• The Weekly Wraparound: September 30

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     Tuesday's Design Envy feature, The Deep, by filmmaker Adam Pesapane (aka PES), uses stop-motion animation to create a dreamlike, hypnotic undersea world.

    Editors’ note: “The Weekly Wraparound” is an editorial roundup of links to the week’s best design stories, posted every Friday by the editorial staff of AIGA.org. For recommendations all week long, follow us on Twitter at @AIGAdesign. 

    Today we’re crossing our fingers and toes that Friendly’s Cone Head lives to see another day (it’s been way too hot and muggy for an ice cream shop to close down, right??) and looking back at this week in design:


    This week’s Design Envy curator was Eric Smith, creative director of Free Range Studios. His selections celebrate the unexpected, from car ads like “jewels of fine art” to an undersea world that looks more like a junk drawer—if its contents came to life. What do you think of his picks? Cast your vote and let us know! The most popular designs will become part of a special collection in the AIGA Design Archives.


    The redesign of the website for The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been a long time in the making, and it’s great to see all the hard work pay off. What you’ll notice first: the stunning photography. Visitors now have online access to images and information for more than 340,000 works of art from The Met’s vast collection. Other updates include an interactive map, suggested itineraries and portions of the website that are optimized for smartphones. The Met’s digital media department spearheaded the redesign, in partnership with Cogapp.


    In a tablet power play, Amazon introduced not one but two new Kindles, plus a super browser and enough media features to potentially give Apple a run for its money. 


    “Information is inseparable from the people who are creating it,” reads the intro to The People Issue of Google’s Think Quarterly. The latest online edition features insightful articles on building online communities, nurturing the staff in your organization, understanding the maker movement and the personal stories that have made crowdfunding so successful. Plus, it’s a beautiful interactive experience too. (Read why Kristy Tillman chose Think Quarterly as her Design Envy pick.)


    The Model T revolutionized the automobile industry. Can it do the same for design? More than five years after IDEO introduced the T-shaped designer—one who has a vertical base of design expertise topped off with a general understanding of related disciplines—some are skeptical:


    On Monday, LinkedIn hosted a town hall with President Obama on job creation and putting America back to work. It made sense—more than Facebook or Twitter, LinkedIn is where people go to make professional connections and find jobs. But who uses it the most? This infographic on SocialTimes.com takes a close look at the scope of the U.S. economy represented by its members.


    The Vignelli Subway Map: as handsome online as it was in print? Paul Goldberger think so, as he eloquently explains in this short essay for the New Yorker.

    Anything noteworthy that we missed? Tell us in the comments.

    Compiled by Sue Apfelbaum and Rasika Welankiwar 

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