THIS WEEK FROM THE DESK
END OF THE YEAR LISTS EDITION
'Tis the season for end of the year lists. It's always great to look back on the year in type and design, but sometimes it's difficult to remember all the amazing things that have happened. This year, there were amazing new releases, conversations, designs, and debuts. This TWFTD is devoted to all the end of the year lists coming out that sum it up so perfectly.
It's Nice That has a different style to its summation lists by interviewing one person or studio in over a half dozen categories that they cover from film to illustration to music. They interview amazing friends and personalities such as Tuesday Bassen for Illustration, Toro y Moi for Music, and Design Studio for graphic design. Highlights, lowlights, it's all a good industry insider look at things you may have missed. See all the lists here.
Richard Baird at BP&O has kept an immaculate blog devoted to the design output of bespoke studios around the world this year. Her's pubilished two lists so far of end of the year reviews.
1. Best of BP&O in Graphic Design
2. Best of BP&O in Packaging
3. Best of BP&O in Brand Identities
4. Best of BP&O in Studios
Both lists are beautiful reviews of some very contemporary ideas in graphic design, branding, and packaging. I love the emphasis on color and paper present in his choices.
There were obviously hundreds of amazing book covers designed and released this year. The New York Times has made their picks for the best of the year. Although I think there are quite a few more that belong on this list, its a great place to start. See the full list here.
Love it or hate it, Medium has become an enormous platform for writing of all kinds. It's a great place for everyone to collect and publisht heir thoguhts on entrepreneurship, design, business, and really anything else. Daniel Eckler has collected 75 of the 'best' design reads on Medium from the year. There is enough on this list to keep you reading for at least until New Years.