“The Simpsons”, an eight-bit intro by La Tigre Forte

Tuesday, 24 February, 2015

And on the subject of the Simpsons, an eight-bit variation of the show’s opening sequence, produced by Melbourne based animators La Tigre Forte.

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Barry Patenaude, Sydney based illustrator

Wednesday, 11 February, 2015

Illustration by Barry Patenaude

The work of Sydney based illustrator Barry Patenaude includes images featuring cutaways, such as “Pepsico” above, an added bonus for anyone – such as me – who likes to see what’s happening behind the scenes as it were.

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Peel, pucker, pinch, or puncture, your preferred coffee cup lid is?

Monday, 2 February, 2015

People not only collect the lids of takeaway coffee cups, well, I’m pretty someone, somewhere, probably does, they also study them, that’s something known as visual literacy, being the taking of an interest in the design of all the objects, no matter how insignificant, around you.

(Thanks Chloe)

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How can I tell ye, do not disturb? Let us count the ways

Thursday, 29 January, 2015

There’s this one hotel I sometimes stay at in Sydney that does not supply do not disturb signs… a rather odd establishment, no? Well, maybe.

Thankfully I usually only stay there while in town for work purposes, so it’s not like I’m going to be awoken from a twelve hour slumber or anything, and besides housekeeping only calls every other day, so it’s not like there’ll be too many disruptions in the first place.

If I do ever decide to make a holiday out of a stay there though, maybe I ought to print off one or two of these such signs from this extensive collection assembled by Lisa Hix. They’re not all signs as such either, take a look, and you’ll see what I mean.

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Progress bars that make making progress more fun

Wednesday, 21 January, 2015

Artwork by Viktor Hertz

Progress bars for downloads, web pages, and the like, generally aren’t much to write home about. It’s time therefore that some of the ideas of Stockholm based graphic designer Viktor Hertz, whose work I’ve linked to before, were incorporated into the apps we use regularly.

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Changes one hairstyles don’t we David Bowie?

Tuesday, 20 January, 2015

Artwork by Helen Green

How many hairstyles does the average male sport during their lifetime? No where near as many as David Bowie that’s for sure, which UK artist and illustrator Helen Green has drawn, and collated, into one rather extensive animation.

Via Colossal.

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Learning how to load the dishwasher, many illustrated guides

Monday, 19 January, 2015

Back in the day I used to read the writing of Toronto based Web accessibility consultant Joe Clark whenever he posted something. Pertinent reading for a web designer it was. Times have changed, and like myself, Joe has moved onto other things.

His latest project has involved collecting as many instruction manuals for dishwashers as he could find, and posting scans or screen-grabs of them on Flickr. It’s a good thing too, because up until now I’ve no idea how to properly load a dishwasher, nor had I really tried to find out either.

Via MetaFilter.

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Atsushi Koyama’s artwork, a glimpse of our bio-mechanical future?

Monday, 12 January, 2015

Artwork by Atsushi Koyama

The work of Toyko based artist and illustrator Atsushi Koyama blends human limbs with motor vehicle engine parts… a sign of things to come?

Via Dark Silence In Suburbia.

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Marsala, Pantone’s colour of year for 2015

Thursday, 11 December, 2014

Pantone Marsala

The surest sign yet that the working year is close to an end… Pantone have announced their colour of the year for 2015. Marsala it is.

A year ago I was gunning for Pantone 185 C as a future possible colour of the year, as it is the reddish hue that curently adorns disassociated. Maybe 2016?

The people at Quartz have kindly made the shade’s RGB, CMYK, and Hex numbers available, should you wish to whip up some Marsala in your web or print work.

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The typography of Ridley Scott’s “Alien”

Wednesday, 10 December, 2014

I linked to Dave Addey’s analysis of the typography of “2001: A Space Odyssey”, earlier in the year, and since that time he’s written similar articles on “Moon” by Duncan Jones, and now Alien by Ridley Scott.

This title card from Alien is an example – possibly the Ur Example – of a popular sci-fi trope, the Foreshadowing Inventory. Seven crew, you say? Hmm. Seven. Let’s hope nothing disastrous happens to them, one by one. And their course is set for a return to Earth, eh? Well, I’m sure that’s the likely outcome for this particular story.

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