Visualized: The Great Toilet Paper Debate

Ever since its invention in 1879, the manufacturers of rolled toilet paper have left one critical point of design up to consumers: on which side should the loose end of the toilet paper fall? For some, arguing about the fluffy white product is a silly debate but for others it’s a heated source of contention with house mates. This infographic, created by gets to the center of the situation with a witty and surprisingly informative look at the history and even well thought out science behind how you place your toilet paper. Who knew Ann Landers was so passionate about toilet paper orientation or the topics article on Wikipedia was so in depth?

Simply Illuminating: Surreal Light Illustrations

We’ve covered the clever work of Tang Yau Hoong before, but this Malaysia based designer continues to create positively smart illustrations that really catch the eye and mind. He’s been working recently on a series of ‘Surreal Light’ pieces that play with the representation of the light beam and in so doing bends the possibilities of reality and illuminates us with his subtly upbeat message. For more on Tang’s work, see

Rich Psychedelic Patterns in Modern Illustrations

Not wanting to be constrained by his tools or techniques, Bucharest based illustrator Matei Apstolescu uses everything from pencils, markers and spray paint to a Wacom tablet, Photoshop and Illustrator to create his intricately detailed works. Many of his line rich pieces feature a rainbow of intense color, harkening back to a bygone era of psychedelic poster art, while relying on modern techniques and themes. The graffiti artist turned illustrators work has been used by such notable companies as Coca-Cola, Olympus Europe, Bacardi Japan, Computer Arts UK & China, BMW Romania.

Infojocks Infographic: The NBA League History

The team over at Infojocks continually put out amazing infographics and illustrations. Their design focus is centered on making sense of sports statistics. One of their newest projects is the NBA League History Poster; which chronicles the entire history of the NBA and condenses it into one unique poster. The infographic is visually incredible, especially when one notices every team, season and accomplishment have been included. Check out the poster below.

The Visual Language Of Herbert Matter

Herbert Matter is known in the design world as a designer’s designer. The Visual Language Of Herbert Matter is a fascinating look at the life story of a highly influential mid-century modern design master. Swiss born, Herbert Matter revolutionized the design world by augmenting photography as a design tool. His relationship with using the camera as art never stopped, and bringing the scope of fine art into the arena of applied arts changed the game forever.

Apple: Just How Clean Is Their Business?

This piece of motion typography looks in to the business practices of one of the most successful tech companies ever: Apple. While the devices they produce are often praised for their ease of use and clean design, just how ethical is the way they run their business? From a number of Chinese workers supposedly “suicided,” to a lack of charitable giving and questionable environmental practices, is Apple as squeaky clean as it looks? (disclaimer: In case you were wondering, this post was written by a Mac and Linux user)

#killswitch Infographic: Orwell vs. Huxley

This infographic — created by Column Five for Akorn Entertainment — looks at the growing concern over keeping the Internet as a free and open platform by visualizing the concepts from George Orwell’s book 1984, and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World; then comparing them to the current Internet censorship techniques of the Iranian government, and the flood of irrelevant and trivial information of the Western world.

Coated sand filters dirty water

A bit of nanotech “magic” is turning sand into a super-effective water purifier. By coating coarse grains of sand with graphite oxide, researchers at Rice University have created a material that is several times more efficient at removing contaminants than sand alone. The breakthrough may benefit developing countries where more than a billion people lack clean drinking water.

Brooklyn Kids in the Summer of 1974


These classic photographs of Brooklyn and it’s youth capture the raw, gritty nature of the famous New York burough perfectly. Each spontanious image was taken by self-taught photographer and filmmaker Danny Lyon in the hot summer of 1974. We’ve included his original captions with each of his captivating captures. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to catch up with these kids today and hear their life stories?

Is Saturn moon hiding a salty ocean?

Samples of icy spray ejected from a Saturn moon and collected by the Cassini spacecraft make a strong case for the existence of a subterranean saltwater ocean. Dramatic plumes, both large and small, spray water ice out from many locations along the famed “tiger stripes” near the south pole of Saturn’s moon Enceladus.