Paula Scher’s identity refresh for Public Theater

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, too, on Instagram @AIGAdesign and on Twitter @AIGAdesign.

This week I…

…come down hard upon my return to New York City after spending a blissful week on a secluded Southern California beach with my family. The perfect antidote? Tim Sessler’s mesmerizing slow-motion love letter to the city, “Streets–New York City,” which I’m also bookmarking so I can watch it later this year when I’m in full midwinter NYC break-up mode.

…shave another minute off my shower time after seeing these incredible (and incredibly scary) images by photographer Justin Sullivan of California’s insane drought problems.

…click conscientiously after watching political pundit Sally Kohn’s TEDTalk about the social repercussions of submitting to cheap clickbait, which feel particularly timely now that the naked celebrity selfie hackathon is underway. “If what gets the most clicks wins,” she argues, “then we have to start shaping the world we want with our clicks. Clicking is a public act.” (All links herein can be clicked guilt-free, by the way.)

…buy tickets for the Public Theater’s 2014/15 season, which looks extra good thanks to the identity refresh by Paula Scher and in-house senior graphic designer, Kristin Huber.

…wonder whether another font ever elicited the ire that Comic Sans does whenever it appears anywhere other than a children’s birthday card or church bulletin. Not only did the Sydney Morning Herald enrage readers by using it on a recent cover, but the editor-in-chief loves it so much it’s his default email font. I guess when you’re an unabashed Comic Sans lover, you go big or go home.

…relish some of the bizarre feedback designers have received from clients, including requests to make the black blacker, make a logo ignite in flames, and Photoshop a “HUGE” dog penis.

…discover The Newberry Library, “one of the most interesting print and type blogs around.”

…confirm that Design Sponge’s Grace Bonney has the best app suggestions ever. I particularly like number 8, 9 and 10 on this list.

Still have more catching up to do? Check out last week’s (still completely relevant) Design Diary.