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The internet went on strike for a day, yet still managed to bring us a ton of great stories to link to. Here’s a look back at this week in design:
This week Jessica Walsh of Sagmeister Inc. curated Design Envy, sharing smart and fun picks from giant glass sausage typography to magazine covers that readers can sculpt. Be sure to check out all her selections and don’t forget to cast your vote—the most popular designs will become part of a special collection in the AIGA Design Archives!
After a collective day of protest
against the antipiracy bills SOPA and PIPA, lawmakers have postponed
voting in order to reevaluate the language and its impact on internet
and media companies. Websites showed their dissent in a range of ways,
from total blackouts (Wikipedia) to temporary splash pages (see coverage on Mashable, Creativity Online, Jess3). Gigaom asks: Is this the new face of American activism? Before the next round, read Helen Walter’s critique, with commentary from six designers on what these online protests say about tech’s appreciation for design.
becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the fact that design has a
massive role to play in the evolution of the web and the next generation
of web products,” writes Cameron Koczon in one of the week’s most
compelling articles. Calling this “An Important Time for Design,” he considers the opportunities and challenges for designers and how they can seize the day. A must read.
The art of the log-in form (yes, there is one) by Luke W. (h/t @kuanluo)
The Sundance Film Festival kicked off yesterday, sporting a new identity created by Paula Scher of Pentagram. The design centers around the theme “Look again,” described by Sundance
as essentially “an invitation to remain surprise-able.” Of her and her
team’s fragmented—in a good way—interpretation, Scher says: “The
identity provided a wonderful opportunity to combine the graphic
representation of the movement of film done in the form of spliced and
repeated typography against the calm majesty of photos of open skies and
heroic mountains.” (Bonus: Nine short films from the festival are now
available online, for your watching and voting pleasure.)
30 miles to the west, in Salt Lake City, another group of creatives
convened for the third annual Altitude Design Summit, a gathering for
design and lifestyle bloggers to share ideas and connect with marketers.
Commenting on the event’s popularity, Estelle Hayes wrote in the Huffington Post: “The Alt Summit has captured the zeitgeist of these
shape-shifting times. The Internet is an ideal, easy to access platform
for emerging artists and craftspeople—a tough job market has turned more
of us into bootstrap entrepreneurs. In a global economy gone mad, Alt
speaks squarely to the new aesthetic of 'small economics.'’ Follow the
hashtag #altsummit for updates.
new logo for DC Comics has some super powers of its own. As science
fiction publication io9 describes, “The official
design can be delightfully tailored to each and every individual
character. For example, there could theoretically be a Spider Jerusalem
logo barking blue language at would-be consumers.” OK, so we had to Google "Spider Jerusalem," but we’re still intrigued by
the concept. Not everyone is pleased with the new look, but learn more about the design by Landor on ComicsAlliance.
the apple became ubiquitous with Steve Jobs and computers, it was a symbol for teachers. But who brings an apple for the teacher
anymore? As part of its occasional “Redesigns” series, public radio program “Studio 360” (hosted by Kurt Andersen) took on this outdated image by hiring design
firm Hyperakt to consider: How would you re-brand teachers? See their results.
AMC’s Mad Men Season 5 campaign kicked off this week with a chilling teaser ad: against a stark, white background, an illustrated figure plummets
headfirst, with just the date “March 25” far down at the bottom. Fans know this falling man represents the charismatic but self-destructive
character Don Draper. But designer (and Instagrammer) Michael Surtees
snapped a pic and asked, is this an appropriate image—particularly on the streets of New York? What do you think? Check out the posters (official and unofficial) here.
Anything noteworthy that we missed? Tell us in the comments.
Compiled by Sue Apfelbaum and Rasika Welankiwar
New this week: Paul Sahre’s 18-foot paper hearse for They Might Be Giants, Smashing Magazine’s responsive website redesign, an artful spoof, Chuck Anderson’s Design Envy picks and more.
Top stories this week: DONDA, learning to code in a year, design challenges for 2012, push-button social media, the best U.S. map, Design Envy picks from Elle Kim and more.
Every year all across the country, AIGA chapters work hard to present invaluable, thought-provoking, one-of-a-kind events where connections are formed, knowledge is learned and inspiration is gained. Here are 21 (plus 4!) that made 2011 eventful.
Section: Inspiration -
Event, networking, professional development, chapters
The art department at the Criterion Collection offers a behind-the-scenes look at producing the cover design for an upcoming release of this classic Hitchcock film. A slideshow of accepted—and rejected—sketches and design iterations documents their creative process, from concept to execution.
Section: Inspiration -
editorial design, in-house design, packaging, typography, in-house issues, INitiative, drawings, packaging, craft
Charles T. Coiner, an acclaimed painter and art director for advertising agency A.W. Ayer & Son, introduced modern art to American advertising and showed that innovative graphic design could effectively address the needs of the U.S. government. In 2004, he was awarded an AIGA Medal.
Section: Inspiration -
advertising, AIGA Medal, social responsibility
Measure Me Stick
Studio 1 a.m.
Grey Group Signage and Environmental Graphics
AIGA Mentor Program visits a favorite: IDEO
December 06, 2013
Member Mix | Gene Morgan
Gallagher & Associates
An ethnography primer
John Lennon: The New York City Years
Ralph Appelbaum Associates Inc
End the Lies