One of the perks of my new-ish position as 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.
This week I…
…can’t wait to hear what the right-leaning side of my husband’s family thinks of the new Milton Glaser-designed It’s Not Warming, It’s Dying buttons I got them.
…catch up on more Milton Glaser news, namely the fact that he penned a food column on cheap New York eats in the early days of New York Magazine.
…in a follow-up to the Fonts vs. Typefaces debate, Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and Ammunition Group’s Brett Wickens weigh in on Logos vs. Symbols and alleviate my fears that I’ve been using the terms incorrectly all these years. Turns out “logo” is your best bet 99% of the time. Whew.
…hear architect Alfred Mosher Butts, the creator of Scrabble, roll over in his grave when Merriam Webster announced the addition of 5,000 new words to the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, including aberrations like bromance, frenemy, chillax, and selfie. I have another suggestion: WTF.
…get the legalese behind Marina Abramović Institute’s controversial call for slave labor unpaid skilled volunteers/interns. While I’m sure it’d be an enriching life experience just to deliver Abramović’s mail, if the eager fanboys and girls applying for this job are expected to do the work of paid staff (as in, work that wouldn’t get done if a paid staffer wasn’t doing it), you can’t post a job description for an unpaid position that requires a particular skill level. See: last year’s Condé Nast internship-ending catastrophe (I worked there during that time and got the full-court debriefing). Bottom line: if it’s not a learning experience, it’s not an internship. It’s a job.
…think Penguin’s new book cover design for the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is probably more in line with recent (and terrible) film adaptations than with Roald Dahl’s original story. Also, am I really the only one who thought the little girl in this image was supposed to be Charlie in drag?
…celebrate the unsung hero behind Mickey Mouse (and holder of weirdest name ever): animator Ub Iwerks. Never during any of my annual trips to Disneyland (yes, I said annual) have I ever heard mention of him—and I go to all the geeky animation history exhibits. Not that I’m suggesting that Walt should’ve shared a credit in the park name (“Iwerksland” doesn’t quite have the same ring). And of course, this is also assuming “Drunk History” is thoroughly fact-checked. They fact check the episodes, right?
…recover from a dizzy spell after seeing images of the latest home to be completed in Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture series. I love your (other) work, Alain, but this fairytale-style abode has a major Hansel-and-Gretel vibe—not their cozy woodland shack, but the house where they almost get eaten by a witch.
…am two months late to discover “ The World’s First and Only Completely Honest Resume of a Graphic Designer,” that, while entertaining, fails to trump McSweeney’s better known typographic rant, “I’m Comic Sans, Asshole.” Still, it does conclude on a particularly relevant note. “Skills: all the computer programs known to man, except for Microsoft Word. That is where graphic design goes to lay down and die.” And from said graveyard, I type you farewell and bid you happy reading.
Still have more catching up to do? Check out last week’s (still completely relevant) Design Diary.