Design Diary: A Biz Book for Creatives, Scotland’s Graphic Design Scene, Can Better Posters Calm the Ebola Crisis 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 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…

…get a business lesson from “makers, not managers” (i.e., in language that makes sense to me) in 99u’s new book, Make Your Mark: The Creative’s Guide to Building a Business with Impact. Armed with this, plus Monocle’s recent Guide to Good Business, I can’t blame a lack of intel for not taking that ol’ startup idea off the backburner.

…suffer from a major bout of house envy after watching the latest episode of NOWNESS’ “In Residence” with Southern California architect Ray Kappe.

…get TMl on the typeface for the  Financial Times’  redesign in this Creative Review deep dive. Suffice it to say that it’s new and improved and by Kris Sowersby, who previously made his mark at Z Zegna, The Sunday Times Magazine and Grafik Magazine, among others.

…add Graphic Design Festival Scotland to my to-do list for 2015. Why don’t we have something like this during New York Design Week...?

…listen to Jessica Helfand and Michael Bierut think up ideas for how design can remedy the spiraling Ebola freak out on their excellent new weekly podcast, The Observatory. Plus, a hat tip to B.J. Novak’s new pitctureless children’s book that makes a whole crowd of kids laugh hysterically with typography (and good comic timing) alone.

learn how to spot a liar (those “tell-tale signs” don’t always hold true), and learn how to know when I’m being lied to—which apparently happens to us all between 10 and 200 times each day—thanks to a TED talk by Liespotting author Pamela Meyer.

…host a very small celebration for AIGA’s first major Instagram milestone—we hit 5,000 followers this week. Said celebration was basically me at my desk whispering “Yay…” as I hit refresh. Baby steps, baby steps…

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