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This week Joan Raspo, the director of on-air creative and branding at VH1/MTVN, curated Design Envy with her finger on the pulse of how mediums and talent overlap for stunning results. See all of her selections here, and don’t forget to cast your vote—the most popular designs will become part of a special collection in the AIGA Design Archives!
As predicted last week, Facebook announced its $5 billion public offering on Wednesday, which is expected to value the whole company at $75 billion to $100 billion. If you have trouble taking the long-term view, perhaps David Choe’s story will change your mind: As reported in the New York Times, Choe chose to be paid in Facebook stock over “thousands of dollars” in cash for a mural he did at the company’s first headquarters, back in 2005. His payout may be $200 million when Facebook goes public.
We were delighted to hear whom Pentagram named as its newest partner: Emily Oberman! You may know her best as a cofounder of Number 17 with Bonnie Siegler, and the work they’ve done for cultural icons like Saturday Night Live and This American Life. What stands out to us, though, is her and Bonnie’s amazing work as producers for Command X, AIGA’s design reality show. Read more about Emily’s career and what’s next on Co.Design.
“Let’s be honest. Bloomberg Businessweek’s gotten surprisingly edgy lately. What’s up with that?” Creative director Richard Turley answers that question and more in an interview with the Atlantic.
User experience director Tito Bottitta confesses that when Upstatement
began working on the new Boston Globe website, they had never designed a
responsive site before. But they embraced the mind-set “learn as you go,”
with impressive results, and
now lucky for us they're sharing how they did it.
And OK Go is at it again, this time teaming up with Sesame Street to
teach kids primary colors.
Anything noteworthy that we missed? Tell us in the comments.
Compiled by Sue Apfelbaum and Rasika Welankiwar
Top stories this week: redesigns, Facebook’s IPO, IxDA People’s Choice Award, a dearth of critical discourse on design, Design Envy picks from Jonnie Hallman and more.
Top stories this week: The new face of American activism, design’s role in the evolution of the web, creative gatherings in Utah, Design Envy picks from Jessica Walsh and more.
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.
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, a local design studio sought to make sense of the chaotic sequence of events. Using iconography to tell the story, here is the book they created: 102 Hours.
Section: Inspiration -
book design, communication design, Design for Good, social issues
The story behind the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s multidisciplinary in-house design agency is now a decade in the making. Their creative director reflects on the Metro brand transformation and shares insights into his team’s role in kickstarting a public transportation renaissance for one of America’s most car-centric cities.
Striking a balance between accessible and sophisticated, this campaign for a Bay Area arts institution sought to attract area audiences that might be curious about art but intimidated by high culture. “Friendly hip, not hipster hip” was a guiding principle.
Section: Why Design -
advertising, communication design, environmental design, experience design, graphic design, marketing, nonprofit, print design, user research, Competition, mass communication, posters, print advertising, signage, culture, diversity
Michael Vanderbyl (2000 AIGA Medalist) is recognized for his success in merging traditionally segregated design forms like graphic design, product design and interior architecture.
Section: Inspiration -
graphic design, product design, AIGA Medal, collaboration
When I look back on periods in my life where I struggled to prove myself, and reach the next rung on the ladder of my career, it's amazing to me to discover how much of what I went through then, I am still going through today.
Section: Inspiration -
advertising, corporate design, personal essay, mentoring
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