The Weekly Wraparound: December 16

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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 For recommendations all week long, follow us on Twitter at @AIGAdesign.  

Yesterday the Hollywood Foreign Press announced its Golden Globe nominees. Among the contenders: Christopher Plummer for his role in Beginners, a film by designer turned director Mike Mills (interviewed on in June). We’re cheering for you, Plummer!

And here are our nominees for best design stories of the week:


This week on Design Envy, Diana Hong, creative director at CREATETHE GROUP, shared what current work is making her say, “I wish I did that”—from an interactive feature that’s predicting the future of computing to an embrace of fantasy to promote real-world solutions.

What do you think of Diana’s selections? Feeling envious, too? Cast your vote—the most popular designs will become part of a special collection in the AIGA Design Archives!


Experience. Emotion. Mobile. Responsive design. These are some of the recurring themes in A List Apart’s “What I Learned About the Web in 2011,” a must-read list of insights from some of the leading minds in web design and development.  


On Wednesday, Time announced its 2011 choice for the magazine’s iconic “Person of the Year” cover: The Protester. The image—a woman’s face shrouded in a scarf wrapped to just below her eyes—comes from LA graphic designer Shepard Fairey, best-known for his Barack Obama “Hope” poster (which was the inspiration for the 2008 Time “Person of the Year“ cover, also designed by Fairey) and his globally recognized “Obey” stickers/street art.

Fairey writes about the protester cover: “In my art I try to emphasize the most powerful essence of an image and eliminate anything superfluous. In this case I felt there was a powerful contrast between the intensity of her eyes and her unthreatening yellow knit beanie. I wanted the protester to come across as serious, but not scary.“

Some are big fans of the cover. Others are more critical. And then there’s always what might have been...


 We love interviews. Here are a few good ones from the past week.


If you haven’t been following @DiscographiesX-Ray column—snarky infographics that break down pop-star personalities by percentage points—for The Daily, see this roundup of some of the year’s best. For instance, Lou Reed and Metallica are comprised of “12-percent delusional narcissism” and “16-percent noisy, overblown, Michael-Bayish godawfulness.”  


David Rees—writer, comedian and clip-art cartoonist known for his Get Your War On strip from the early 2000s—is back with Get Your Censor On, in reaction to the impending anti-piracy bills in Congress. Because “life will suck if they censor the internet.” 


Are you padding your cover letters and portfolio sites with too many buzzwords? LinkedIn recommends avoiding the terms on this list of “most overused words” if you want to differentiate yourself. And the most overused word in profiles from members in the United States? Creative (yikes). And in case you missed it, see Dan Pallotta’s HBR column on cutting out the business jargon.


We were going to report on Moving Brands’ redesign of the HP logo, but as it had not been approved, the case study is no longer on the brand agency’s website (companies usually don’t like it when unapproved work goes public!). You can still see a post on Brand New about the identity concept, and we’ll be interested to see what, if anything, comes of it.


In this four-minute video, shared by GOOD on Monday, French artist and animator Denis Chapon strings together a collection of drawings he created over the span of three years. What makes this impressive: He had the discipline to draw 12 pictures a day for three years. What makes this mind-boggling: The images appear in exactly the same order in which he created them. Now that’s planing ahead! 

What have you been checking out lately? Let us know what we missed in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.

Compiled by Sue Apfelbaum and Rasika Welankiwar