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Movie Posters Get the Pictogram Treatment

Monday 03.28.2011 , Posted by

You may recall the brilliant Viktor Hertz from our earlier post “Clever Graphics That Make You Think.” Well he’s back with a new series that re-imagines famous movie posters in his own simplified style… and what better way to communicate simply than by using pictograms? With this ongoing project, he’s striving to find a balance between the current minimalist poster trend and not being boring… even in black and gray, we think he’s right on target.

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The Beauty of Vomiting Pandas & Flying Sharks

Thursday 03.03.2011 , Posted by

Shaman of the Rainbow Vomiting Pandas – © Derek Chatwood

Rainbow vomiting pandas? The sky taken over by flying sharks? This is the colorful and trippy world of Derek Chatwood. He has a talent for making bold illustrations that hold both humor and often an undercurrent of poniency that only adds to the full stories they tell. He produces his works with pencil and ink, drawing the outline freehand, then ‘paints’ the images using Photoshop. When he’s not at his day job as a video game designer and illustrator he says “whatever collects in the mental filter over the week of media saturation, I spend my weekend trying to squeeze back out onto paper.” It would seem his weeks are saturated with pure Technicolor brilliance. [Read more…]

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Classy Beer Designs To Hang or Wear

Wednesday 03.02.2011 , Posted by

If you like beer, these three designs by Pop Chart Lab will have your mouth watering. Celebrating this favorite sudsy beverage, the first design is an informative poster featuring the original 13 US states and the myriad breweries that dot their lands (included are major roads for quick brewery tour planning).

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15 Stylish Tribute Posters Do The Originals Proud

Friday 02.25.2011 , Posted by

Over the last few years Matt Needle has been cranking out some really clean poster tributes to his favorite films, television and artists. From pitch perfect versions of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, to a 8 1/2 poster that would make Fellini proud, his work has been noticed by such companies as Nike and Hugo Boss. For more of his cleanly drawn work, check out mattneedle.co.uk. [Read more…]

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Saving PBS: Public Broadcasting on the Rocks

Wednesday 02.23.2011 , Posted by

From kids programming like Sesame Street to space exploration on NOVA, PBS has been a source of inspiration and learning to generations. On February 19th, 2011, the House of Representatives voted 235-189 to pass a continuing resolution that eliminates funding for public broadcasting. Talented illustrator Chris Bishop, put together this handy graphic illuminating the many reasons why PBS is worth saving. Visit 170 Million Americans for more information on how we can save this treasure! [Read more…]

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Visual News Infographic Design Contest! ‘Visual Love Letters’

Monday 02.07.2011 , Posted by

That’s right… It’s our first ever Visual News Design Contest! In celebration of this love filled time of year we’re challenging YOU to come up with your very best expression of love, conveyed through the medium of infographics. To be announced this Valentines day, the talented and lucky winner will receive four books by the much admired Edward Tufte (a $120 value on Amazon, pictured below). The deadline is midnight February 13th so work quick… and here’s to being lucky in design AND love! [Read more…]

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Protests in Egypt: Marching Against Mubarak (Infographic)

Wednesday 02.02.2011 , Posted by


On January 25, 2011, Egyptians began the first of a series of rallies to protest low minimum wage, high unemployment, and lack of freedom of the press under President Hosni Mubarak. The February 1 rally marked the largest day of protest so far.

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Perfectly Mixed: An Infographic of Fancy Drinks

Tuesday 02.01.2011 , Posted by

Just how do you make that favorite drink? Brazilian illustrator Fabio Rex has shaken together some very well done infographic style images describing exactly what it takes to make that perfect drink. Each image includes the proportions of each ingredient and those aesthetic bits of garnish to top it all off, making the images both informative and intuitive with just the right subtle details to keep them tasting good.

For more of Fabio’s illustration work, see his flickr page or follow him on Twitter. [Read more…]

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The World on the Wall: Decorated Illusions

Thursday 01.27.2011 , Posted by

Melding the indoors with the out, artist Charlotte Mann draws walls with windows into other monochromatic worlds. Using just black and white marker, her lines adorn spaces with objects in 1:1 scale, often with implied openings and illusory views toward some imagined space beyond. Made mainly on a commission basis, her works have featured prominently in the fashion industry, including several collaborations with fashion designer Peter Jensen, whose clothing designs are shown below.
For more linear inspiration see Mann’s website charlottemann.co.uk

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Alphabet Illustrations Play with Form and Meaning

Tuesday 01.25.2011 , Posted by


London based illustrator, Maggie Li, has created 5 excellent posters that experiment with the form and meaning behind the alphabet. Some play with possible interpretations behind each letter usage while other examples are visually abstract and push the limits of font legibility, only finding clarity in their whole 26 letter form.

To see more of her playful illustrations follow her on Twitter, check out her blog or see her website maggieli.co.uk
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