Around the Design World in 180 Words: Miscellany Edition

If you’re a designer with a great idea for something online, now’s the time to strike while the iron is hot. Enrique Allen, founder of the incubator and investment fund 500 Startups, has announced the launch of The Designer Fund. Saying that designers don’t have as easy of a route to launch new web-based companies as programmers with technical know-how do, the fund’s goal is to “invest in startups that are founded by designers,” citing outlets like Flickr, Vimeo and Tumblr as all companies that were originally established up by designers.

If architecture is your more your speed, this Sunday marks the start of National Architecture Week, running from April 10th to the 16th. The American Institute of Architects is, per usual, the face behind the week of celebrating the business of building and have a number of things planned, from a Twitter sweepstakes to events held by local AIA chapters. They have a full listing of the latter here, but check with your local outlet as well, as we’re sure there’s more planned across the country.

Last, if you’re a designer wanting to get in on that Designer Fund cash or an aspiring architect inspired by next week’s events, but don’t own your own computer, why not just finally succumb to those criminal urges and break into an Apple Store and take one? Following a recent string of robberies at the company’s retail outlets across the country, NBC Chicago writes that the design of the stores, typically all-glass storefronts, could be too “enticing” for thieves to pass up. An official in the story, commenting on the theft of $30,000 worth of equipment at a suburban Chicago store, says he has talked to Apple about hiring guards or making the store generally more difficult to break into, but the company reportedly doesn’t seem very interested.