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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.
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 designarchives.aiga.org.
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?
Stepping out on its own from the general news and information site Boston.com, where it used to occupy a vertical, the Boston Globe launched a paid subscription website, BostonGlobe.com. 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
On July 27, Callie Neylan, Dan Mall and Scott Fegette presented a “Breakthroughs” webinar on responsive web design, with handy tips AIGA members could put to use right away. Here are more resources they recommend.
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interaction design, web design, professional development, continuing education
John Maeda (2010 AIGA Medalist) is recognized for pushing the boundaries of design into new realms, championing digital technology in education and art, and being a leading advocate for creativity as a business.
Section: Inspiration -
digital media, AIGA Medal, education, technology
Located at 164 Fifth Avenue in New York, AIGA’s building serves as a base of operations and a source of inspiration for members.
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I’ve seen it dozens of
times. A design team meets after observing people use their design, and they’re
excited and energized by what they saw and heard during the sessions. They’re
all charged up about fixing the design. Everyone comes in with ideas, certain they
have the right solution to remedy users’ frustrations. Then what happens?
Section: Tools and Resources
Graphic design’s best-known historian and a beloved educator, Philip B. Meggs's authoritative survey, A History of Graphic Design, was the first attempt at creating a definitive and linear history of the graphic design profession, charting its progress from the marks found in the caves of Lascaux to experimentation with digital media in the late 1990s. The book quickly became standard reading for young designers and a touchstone for all future graphic-design history scholarship. In 2004, Meggs was awarded an AIGA Medal.
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graphic design, AIGA Medal, criticism
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