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…

…fall in love with New York all over again–just as the unrelenting winter freeze was cooling my ardor—after devouring the new book In Love in New York, a rose-colored (but never mushy) look at the most romantic spots in the city. You can thank the authors for enough date ideas to last you until next Valentine’s Day.

…really hope Milton Glaser has figured out to a way to cash in on his famous “I ♥ NY,” since he apparently made a whopping $0 on his design for the state department back in 1977.

…learn how to talk dirty to science geeks with this fetching pink and red Periodic Table of Sexual Terminology by UK design studio Dorothy. The pronunciation guide for each sexy element is priceless.


…compare how I measure up to the average British person’s sex life (which data shows is, stereotypically, a little drab) via the cheeky new “Sex by Numbers” site by London agency Nice and Serious that uses early computer era-inspired graphics to illustrate steamy stats that would otherwise be way too NSFW.


…will automatically be your Valentine if you send me a love letter in one of these GOR-geous envelopes by Nordic Bros Design Community. Yeah, I get that excited about stationery.


…can’t be bought that easily! Are you kidding? I need (dark) chocolate, too, and the packaging design for this boxed set by Hong Kong studio BLOW is one of my recent favorites.


…pretty much agree with Alain de Botton’s frank, if oversimplified advice that giving up on perfection is key to finding “the right” person, and also perhaps the most romantic move you can make on Valentine’s Day. Because nothing says “I love you” like unrealistic expectations (said no one ever). This video may be told with charming little Lego people, but I’ll still take de Botton’s “summertime porn” video anytime. Actually yeah, some sun, that would be the ultimate Valentine.