A Visual Adventure In Geometry and Light

This master of digital geometry, light, color and composition creates feasts for the eyes. Andy Gilmore leads you into a visual sensation from portraits to pixels, patterning line, color and attention to detail in arresting artwork.

The Worlds Weirdest Book

A truly unique work of fiction, ‘The Codex Seraphinianus‘ is a book that appears to be a visual encyclopedia of some unknown world or dimension. Written down in one of that worlds beautiful curving languages, the book by Italian artist, architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini, explains the odd inhabitants and their colorful behaviors. The book was created between 1976 and 1978 and for the low price of about $500.00 you can ponder over your own copy… then again, if you can’t afford that, check out the video at the bottom.

The Apple Tree: A Visual History of Apple Products

From the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984 to the iMac in 1998, Apple Inc. has introduced industry changing design and thinking that continues to change how we interact with our computers, music, phones and more. No other electronics company can claim the sometimes cultish popularity of their products along with their famously thoughtful and user-friendly design. This graphic created by the folks at Mashable looks at the highs and lows of the company through the years, beginning with their first DIY Apple computer and ending with the most recently released iPad 2. Will we see more fruit on this “Apple Tree” before the close of 2011? It seems deliciously possible.

Rich Psychedelic Patterns in Modern Illustrations

Not wanting to be constrained by his tools or techniques, Bucharest based illustrator Matei Apstolescu uses everything from pencils, markers and spray paint to a Wacom tablet, Photoshop and Illustrator to create his intricately detailed works. Many of his line rich pieces feature a rainbow of intense color, harkening back to a bygone era of psychedelic poster art, while relying on modern techniques and themes. The graffiti artist turned illustrators work has been used by such notable companies as Coca-Cola, Olympus Europe, Bacardi Japan, Computer Arts UK & China, BMW Romania.

A Change of Costume: Re-Imagined Superheros

These remixed superhero illustrations are certainly different and even a bit daring. Artist JTO (aka Jeff T. Owens) imaginatively changes these icons of the comic and movie world, giving them both new appearances, personalities and sometimes making them utterly absurd. Check out the most up to date editions of his offbeat work at jtojto.tumblr.com.

Water Down: Detailing the Global Water Crisis

Around the world unsanitary water leads to the deaths of more than 3.6 million people annually, 1.5 million of which are children under 5. According to the United Nations, unsanitary water kills more people worldwide than war. While many in high income countries see no effect on their water supply or quality, many people in developing countries face arduous daily hikes to find even the most marginal water. This graphic, created in a collaboration between Good.is and Column Five, puts revealing numbers to this expanding crisis.

Nonsensical Infographics: Form Over Function

Well done infographics are something to educate, entertain, inspire and inform, but Chad Hagen’s ‘Nonsensical Infographics’ lean heavily on inspiration and still come out winning. His art pieces balance creative use of shape with meaningless annotation leaving viewers to wonder at their origin and meaning. You can see his other pieces, many further reinterpretations of our established symbology, at chadhagen.com.

Smart Illustrations Tickle The Mind

Design is so refreshing when it reveals its clever side and makes us think; and that’s just what artist/freelance designer Tang Yau Hoong’s illustrations do. By a creative use of negative space and a persistent re-imagining of objects, his work is entertaining as it is smart. Besides occasionally producing prints of his work Hoong has many snappy t-shirt versions of his designs printed through Threadless.

The Empire Strikes Back: Retold in “Iconoscope”

Can the entire story of Starwars Episode V be conveyed any simpler? Wayne Dorrington used 64 lines including a small collection of icons to retell this epic tale. For those obsessed with the film this format will have you vividly imagining all the plot twists in your minds eye. See Dorrington’s illustration work, including a version of Starwars Episode IV in “Iconoscope” at waynedorrington.blogspot.com

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