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The Weekly

DECEMBER 22, 2020


We had to jam-pack our last mailer of this roller-coaster of a year. Make sure you view the full version of this one—we’re slingin’ a *chef-kiss* set of links, exciting honors, and six One Design-ers Top 5 albums of the year. See you all in 2021!


Links That Kept Us Reading

Credit: Chicago Graphic Design Club
Mark Tuesday, January 26 at 6 p.m. as “busy” on your calendar, because the Chicago Graphic Design Club is hosting graphic designer, curator, writer, critic, and educator Ellen Lupton in a virtual talk about the relationship between writing and design. You won’t want to miss this one.
Sources of Self-Regard is a photo essay of self-portraits from Black photographers reflecting on America. We haven’t been able to stop thinking about this interactive piece by the New York Times since we first saw it.
Check your Pulse is “a tech and startups newsletter designed to make you feel human.” If you aren’t running to the subscribe button, at least peruse the archive (because then we’re certain you’ll be convinced.
Lastly (but surely not least), the infamous Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog, 2020-style.

News: One Design Honored by PRINT as Agency of the Year

Out of more than 1,300 entries received from 57 countries, One Design has been identified as Agency of the Year by PRINT’s 2020 International Design Award competition—one of the highest-rated agencies, studios, or in-house brands in the entire competition, as determined by the most accolades across all categories.

In the Logo category, our work for Wilder Fields was awarded First Place, and Office Ours was awarded Second Place. In the Handlettering and Type Design category, our work for AIGA Chicago’s Mentorship Program was awarded First Place, and Confluence Chicago was awarded Third Place.

Top Five Albums of 2020 from Six One Design-ers

Before we continue looking forward—imagining all of the ways 2021 will be better and brighter than years’ (specifically, this year’s) past—we couldn’t help but try and capture what a day of music might’ve held if we were still in the office curating a Sonos queue together.

Behold six “Top 5” lists, each as unique as its curator, with reflections on whatever you want to call the past 12 months. Or just let the music do the talking. Give this playlist with all of the top picks a spin.



1. David’s Picks
2. Melinda’s Picks
3. James’s Picks
4. Alibaster’s Picks
5. Katie’s Picks
6. Nick’s Picks

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