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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 AIGA.org. For recommendations all week long, follow us on Twitter at
Last week we were in Phoenix for “Pivot: AIGA
Design Conference,” where AIGA unveiled its plans for Design for Good (read
Alissa Walker’s report for GOOD), “Command X” revealed the “next great graphic
designer” (see Sean Adams’, er, colorful recap), and the term doucheboob was
coined (Michael Dooley explains). Videos will be posted on AIGA.org next month. Meanwhile, here are some of the other stories we’ve been following.
While we were away, art director, designer
and artist Christopher
Sergio curated Design Envy. Among his selections were THE
book on generative design, discovered
after years of hunting; and a 3-D
printer that could
make desktop manufacturing as common as desktop publishing. And this week, Laetitia
director of designyc, explores the power of design to effect change,
from education to major
What do you think of their picks? Let us know
with your votes! The most popular designs will become part of a special
collection in the AIGA Design Archives.
“Pivot” wasn’t the only
design conference last week. From October 12–14, “Brooklyn
Beta,” organized by Cameron Koczon and Chris
Shiflett, assembled an intimate gathering of web designers to
discuss making the world a better place by working on projects you love—passion
drives change. The conference’s impressive attendee list, affectionately listed
under “Made Awesome By” on BB’s site, makes it hard to
believe this year is just its second. These roundups give a glimpse on what
makes this event stand out:
It was a good week for type! We Love
Typography relaunched its website. On his Google+ page, co-founder
Kari Pätilä explains, “It's a
complete overhaul. I wrote the backend from scratch and went for a more
flexible and cleaner design.” See the site for yourself.
And yesterday Typekit announced the
first of many improvements planned for its website. The premier update is
geared toward faster font browsing, achieved through three main changes: 1) a
revamped tagging system designed around font classifications, 2) two new
categories of recommended fonts: headings and paragraphs, and 3) a new look for
tags, trading text links for visual presentations. Learn more here.
And of course, it’s been National
Design Week. Hurrah! We
hope you’ve had, or will have, a chance to celebrate (“Design Across America” events continue throughout the year). Congratulations
again to all of the winners
of the National Design Awards, who were
honored last night at a gala ceremony in New York, where each received a redesigned
trophy by GlassLab—a
literal reflection of this year’s awardees. A heartfelt “bravo!” is also in
order for Debbie Millman, host of Design Matters, which won the popular vote
for a “People’s
At “Pivot” curator Ann Marshall explained how
Phoenix’s Heard Museum strives to create educational and inspirational
experiences that give voice to Native American peoples and perspectives, and to
remind the public, “We are still here!” Her points hit home when we read this AP
story about the misappropriation of the name “Navajo” to brand a line of merchandise at Urban
Outfitters. The retailer dropped the name after receiving a cease-and-desist by
the Navajo Nation, a consequence that could have easily been avoided. As Shane
Hendren of the Indian Arts and Crafts Association Education Fund is quoted as
saying, "There's a great many Navajo designers out there who would be more
than willing to work for a firm and design garments for them. And having the
cultural background, be able to not only give you an authentic design but stay
within their cultural parameters." A
post on Fashionista wonders if we
couldn’t all try to show more sensitivity (hear, hear). Trends are fleeting,
but we hope awareness will endure.
In order to choose articles for each
“Wraparound,” we’re always bookmarking and flagging stories to “read later”
throughout the week. So we were especially interested to read Charlie Sorrel’s report
on Wired’s Gadget Lab blog about Instaper
4.0, “the first major update since the developer, Marco Arment, started
using his own app on the iPad. And man does it show.” In place of a cumbersome
list of articles, the home screen now features a more easily accessible grid
format. There are also improved social elements, a new icon, and integration
with Wikipedia. For an in-depth look at what’s new—and the reason why Arment
doesn’t charge for updates—check out The Brooks Review.
Although we missed it a couple weeks ago, Rob
Walker posted a fascinating interview with Kevin Slavin (a previous Design Envy curator) about how Slavin came to develop his TED Talk on the algorithms that rule our lives. It’s a great
read and includes this insightful quote by Slavin: “Given everything a phone can do, suggesting
that the screen is the most important thing about it seems like a
misunderstanding of what’s powerful in there. For me, the single most powerful
aspect of the mobile phone is that it’s connected to other people and other
things.” Read on at Design Observer.
Can you guess what the most popular image is
in Getty’s Flickr collection? Apparently, all the world loves a crowd.
What have you been checking out lately? Let us know what we missed in the comments.
Compiled by Sue Apfelbaum and Rasika Welankiwar
started the week excited about Adobe’s announcements on where digital
publishing is headed and end it mourning the loss of one of the great
innovators of our time. Here’s a filtered look at
some of the stories we followed.
design educators, students
A long-awaited redesign of The Met’s website, Eric Smith’s
Design Envy picks, Amazon’s new Kindles, the People Issue of Google’s
Quarterly, a digital version of the Vignelli Subway Map, questioning the T-shaped designer and who’s represented on LinkedIn are our top stories
IDEO.org’s first class of
fellows, changes afoot at Facebook, a defense of social design as a player to
watch, the importance of demystifying the design process, Tali Krakowsky’s
curation of Design Envy, Chris Dixon's goodbye to New York magazine and the question “To web, or not to web?” are our top
stories this week.
Could the introduction of comic books in public schools be a viable way to teach reading? Rifas reports that Maryland's "Comic Book Initiative" reanimates teachers’ interest in using comics to raise flat-ering scores.
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By now there must be few
people who are unaware of the recent uproar surrounding the University of
California’s rebranding effort. Seldom does
the media take such an active interest in design, so it was disheartening that they got their reporting so very wrong. The outcome
of that misreporting—fueled by an online petition and fanned by our very own
design community—has set back the course of design and cheated the university out of a progressive new identity.
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