This week's theme is about awards! Yay! Awards for everyone!
Have you ever won an award? I can't remember if I've ever won an official award. I was once named a "Champion of Graphic Design", but I'm not sure if that's really an "award". While I was on the Illustrator team, we won numerous awards for Illustrator, but those were awarded to the team, not me specifically. I won the American Airlines Road Warrior MVP contest, but that was a contest, not an award. I have a friend who used to be in the die-casting business and he once gave me an extra award he built for some advertising agency event (it's a solid brass "A" and looks cool sitting on my shelf) - but I didn't win that award. I did win several trophies in my teenage years for sporting events, but again, those aren't "awards". I guess I'll have to keep trying harder and one day, I too will win some kind of award :)
But there are some legitimate awards out there - which brings me to this week's 3 Things:
1. Chuck Geschke and John Warnock -- founders of Adobe -- are being honored with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation award by President Obama at the White House. How cool is that? Read more at the White House website.
2. Last night, I attended the AIGA Design Legends Gala event at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC. I was a guest of Lynda Weinman of Lynda.com fame who was a Presenting Sponsor at the event. It was really a wonderful evening, and both JetBLue and Patagonia were presented with awards for Corporate Leadership. What was most interesting to me was that both of these companies do all of their design in-house. It's obviously apparent that these companies look at design as a major part of their business, and it's refreshing to see that. Even though most people know I love American Airlines, I will admit that I've always loved JetBlue's designs and attention to detail -- not just in print, but across their entire brand and experience.
3. Everyone knows about the Kanye West incident where he grabbed the mic from award-winner Taylor Swift. And while I could care less about the celebrity scene, Ze Frank made an interesting comparison between this incident and some other things that have happened recently. I've always been a huge fan Ze's "The Show" and am thrilled to see that he's been recording videos for Time now. Here's his clip on the subject of Respect.