The Weekly Wraparound: December 9
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.
Hey readers. Those in the western United States, be sure to check out the total lunar eclipse early Saturday morning. You won’t get another chance until 2014! To keep the rest of you entertained, here are our top stories of the week:
This week Juliette Cezzar, director of the communication design and design and technology programs at Parsons the New School for Design, curated Design Envy, starting with “the kind of book that I’ve always wanted to make” and ending with “a sign that design on the web has finally come of age.”
Related to Juliette’s first pick, the New York Times article “Selling Books by Their Gilded Covers” caught our eye as we prepared for the opening of AIGA’s “50 Books/50 Covers of 2010” exhibition. On why many new releases now have design elements usually reserved for special occasions, the author Julie Bosman writes, “If e-books are about ease and expedience, the publishers reason, then print books need to be about physical beauty and the pleasures of owning, not just reading.”
On Thursday, Twitter announced the #NewNewTwitter—a redesign for Twitter.com, Twitter on mobile phones and TweetDeck that applies a consistent look across the service’s various parts. It also includes new features aimed to make tweeting more accessible to everyone.
Notable changes include VIP treatment for the @ and # symbols, now each with its own tab, called “Connect” and “Discover” respectively. As described on fly.twitter.com, Connect (@) is where to see who has followed or mentioned you, retweeted or favorited one of your Tweets, and Discover (#) is where to find results reflecting your interests—based on your current location, what you follow and what’s happening in the world.
In his post “The new, new Twitter: 10 big takeaways” technology writer Dan Frommer lists other important changes, such as Twitter’s de-emphasizing private messaging by moving it a layer deeper in the user interface and putting a greater focus on real-name identity: “It’s now saying ‘retweeted by Dan Frommer’ instead of ‘retweeted by @fromedome.’”
The revamp, which Twitter says it plans to roll out over the next few weeks, also introduces Brand Pages for marketers, which allow for larger header images to display logos and the ability to control the message visitors see first. Learn more about Brand Pages in this post from Ad Age.
In the blog post “Inspiration vs. Imitation” letterer and illustrator Jessica Hische (as if she requires introduction) offers advice to well-meaning students who rip off their design heroes without realizing it. Her seven tips for getting inspired without inadvertently copying range from “Not everything you make should be on the internet.” to “History is important.” Bonus: Jonathan Hoefler adds an eighth point in the comments: “There’s a difference between making an imitation and selling it.”
As part of the citywide campaign Pacific Standard Time celebrating arts in LA, rapper/actor Ice Cube reveals a lesser known side of himself: mid-century modern design appreciator. See him wax poetic on Los Angeles, architecture, and Charles and Ray Eames in this video.
And if this whole concept has got you scratching your head, read Ice Cube’s interview in the New York Times, where he reveals the roots of his fondness for Eames’s work: “I had learned about them when I was studying architectural drafting. Back then, I didn’t know I was going to make money. So being that they put together a house in two days and used discarded materials—something about their style caught on.”
And Pantone announced its 2012 color of the year: Tangerine Tango, “a spirited reddish orange, continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.” Sounds good to us!
Now tell us, what have you been reading? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.
Compiled by Sue Apfelbaum and Rasika Welankiwar