Design Diary: My Bookshelf Overfloweth with 'It’s Nice That Annual,' 'The Recorder,' 'Weapons of Reason,' 'Complements,' and More

Filed Under: Inspiration , Article , book design

One of the perks of being the managing editor at AIGA is spending my mornings reading design stories and calling it “work.” But not everyone gets to (or wants to) peruse RSS feeds like it’s their job. Consider this a hit list (as well as a few things you may have missed) of the most interesting things I’ve and seen, read and watched this week. You can follow along every other day on Instagram @AIGAdesign and on Twitter @AIGAdesign.

This week I…

…pre-order my copy the 2014 It’s Nice That Annual, because sometimes the stories published on a blog are so good they should be printed out and given a big ‘ol hardcover hug. Plus, this year it’s designed by the very talented people at Studio Makgill.

…scan the shocking number and array of items Lenka Clayton’s son ingested between the time he was eight and 15 months old, all of which are photographed in 63 Objects Taken From My Son’s Mouth, and include "everything from an acorn to a cigarette butt, metro tickets, small rocks, and a sponge animal to coins from three different currencies (British pounds, Euros, and US dollars)."

…flip through the pages of Monotype’s The Recorder, which, after 112 years, got a redesign. There’s a wide range of typographic styles, all of which look really, really good.

…get a glimpse into the making of Weapons of Reason, a new magazine that “articulates the global challenges shaping our world” in a friendly, accessible way thanks to brilliant design and illustration work by creative agency Human After All and D&AD.

…ogle Complements (above), the printed, hardbound, and googly-eyed version of the popular Instagram series “documenting" the equally silly, serious, and sexy relationship between designers Wade Jeffree and Leta Sobierajski.

…learn that “crotch” and “stroke” are technical typography terms in this cheat sheet by Denise Bosler, author of Mastering Type.

…am wowed by Dyslexie, a new typeface that Dutch designer Christian Boer created specifically for dyslexic people. Boer, who’s dyslexic himself, added elements like "heavier bottom portions to prevent the reader’s mind” from turning letterforms upside down.

…feel the pull of my SoCal roots after coming across the fantastic DVD packaging design by L.A. studio ITAL/C for Bella Vita, a new surf film shot (impressively) on 35mm.

Still have more catching up to do? Check out last week’s (still completely relevant) Design Diary.