Design Diary: Criterion Collection’s New Book, Ben Schott on Design Matters, the Best Ad Ever and More

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 its 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…

…anticipate how good Criterion Designs, the very first book of The Criterion Collection’s consistently excellent film art and DVD packaging design is going to be when I get my hands on it November 25.

…discover and immediately become obsessed with Matthias Heiderich, a self-taught German photographer who seamlessly turns buildings into bright, graphic patterns and landscapes into moody, cinematic settings. Check out his Spektrum and Reflexionen series, and follow him on Instagram @massju for daily thrills.

…urge every designer I know to read photographer Francesco Ferrari’s advice on how to shoot your work so it doesn’t look like crap.

…wish I could sign up for Blloon (the new eBook service that's like Spotify for reading), based solely on the fact that Edenspiekermann created the super user-friendly identity design for it. Unfortunately, it’s not available in the U.S. yet :(

…love Gratuitous Type and the pitch-perfect taste of its creator, graphic designer Elana Schlenker, but disagree with her offhand remark (in this video interview from magCulture’s Modern Magazine conference) that web editorial is “the dark side” of publishing. I know I’m biased, but there’s definitely room at the party for both print and web.

…fall head over heels for Ben Schott’s “totally useless and nearly indispensable” Miscellany  book series, which was obviously written just for me, but which has somehow escaped my notice until Debbie Millman turned me onto it in this week’s Design Matters.

…get the lowdown on how to navigate the annual IFPDA Print Fair (which is like visiting 90 galleries under one roof), thanks to Artsy’s handy survival guide.

…learn 10 weird new things about New York City, like the group who’ll retrieve stuff you drop in subway tracks, and how one poorly placed fire hydrant nets $33K in parking violations each year.

…watch the most amazing ad ever—and it’s just a guy talking. But this ‘70s Pan Am ad by famed agency Ally & Gargano is still more powerful than anything I’ve seen in recent memory, and totally succeeds in making me feel guilty for not leaving for Europe right this second.

Still have more catching up to do? Check out last week’s (still completely relevant) Design Diary.