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 @.
…look to the future with these wonderful Twin Peaks tarot cards, illustrated by artist Benjamin Mackey. The deck is inspired by Pamela Coleman Smith’s designs, and naturally features the Log Lady as The High Priestess and Bob as The Devil. If you’re into tarot, we’ve looked at some of the best designed ones here.
…consider popping across the channel to France, where the country’s first ever graphic design center has opened in Chaumont. The brainchild of Alain Moatti of Moatti-Rivière architects, and Juliette Weisbuch, director of Polymago design studio, the site features two floors of exhibition space, a printing workshop, a small bookshop and a cafe.
…ponder the long list for this year’s Design Museum Designs of the Year. Graphics-wise, it’s a pretty strong one, featuring the Channel 4 rebrand, and Jonathan Barnbrook’s designs for David Bowie’s final album Blackstar. Elsewhere there’s Hemingway Design’s regeneration of Margate’s Dreamland seaside attractions, Adidas trainers made of recycled deep-sea fishing nets, and the Drinkable Book, designed by Brian Gartside, Aaron Stephenson and Dr Theresa Yankovich.
… Applaud MIT Technology Review for its superb new design direction, as shown on this adorable animated cover by illustrator Julian Glander for the November/December 2016 issue. This is the first issue under new creative director Jordan Awan, an illustrator and former art director of The New Yorker. It looks like he’s certainly been busy on the commissioning front: the issue boasts photo essays by Stacy Kranitz, Leonard Greco, and Sandy Carson; and artwork by Jean Jullien, Jay Daniel Wright, R. Kikuo Johnson, Miguel Porlan, John Malta, and more.
…try, and fail, to prise myself away from what is possibly the most wonderful thing on the internet, ever: Virtual Piano. Looking busy at work has never been more enjoyable. This does come with a massive warning though: you will easily lose a good 12 hours of your life to this site. Trust me, I’ve been there, and I’m not quite out the other side yet.
… get sartorial for a change, with an interesting piece on the Guardian about typography in fashion. Apparently,“knowing your Helvetica from your Arial isn’t restricted to those familiar with InDesign: it’s now the kind of thing that gets you a seat at the top table of the Met Ball.” Finally, an ice-breaker!