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. You’re too busy with your life to do this each week, so I’ve brought all my findings here—consider it my weekly gift to you (you’re welcome). Follow along all day, every day on Instagram @AIGAeyeondesign, Facebook and Twitter @AIGAeyeondesign.
I don’t know about all of you, but I’m sick to the back teeth of reading online editorials promising the seven super secrets of seriously successful stars/startups. What’s that, you get up at 4am each morning to have a green juice colonic and go stand up paddle-boarding with your athletic husband/wife/personal trainer before guided meditation? Maybe so, but I bet you weren’t doing that before you became a millionaire.
For the rest of us, it’s important to keep it real, so I’m thrilled to discover that being bored to tears will actually stimulate creativity. It’s the conclusion of not one, but two recent studies, says Clive Thompson in Wired, in which “Bored subjects came up with more ideas than a non-bored control group, and their ideas were often more creative.” So bring more boredom into your days, folks. Stare out the window for a couple hours—you’re not daydreaming, you’re ideating!
If you’re yet to familiarise yourself with the work of Good Day Club, let’s rectify that at once. The Brighton-based label is run by illustrator Marcello Velho, who works with a range of international artists to produce brilliant series of garments—think Jesse Fillingham, Adam Higton, Kaye Blegvad, and Clay Hickson. He’s just released new collaborations with Eleni Kalorkoti and Tallulah Fontaine, but keep an eye on this guy, there’s lots to come in 2017.
From something to look forward to, to something we’ve missed; namely a design show in Paris that puts record sleeves front and centre. Entercourse of the New Age was a project by David Chastel that invited designers and illustrators to create covers for records that never had their own art. In the 1980’s and early ‘90s only a minority of releases were blessed with cover designs—especially overlooked was the Chicago House scene. To this end Chastel invited some of his favourite artists and die-hard house fans to make original artwork to cover some of these rare releases.
“The idea was not to create covers as they could have been back in the day,” says Chastel. “Contrary to a large number of film posters from the fan-art scene, we were not planning to play on any kind of nostalgia–we would like to let contemporary artists appropriate and interpret these musics as of today, using their own style and techniques.”
Until yesterday the fruits of this project were on display in a group show in Paris. That’s over now (bummer) but you can still pick up the prints online.
You know that director Mike Mills is also a graphic designer, right? Of course you do. Did you also know he was a radio DJ? Didn’t think so. But Mike isn’t just any old DJ, he’s a college radio-style DJ from 1979, playing tune after tune from that sacred era of music from his pirate (private) station 1979.fm. Turn on, tune in, try not to drop out.
Designed a hardback book version of the Fractured Lands issue of NYTMag that I worked on. Includes 15 new double-page Paolo Pellegrin photos pic.twitter.com/R5s4zzLnax
— Matt Willey (@MrMattWilley) January 29, 2017
In August 2016 The New York Times Magazine produced a special edition that explored the origins and effects of the Arab Spring, telling the stories of individuals from Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Libya. Fractured Lands was a rare production for the magazine, ditching all its regular formatting and replacing it with a single essay by reporter Scott Anderson, interspersed with striking photography by Magnum photographer Paolo Pellegrin. Editorially brilliant, Matt Willey’s design was also something to behold. Now the team has turned it into a limited edition hardback book that’s been sent out to all long-term Times subscribers. For me, that’s reason enough to sign up.
A flatpack refugee shelter has been named the Beazley Design of the Year, beating Barnbrook’s Blackstar Bowie cover, and a pressurised space cup to the top spot. The Better Shelter is a small flat-pack construction, with a lockable door and solar panels built into the walls. Championed by the UNHCR and Ikea foundation, it’s packaged together with all its tools and can be assembled in four hours. There are currently 300,000 in use worldwide.
You’ll already know that Pantone’s color of the year for 2017 is called Greenery (or the slightly less catchy 15-0343 TCX if you prefer) but what you might not know is that Greenery has an experiential incarnation too. Pantone has teamed up with Airbnb to create a luxury eco experience in London’s swanky Clerkenwell, converting an old warehouse into an environmentally friendly hotel. With color-matched green juices available to guests on arrival, the rest of the hotel experience is focused on nature and wellbeing. And as a cheeky bonus for us, all proceeds from the hotel will be donated to AIGA. Go on, get booking!
Oh and here’s some new work from illustrator Kyle Platts, who’s got a show coming up soon in Melbourne, if you’re in the area.