Design Inspiration Readings

Remembering Bob Gill

One of the founders of the Designers and Art Directors Association (D&AD) and an avid author on design, Bob Gill strongly believed that designers are the original problem solvers.


Memory, Explained

Ever wonder what’s happening inside your head? From dreaming to anxiety disorders, this particular episode of a new Netflix series cover Mind, Explained.

Design Readings Software

Watch Erik Spiekermann’s “Type Is Visible Language” talk

The web is more type than anything. We might as well get it right […]

Inspiration Readings

Watch Brené Brown’s “Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count” talk

Author and vulnerability researcher Brené Brown shows us how to deal with the critics and our own self-doubt by refusing to “armor up” and shut ourselves off. “Not caring what people think,” she says, “is its own kind of hustle.” Instead we must “reserve a seat” for the critics and our own self-doubt. “Tell them, I see you, I hear you, but I’m going to do this anyway.” […]

Design Readings

The Sign Painter

A short film by Dresscode on Mike Langley, sign painter, for Vassilaros & Sons Coffee Co […]


Remembering Massimo Vignelli

One of the world’s great designers, Massimo Vignelli, is very ill and will be spending his last days at home. His son Luca would like all those for whom Vignelli was either an influence or an inspiration to write him a letter […]

Inspiration Personal

Caleb reading Paul Rand’s “Conversations with Students”

Trying to do my part in educating the next generation of designers: last week my son and I watched Apple’s WWDC 2013 keynote together (, now we’re reading “Paul Rand: Conversations with Students” (! Check it out […]

Design Innovation Inspiration

Watch Tim Brown’s “Innovation Through Design Thinking” talk at MIT Sloan School of Management

Not so long ago, Tim Brown recounts, designers belonged to a “priesthood.” Given an assignment, a designer would disappear into a back room, “bring the result out under a black sheet and present it to the client.” Brown and his colleagues at IDEO, the company that brought us the first Apple Macintosh mouse, couldn’t have traveled farther from this notion […]

Design Inspiration

AIGA’s Artist Video Series: Stefan Sagmeister

Hillman Curtis, in his video series, allows us to experience leading designers through sound and motion, uncovering what it is about them that inspires him. Watch Stefan Sagmeister video […]

Design Innovation

Watch Stefan Sagmeister’s “Things I’ve learned in my life so far” talk at TED

Rockstar designer Stefan Sagmeister delivers a short, witty talk on life lessons, expressed through surprising modes of design (including … inflatable monkeys?).