Also in this week’s Design Diary, our roundup of projects, events, and general design world news, we bring you a new website for a graphic designer-led jewelry brand, open applications for AIGA’s diversity and inclusion scholarship, a design archive for the people, and more. For more along these lines (and so many others) you can follow along all day, every day on Instagram @AIGAeyeondesign, Facebook, and Twitter @AIGAeyeondesign.
Creative Differences: A handbook for embracing neurodiversity in the creative industry
To explore the experiences of neurodiverse people in the creative sector—and to advise companies on how to support and retain that talent—Universal Music has put put out a handbook called Creative Differences. The company worked with Megan Rhiannon, who created the illustrations for the guidebook which can be read in full online. The content of the book is based on the findings of a survey on the experiences of people with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and Tourette Syndrome in creative jobs. It found that only 17% of organizations surveyed knew how many ND individuals they employ, and 75% didn’t have (or were unsure if they had) policies and procedures in place for neurodiversity. The beautifully accessible and well researched booklet provides an analysis of these results as well as practical steps for improving the education around this issue and the environment provided by employers.
AIGA Diversity and Inclusion Conference Scholarship
AIGA is offering a scholarship and travel stipend to attend 2020 AIGA Design Conference in Pittsburgh, available to “designers who belong to underrepresented groups within the design profession and AIGA community.” It’s open to designers over the age of 22 who aren’t enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs, and location and economic need are also factored into the decision. Awardees will receive $1,000 for travel and accommodation, as well as a free ticket to the conference. The 2020 lineup includes Airbnb’s Tim Allen, artist Sougwen Chung, Pentagram’s Georgia Lupi, R/GA’s Richard Ting, and more. Apply for the AIGA D& I scholarship here.
Miglė Editions website, designed by Eloise Harris
Miglė Editions, the brand from graphic-designer-turned-jewelry-maker Miglė Kazlauskaitė (who we profiled in issue #05 of our print magazine) has just unveiled a new online shop, designed by Eloise Harris. Kazlauskaitė, who worked for Studio Manuel Raeder designing books for four years before launching her jewelry brand, has always made visual design and art direction a core part of her company. As with her jewelry, the new website is appealing in its simplicity—there’s a 3D revolving logo, along with the Dinamo typeface Asfalt overlaying product photography, perfect for a brand that continually collaborates with other artists and photographers for its striking campaigns. We’re partial to the collaborations with Marina Hoppmann and Justinas Vilutis.
The Design of Business | Business of Design podcast ft. Janelle Monae
A big get for the Design Observer podcast “The Design of Business | Business of Design”: hosts Jessica Helfand and Ellen McGirt talk to musician Janelle Monae. The occasion? Monae’s A Beautiful Future series of short films by women that she’s commissioned for Belvedere vodka. But Monae also talked about maintaining independence from the interests of large record companies over the course of her career, and offers insight that will resonate with many creatives, whatever the medium. “I thought it was important to surround myself with artists that I respect, that I love, that challenged my ideas, that I could grow with, that they could grow with me. I want to create an arts collective and let’s change the world like that. You know, the mainstream hasn’t caught up to the things that we love.”
Seeking photos of YOU (or others) in a design studio from 20 years ago or more! I’m working on a new project with @LouiseSandhaus—The People’s Graphic Design Archive—an online, crowdsourced archive, and we’d love to have images of designers working. Can you share with us? DM me! pic.twitter.com/XjDjQJsEcb
— Briar Levit (@BriarMade) January 21, 2020
The People’s Graphic Design Archive call for submissions
And to sign off, we’ve got an open call from Louise Sandhaus and Briar Levit (of Graphic Means fame) for a new initiative they’ve started called The People’s Graphic Design Archive. According to a tweet from Levit, it will be “an online, crowdsourced archive, and we’d love to have images of designers working,” which is why they are asking for photos from designers of them working. It must be a photo of you working in a design studio from at least 20 years ago. We’re anxiously waiting to see what comes out of this!