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…
… admire some new work from designer Sarah Boris. One image is based on slogans attributed to the French resistance; “To Create is to Resist,” and “To Resist is to Create.” She explains: “It’s to remind myself and other creative fellows that in these mad times, more than ever creativity should drive us; even more so when it’s creativity for the common good. It’s to give each other hope and strength.” Boris sent a poster of the design to Erik Brandt, founder of Ficciones Typografika, who pasted it on the board of his garage in Minneapolis.
Then there’s her smiley, bright little gifs that simply aim to “make people happy and smile.” The designer took characters from the Japanese alphabet and enhanced their resemblance to a smiling mouth and eyes. “It’s fascinating how an alphabet I can’t read still makes me have such positive emotions and reactions. I hope they make other people smile too,” says Boris.
… get some assistance in navigating the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year exhibition thanks to Studio Hato’s cute graphics. The agency was invited to create the icons and navigation by Design Museum curator Gemma Curtin, and Hato also designed the entire graphic identity, catalogue, exhibition design, signage and wayfinding as well as, for the first year ever, a globally-reaching interactive digital platform. Based on the language of emojis, the system plays on the awards’ voting system, and animates people’s votes in real-time on the exhibition website.
… learn more about New York City’s history of resistance in one handy map. Designed by Molly Roy and originally published in Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro’s new book, Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, the piece shows where riots like the 1995 squatter protest happened on 13th Street in the East Village, and exhumes a past of rioting, protest, and activism.
… celebrate Design Week magazine’s 30th birthday! Turns out the tail end of 1986 was a pretty great time to be born (trust me on that one), and it’s a treat to see the evolution of the mag’s art direction style, masthead, and adaptions to the challenges of publishing we’ve seen over the past three decades. The site has a bunch of lovely content looking at the genesis of DW with insights from the first editor Jeremy Myerson and designers including Paul Priestman.
… envy the creative vision of architects Herzog & de Meuron and the grace of pro dancers while perusing a series of newly commissioned photographs of the Stirling Prize-winning Laban Dance Centre in southeast London. Shot by Jim Stephenson, the image series showcases the building in use today, highlighting the stunning use of materials like a translucent polycarbonate and glass facade which creates a sense of a color spectrum, seeming modern and exotic, yet also highly functional.
… return from a truly life-changing experience in Berlin as part of immersive theatre production Your Home Is Where You’re Happy (yes, the name is based on a Charles Manson song.) Set in a former slaughterhouse, the space is a commune of sorts where “broken” women follow the orders and lusts of a charismatic chap called Papa. It was a powerful, disturbing, wonderful, seductive exploration of power, vulnerability, and family. Read an interview with the director Jos Porath here.
… marvel at the possibilities of paper, with the opening of paper company G . F Smith’s first ever physical retail site, Show Space. As well as a lovely installation by Made Thought, the space will also host “G . F Smith Paper Consultants” to offer guidance about printing or bespoke papers. Show Space takes up two floors of the building, with the downstairs White Space gallery housing a series of changing exhibitions showing work by designers alongside explorations into “the art and science of papermaking.” Made Thought’s creative director Ben Parker says, “Paper does not compete with digital; paper offers something digital cannot. Paper can be used to create standout, difference and a more innate and deeper connection through touch and feel. So paper, print and creativity is a new branding frontier in the 21st century – it feels really exciting as people understand paper’s value again.”