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…
…prepare for @Pantone Instagram madness now that the colorful Pantone cafe is back for a second summer in Milan.
…fall ever more deeply in love with Experimental Jetset after reading a recent interview that covers why they model their studio after a rock band vs. a typical design office (and the hierarchies that come with it). “A rock band is a very tight socio-economic unit: just two, three, or four people, sharing one collective artistic language… We don’t mean this whole notion of the ‘graphic designer as a rock star,’ that’s an idea that we find completely repulsive.” Amen, brothers.
…go on a book cover design binge with the student design award winners just announced by Penguin Random House, right on the heels of 50 Books | 50 Covers.
…up the selfie count on my phone to one, now that the latest Unicode release includes a selfie emoji. Plus better things, like an egg, bacon, and pancakes, all part of a complete emoji breakfast. And if you can’t be bothered to sort through them all to find the one that perfectly expresses your emotional state, there’s now an app for that.
…take a brief look back at the evolution of famous logos, ending with Netflix, the latest company to debut a new phone-friendly icon. And say what you want about the Uber and Airbnb logos, they’re both vast improvements from where both companies started. That suitcase!
…die over the “spoiler alerts” in the insanely detailed typographic break down of all the fonts used in Blade Runner from the amazing blog, Typeset in the Future:
“If you don’t want to know when Blade Runner’s sole appearance of Eurostile Bold Extended occurs, look away now.”
…do my best to sift through all the Brexit predictions/fear mongering, but the claim that London design could potentially “become less exciting” and lose not only money but its reputation because of a decline in diversity seems as worrisome as it is plausible. Eep.
…will miss seeing New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham in action, in his element on the streets of the city. Spotting him in his signature blue jacket was almost as fun as being spotted—although admittedly the day we rode an elevator together and he complimented my skirt just about made my entire year. From his essay, “Bill Cunningham on Bill Cunningham:”
“I go out every day. When I get depressed at the office, I go out, and as soon as I’m on the street and see people, I feel better. But I never go out with a preconceived idea. I let the street speak to me.”