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Word Animals: Creatures Made of Typography

Monday 02.04.2013 , Posted by

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These whimsical animals might at first appear to be made of funky 60s amoeba shapes, conveniently fitted together to make a cute creature… but a closer look reveals that those shapes are actually letters spelling the name of the animal they’re creating. The clever images are the work of Dan Fleming, a British/Australian graphic designer who works in brand identity and logo design. These images look like they could be the perfect logos for a future zoo redesign or inspiration for motion graphics on Animal Planet. [Read more...]

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Lord of the Rings Visualized: A Timeline of the One Ring

Thursday 01.24.2013 , Posted by

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The world created by J.R.R. Tolkien is a complex one – filled with carefully crafted elven languages, detailed maps and a vibrant, detailed past. It’s not hard to get lost in the many events spanning his novels, so Emil Johansson of the LotrProject created a fantastic timeline based on the world’s most important event: the forging and fate of the One Ring. [Read more...]

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Moniker: The Coolest Bike Handlebars You’ve Ever Seen

Monday 01.21.2013 , Posted by

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So you think your bike is cool? Think again. These handlebars are probably the most rad bespoke cycle gear you can get your hands on: genuine deer antlers fused with recycled metal to create a completely custom and completely awesome riding experience. As the pointy horns equally custom box proclaims, you’re sure to “leave your mark.” [Read more...]

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Never Built: Los Angeles’s Never Realized Architecture

Thursday 01.17.2013 , Posted by

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Los Angeles is perhaps most famous for two things: its prolific creation of movies, and its massive urban sprawl. The city is unique for having almost no geographic center, instead being spread between districts like Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley (which are city sized in their own right). Now Los Angeles’s A+D Architecture and Design Museum is asking the question “What if?” What if the area’s many proposed architectural projects from the past had been realized? Never Built explores ideas that were never to be, looking at futuristic projects ranging from ideas for massive public institutions, to cantilevered outdoor recreation spaces and extensive rail-based public transportation. It’s an exciting look at the future that could have been… one that is daring the City of Angels to dream big again. [Read more...]

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Printing Heaven: These Business Cards Are A Cut Above

Wednesday 01.09.2013 , Posted by

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Sometimes you just run across a company that’s doing it right. Here at Visual News / Column Five, we recently had some postcards printed for us by Moo.com and were seriously impressed with the quality, ease of creating them and level of customization. Many of you know this is a market that is majorly hit or miss, with plenty of lesser companies producing far inferior product with a multitude of printing errors. These are very well printed, on high-quality paper stock and something you can be proud to give someone… they even feel good in your hand. Because of our great experience, we wanted to feature a few of their pre-designed business cards, many of which are affordable and so customizable it will look like you spent loads getting design work done… heck, they even make it look seriously cool to be a plumber [Read more...]

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Topographic Model Shows Internet as Skyscrapers

Thursday 01.03.2013 , Posted by

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If unique page visits were the bricks that build skyscrapers, which website do you think would have the tallest building? With online bill paying, shopping, and communication it’s possible to never leave home and still have everything you need to survive, so it is almost like the internet has become a virtual city. Korean media artist Sang Un Jeon brings this idea to life in an incredible visualization using internet traffic data and a 3d printer. Since a keyboard is like the vehicle that takes us to this virtual city, he used each letter key to represent the biggest sites on the world wide web. If you look at your keyboard and the image above you can probably figure out that the tallest tower on the G key represents Google and the F to the left of it stands for Facebook. [Read more...]

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Conquering Hate With a Love Story

Sunday 12.30.2012 , Posted by

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Earlier this year, you may have seen photos circulating the internet through Facebook and Twitter, showing a different side of Israeli’s views of Iranians than we see on the news. The viral Israel-Loves-Iran meme was started by graphic designer Ronny Edry of Israel and now he speaks about the movement in a recent TEDtalk. By opening communication where it was once taboo, letting the people of nations know that they are loved by the ones who are allegedly their enemy, it started a chain reaction of love, showing the world that the opinion of the people is not always the same as the one represented by their politicians. [Read more...]

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Grow Your Own: A UK Guide to Yearly Planting & Harvest

Friday 12.28.2012 , Posted by

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It’s that time of year again, the time when you pull out your collection of seeds and plan this years magnificent vegetable garden. For some of us, the selection of this tasty cornucopia is a near obsession (we made our own handy California based graphic). This wonderfully designed poster from UK based print shop Bold and Noble could help you plan your year from sewing to harvest. [Read more...]

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Star Wars Travel Posters in the Style of the WPA

Friday 12.28.2012 , Posted by

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Back in the late 30s and early 40s the US Government spent an unprecedented amount of money furthering the arts as an effort to boost the economy during the Great Depression. Out of the Federal Arts Project branch of the Works Progress Administration came some of the most beautiful posters ever created for our National and State Parks, screen printed in the art deco stylings of the day. Now, Steven Thomas is channeling that gloriously creative time, creating travel posters for the famed Star Wars galaxy. [Read more...]

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A Delightful, Hand-Drawn Map of New York City

Wednesday 12.26.2012 , Posted by

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Following 3-months of research and hard work, British illustrator Jenni Sparks has created a fantastic hand-drawn map featuring the lovely city of New York. The piece repeats the talents we saw in her earlier effort creating a map of London, with this version perhaps even surpassing that fine work. Bold lines trace her 3D renditions of the city’s famous architecture, from the Flat Iron building to the Empire State Building; and locations like Union Square to Central Park. [Read more...]

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