Bodoni Girl: A Golden Tribute to the Typeface

In 1798 Italian typographer Giambattista Bodoni (1740–1813) created his now legendary Bodoni typeface, known for its slightly condensed upper case and extreme contrast between thick and thin strokes. Now, over 210 years later, a seductively flowing poster has been created using just the forms of his typeface, celebrating not only the original creator of the design, but also the charming flow of the female form. The print shows a beautiful woman with flowing locks of curled hair and a lightly bemused, downward gaze.

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The Insanely Great History of Apple

Whether you’re an Apple fan or not, it’s hard to deny the massive amount of technological hits the company has been able to create in the last 30 years. From the Lisa and the original Macintosh to the iPad and Macbook Air of today, the company has never been matched in its marketing or ability to create industry changing products. This colorful new poster by the great folks at Pop Chart Lab, looks at this history, tracking every product created by the company and charting the connections, both in type and legacy, between the varied products… as Pop Chart Labs puts it, it’s an Insanely Great History.

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A Glowing Surprise: Day and Night Poster

The freaks come out at night in this poster! Jason Dean of The Best Part has created one glowing example of a design: Day and Night is a print with an innocent side when the lights are on and a darker one when the lights go out. The hidden glow-in-the-dark ink changes the tame cityscape into a world of crime, sex and zombies with the flick of your light switch. While the current printing is sold out, Dean promises new versions in the near future, so keep checking over at The Best Part to see what’s up

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A Visual Compendium of Hollywood Haircuts

From Gone With The Wind’s Scarlett O’Hara to Fight Clubs Tyler Durden, this visual history of Hollywood hairstyles captures 132 iconic looks that have graced the silver screen. This poster, available through Pop Chart Lab, purveyer of all things 2D, is an interesting if not inspiring look at movie history. See another of their hairstyle posters, this time musically themed, here.

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Godspeed! Typographical Poster Made With Bicycle Parts

This poster is made in a highly unique way, as the typography is made up completely of bicycle parts. Studio On Fire inked up almost every piece of a bicycle, from cranks to handlebars and then pressed them on paper. These master shapes were then digitally scanned and arranged to spell out Godspeed. You can buy the poster for $20 at Studio on Fire.

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Bikes of San Francisco

I was in San Francisco just yesterday, so when I returned home and saw this great ‘Bikes of San Francisco’ poster by Tor, I couldn’t help cracking up at how spot-on it was. A fixie for the Mission and a unicycle for the Haight? It’s an everyday occurrence. To see a full sized version, pedal by Flickr… just remember to watch out for those Muni tracks.

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Legend of Zelda: An Evolutionary Family Tree

If this doesn’t get your role playing thumbs twitching, nothing will. Jude Buffum’s evolutionary biology of Hyrule details 200 of ‘the most important’ creatures from The Legend of Zelda video game series. He’s even included a list of binomial Latin names for each of the species and notes that each forking branch indicates an extinct common ancestor of the species that follow.

The piece is titled Magna Arbor Vitae Deku (translated “The Great Deku Tree of Life”) and was offered as a VERY limited 15 print series at this years SUPER iam8bit in Los Angeles. Game on!

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Italy: A Colorful Land of Wine

Vinophiles: whether your favorite Italian type is a crisp classic Chianti or a young sparkling Lambrusco, you’ll find it on Antoine Corbineau’s tasty poster ‘Incomparabili Vini Italiani.’ The map charts everything from the countries varietals, regions and types into a playful and colorful format that would make almost anyone thirsty. The illustration was created for his ongoing project with Italian production and distribution group Carniato Europe.

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An Eclectic Alphabet of Ornate Hand Made Letters

Graphic designer John Kane Smith recently put out a stellar poster we’re very enamored with. Each hand designed glyph is uniquely styled and printed in a fashionable black and red. Smith offers the 19 x 25 inch print on high quality 140lb paper at his website: johnkanesmith.com

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Man As Industrial Palace: Classic Poster Animated

In 1926 German physician, artist and writer Fritz Kahn created this fascinating chromolithograph of the human body and it’s imaginary inner workings. Conceived at a time when Germany was a world leader in the chemicals industry, Der Mensch als Industriepalast (Man as Industrial Palace) compartmentalized the body, creating rooms where workers diligently carried out the circulatory, digestive, metabolic and respiratory work of the body. In this modernist view of anatomy each input, be it air or food, was broken down into it’s individual elements.

After being forgotten for many years, Henning Lenderer, a German visual communication and animation student, has recently breathed new life into the classic poster. Illustrating 6 different cycles within the “human factory,” he created a captivating and highly detailed animation of the poster as it has never been seen before. Be sure to check out the video at the bottom of this post and his full presentation of the project at industriepalast.com.

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