Data + Design Project

Illustrating Landscapes for Happy People

Saturday 06.02.2012 , Posted by
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It’s no secret that here at Visual News we are real suckers for maps and clever illustrations, so when we found these designs by Belgium based design studio Khuan + Ktron we were floored. Each of their designs, whether representing some real location or a conceptual idea, playfully illustrates a world of large landmarks, curving roads, and happy people. Composed of a trio of multinational talents, perhaps their websites statement expresses their creative philosophy best as:

“a warm shelter for wandering monks, martial arts instructors, spare-time pathologists, daisypickers, vegan cooks, flute-playing shepherds, slightly aging anarcho-punks, ascetics and other zealots, off-season theme park enthusiasts and maggot-infested zombies, united by their mutual interests and passions.”

Their fun approach has been serving them well, having illustrated for a large selection of periodicals and events across the european continent. In the case of these map themed examples, their work has represented both actual countries, and conceptual ideas where they have frequently commented on social and environmental issues. In the brilliantly communicated example above a landscape slowly transforms from one dependent on non-renewable fuels into one which strives to work with sustainable methods.

For more of this talented crews work, including many illustrations that are hardly map based (think zombie apocalypse meets Buddhist meditation), head to khuan-ktron.com or an even more extensive collection on Flickr.

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Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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