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Visual Bits #251> It’s A-Me Mario

Tuesday 08.14.2012 , Posted by

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Wikipedia Redefined and Redesigned

Thursday 08.09.2012 , Posted by

Wikipedia: it’s the new standard for what an encyclopedia should be: constantly evolving and up to date, editable by the people who often know best (us), available to just about everyone with a computer, and readable in just about every language. The website has literally changed the way the world looks at reliable, open-source information. But, for all its outstanding qualities, it’s seriously lacking in one important aspect: design. [Read more...]

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Minimalist Dark Knight Character Posters

Friday 07.27.2012 , Posted by

As the Christopher Nolan Dark Night Trilogy has come to an end, graphic designer David Ryan Andersson has created a series of minimalist posters to highlight it’s key players. Each poster features a shadowed figure of each on a solid colored background along with a quote representative of each character. See your favorite hero along with the villains from Nolan’s Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises in a minimalistic fashion. David Ryan Andersson is a Chicago native currently attending the University of Illinois for advertising. [Read more...]

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Nice Kicks: A Visual History of Nike

Thursday 07.26.2012 , Posted by

When it comes to footwear dominance, nobody comes closer to Nike. After more than 40 years of creating shoes designed for the athletically minded and the stylistically conscious, their shoes and their famous swoosh have been seen, envied and copied around the world. One of their many fans is Stephen Cheetham. This London based “illustrator / designer / graphic artist / whatever you want to call it” is a major sneaker / trainer fan and has thus created a series of crisp graphics showing many of Nike’s most iconic shoes from the 70’s through the 2000’s. The graphic ranges from their original Cortez running shoe in 1971, through their Considered BB of 2007. [Read more...]

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The Curious Case of the Hue Shifting Movie Poster

Tuesday 07.24.2012 , Posted by

Since its inception over 100 years ago, a curious and clear shift has been striking the movie industry, or more exactly, the industry of the movie poster. Over the last century we have seen the posters advertising each years films, both large and small, take a decided shift in hue towards two specific colors. We might not know this without the interesting and comprehensively compiled color charts created by Vijay Pandurangan, but thanks to his inquisitive and diligent work, we can now easily see which colors have steadily gained prominence in the movie posters of today compared with those created at the beginning of popular film. There are easily two winners: orange and blue. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #234> It’s As Simple As A-B-C

Sunday 07.15.2012 , Posted by

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Freaky Friendly Monsters in a Retro World

Thursday 07.05.2012 , Posted by

From the imaginative mind of Madrid based illustrator Juan Carlos Paz (aka Bakea) comes an endearing world of very friendly freaks. Whether he’s illustrating, building or drawing, his works feature a familiar current: near cuddly creatures with no shortage of yellow, googly eyes. His surrealistic creations are in no way scary, but rather like the characters you’d find in Monsters Inc. – ready to make you laugh and be your buddy. [Read more...]

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Portraiture in Collage: The Work of Charles Williams

Tuesday 07.03.2012 , Posted by

These portraits might appear a bit chunky at first, but just give your eyes a squint and a clear, realistic image pops out of the screen. Together, the sometimes linear, sometimes amoebic images make up the exciting work of graphic designer and digital artist Charles Williams. His portraits capture many famous world figures, and reproduce their likenesses with his uniquely layered collage style. While his work follows a unifying method, he frequently reworks the way it is implemented: some containing a cut fabric like treatment, others appearing to be made of paper… or in the case of his portrait of Mad Men’s Don Draper he breaks his shapes into non-layered fragments. [Read more...]

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Atom Boy: An Artful Animation of the Molecular World

Monday 07.02.2012 , Posted by

Isn’t it great when inspiration strikes out of nowhere? Having no other plan than to do some “fun things” in Cinema 4D, graphic designer and producer Joachim Ljunggren found his simple experiments expanding into something much bigger. His artful piece Atom Boy takes us into a shiny world of molecular structures, bouncing around and bonding with each other in a stark white world. The resulting motion graphic short is intriguing in its clever transitions and physics along with its gorgeous lighting and squeaky clean reflections. [Read more...]

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Eclectic Playing Cards Created by 52 Worldwide Artists

Thursday 06.21.2012 , Posted by

Next time you sit down for a game of poker, rummy or hearts, how about making that game far more artistic? This new deck of playing cards, called 52aces, is a collaboration between 52 artists around the world who have lent their unique talents to each of the cards in the deck. The unique ensemble cast come together to form one of the most interesting playing decks, one that could easily have you distracted from your game just because of the highly gripping art on each card. [Read more...]

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