The Writing Is On The Wall In Louisville, KY

Type and setting come together in a big way thanks to artists Bryan Patrick Todd and Kirby Stafford. Todd, a graphic designer, and Stafford, a sign painter, transform empty urban walls into giant typographic artworks that change the face of the Louisville neighborhoods they call home.

Design Around the Lines: Barcodes Don’t Have to Be Boring

We love the idea of taking overlooked design elements and making them beautiful. The barcode is a good example of this. It’s on nearly everything we buy – from your latest iPad purchase to a Snickers bar at the market – just a bunch of lines and numbers with very little (if any) thought put in to how it looks. We’ve covered Steve Simpson’s remixes before, and now we’ve run across D-Barcode, a Japanese design firm that’s been steadily revamping this oft overlooked element.

From the Inside: Looking into the Human Genome Project [Infographic]

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As far as great projects go, it’s hard to top the Human Genome Project (HGP). Still the largest collaborative biological endeavor in history, it has given us the first complete look at the blueprint for building human beings, and with that knowledge, it’s hard to think of anything that is contributing more to human health in our modern world.

The Most Clever, Stand-Out Roommate Ad Ever Posted on Craigslist

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Let’s face it- there are some cities where having roommates is a must for survival, especially for young professionals on an entry level salary. Roommates come and go and Craigslist has made the search a lot easier, but also introduced a lot of crazy people into the mix, so sifting for the right one can be quite a headache. But there are some downright awesome people on Craigslist too and Lauren Fahey is one of them. To make herself stand out from the bottomless pool of potential roommates, she created this clever graphic for her Craigslist posting, hoping to find the perfect new home. It features amazing quotes from previous roommates atop a hilarious picture with a random naked man lurking in the background. Well she certainly accomplished her mission and found an apartment in no time- who wouldn’t want to live with this girl? She had me at Mac and Cheese!

Logo Mashups: Two Brands Come Face to Face

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Some logos were just meant to have babies. Take the Crocs logo and set it up with the Lacoste crocodile and what do you get? Some majorly jarring fashion and a logo that fits together all too well. That’s the gist behind Ryan Loomis‘ intriguing project Logo Mashups. He’s taking some of the most iconic brands and matching them with their most appropriate brand buddy.

Cartography Typography: Chicago Poster Company Maps Cities, Lakes, And A Few Human Organs

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Starting with her design of a Chicago map hanging on her living room wall, Jenny Beorkrem wondered if other people might also want to hang the poster on their wall. Working a day job as a graphic designer, Beorkrem began Ork Posters with just a few sales on Etsy.  She learned to screenprint, produced more posters, and then some blog writers started to take notice. This spike of interest gave her reason to expand her offerings and create more designs. Since its beginning in 2007, Ork Posters now offers 26 maps – with the Bronx just added this past August. Although Ork Posters has scaled up to accommodate the number of orders, they are still printed locally in Chicago. 

These Are Things Reveal More Than Just a Greeting Card Line at WMC Fest

Photo by Alaina Buzas
Photo by Alaina Buzas

We all love the story of the underdog. Or, the story of the underdog achieving. But the story of the underdog triumphing, but then stumbling and falling and scuffing their knees over and over again? That’s a little hard to take.

Charting the Beatles: Nerdy Designs Indulge in Obsessive Minutia about the Fab Four

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For the past three years, Pop Chart Lab has been producing stellar infographics on a ridiculous range of subjects. Graphics include such topics as beer, kitchen utensils, and superpowers. PCL’s business goal reads, “to render all of human experience in chart form.”  Last week, the Brooklyn based company released Volume 3 in their series of infographics about the Beatles, completing a nice little set.

The Storied Evolution of the Star Wars Logo

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When it comes to movie logos (or franchises for that matter) there are few as iconic as the now classic Star Wars trilogy… but how well do we really know the design behind that logo? As it turns out, the famously “spacy” typography featured in the now familiar logo wasn’t finalized on all print media until a while after the first movies release, and some early versions slipped through becoming quite familiar in their own right.

Vectorfunk Wildlife- A Graphic Design Project by Matt W. Moore

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Animals have been an inspiration and muse for artworks since prehistoric cave drawings, but this new modern twist by Matt W. Moore is as refreshing as it is awesome. The ongoing series of Wildlife features these ten animals so far in Moore’s self-titled “Vectorfunk” style. The street artist and graphic designer uses bold colors and unique geometric patterns to create supercool digital creatures. He also applies the style to larger than life murals, giving walls and buildings a contemporary makeover.