The Weekly Wraparound: October 28

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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.  

Tuesday was Picasso’s birthday—he would have turned 130—and today Lady Liberty turns 125. Did you have a birthday this week too? If so, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! And...uhh...hey, we got you this list of design stories. Enjoy!


This week’s Design Envy curator was WeShouldDoItAll, a graphic, interactive and architecture multidisciplinary design studio based in New York. Selections from WSDIA designers Jared Seavers, Jonathan Jackson and Sarah Nelson had a healthy dose of competition, from the London 2012 Olympic Torch to Core77’s customizable Design Award Trophy. What do you think? Cast your vote and let us know! The most popular designs will become part of a special collection in the AIGA Design Archives.


So, there’s this minor issue about the Obama campaign’s jobs poster contest. Maybe you’ve heard of it?

Check out the thread of comments—more than 100 now—in reaction to a letter from AIGA’s executive director Richard Grefé, urging for the cancellation of the competition and laying out the argument against spec.

And AIGA is certainly not alone (nor first) in speaking up. For more on the story, check out:


Wieden + Kennedy’s creative technology director, Igor Clark, sparked debate about needing talent that’s both creative and skilled at coding. This runs parallel to the “do designers need to know how to code?” debate, only this time it’s from an agency perspective. Clark writes: “Creative people who can code up a storm, and, critically, experienced people who can properly assess the code they’re shown. These are the people who will help us flourish—if we can help them to do the same.” (hat tip to @cynthialawson)

Then again, this article from Fast Company says what agency creatives really need are leadership skills.


Speaking of the need for designers with a broad skill set, Khoi Vinh wonders, where are all the editorial UX designers


Wrapping up the first day of the Design Management Institute’s Design at Scale conference, Michael Bierut “laid out the clichés of what designers supposedly like… and then neatly shot down each one, with a series of things he actually loves.” For an honest look at what makes Bierut’s design heart go aflutter, see Helen Water’s great recap


An Event Apart took place in Washington, DC, where the stellar line-up included Ethan Marcotte, who presented on’s responsive redesign, and Jeffrey Zeldman, Kristina Halvorson and Karen McGrane each addressed the importance of content. Josh Clark (@globalmoxie) shares his notes in both blog and tweet format.



Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs came out this week, prompting many articles about his personal eccentricities and business genius. In his blog post “Great artists steal the future,” Brian Ford uses Steve Jobs’ appropriation of the quote “Good artists copy, great artists steal” as a leaping-off point to show how Apple’s successes have all been based on ideas that others came up with first but made them better. (Coincidentally Jobs swiped the quote from birthday boy Picasso, who also might have had sticky fingers, adapting the motto from a T.S. Elliot essay.)


Christoph Niemann illustrated the invitation for the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame Gala 2011. It’s unexpected, funny, disturbing—and perhaps the best thing we saw all week. 

What have you been checking out lately? Let us know what we missed in the comments.

Compiled by Sue Apfelbaum and Rasika Welankiwar