The Weekly Wraparound: September 16

Filed Under: students , Article

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 

Welcome to the first “Weekly Wraparound,” and what a week it was—starting with the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and leading into the National Design Awards ceremony in DC and our own celebration of design excellence at the AIGA National Design Center. Here are some quick highlights:


This week’s Design Envy curators were Justin Ahrens, principal, and Bob Davidson, creative producer, of Rule29, in Geneva, Illinois. From Rethink’s No Tankers campaign to Happy’s shopping-bag-turned-board-game for Lee Jeans, their selections share their design firm’s ethos: “making creative matter.” Find out what made them envious and cast your vote! What you think will determine which designs are included in a special collection in the AIGA Design Archives.


    And speaking of the AIGA Design Archives, this week all 134 winning entries from the “365 | Design Effectiveness” competition—designs that successfully pair aesthetics and results—were posted on Selected by a distinguished jury from the more than 1,200 submissions, the honorees encompass motion graphics, websites, packaging, environments and more. On Thursday, September 15, the “365 | Design Effectiveness” 2011 exhibition, designed by Poulin+Morris, opened at the AIGA National Design Center in New York (come see it from now through November 23). Beauty and brains? Yes, please.


    Stepping out on its own from the general news and information site, where it used to occupy a vertical, the Boston Globe launched a paid subscription website, As described in the New York Observer, it has a responsive design that adapts to different window sizes, browsers and devices, and it has a built-in Instapaper-type feature that saves articles for reading off various devices offline, useful for when traveling on the subway, for instance. The overhaul incorporated the talents of Boston design firms Filament Group, and Upstatement, as well as a large internal team, and preempts the need to build separate apps for each device. Also see:


    First lady Michelle Obama hosted the winners and finalists of the 12th annual Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards, on Tuesday at a White House luncheon. Among them, “Design Mind” Steven Heller and interaction designer Ben Fry. From the Washington Post: “The National Design Awards, which promote excellence and innovation in design fields that include interiors, architecture, fashion, landscape architecture and consumer products, were established in 2000 as part of the White House Millennium Council. It has become the tradition for the first lady to host this event and it’s one of the most style savvy events on the White House, as fashionistas and creative types from New York and beyond gather to toast their own.” Also see:


      Fast Company’s 2011 Design Issue has arrived and kicks off with an essay by Linda Tischler on the state of design in the United States: “This is a brand-new kind of American dream, one that mixes design, technology, and fresh business models.” Indeed. The issue also features the 50 most influential designers in America, including John Maeda (2010 AIGA Medalist) and Fred Woodward (2004 AIGA Medalist), and slideshows on the “new masters” and 30 companies that get it.


      And last, but not least, we acknowledge the 10th anniversary of 9/11, which brought up so many feelings and memories. Here on the AIGA website we took a look back at how designers responded at the time; and Design Observer posted a fascinating interview with Henry Singer about The Falling Man and what to do about images of atrocity. Also, idsgn looked at COLLINS’ design of a commemorative mark that avoids using the Twin Towers as a symbol, and today Debbie Millman speaks to Michael Arad, the designer of the 9/11 Memorial, on Design Matters.

      Anything noteworthy that we missed? Share it in the comments.

      Compiled by Sue Apfelbaum and Rasika Welankiwar