• The Weekly Wraparound: January 27

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    A still from Compressed 02, part of an ongoing film series by Kim Pimmel and Tuesday's Design Envy pick

    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.


    This week Jonnie Hallman, creator of the DestroyTwitter app and a UX designer/developer at Adobe, curated Design Envy. His picks show the potential for one person’s design to seriously challenge the competition, even if the competition is Apple—take the Elevation Dock by Casey Hopkins.

    Be sure to check out all of Jonnie’s selections and don’t forget to cast your vote—the most popular designs will become part of a special collection in the AIGA Design Archives


    Speaking of the power of one, the Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook is readying for an IPO filing as early as next week. The site, whose dorm room roots we know so well, is now valued at between $75 billion to $100 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. This story comes on the heels of the announcement that Lady Gaga has launched the “extreme beta” version of her very own social networking site: LittleMonsters.com. TechCrunch got an early look at the site, created by Backplane, and describes it as “a grid of tiles in an arrangement reminiscent of Pinterest.”


    Where’s the critical discourse on design? Writing for Print magazine, Alexandra Lange criticizes the notion that any designer or entity is beyond reproach. On Design Observer, Rick Poynor agrees but thinks she let the graphic design field off too easy. What do you think? And where do you go for good, no-holds-barred criticism?


    What do JC Penney and Apple have in common? Ron Johnson, the former senior VP of retail at Apple and Penney’s current CEO, who aims to reinvent the department store brand as he did the thriving computer retailer. Part of the rebrand is a new logo. And if news of a new JC Penney logo seems eerily familiar, that could be because just last year the company unveiled a crowdsourced design. See what people are saying at Brand New (and hey, Alexandra and Rick, there’s no shortage of opinions over there!).


    On the topic of logos, yesterday we tweeted a post from The Atlantic on how Gmail’s logo was created the night before Google launched it. That story struck a chord! So far you have retweeted it 80 times. We heard from a handful of you that it showed—not in a good way—that the logo was done last minute. We’re curious, what do the rest of you think?


    And speaking of redesigns, Fast Company’s Co.Design and spin-off sites Co.Exist and Co.Create relaunched this week with a comprehensive new design by Simple.Honest.Work. The Co. blogs are barely a year old, so why the new look now? Read Co.Design editor Cliff Kuang’s post about why they did it.


    The IxDA People’s Choice Award is open for voting. Have your say on projects both actual and conceptual, from beautifully designed accounting software to a smart leash that monitors your dog’s body temperature to prevent overheating.

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

    Compiled by Sue Apfelbaum and Rasika Welankiwar

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