As an editorial resident here at AIGA, I’ve 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 @.
This week I…
… get saucy with Animade’s mega cute graphic for its Sauce event. The visual is a surreal look at condiments—and limbs—and seems the perfect way to sell its event in London this week (it was on Tuesday, I’m afraid), where attendees heard from illustration and animation folk Johnny Kelly, Sophie Koko Gate, Golden Wolf, Mutant Jukebox, Kristian Andrews, and Bee Grandinetti. Never fear, though. Sauce is set to be a regular event in the London design calendar, so you can just run along to the next one.
… peruse the Dumb Questions for Smart Designers website. It’s described as a series of “anti-interviews” with designers, posing such pertinent questions as “Who would you rather have escort your wife to a party, Ryan Adams or Ryan Reynolds?” and “What is the strangest rewards program you are a member of?” to creatives including designer Mackey Saturday and illustrator Sara Blake.
… ponder Milton Glaser’s musings over on Quartz about the differences between art and design. In this recent piece he says that “Design is the process of going from an existing condition to a preferred one… Observe that there’s no relationship to art.” But back in 2014, when he wrote a similar piece for us here on Eye on Design, his conclusions seem rather different. What do we take from this? Perhaps that it’s a very thorny issue, even for a very eloquent design legend like Glaser.
… have a little cry over Parallel studio’s sad animation about “unsatisfying situations: the frustrating, annoying, disappointing little things of everyday life that are so painful to live or even to watch,” according to its creators. Watch and weep.
… marvel at the possibilities of 3D-printed type, as seen over on Core 77. Assistant graphic design professor Taekyeom Lee rather impressively created his own 3D printer with a clay extruder to develop 3D type designs in ceramics. Very cool!
… explore the hidden secrets of the late, great David Bowie’s final release, Blackstar. As the record’s graphic designer Jonathan Barnbrook told Billboard, “there’s one big thing which people haven’t discovered yet on the album. Let’s just say if people find it, they find it, and if they don’t, they don’t. And remember what Bowie said about not explaining everything.” But maybe he’s just fucking with us.
… wonder for the millionth time whether or not I’m a millennial. Everyone has a different age limit on it, but finally someone has found the defining color for this amorphous mass of screen-lovers. And guess what? It just so happens to be pink, if this lady is to be believed.
… faff about on Facebook in the hope of a longer life. If the New York Times says it’s true, it must be, right? Bring on the marriage news from people you haven’t seen since you were 12, the cat GIFs, the irritating questions about “how you are,” the quizzes about which post-punk band you’d be most like if you were a biscuit, etc. etc.