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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
design educators, students
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.
Where are the new design networks? Online? The café around the corner? On the phone? Klinkowstein and Berinato report there is new kind of matrix, a network of interdependency for designers that promises to exponentially grow.
Section: Inspiration -
Voice, web design, networking
It's that special season of the year, and with a new year fast approaching, we begin to think back about what the past year has brought. As we've looked back on our 10th year serving you – our design community – we're immensely thankful for our members that have been along for the ride with us. And we don't just want to say thanks, we want to give thanks!
Each Wednesday for the month of December, we're giving away an individual 1-year SkillShare membership. Want in on this holiday cheer? It's simple! Let us know what your thankful for about AIGA Blue Ridge in a post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag it with #aigabrholiday, and you'll be entered for a chance to win! That's it! Rules? Only one membership per person. So, what are you thankful for about AIGA Blue Ridge?
Having your first bona fide
design job at a well-respected firm or agency can be an
exhilarating and stressful experience. These eight tips will help you keep—and excel at—your new job.
Section: Tools and Resources
Michael Bierut Gives His First-Ever "Slide-Free" Lecture at MFA Products of Design
3 days ago from
Gallagher & Associates
"If we build the future, then let's not build a future that sucks... Seems logical." @IntelFuturist #GAINconference: http://t.co/UTPCV5qoef
9 hours ago
Christian Dior temporary store
InVision Research Assistant Remote-Telecommute
December 20, 2014
AIGA AZ 2014: A Year in Review
December 16, 2014
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