different everyday item with each mag. This time it’s the humble cotton bud, and once again we’re mighty impressed with the creative endeavors inspired by such a seemingly mundane little object.

…gaze into space, thinking about the possibilities of life on Mars, and more pertinently the NASA posters that advertise this brave new world. Props to AIGA social media manager Justine Jablonska for spotting these, a series of moving and static illustrations that quietly, prettily, sinisterly show that whether you’re a farmer, a teacher, a technician, or even just a “night owl,” Mars needs YOU! 

Guerilla Girls poster

…further ponder the power of the poster with all-girl artist activist group Guerrilla Girls. Famed for their lampooning of art world favoritism towards men—and white men at that—the group shot to fame in the 1980s and is now being celebrated again in a new Europe-focused exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery  in east London.