As an editorial resident here at AIGA, I spend heaps of time on the internet scouring social media and websites for the choicest design news. You’re too busy with your life to do this each week, so I’ve brought all my findings here—consider it my weekly gift to you (you’re welcome). Follow along all day, every day on Instagram @AIGAeyeondesign, Facebook, and Twitter @AIGAeyeondesign.
To get the ball rolling this week, I thought we’d start with some light reading in the form of A Designer’s Code of Ethics, an article Mike Monteiro recently published on Medium. Highlights include a call to take responsibility for your work, to value impact in what you produce, to give a shit about the people you design for, and to think about what you’re doing before you do it. In fact it’s really just advice about how to be a good person in whatever job you do. Thanks Mike!
You most likely already know that the human race is currently living in a geological age known as the Anthropocene—an era in which the activity of our civilisation has been the dominant force in effecting changes to the earth and its climate. Everywhere you look you can see the influence of mankind on the landscape, however remote you may venture. One of the most noticeable impacts we’ve made is leaving our crap everywhere, in particular crap made of plastic that has the canny knack of finding its way into the oceans. In the 1990s a bunch of British surfers decided they weren’t too pleased about this, and have since dedicated their time to removing garbage from the world’s seas and trying to prevent more of it from ending up there in future. They call themselves Surfers Against Sewage.
Now you can support them too, if you’re so inclined, by simply indulging in your passion for art and design. Tide Studio is a brilliant new venture that “provides a platform for artists and photographers to sell limited-edition or exclusive prints to their collectors.” A mixture of established and emerging artists, the works sold through Tide all relate to the theme of the ocean and—this is the good bit—10% of all their sales are donated to water-related charities like Surfers Against Sewage, so you can feel good about your cultural spending spree.
Creativity is so often a mysterious process, with complex mythologies built up around how best to encourage those elusive juices to flow. Of course sometimes practitioners manage to just produce work on demand, over three days, in front of a camera and a production team from Adobe.
“When I was asked by Adobe to participate in a three day graphic design live stream on AdobeLive.com, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to give my recent collages, doodles and art projects a home by designing a zine in which they could all live,” says New York designer Elena Miska.
“Over the course of the three-day session, I designed a layout that highlighted the artwork, created a custom logo, and sprinkled in several typographic treatments whose phrases came from notes I’d jotted down over the past few months as things to do or remember.”
The result is Zenzine, a seriously tasty piece of print design that shows off Miska’s type and layout skills, and proves that sometimes, if you put your mind to it, you can produce great things at pace. Sometimes.
On the other hand, sometimes it’s great to take your time, as is always the case with biannual British magazine, Accent. After ten issues online the team behind the mag moved over to print, and since then have produced three stunning magazines that explore stories from lives lived outside of the ordinary. The third has only recently landed, and includes features on Kodo Nishimura, a Buddhist monk and make-up artist, the dominatrices of Toronto, a guide to tarot by mystic Shy Charles, and a giant interview with rapper Mykki Blanco. No wonder it takes six months to put an issue together!
Huge props are due to the winners of this year’s D&AD New Blood Awards, who picked up their pencils last week at a ceremony in London—137 were handed out in total from a long list of thousands. Out of those, only a single black pencil was awarded—the highest achievement in this particular awards scheme—for a stunning piece of animation for the National Autistic Society.
The short stop-motion animation examines the everyday reality of being a carer for someone with autism, with an honest, direct conversation between a young boy and his mother.
“We know there are many joys and sorrows to autism, much like the ups and downs of life,” say the animation’s creators Hannah McNally and Martha Halliday from Kingston University, London. “Therefore, we did not want to sugar-coat the daily thoughts and concerns of the carers. We feel the hard-hitting message we are giving must be expressed more; to showcase the help and understanding The National Autistic Society provides families and individuals when they face the transition into adulthood.”
I feel like Typophiles are having all the luck in 2017, with new faces coming thick and fast and a whole host of new publications arriving that are dedicated to the discipline. We’ve already had a look at the inaugural issue of Fontsmith’s TypeNotes—edited by my esteemed colleague Emily Gosling—and now we have this lovely specimen called Type Life rearing its head.
Produced by Swiss Typefaces, Type Life is a design, type, and lifestyle publication dedicated to lovers of letterforms. “Type Life is a celebration of style and a wellspring of inspiration. Instead of long texts, there are lots of images, including photography, illustration, lettering, and exclusive previews of upcoming typefaces, forming a highly visual experience,” say its creators.
“Each issue will be devoted to one chosen theme, and is made in collaboration with guest artists, illustrators, and designers. The printing process along with the use of metallic and neon colors is a key aspect. Apart from the format of a newspaper magazine, the identity of Type Life will change with every issue, depending on the topics and the guests.”
Do I need to tell you to order a copy?
And how’s about these posters for the Fol Cinema Society by Turkish designer Caner Yilmaz. Nice eh?
Until next time.