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…
…straight up ogle this brill book, Head Shots of Hand Models. I’ve sort of been obsessed with hand models ever since I edited a story a couple of years ago about a hand model who was married to a manicurist, which just seemed insane to me, like the quarterback marrying the head cheerleader—only cooler and weirder. Anyway, they’re all holding bananas, a fun visual gag M.G.T. Studio references in the cover design as well.
…preorder my copy of The Great Discontent #2. This issue’s all about the hustle, and features creative folks who’ll make you reconsider the idea of what “making it” really means.
…stock up on six other titles recommended by the owner of Ideas on Paper, one of the loveliest places in London to shop for things to read as well as things to write in (i.e., all manner of paper goods).
…get the deets on Kinfolk’s redesign. After 14 issues they decided to add a front-of-book and all kinds of other sections, each with their own distinct look. They also replaced every single font except one—Garamond. It’s Nice That got the nitty-gritty from designer Charlotte Heal.
…get to know Bauhaus, Baskerville, Bodoni, and Caslon on a deeper level after listening to graphic designer Sarah Hyndman’s TEDTalk about how fonts, which she thinks of as “multisensory imagination grenades,” are what “turn words into stories.”
…catch up on decades of Mars missions in all of two minutes, thanks to National Geographic’s new data visualizer that combines every mission to the Red Planet in a surprisingly easy-to-read map. Oh, what good infographics can do.
…wonder if it’s maybe kind of a game changer that Design Indaba is going paperless with a new app that’ll replace all printed matter. That’s right, no more bundles of maps and brochures to stuff in your free tote and toss at the end of the week. But what to do when your phone inevitably dies?
…choose my own adventure on Twitter, and die every time. Please tell me who’s beating this thing?
…binge on Giphy, the best place to find amazing GIFs, which is also incredibly easy to use now that Brooklyn design studio Dark Igloo has finished the redesign. Check out Giphy TV if your idea of zoning out involves endless loop of kittens and Beyoncé , or create your own custom channel. Mine is basically just Bill Murray, hence the GIF above, which also illustrates how I feel about the weekend being right here, right now.