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…
…applaud the two—just two—winners of the D&AD Black Pencil this year: an algorithmic mapping system by what3words, and this incredibly beautiful installation made entirely out of Washi tape by Iyama Design (above).
…dive headfirst into this winding adventure about how a New York Times software developer accidentally discovered the origins of ASCII art in a series of late 1800s ads placed by an outfit called the Brooklyn Furniture Company, all of which use small letterforms to create larger letters as well as portraits. It’s a weird and wonderful story, definitely worth the long read.
…uncover Saul Bass’ previously unpublished work—the stuff he did right before his signature movie posters and film titles became famous—and discover his righthand man, unsung illustrator Al Kallis.
…toast to the centennial celebration of Johnston Sans, a.k.a. the Helvetica of the UK, which has been used in London’s city signage for the past 100 years. For Clerkenwell Design Week (on this weekend), Transport for London worked with 11 UK graphic and design agencies to reinterpret the famous old font in beautiful new ways.
…sate my FOMO on this weekend’s Semi Permanent conference in Sydney with teasers like this on how designers will shape virtual reality, why some businesses shouldn’t be design-led, and why tech without design is just a bunch of code.
…didn’t refer to the science of sound symbolism when creating the name of this blog, but there’s apparently strong research behind why the vowel sounds in Eye on Design feel more immediate and exciting than softer sounds like “ooh” and “oh,” something branding experts are probably only too familiar with. I am no such expert, but it looks like maybe those college linguistics classes finally paid off.
…feel like the design of nutrition labels has been about to change for forever now, but apparently they’re really almost actually going to (and the companies that make sugary products are very unhappy about it).
…discover the best use for selfie sticks ever: