Revolution exhibition photography 06-09-2016

As an editorial resident here at AIGA, I spend heaps of time on the internet scouring social media and websites for the choicest design news—sometimes I even venture outside. You’re too busy with your life to do this each week, so I’ve brought all my findings here. Follow along all day every day on Instagram @AIGAeyeondesign and Twitter @aigaeyeondesign

This week I…

…finally get down to You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970, at London’s V&A, that aims to bring together the whole counterculture of the era within a single, digestible nutshell. In fact, I confess, it’s not all that digestible, and while the show is great at exploring the music and fashions of the time, it is somewhat lacking in terms of rigorous analysis of the various movements that defined the era. Civil rights, anti-war, feminism, and environmentalism all get a look in, but the emphasis remains heavily on far-out threads and rock n’ roll. Still well worth a look, if only to revel in the musical majesty of Hendrix, Dylan, Joplin and their peers.

…browse the wares of a Snapchat art show created by Jen Lu of Droga5. Temporarily Permanent is a collection of one-off prints created within Snapchat, printed off in an edition of one and available to the first bidder. Each one is a sensory overload of creatively arranged emoji, produced in-app without any photoshop to round things off. I question whether anyone needs such a print in their home, but if you’re a die-hard child of technology, then these are the posters for you.

Gemma O'Brien
Gemma O’Brien

…miss having a mural to check in on every ten minutes now that the AIGA Design Conference is over. Last week more than 1,500 designers descended on Las Vegas for three days of serious industry discussion. Keeping things light was Australian designer and letterer Gemma O’Brien, who produced a live typographic mural for the duration of the event. As far as I know it’s now been destroyed, but she’s cool with that, apparently.

…feel a little disappointed by Working Not Working’s list of 50 top companies that creatives would kill to work for. Of course it features big brand names like Google, Nike, and Apple, whose in-house creative cultures have become the stuff of legend, but the rest of the list is all tech firm, tech firm, ad agency, app, video game designer, media platform, ad agency, tech firm, Vice.

The creatives surveyed only seem to want to produce work for tried-and-tested companies who guarantee big budgets and a tidy pay packet. Where’s the desire to innovate for charities, NGOs, and other organizations with a social conscience? It’s worth bearing in mind that this is by no means an exhaustive survey, but it left a sour taste in my mouth all the same.

…pick myself up again with Rob Hunter’s stunningly illustrated version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic children’s story The Land of Nod, that sees a young protagonist embark upon some epic nighttime adventures. Should a man of nearly 30 be so captivated by a kids book? Who cares, this one’s a winner.

…hang out at magCulture’s ModMag16 conference, where I’ll be enjoying talks from representatives from ZEITMagazin, Vice, Empire, Ladybeard, The New York Times Magazine, Private Eye, and The Face. If you’re reading this on Thursday then I’m still there. Picture me luxuriating in a crowded auditorium of indie magazine lovers, getting down and dirty over the intricacies of distribution and publishing schedules.


…raise a glass to the awesome skills of book designer par excellence, Peter Mendelsund, who’s once again produced a series of covers that transcend the everyday standard of book jacket design. This time he’s worked on the back catalog of W.G. Sebald, whose experimental literature is perfectly suited to Mendelsund’s intellectually analytic mind. Real nice.