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 on Instagram @AIGAdesign and on Twitter @AIGAdesign.

 This week I…

…dig into this Thanksgiving leftovers flowchart. Pie fries?! How long has this been a thing?


…pay $25 to find out what really goes on at graphic design offices, which I will if a bunch of other people also pitch in to Kickstart the book Design for People by Scott Stowell of NYC studio Open ($25 gets you the book plus some other goodies).

…get an eyeful of graphic collages at “The Fractured and the Feline” (above), a new exhibition from artists Quentin Jones and his longtime collaborator, set designer Robert Storey.


…read more (unsurprisingly) fresh and honest words from Ms. Tavi Gevinson (and just when I thought I’d probably heard everything interesting she’d have to say for a while now) like this line from her 2014 to-do list: “NO MATTER WHAT, EASE UP ON WORKLOAD; READ BOOKS; GROW YOUR BRAIN; BUILD FOUNDATION SO YOU DON’T BECOME A HACK WHO TAKES UP SPACE.”

…still think scheduling emails to be sent to loved ones after you die is pretty weird, no matter how many startups are trying to corner this (apparently growing) market. Also, “Deathswitch?” You sure you guys don’t want to focus-group that?


…cross a major title off my to-read list, now that Gravity’s Rainbow is officially an audiobook. That counts as reading, right?

…take a break from Bonnie Siegler’s regular advice column at Design Observer with her open call for readers to tell her the worst things about their terrible bosses. Her nine-point list of things they might do better applies to pretty much everyone else with a job, too.

…make a list a check it twice against Cool Hunting’s always amazing holiday gift guide.

…and add “Legos for nephews” to said list, after reading this incredible letter the company sent to parents back in the ‘70s. “…A lot of boys like dolls houses. They’re more human than spaceships. A lot of girls prefer spaceships. They’re more exciting than dolls houses. The most important thing is to the put the right material in the their hands and let them create whatever appeals to them.”

…discover why the meticulously iced sugar cookies at my local bakery cost so damn much. Who has this kind of patience? (via Core77)