Thirteen years before a human ever traveled to outer space, on June 11, 1948, a heroic rhesus monkey named Albert made the journey, paving the way for future astronauts. Sadly Albert died of suffocation during the flight, but he was the first of many test monkeys. Before Albert only fruit flies had been sent to space, but he was the predecessor to monkeys Albert II through Albert VI, Gordo, Able, Sam, Miss Sam, Ham, and Enos among several other animals. Based in Budapest, Hungary, designer Norbert Mayer gives an illustrated history lesson on our animal friend space travelers in the images below. [Read more...]
These days people are catching onto the idea of tiny minimalist homes. In the country of Austria where amazing alps abound, a family commissioned designer Peter Jungmann to create a house that provided ample views of the spectacular mountains yet gave minimal impact to the existing environment. The result was the “UFOgel”, a fusion of UFO and Vogel, which means bird in German. [Read more...]
At the laundromat dirty clothes go through the machines and come out clean, and that’s not much different from what happens to a face in the Face-O-Mat. Swiss artist Tobias Gutmann created this portrait machine which he sits inside and waits for a coin donation in the slot. Then he looks through the square at the customer’s face and begins painting a minimalist portrait of them in 3 minutes. With special sound effects, that sound like a printer, Gutmann feeds the painting through the slot so it looks like the machine is spitting it out and the people get to bring home an awesome, squeaky clean self-portrait. [Read more...]
Inspired by artists like Banksy, Malaysian artist Tang Chiew Ling creates minimalist stencil-like silhouettes, but then she adds a fanciful twist. For this series called Object Art: 1, Ling adds leaves to each of her illustrations to tell a playful story. A couple holding hands beneath a rain cloud of leaf matter, a bundle of leaf balloons, and a little girl blowing bubbles of leaves are some of the whimsical images she has created. Ling is a freelance graphic designer who loves to illustrate on the side. She has another Object Art project that uses cotton balls in a similar narrative way. [Read more...]
To go along with his male-centric scientist minimalist typography series, Kapil Bhagat has added to it some of the most important females in science. With the popularity of his first set- Edison, Einstein, Copernicus, Galileo, Archimedes, Tesla, Darwin, and Pythagoras- he received requests for some of the leading ladies too, so on the anniversary of Marie Curie’s death he released this set. Honoring Marie Curie, Grace Hopper, Rosalind Franklin, Ada Lovelace, Barbara McClintock and Maria Mitchell, Bhagat creatively designs a way to show what each woman is famous for in her name. [Read more...]
If walls could talk, they probably wouldn’t be nearly as funny as these other everyday objects- like blue cheese, onions, hammers, and light bulbs. Freelance illustrator and designer Jaco Haasbroek has created this hilarious series of minimalist characters speaking what’s on their “minds”. The set, called Food, Object or Animal is comprised of little acrylic and ink paintings on paper with handwritten speech text in all caps. From cheese that’s “mature for his age” to shivering “chilly” peppers, Haasbroek will have you thinking about how to personify all of the foods and objects you come into contact with. [Read more...]
If you’ve ever worn eyeglasses for a long period of time then undoubtedly you know that crazy look people give you when they catch you without them- it’s like you’re some alien creature that they’ve never seen before but can’t stop staring at and commenting about how weird it is to see you that way. Some celebrities and movie characters are so closely associated with their eyewear that you could identify them by simply seeing their glasses. Italian Art Director & Multimedia Designer Federico Mauro has done an excellent job collecting examples of this phenomenon with a clean, minimalistic design style. Scroll through this collection slowly and try to guess whose spectacles you’re seeing before the answer is revealed.
For just over a year now Tilman Zitzmann has been daily exploring two of his design fascinations: geometry and minimalism. Each day on his tumblr blog he posts a deceptively simple geometric form in his tasty retro style. Most examples look like they could have been lifted from your parent’s 50s or 60s textbooks, the ones that featured beautiful geometric instructions and infographics on the world before the term was even coined. For anyone design related, this is inspiration gold. [Read more...]
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Attention quote and design lovers, here’s a poster series that marries minimalism with inspiration and will look great on your wall. Toronto based designer Ryan McArthur has created this awesome line of prints using quotations from some of the most brilliant minds. He illustrates each of his simple, clean designs by hand then manually traces each line converting it to a vector graphic to scale and manipulate. Next he adds in the speech bubble graphic of the author’s name along with the quote itself, and voila!