Weekend reading list – week of October 17, 2016

October 21, 2016

Each week, we share the top five articles that caught our attention. Here are your must-reads, published here and abroad, for the week of October 17th 2016.

Fonts and streetwear
Brands like The Life of Pablo, Thrasher and Supreme are easily recognizable by their distinct typefaces, which have become iconic on the streetwear scene. But who actually designed these fonts that we see everywhere? Writer Noah Lehava unveils the design secrets.
Read it on Coveteur Pocket

When video games influence sports
Are video games really altering the way that sports are played? According to Rory Smith, lead soccer correspondent for The New York Times, video games like FIFA 17 are actually influencing how players approach play on the field.
Read it on The New York Times Pocket

What are the moral obligations of designers?
For doctors, ethics will impact the life and health of patients. For lawyers, ethics influence law-making and protect the rights of citizens. But the stakes don’t seem as high for design. Journalist Tim Abrahams digs into the question: What are the moral obligations of designers?
Read it on It’s Nice That Pocket

Creative process work
If you love semiotics, then you need to see how designer Eric Timothy Carlson has combined drawings and symbols on the cover of Bon Iver’s new album, 22, a Million. In this interview with Artistic Director Emmet Byrne, Carlson explains his creative approach for the EP cover.
Read it on the Walker Art Center blog Pocket

Short doc: Mes réseaux sociaux et moi
In this short documentary film about the social media phenomenon, Nya, a young woman from Toronto, turns a critical eye on the impact that social networks have, and continue to have, on her identity, experiences and values. For teens, social media is not only a channel of communication… it’s become a way of life.
Watch it on ONF (in French) Pocket

In your earbuds: Recode Media with Peter Kafka
Peter Kafka, Senior Editor at Recode, hosts a podcast that analyzes current events with a media or digital slant. From Donald Trump on Twitter to strategies used by The New York Times, Kafka and his guests cover a wide variety of topics.
Listen to it on Recode

This week’s favourite thing
Do we really need to make everything digital? Writer and data specialist Mark Rittman spent an entire day—11 hours, to be precise—trying to boil water for his tea using a WiFi-enabled kettle.