The Weekly Wraparound: October 7

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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. 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.  

We 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.


The 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.”


The Atlantic 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