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For every two graphic designers, it seems,  there are three opinions. I’ve been studying answers to questions we pose each year to our People To Watch and Students To Watch — favorite book, fine artist, music, website, etc. — to mine for clues as to what you all are thinking, feeling, planning, doing. As usual, it is largely a fruitless and patternless task. For example, the 2014 design students cumulatively listed 55 favorite bands; not one single musician is mentioned twice. Another example: this year’s group of working designers mentioned 51 fine artists, with no overlap but for two mentions of Miro and Picasso.

Nonetheless, I did manage to find a couple of points of consensus. One relates to favorite gadgets: the Apple “i’s”, as in iPhone, iPad, iPod, are popular. Yawn.

Movies turned out to present a more intriguing accord. Among this year’s People To Watch cohort, Blade Runner is the clear favorite.

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What do you do when you’re tired of the prospect of dating? Two good friends with opposite relationship problems found themselves single at the same time. As an experiment, they dated for 40 days.

GDUSA named both Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman  as People to Watch in 2013. I guess we were right on the mark because now you can watch them for the next 40 days as they go through the motions of a relationship and hopefully overcome all the fears and inadequacies that go hand in hand with the New York City dating scene.

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While Netflix is usually my go to for a good watch (mostly because it’s cheap), I often struggle to find high quality films. Nevertheless, I’ve managed to dig up some real gems that shouldn’t be missed. Here are my top 10 picks that are sure to enhance your design i-queue.

 

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Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight

This in-depth look at Milton Glaser,  just named the most influential graphic designer of the past half-century by GDUSA readers, is a must watch. This documentary explores Glaser’s prolific career which includes the famous “I Heart NY” campaign and his early days at New York magazine.

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What’s the point in all of this?

A question asked by many a creative professional, sometimes after frustrating client meetings, sometimes in front of a computer screen, sometimes after seeing a compromised final product.

Here’s Klaus Nomi, 1982, stricken with AIDS, barely understanding the disease he was dying from, offering what he could, creatively. He’s about dead, and it wan’t clear to his doctors just why: his friends had to visit him wearing protective plastic bags. He’ll be gone by 1983. And here he is, in artistic defiance, as all he could do.

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