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Today we’re crossing our fingers and toes that Friendly’s Cone Head lives to see another day (it’s been way too hot and muggy for an ice cream shop to close down, right??) and looking back at this week in design:
This week’s Design Envy curator was Eric Smith, creative director of Free Range Studios. His selections
celebrate the unexpected, from car ads like “jewels of fine art” to an
undersea world that looks more like a junk drawer—if its contents came to
life. What do you think of his picks? Cast your vote and let us know!
The most popular designs will become part of a special collection in the AIGA Design Archives.
The redesign of the website
for The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been a long time in the making, and it’s great to see all the hard work pay off. What you’ll notice
first: the stunning photography. Visitors now have online access to
images and information for more than 340,000 works of art from The Met’s
vast collection. Other updates include an interactive map, suggested itineraries
and portions of the website that are optimized for smartphones. The
Met’s digital media department spearheaded the redesign, in partnership
In a tablet power play, Amazon introduced not one but two new Kindles, plus a super browser and enough media features to potentially give Apple a run for its money.
“Information is inseparable from the people who are creating it,” reads the intro to The People Issue of Google’s Think Quarterly. The latest online edition features insightful articles on building online communities, nurturing the staff in your organization, understanding the maker movement and the personal stories that have made crowdfunding so successful. Plus, it’s a beautiful interactive experience too. (Read why Kristy Tillman chose Think Quarterly as her Design Envy pick.)
Model T revolutionized the automobile industry. Can it do the same for
design? More than five years after IDEO introduced the T-shaped
designer—one who has a vertical base of design expertise topped off with
a general understanding of related disciplines—some are skeptical:
Monday, LinkedIn hosted a town hall with President Obama on job
creation and putting America back to work. It made sense—more than
Facebook or Twitter, LinkedIn is where people go to make professional
connections and find jobs. But who uses it the most? This infographic on SocialTimes.com takes a close look at the scope of the U.S. economy represented by its members.
The Vignelli Subway Map: as handsome online as it was in print? Paul Goldberger think so, as he eloquently explains in this short essay for the New Yorker.
Anything noteworthy that we missed? Tell us in the comments.
Compiled by Sue Apfelbaum and Rasika Welankiwar
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.
Massimo and Lella Vignelli, founders of Vignelli Associates, received the 1982 AIGA Medal for their prodigious and consistently excellent designs, across a wide range of disciplines: industrial and product design, graphic design, book design, magazine and newspaper design, packaging design, interior and exhibit design, and furniture design.
Section: Inspiration -
graphic design, AIGA Medal, studio management
For an in-house designer, what is the secret to securing great relationships with clients? Business coach Rena DeLevie proposes a four-point contract for establishing and maintaining a productive alliance, outlining simple yet surprisingly effective strategies that designers can adopt and implement on a daily basis.
Section: Inspiration -
in-house design, in-house issues, INitiative, advice
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, recipient of a 2007 Corporate Leadership Award, is recognized for its dedication to creative living by making the ideas, tools and methods of everyday design both accessible and practical.
Section: Inspiration -
identity design, Corporate Leadership Award, magazines
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