Who wants to simply read something when it can be presented in a much more visual fashion. I believe we are becoming an increasingly visual culture, relying on the image more than the text to convey a message. However, I also believe the happy medium between the two forms of communication is the infographic.
To prove my point, take a look at this infographic from Brand Flakes (@brandflakesblog). It’s a visual representation of the history of our social media world from 1971 to today…yes it goes back that far. The topic is presented in a way that is visually pleasing while still very informative.
Is it too late to review a movie 5 years after it’s release? If it is, well I don’t really care.
Last week I wrote about the top typography lessons available only (check it out to refresh your memory). When I tweeted the story out, I joking asked what my followers’ favorite font was. Right away my brother tweeted back “Helvetica…oh and by the way there is a documentary about it on Netflix.”
Surprised by his answer I immediate put the movie in my Instant Queue to watch that evening. Maybe it’s because I’m a bit of a nerd on the subject, but the documentary was astonishing. Never would I thought something as simple as a single font would have such far reaching and profound effect on our culture. Without giving too much away, let me summarize the film in an excerpt from the movie’s website. I highly encourage you to watch the film for yourself.
“Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. The film is an exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, and a fluid discussion with renowned designers about their work, the creative process, and the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type.”
So check out the movie on Netflix, or if you are too cheap for the $7.99 subscription just click here. You will not be disappointed.
Back in 2007, a couple years after graduating college, and before I ventured into the world of design all on my own, I would scour the internet and job boards for hours on end looking for work. What is the one item every potential employee is supposed to have…the all encompassing “get to know me in one page before ever meeting me” resume.
My resume was a Word doc masterpiece. After 7,000 revisions and edits…or so it felt like…every well crafted word I beleived represented my best qualities to a total stranger that I often times would never meet. But being a designer, I came to learn that I needed more that a piece of paper to “stand out”. My resume had to be much more visual.
That’s why I found this resume from fellow designer, Ashley Spencer, so very interesting. Her “Info-Graphic Map of Me” is a great take on the tired resume.
The question is, would it make you as employer take notice or just toss it aside. Take a look and decide for yourself.
I admit it. I’ve bought beer strictly based on the label. Guilty as charged. Running into the store with a limited amount of time, looking for the first thing to catch my eye…that’s my plan.
But who hasn’t?
It’s all about marketing really. As a graphic designer much of my time is spent in promoting a brand or entity. Print, web, logos, social media, event fliers…it’s all about catching the audiences attention, and engaging them enough to want what I’m presenting. So it should come as no surprise when I say I “window shop” for beer from time to time. If I like the label, I’ll probably like what’s inside.
Now to the point of this post. Oh Beautiful Beer. Oh Beautiful Beer is a site that “celebrates remarkable graphic design from the world of beer”, a site showcasing the creative energy that goes into marketing beer, and the amazing designs that result. It’s a work of art on a six-pack! I’m a huge fan and I think you will be too.
I played with dominoes as a kid, sadly I never had a Domino Rally. That being said I would never have thought to recreate a famous work of art.
Check out this domino creation by Flippy Cat as he recreates Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”. I’ve always been impressed when people use unique mediums to create art. This example is no exception. He’s got a Mona Lisa too.
I have photoshop skills…but this guys has mad photoshop skills. Check out this timelapse of a Photoshop creation by artist Alexander Koshelkov. He brings together a mosaic of images to create one disturbingly beautiful piece.
Check out these works of art created by graphic artist Cayla Ferari and engineer John Breznicky. What started out as a clever way to jazz up the walls of their NY apartment turned into a full fledged entrepreneurial endeavor.
The first version was a minimalist take of the NY subway system. Today Lineposters.com has versions representing transit systems from all over the world.
Check em out. I’m tempted to buy a few myself. If only Indianapolis had a transit system worth emulating in poster form. Aw shucks.
Thanks to the Huffington Post for first tweeting this story. Can I send you the bill for the money I’m going to spend on this art, because of reading you tweet 🙂
I’m 6 ft 1in tall and wear size 12 shoes.
Robert Pershing Wadlow was 8ft 11in and wore size 37 shoes.
Out of all the people on the planet, the honor of being the World’s Tallest Man in recorded history belonged to a gentleman from Alton, IL, a town just 30 minutes from my own hometown. I thought it only fitting for me to grab my camera and make the short drive to the monument dedicated to him.
The life-size statue of Wadlow stands on College Avenue in Alton, opposite the Alton Museum of History and Art. The statue was erected in 1986 in honor of the hometown native. I first visited the statue with my grandparents back in 1995 (check out the shorts I’m rocking in a picture in the gallery below) but hadn’t been back until this past week. His statue looked just as enormous as it had when I was 12. Unfortunately I was the only one at the statue when I took pictures…so my shoe was the only point of reference I had to show just how, pardon the pun, largest than life he was.
Known as the Alton Giant, Robert Wadlow was born in 1918. His size was noticeable from an early age with special desks having to be made for him as an elementary school student. By his freshman year of college he was already over 8ft 3in and showing no signs of stopping. His celebrity status in American culture comes as no surprise and in 1936 he toured the country with the Ringling Brother Circus.
Mobility was always a problem for Wadlow, often requiring braces to support his 440lb frame. Sadly his giant stature would be his undoing. On July 4, 1940 a blister on Robert’s foot became infected requiring doctors to perform an unsuccessful blood transfusion. He would pass away in his sleep 15 days later at the young age of 22.
It is said his funeral was attended by nearly 40,000 people. His casket was 10 feet and required 12 pallbearers to take Robert to final resting place, which was interred in a vault of solid concrete.
While Robert Wadlow will likely hold the world record indefinitely at 8ft 11in doctors said that his body showed no signs of slowed growth. Who knows how tall he could have become.
There are six other life size statues of Wadlow, one of which resides at the Guinness Museum in Niagara Falls.
OK Go consistently impresses me with their music videos, and their latest is no exception. It’s not as over the top as their Rube Goldberg music video, but the simplistic play of colors and dancing is quite enjoyable. If you are colorblind it may not be as fantastic…but the dancing is still good.
OK Go – Skyscrapers – Official Video – YouTube.