One of the perks of being the managing editor at AIGA is spending my mornings reading design stories and calling it “work.” But not everyone gets to (or wants to) peruse RSS feeds like it’s their job. Consider this a hit list (as well as a few things you may have missed) of the most interesting things I’ve and seen, read, and watched this week. You can follow along every other day on Instagram @AIGAdesign and on Twitter @AIGAdesign.

This week I…

…nerd out with fashion designer Sindiso Khumalo on her crazy awesome graphic textile patterns. My closet is 90% black clothing, but I like to keep that other 10% insanely bright, and methinks her collection will do quite nicely.



…was excited for 2015 until Pantone unveiled its color of the year:  Marsala. Really? Not that I loved Radiant Orchid or anything. Imprint spoke with Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, who explained: “It’s a celebration of something enriching not only to your body, but to the mind and soul even.” Whoa, did I just see the eye at the top of this page actually roll?


…don’t think it’s possible to have an unbiased opinion about Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman’s 40 Days of Dating at this point, but I’m willing to get my hands on the new book and give it a shot anyway.

…remind myself just how far digital design has come in this interview with Nik Roope, who founded digital agency Poke in 2001, the Wild West days of the world wide web, when “the web was a curious, frightening thing that people nudged with sticks and whispered about.”

…get so hooked on Serial, the podcast that reports on a crime in real time 15 years later (don’t make me explain, just listen to it) that I even start listening to the actually pretty funny Serial spoofs.


…stumble upon this fittingly bold and spirited Jean Luc Godard-inspired typeface four years after the rest of the world. Good design never goes of style though, right?

…wonder if this is the year the New York Public Librarys Fifth Avenue flagship will finally solve the wreath problems that have plagued their lions for years—first they rusted, then they were too big. At least putting a designer on the job (interior designer and library trustee Carey Maloney) is a step in the right direction.


…definitely plan to bake these typographic cookies for the holidays, or do that other thing when I have a good idea, which is save it on Pinterest “for later.”

…spare you from the holiday gift guide malaise that has no doubt clogged your inbox and your brain by not obligatorily rolling one out for this blog. Happy Holidays.