If we all wrote together we might end up with a universal typeface

Friday, 18 July, 2014

When thought experiments are actually conducted… if everyone on Earth were to provide a sample of their handwriting, and these specimens were to be amalgamated, what single, or universal, typeface or handwriting style, might emerge?

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Jon Juarez, a non-writer who storyboards his ideas as illustration

Tuesday, 15 July, 2014

Jon Juarez is an illustrator and artist, but according to this article posted at the recently re-booted Netdiver magazine, he is, in effect, a non-writer who storyboards his ideas. It’s a description that may intrigue or puzzle, but that Juarez’s concepts end up taking visual form is what really counts.

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To see what lies within anything, grab an industrial sander

Monday, 14 July, 2014

Fascinating, Laurin Döpfner takes day-to-day objects, logs, walnuts, electrical fittings, and cameras, and slowly grinds away at them, layer by layer, with an industrial sander, until they end up as a pile of fine particles.

Via Colossal.

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Card stock and an idea, can movie posters get any more minimal?

Friday, 11 July, 2014

Design by atipo

Some of these minimally crafted movie posters – made by Spanish design studio atipo with card stock – take some thinking about, while others are a little more straightforward… once you know the title of film in question that is.

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Victorian Wars and other illustrations by Terry Fan

Thursday, 10 July, 2014

Image by Terry Fan

Take some time out to peruse the work of Toronto based artist and illustrator Terry Fan… this image, from his Victorian Wars series, somehow reminds me of the group photo of Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, and associates, that was said to be taken in 1900.

Via Design is Kinky.

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A 1785 guide to creating fireworks

Thursday, 10 July, 2014

I’m not sure what’s the more fascinating, a book, published in 1785, choke full of recipes for fireworks, or the tome, complete with hand crafted text and illustrations, itself.

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A pylon dressed as a lighthouse, easier on the eye than one that’s not

Wednesday, 9 July, 2014

Photo via klasse lobbert

When it comes to power pylons it’s definitely a case of function over aesthetics. Most of the time anyway. About four years ago a group of German art students decided to enhance the visual appeal of one such structure by attaching stained glass panels. This idea needs to be more widely adopted I think…

(Photo via klasse löbbert)

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A guide to finding solid ground to stand on in the solar system

Wednesday, 9 July, 2014

Illustration by xkcd

Always good to know where one can locate some terra firma, so to speak, around the solar system… thanks to this surface area graphic from xkcd.

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An illustrated version of Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road”

Tuesday, 8 July, 2014

Brazilian film director Walter Salles’ 2012 adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s 1957 novel “On The Road” didn’t exactly collect the most glowing of accolades.

I suspect US illustrator Paul Rogers, who is producing a drawing based on each page of Kerouac’s book, will however be accorded a warmer reception.

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Would equations be more interesting if rendered as 3D models?

Thursday, 3 July, 2014

Maths model, UIUC Altgeld collection

I don’t spend a great deal of time trying to visual maths equations, that would be way too bamboozling for me, but were they to be rendered as three dimensional models, that might be another matter.

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