In one of the stranger uses of a new technology, Pioneer is offering a 3D hologram printing service to transform ultrasound data into a one-of-a-kind image of your unborn child. Now you can see a 3D image of what your child looks like, even before they’ve popped out into the world! Yes it’s highly unusual, but judging by the high number of ultrasound photos floating around Facebook, this is going to be a hit. [Read more...]
Sometimes you just run across a company that’s doing it right. Here at Visual News / Column Five, we recently had some postcards printed for us by Moo.com and were seriously impressed with the quality, ease of creating them and level of customization. Many of you know this is a market that is majorly hit or miss, with plenty of lesser companies producing far inferior product with a multitude of printing errors. These are very well printed, on high-quality paper stock and something you can be proud to give someone… they even feel good in your hand. Because of our great experience, we wanted to feature a few of their pre-designed business cards, many of which are affordable and so customizable it will look like you spent loads getting design work done… heck, they even make it look seriously cool to be a plumber [Read more...]
You don’t get a much more appropriate use of technology than this booklet for Austria Solar. Using ink that remains invisible until sunlight touches it, this crisp design by Mathias Nösel and Matthäus Frost of Serviceplan, comes in a foil envelope only revealing its imagery when opened to the rays of the sun. It’s a lot like those 1990s shirts that exposed their sweet prints as you strolled outside… only this is a whole lot less cheesy. [Read more...]
This vintage footage shows the process of printing a book the old fashioned way, with lots and lots of labor. The number of steps to create a book in 1947 is jaw dropping. Typesetting, copper plate making, printing, cutting, sewing, gluing and more were all part of the process, providing jobs for a large staff of skilled workers… and some that clearly want to cut their fingers off (see the guy using the table saw at 4:20). The sheer about of labor involved in this past era makes us question what caries more importance: jobs or the convenience of the modern eBook?
With the horrific earthquake and tsunami in Japan just days past artists and designers around the world are quickly putting their skills to work bringing attention to the important mission of caring for the people of the stricken country. Using the Rising Sun as their cue these posters are both beautiful and moving. Let’s all do our part and help this beautiful country get back on it’s feet!
Shaping a squeaky clean map of the world using just place names to define boundaries, Chartis Graphein’s poster over at Design Ahoy is really well done. The letterpress print has embossed longitude and latitude lines, adding to the many subtle details of the surprisingly information rich map. It’s the perfect way to memorize all those places you’ve been dying to visit. Find the 20 by 29 inch print available through Design Ahoy’s Etsy store.
It’s been said that we never forget a face… but what about a style? Dubai based graphic designer Ali Jabbar has taken famous political and celebrity figures and removed their faces… leaving just enough to clue us in to their true identity. It really goes to show how much impact many of these figures have had on us: we know them face or not. [Read more...]
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).