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…

…cringe as Facebook makes another step forward on its journey towards total web publishing domination by hiring the three partners behind Teehan+Lax, who in turn shuttered their company, leaving all 40 of their employees jobless. Classy move.

…instantly feel better after watching the mesmerizing in-camera effects in Vallée Duhamel’s latest video.


…might actually hold off on that iPhone upgrade in favor of Project Ara, Google’s new modular smartphone. When it’s available one day in the distant future, you’ll be able to customize it with things you actually need/want from your phone, like a way better camera, improved sound quality, and even night vision (for those of us who dream of being able to see like a cat).

…discover the work of ‘60s Australian sculptor Peter D. Cole, thanks to Sight Unseen, which was also attracted by his “very basic color palette of fire-engine reds, cool sky blues, and bright sun yellows, reminiscent of Mondrian.

…eat up this lost interview with Henri Matisse, which includes some juicy one-liners, including this comment about the wider acceptance of his art amongst the public: “One is never understood, one is admitted.”

…download Monument Valley, an extremely popular game I had no idea existed (clearly not a gamer) after being wowed by the Alphabet Valley typeface Barcelona designer Claudia Mussett created based on the game’s “Escher-esque” landscapes.

…go back to school at Alain de Botton’s School of Life. Or at least I start watching the pop-psych videos on the schools YouTube channel and get the philosophy education I always wanted but never had in art school. Some videos reveal devastatingly depressing information, like the fact that one of the most popular Google searches is What should I do with my life?, while some, like this one about the wisdom of cows, are a bit more uplifting. I’ll be streaming those this weekend and saving the sad social stats for another time.