K is for Katniss: Risa Rodil Illustrates the Hunger Games Alphabet

K is for Katniss, in The Hunger Games alphabet of course. But what about the other 25 letters?  21-year-old designer, illustrator and letterer, Risa Rodil has created an illustrative poster that really hits the mark, featuring letters with a distinctly Hunger Games twist.

My Status is Not a Secret: A Bold New HIV Awareness Campaign and Interview with Parker Trewin

Three weeks ago, Column Five (a Visual News partner) launched a bold new HIV awareness campaign called My Status Is Not A Secret. Through a series of filmed interviews and a 45-minute documentary featuring a diverse cast of individuals speaking frankly about their experiences with HIV, the project seeks to give a face to a disease that ultimately affects us all.

We Talk to Nick Pedersen About Ultima, His Fantastically Detailed Vision of the Future

Nick Pedersen has a vision of the future, and he’s revealing it to us through vast landscapes of a world after the “peak” of human civilization. His stunningly detailed works see humans in a not so distant time, surrounded by the ruins of society as we know it.

Here is a world filled with nuclear power plants long dormant; the rusting hulks of cruise ships that no longer sail; and even the remnant scribbles of street art no longer speaking. It’s not all bleak however – because despite the cold, nature has come back with abundance.

Visual News Talks with The Sole US Olympic Men’s Alpine Snowboarder, Justin Reiter

The Olympic games are in their final week at Sochi and three of the five snowboarding events are complete. The jumps, rails and pipes are finished until the 2018 Winter Olympic Games…or just until the next Winter X-games. Now it’s time for the proper racing: Parallel Giant Slalom and Slalom. Alpine snowboarding is a sport that isn’t always as hyped up by the media because, well, it’s just not as cool to them as riders doing yolos and mctwists all over the place.

We Fell In Friend-Love With Yumi Sakugawa [Interview]

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Southern California-based illustrator Yumi Sakugawa explores the pangs, passions, and perils of platonic love in her charming comic I Think I’m in Friend-Love With You.  A story of an awkwardly-adorable monster yearning for non-romantic affection – in the form of inside jokes, special hang-out sessions, and late-night Facebook chats – Sakugawa’s comic captures a relational territory often considered ambiguous: the connection with and longing for platonic pals.

Safe Stoves for All: Cook Up Some Love this Valentines

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We in the western world take healthy cooking completely for granted. You turn the knob on your stove and magically gas or electricity heats the food before you. Many people in the world aren’t that lucky however: much of the worlds population still use indoor wood stoves of questionable design. They pump smoke into the surrounding air, use many more trees than necessary and eat up the income of people already living on the edge. Now, the organization Enlace is working to bring smart and simple eco-stove designs to the people of the world, beginning their life saving mission in El Salvador. They call the project Cooking Up Love.

Paper Sculptures from an Icon of Industrial Design

The name Irving Harper is associated with some seriously iconic creations in the design world. As design director for the Nelson Office, he was responsible for some of the most memorable objects of the twentieth century, from the Marshmallow Sofa, to the Ball clock and even the Herman Miller logo. What most people don’t know is that he was also a prolific paper sculptor, spending nearly 50 years of his life working on fantastically beautiful creations at his home in Rye, New York.

Simply Illustrated: An Interview with Ty Wilkins

Do you ever wonder what happened to that kid in your kindergarten class who could make the Taj Mahal out of building blocks? These beautifully arranged illustrations are the handy work of that kid all grown up, Ty Wilkins. When you see his work it makes a lot of sense that he was first a designer, and then migrated into the world of illustration. His uncanny ability to create full illustrations with only the most basic shapes is a big indicator… and he made a note to mention that the same process he went through in making logos, he did for his illustrations. Despite the apparent simplicity, he is able retain a high level of sophistication in his work, which is what really is impressive.