The Weekly Wraparound: December 23

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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. 

Whether you’re working, traveling, or doing a whole lot of nothing during the coming week, we hope you have a happy and safe holiday. To catch you up on stories you might have missed, here is our last “Wraparound” of 2011.


This week on Design Envy Eike Koenig, creator of Hort, shared his “wish I did that” discoveries. Reviewing his posts, we can’t help but notice a theme of dualism: A piece by Rafaël Rozendaal makes him smile and gets on his nerves at the same time, and a poster by cyan looks both old and new.

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


On Monday, Forbes released its “30 under 30” lists: twenty-somethings in 12 different fields who are already making a difference and a name for themselves. If you’ve been following Design Envy, then several names in the Art & Design category will be familiar to you. Among the shining stars we‘re glad to see recognized: Rich Brilliant Willing (whose trophy for Core77 was a DE pick), JR (see his “Women” project), Jessica Hische (DE curator extraordinaire), Aaron Koblin and Mike Matas.


Speaking of lists, we especially like Alissa Walker’s roundup of “The Year in Design that Works” for GOOD, including Apple’s Smart Cover for the iPad and the recently redesigned website for the Walker Arts Center. Another great list comes from John Cary at Archinect, with his picks for “Top 10 Design Milestones of 2011—for the public good” (nice to see AIGA’s Design for Good make the cut!).


On headhunter Keith Cline predicts that 2012 will be a busy year for hiring at startups, and among the most competitive areas for talent: creative design and user experience. “Since almost every company is trying to create a highly compelling user experience that keeps people engaged with their product, it is tough to find people who have this type of experience (especially with mobile devices including tablets) and a demonstrated track record of success,” he writes. Be sure to get your portfolio up to date and let them know you're out there! 


And if you want to keep on top of who’s looking, turns out one smart move is to list your occupation on your Facebook profile. That’s how designer Ben Barry found about his job at Facebook. In a frank interview on The 99% blog, Ben talks about that experience and shares the surprising truth about how screen printing (yes, really!) has helped him succeed at the online giant, why “Done is better than perfect” are words to live by, and offers generous advice for designers looking for more than a 9-to-5 job.  


Since Kickstarter launched in 2009, more than a million people have pledged over $100 million to support independent projects, including many new product designs. By looking at projects that have failed and ones that have succeeded—such as the TikTok+LunaTik watch bands by Scott Wilson, a former creative director for Nike—this deep dive on The Verge is a must-read for anyone wondering what it takes to make it big through microfunding.


If you haven’t been checking out Design Staff, a new blog “dedicated to helping startups design great products,” we recommend starting now with Jenna Bilotta’s article on how designers can improve their interactions with engineers. One of many kernels of wisdom: “The key to a designer’s success is not how pretty their mocks are, but how successful they are at communicating their design so the working product is as close to ideal as possible.”


The 25th anniversary season finale of American Masters featured the delightful documentary “Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter.” Shots of the couple’s handwritten and doodle-filled love letters alone make this episode worth watching—available for free on the PBS website and app.

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

Compiled by Sue Apfelbaum and Rasika Welankiwar