As editorial director at AIGA, I keep tabs on all the design news (so you don’t have to) and bring you only the best bits. Behold: my hit list of the most interesting things I’ve seen, read, and watched this week. Follow along all day every day on Instagram @AIGAdesign and Twitter @AIGAdesign.
This week I…
…can finally afford to outfit my entire home in Normann Copenhagen, now that the Danish furniture company is launching an unbelievable-looking line of stationery (so, bye-bye next month’s rent).
…search for the details illustrator Christoph Niemann hid in his augmented-reality cover for the latest New Yorker. Download the free app and hold your phone or tablet over the physical print magazine to get the full effect.
…readily admit that I don’t understand all the lingo in this critique of presidential candidates’ web fonts, but I love that this is how the political design conversation is being framed right now vs. an endless, pointless attack on candidates’ logos. Plus, who doesn’t love a good design nerd joke—yes, Bernie’s use of a “serif fallback for a sans-serif web font” is clearly his attempt to reach across the aisle.
…predict that TED’s new book on public speaking will be in everyone’s Amazon cart ASAP, because there really is more to the TED Talks magic than just walking back and forth and gesturing.
…add the second Toiletpaper monograph, the Platinum Collection, to my already epically-long wish list. I never tire of artist Maurizio Cattelan and photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari’s send up of glossy lifestyle magazines. And who can resist a good toad-in-bun cover model pose? Classic.
Can’t wait to fall head first into the most exciting, frenetic, head-exploding week of design in NYC, now known as NYCxDesign. Last year the graphic design pickings were slim, but this year I’ll be checking out:
- AIGA/NY’s exhibition about how Graphic Designers Make Cities, Too, which goes beyond flyers and posters to explore the role of graphic designers in urban planning.
- Pentagram’s Hamish Smyth and Jesse Reed (a.k.a. the guys that launched the mega-funded NASA manual, among other books) on how designers are using new technologies in navigation and pedestrian wayfinding.
- Bob Gill, headlining designjunction’s opening night program, just talking about how design has changed over the past 65 years, NBD.
- Sight Unseen OFFsite, because it’s never not amazing, and I need to make up for missing their good-lookin’ booth at Collective.
Happy design hunting this weekend, New York!