Super Cute Superheroes With Not So Super Part Time Jobs

In today’s economy, even superheroes need part-time jobs on the side to survive. It seems that saving the world doesn’t bring home the bacon anymore and illustrator Chow Hon Lam adorably designs these mega stars in the daily grind. Darth Vader uses his light saber to trim the hedges as a landscape laborer, Cat woman catches mice as an exterminator, while Spiderman uses his webs to make tennis rackets. See what the other superheroes are up to on the part-time job front below.

GraphicStock: A Universe of Unlimited Stock Imagery

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As Thomas Edison said, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety nine percent perspiration” – but what if you’d like to sweat a little less? Sometimes the most difficult part of a good idea isn’t coming up with the idea… it’s getting that idea executed and out in the real world where people can use it. These days any good project requires a strong visual aspect – from a website, blog or app, to mailers and business cards – and that can take loads of time. Enter GraphicStock.com, a subscription-based archive of stock graphics, images, icons, buttons, backgrounds, textures and more, that can seriously trim your workload while providing you with just the look you require… and they’re doing it with an important twist: unlimited downloads.

Colorful Quotes and Thoughts, Visualized

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We simply love these hand drawn graphics based on quotes from literary and science greats. Each is an insightful look into the nature of humans and the nature of the universe. Produced as part of an ongoing series called Illuminating Quotes, Visualised by Maggie Appleton, each is a window into wisdom from around the world.

Data + Design Project: The Bubble Charts of March

Here at Visual News, we’ve been looking for designers/illustrators to participate in an ongoing design series called the Data + Design Project. As an off-shoot of Column Five Media, we are ardent supporters of the union between data and design, so in February we started curating the Data + Design project gallery as a way to show how flexible and beautiful data visualizations can actually be.

Want to Smile? Whimsical Illustrations by Randy Otter

If you want to add some sunshine to your long day, look no further than the clever, entertaining and even cute illustrations of Randy Otter (aka Aaron Jay). Each of his images treats us to a laugh as soon as the underlying meaning jumps out and tickles our brain… from the subtle to the overt, these are sure to entertain, if not make you think a little.

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Oil Prices: A Current Snapshot of the U.S.

Fuel prices have begun to sky rocket in the U.S. again, with no end in sight. It’s leading to rising costs in travel, shipping and consumer products nation-wide. The question: what exactly is behind these rising costs and what can we expect in the future?

Beer Craft: A Graphical Explanation of Home Brewing

There’s not much in life better than drinking a cold, sudsy bottle of beer crafted by yourself. Brewing beer isn’t rocket science, but that’s not what you’d think when looking at most beer brewing books. They’re filled with calculations, charts and chapter upon chapter about the subtleties of crafting the perfect brew. While this may be handy for the seasoned home brewer, it is far more complex than the beginning, or even average, home brewer needs to create a good beer of their own. This gorgeous and useful new book, Beer Craft, explores the basics to the intermediate steps involved in the craft, all visualized using a heavy graphical style that makes the whole process go down smoothly.

Neil Webb: Smart Illustrations With a Classic Flair

Mix one part Mad Men, one part 60s novel covers, a dash of modern life commentary and shake over rocks… and you get Neil Webb’s highly polished editorial illustrations. Webb’s work has a distinctly minimalistic mid-century feel that makes it both classically familiar and easily digestible… but that doesn’t mean that it’s not intensely clever too: his forms often hide double meanings that aren’t at first apparent. Lending to their classic feel, many of his works have a texture that reminds me of 1960s hard cover books, having the look of warn ink lovingly printed on thick, long-lasting canvas binding… just check out his gorgeous covers for The Desert War Trilogy below.

The Bold Art of the European Tour Bus

Often looking like a mix between color field paintings and some pretty rad late 80s skater art, the sides of european tour busses are a vastly under-appreciated art form. Photographer Taylor Holland has been working to change that, capturing the rolling canvas’ during his Paris bicycle commute in ways that put the art clearly and boldly in our focus. His shots crop out the main mechanics of the busses, leaving little but colorful hubcaps and vents to clue us into the origin of the striking graphics. What is left are bright patterns worthy of far more than the passing glances that they get rolling the streets… and that was just his intention.