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…

…get a sneak peek of Inherent Vice, which is every bit as good as I was hoping it would be. It’s not only an astonishingly adept adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel (nod to Tal Goretzky and Darren Haggar on the book cover and poster design), but it manages to pull us into Doc Sportello’s hippie haze in a way (dare I say it) even The Big Lebowski just doesn’t. If you enter the theatre sober, you’ll leave feeing positively stoned. And if you’re from California, you’ll miss it a whole helluva lot.

…hang out with my fave conceptual artist and champion of typography in the art world, Lawrence Weiner. Okay, I really just tag along as Vulture visits the silver fox in his NYC digs, where he has this phrase running along the back of his desk: “WHAT IS SET UPON THE TABLE SITS UPON THE TABLE.” So. Perfect.

…head from there over to the North London home of Wolff Olins’ co-founder Michael Wolff, where he has a gibbon hanging permanently outside his window and a framed picture of a weeping Mickey Mouse on his favorite magazine cover of all time.

…page through Manuals 2, Unit Editions follow up to their (inexplicably) popular Manuals 1, and find out why designers fawn over dusty old guidelines to corporate identities. “We’ve been really astonished. We thought it would be geeky 40-something designers who were buying it, but younger designers just out of college love it too,” he says. “Maybe there’s something people see in them, like a vanished world.”

…learn a host of new words and phrases that designers have apparently been bandying about for years. These don’t strike you as familiar? Guess that makes you and me a bunch of numpties.

…take Steven Heller’s Skillshare class on writing for designers. If you think designing is hard, Heller says that’s just the beginning. Can you also write about it in such a way that a reader who’s never seen the design in question can still picture it? It’s part of what he calls “designing through words.”

…pray for rain after discovering that cloudy days help us think more clearly. Apparently “sunshine dulls the mind to risk and thoughtfulness” and “expands our capacity for creativity.”


…would totally wear the 4D-printed dress that MoMA just acquired (probably with a slip on underneath, though).

…am not exactly sure why a magazine needs a holiday pop-up to sell subscriptions, but if anyone’s gonna pull it off in style it’s The Paris Review. See you there this weekend.