The Weekly Wraparound: November 18

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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.  

If you’ve been reading our Wraparounds each week, we hope you’ve been enjoying them. As always let us know what we missed. Also, note that next week we’ll be away for Thanksgiving and will be too stuffed to post, but look for a new edition on December 2. 


This week’s Design Envy curator was Command X: Season 3 winner Jesse Reed, who since the fall of 2010 has been designing for the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His posts showed a range of inspiration, from the powerfully simple branding of Help Remedies to n+1’s complex and nonlinear approach to covering the “occupy” protests.

Where do Jesse’s selections rate on your envy meter? Cast your vote—the most popular designs will become part of a special collection in the AIGA Design Archives!


On Wednesday, the web joined forces to oppose legislation (SOPA and PIPA) before Congress that would give the government the power to shut down “rogue websites” and would have significant consequences for any site with user-generated content. One of the ways that social blogging platform Tumblr motivated its users into action was through showing them what their posts would look like redacted, resulting in 87,834 phone calls to representatives.


Benetton is back in the collective consciousness with a provocative new campaign launched in Paris this week. As Patrick Burgoyne writes on the Creative Review blog“Unhate” recalls “the brand’s controversial heyday” by amorously pairing world leaders in an unlikely embrace—think South Korea and North Korea, Germany and France, Israel and Palestine, the pope and an imam, Barack Obama and Hugo Chavez. As reported in the Times of India, Alessandro Benetton, executive deputy chairman, said in an interview, “The images are very strong, but we have to send a strong message. We are not wanting to be disrespectful of the leaders... we consider them ‘conception figures’ making a statement of brotherhood with a kiss.” Benetton’s research communication center Fabrica created the posters in cooperation with 72andSunny, and at least one has already been pulled due to negative response.


This week Design Indaba, an institution built on improving economic conditions in South Africa through creativity, hosted a food fight. That is, it reached out to experts across industries—from designers to chefs—to think about eating and food as it relates to sustainability, obesity, sovereignty, ethics, culture, science, innovation, diversity and the future. Contributions that caught our eye included Bruce Nussbaum’s explanation of ethical eating as a form of economic development and Laetitia Wolff’s unexpected hope for genetically modified food .


The FWA (Favourite Website Awards) polled 50 of the top digital agencies for reactions and predictions following Adobe’s announcement last week that it would move away from Flash development for mobile browsers (see last week’s Wraparound for more links on that story). There are a lot of great quotes, including this one from Grow Interactive’s Drew Ungvarsky: “While I question the motives of the Flash vs. iOS debate, I’m definitely excited about the types of innovation the change has inspired, not to mention the focus on usability. Like everything else in development, the conversation should be about using the right tool for the right result.”


Jared Spool takes a fresh look at psychologist Noel Burch’s “conscious competence learning model” and how it can help user experience designers understand how ignorance turns into mastery. He outlines how this long-established model can be applied to “different design strategies to help our users with their own stages of competence.”


Erin Kissane, Krista Stevens, Ethan Marcotte and Erik Westra launched “a new magazine for new-school editorial” called Contents. To address the content strategy issues brought on by the ever-changing ways we read, the site will post issues periodically, with new articles on Wednesdays—and “Babies and the Bathwater” by Typekit’s Mandy Brown is its inaugural post (thanks, Lydia Mann, for the tip).


And, finally, as we stress to get everything done before the holiday, we appreciated this post by Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project, on the importance of maintaining balance for the best results. “Ultimately, the highest creativity depends on making frequent waves—learning to engage the whole brain by moving flexibly and intentionally between the right and left hemisphere, activity and rest, effort and letting go,” he writes. Just breathe.

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