The Future of Design

Jim Van Meer weighs in on the graphic design title in the new era:

In the 21st century, to be a designer means you are a typesetting psychologist with a proclivity for marketing strategy. You need to be a web designer and app developer, one of the elite Digerati, well versed at storytelling. You must be an experiential manipulator; able to use your design thinking skills to lead innovative endeavors others wish they had the wherewithal to accomplish. If these skills sets weren’t enough, you must be a futurologist as well. You have to see the forest despite the trees, and you have to be able to envision what is far over the horizon.


Summer Reading List

These are the books I wanted to get through this summer. The order starts with the ones I wanted to read first.

  • Branded Interactions: Creating the Digital Experience by Marco Spies (reading)
  • The Power of Letterforms: Handwritten, Printed, Cut or Carved, How They Affect Us All by Rosemary Sassoon
  • A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up with George by Kelly Carlin (started to read)
  • Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer
  • Advertising Creative: Strategy, Copy, and Design by Tom Altstiel & Jean Grow
  • InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign (2rd Edition) by Nigel French
  • JavaScript: 20 Lessons to Successful Web Development by Robin Nixon
  • Letters of Credit: A View of Type Design by Walter Tracy (to be reread)
  • The Sympathizer: A Novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen (started to read)

Victim Addresses Her Rapist

A powerful letter from a rap victim:

He is a lifetime sex registrant. That doesn’t expire. Just like what he did to me doesn’t expire, doesn’t just go away after a set number of years. It stays with me, it’s part of my identity, it has forever changed the way I carry myself, the way I live the rest of my life.

Just heartbreaking.