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…
…don’t think I’m going to make it through presidential campaign logo season alive. We avoided taking part in the Twitter competition for the cleverest response to the game of “what’s the worst thing I can compare this design to,” by turning to Milton Glaser, a.k.a. the Voice of Reason.
…snap out of said Twitter delirium to discover, happily, that there are still some designers left who are hopeful enough to write Manifestos with a capital M. The latest is from Dutch industrial designer (and personal girl crush) Hella Jongerius and critic Louise Schouwenberg, who made their “Beyond the New” proclamation at Design Indaba earlier this year, which is now available online. In it, they advocate for quality over profitability, “deplore the obsession with the new for the sake of the new, and regretfully see how the discipline lacks an intimate interweaving of the values that once inspired designers, as well as the producers of their ideas.” It’s idealistic, to be sure, but I’ll take idealism over jaded social media hate-rants any day.
…think I can hear Ettore Sottsass fans shrieking with glee all the way over in Milan, where Kartell is releasing a collection of the late designer’s unproduced vases, stools, and lamps during Salone (Milan’s Design Week).
…try my own hand at making some of the ugliest digital design ever with Very Man, a ridiculous (and ridiculously addictive) new website that lets you make a little man, dress him up in insane outfits (often inspired by designers and famous design groups), give him crazy dance moves, and send him out into a bizarro universe in the sky, in space, or “Memphis.”
…try to tell what’s real and what the mirror is tricking me into seeing in the latest project by Barcelona art director Ramon Carreté, whose clever combination of magnets, mirrors, and 3D letters is one of the freshest typography experiments I’ve seen lately.
…call up the one redhead I know to tell him there’s now a magazine made just for him and his fiery-headed friends. MC1R just released its second issue, proving that a title targeted to a mere 2-percent of the world’s population is apparently enough to support a publication, and that, like we’ve been saying, niche publishing is here to stay.
…didn’t buy any fine art or collectable design this year, but I’m bookmarking these 11 tax secrets away for when I do.
…break out my vacuum cleaner (and chic cleaning outfit, above) as we clear out of our 5th Avenue offices and head over to our new digs downtown. Goodbye, Madison Square Park, Eataly, and bumping into tourists craning their necks up at the Flatiron Building. I’m sure we’ll find plenty of new things to love, eat, avoid walking into in the Financial District come Monday.