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@AIGAdesign. And note that next week we’ll be at “Pivot: AIGA Design Conference” in Phoenix, so we won’t be posting. Look for a double edition on October 21, and follow #AIGApivot for the latest news from the event.
started the week excited about Adobe’s announcements on where digital
publishing is headed and end it mourning the loss of one of the greatest
innovators and design champions of our time. Here’s a filtered look at
some of the stories we followed.
overwhelming response to the passing of Steve Jobs was to be expected,
and yet still came as a surprise. Perhaps you’ve already grown tired of
the tributes, but we’ve only just
begun to process his impact on business, technology and culture. So we
say, keep those articles and essays coming! Because talking about Steve
Jobs and Apple means talking about design and the pivotal role design plays. On this site, we hope you’ve checked out
Tom Hapgood’s essay on what Steve Jobs has meant to designers, and Ric
Grefé’s call for your stories and perspectives. Here are more links
you shouldn’t miss:
Molly Renda curated Design Envy
this week. Based in Piedmont, North Carolina, she designs books,
periodicals, exhibits and ephemera, and recently became the exhibits
librarian at the Special Collections Research Center at NC State
University Libraries in Raleigh. Not surprisingly, then, her selections
celebrate work in print—from the Matsumoto-designed exhibition catalog on Alexander McQueen to “The Library: A Museum,” an exhibition-design
course inspired by the wonders of rare books. What do you think of her
picks? Vote and add your comments. The most popular designs will become
part of a special collection in the AIGA Design Archives.
At Monday’s Adobe MAX conference, Adobe made some big announcements, including the introduction of six new touch-based apps and Creative Cloud, a cloud-based service offering 20 GB of storage and a hub for viewing, sharing and syncing content. The company also announced the acquisition of web-font service Typekit,
which will continue to be a stand-alone product but also be available
via the Creative Cloud. And coming in November, single-edition licenses
for the Digital Publishing Suite will offer individual designers
and smaller studios greater access to Adobe’s publishing tools. UK-based
@GymClassMag tweeted, “Great news for indie publishers,” and, on the Imprint blog, Patric
King also noted this potential in his post, “Your Industry Changed (Again) Yesterday.”
launched a new blog called Cities, focusing on “the most innovative
ideas and pressing issues facing today’s global cities and
neighborhoods.” It includes design coverage by Allison Arieff and articles by Richard Florida on jobs and the economy, focused particularly on the creative class and the Global Creativity Index. Florida notes “substantial job growth” for the creative sector, including a 45-percent increase in jobs
for designers. That’s what we like to hear!
And finally, we love that the Velojoy blog noticed all the bike-centric designs selected in this year’s “365: Design Effectiveness” competition and—speaking of patterns—how Dave Gilson points out “a long American tradition of mixing economic populism with cephalopods” in political cartooning in his post “Octopi Wall Street!” for Mother Jones.
What have you been checking out this week? Let us know what we missed in the comments.
Compiled by Sue Apfelbaum and Rasika Welankiwar
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.
Fast Company’s 2011 Design Issue, selections from the “365 | Design Effectiveness” competition added to Design Archives and displayed at the AIGA National Design Center, the responsive design of BostonGlobe.com, Rule29’s curation of Design Envy, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards luncheon at the White House and designers’ responses to 9/11 are our top stories this week.
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, a local design studio sought to make sense of the chaotic sequence of events. Using iconography to tell the story, here is the book they created: 102 Hours.
Section: Inspiration -
book design, communication design, Design for Good, social issues
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More than 1,000 contributions have been made to AIGA's recently launched "100 Years of Design" project, where design practitioners, students and enthusiasts are celebrating the AIGA Centennial by celebrating design. Contributor Damian Rakowsky has highlighted Meeker & Associates' Clearview project for improving highway sign legibility. What design—past or present—is of value to you?
Section: Inspiration -
information design, environmental design, type design, website
Striking a balance between accessible and sophisticated, this campaign for a Bay Area arts institution sought to attract area audiences that might be curious about art but intimidated by high culture. “Friendly hip, not hipster hip” was a guiding principle.
Section: Why Design -
advertising, communication design, environmental design, experience design, graphic design, marketing, nonprofit, print design, user research, Competition, mass communication, posters, print advertising, signage, culture, diversity
Zuzana Licko and Rudy VanderLans committed to publishing the graphic design journal Emigré to showcase the work that was being neglected by other design publications, either because it didn't adhere to traditional canons or it was still in its formative stages. VanderLans rejected standardized formats in favor of organic grid structures that reflected his enthusiasm toward the content. When Emigré work began to receive public attention, it was attacked for promulgating visual incoherence and viewed as a threat to modernist ideals and an affront to universal notions of beauty. Throughout all the criticism, Licko and VanderLans continued to pursue their unique visions and, consequently, have been a prime force in revolutionizing the industry and cultivating a spirit of exploration. In 1997, they received an AIGA Medal.
Section: Inspiration -
graphic design, AIGA Medal, magazines
When I look back on periods in my life where I struggled to prove myself, and reach the next rung on the ladder of my career, it's amazing to me to discover how much of what I went through then, I am still going through today.
Section: Inspiration -
advertising, corporate design, personal essay, mentoring
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