A lot of us grew up with stacks of yellow National Geographic magazines around, their iconic shape and consistently wonderful photography giving us glimpses of the world, near and far. Often the magazines include fold-out maps and excellent infographics. But did you know that the magazine pretty much invented the formula? Their infographics have been going back for more than 128 years. Now National Geographic has teamed up with Taschen to publish a beautifully rich collection of these graphics, including many you’ll recognize, and many you’ve probably missed. An epic journey broken down into seven sections: History, The Planet, Being Human, Animal World, World of Plants, Science & Technology, and Space. We can’t wait to get a copy.
Andrew Fairclough takes the idea of a city guide for Australia’s international students, and makes them personal with this series of designs. Full of detail and beautifully executed, these would look great as a framed series.
In a very colorful, pop-art execution, Ben the Illustrator asked Twitter: “What is your dream workspace?” The resulting polls helped to dictate the amalgamated design, which you can investigate, below. A very cool and clever crowdsourced experiment.
Motionographer gathers beautiful and impactful examples of motion design, and this video by Chromosphere is pretty stunning. Amazing forms, colors, points of view. Great work. Thanks to JM for the hat-tip.
Italian brothers known as Van Orton Design have redesigned classic movie posters in a bold new way. Utilizing a central vanishing point and using vibrant neon-style colors, their designs take movies out of their normal context and into a new dimension. Via DesignBoom:
Reading a tiny ingredient list on the back of a package is one thing. Seeing the ingredients side by side is a more impactful way to know what goes into your snacks. Photographer Dwight Eschliman and Steve Ettlinger have a new book called Ingredients that show just that, the nitty gritty bits of stuff that go into common processed foods. Via the WashingtonPost:
Steve Frykholm is Herman Miller’s VP of Creative Design, and a personal friend. He is famous for a myriad of designs for Herman Miller, but hugely for his Summer Picnic series, which permanently hang in the MOMA in New York.
Here’s a short look of the history behind the posters.
When they’re not resupplying the International Space Station or planning much bigger adventures, SpaceX apparently has a fun and whimsical team that can draw. These inspiring retro-futuristic tourism posters show people vacationing on Olympus Mons (the highest peak in the solar system), see Mars’ moons, Phobos and Deimos, and more. Perhaps inspired by NASA’s own exoplanet tourism posters, it’s fun to see serious companies showing an artistic and exploratory side.