Genis Carreras, Philographics

– a series of posters each capturing a single philosophical ideology through simple geometric shapes.

Did Luke post this already?

(via @tcarmody)

if the world’s population lived in one city

(via @mattyglesias)

Tat Musing

“O, lady on bus, I think one day you will regret your cupcake tattoo.”

My friend Alison. Musing en route home.

I told Alison I’d thought long and hard before I got my own tat back in the wayback days.
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What if the U.S.D.A subsidized gardens?

Roger Doiron of Kitchen Gardeners International, a Maine-based nonprofit, has put together this nifty graphic that shows the planting layout of the White House vegetable garden – which is more an ideal than a typical garden, but not uncommon in its choice of plants – and then re-imagines how it would look if it were to reflect the crops that the federal government supports. The change is pretty stark. The data is culled from the Environmental Working Group’s fantastic farm subsidy database.

This hits straight to the heart of the heartland.

R. Luke Dubois: “A More Perfect Union”

The Web Urbanist on A More Perfect Union, a project by R. Luke Dubois:

Touching and, at times, hilarious, these keyword maps by R. Luke Dubois associate each town with the terms most often used by locals to describe themselves and their desired partners on their online dating profiles. Dubois joined 21 dating websites and analyzed the language used in 21 million profiles to come up with the data, which was then displayed on maps. Chicagoans say things like “prankster”, “pizza”, “smoker” and “synagogue” while Central Texans are all about “churches”, “boundaries”, “barbecue” and “Madonna” – the latter presumably referring to the Virgin, not the pop star.


Gustavo Ferreira’s new font system for Typotheque.

Elementar was designed to bring more typographic flexibility to digital screens. It increases the available range of possibilities by exploring the pixel grid systematically using combinations of basic parameters. This parametric approach enables the generation of thousands of single fonts in different styles, heights, weights, widths, element shapes etc.

892 Unique Ways to Partition A 3×4 Grid

Shroud of Turin replica coming to Galena

During Holy Week, St. Matthew Lutheran Church will present a full-size replica of the Shroud of Turin, accurate to the smallest detail. Measuring 14.5 feet by four feet, and printed on fabric from the most accurate color photographs of the Shroud ever taken.

Philosophy Referee Hand Signals

(via marginal revolution)

Bieber Face

From: Simon Dempsey
Date: Thursday 31 March 2011 12.37pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: No Subject
Did you draw Justin Biebers face on all the images in my stock images folder and save them over my files?

From: David Thorne
Date: Thursday 31 March 2011 12.44pm
To: Simon Dempsey
Subject: Re: No Subject

(thanks, Joel)

In and Out with Dick and Jane

Ross MacDonald, the award-winning illustrator, and James Victore, the celebrated graphic designer, have gotten together to create a parody featuring the classic kids’ book characters Dick and Jane. This time around, though, our straitlaced protagonists are venturing into some rather dark, twisted, and bawdy places. The images are perfectly rendered in warm, nostalgic shades, and the tone of the text is sweet and simple, but the content leans toward sex, drugs, and violence, with healthy doses of innuendo. To top it off, this laugh-out-loud satire is situated inside a handsome, imitation-cloth volume resembling an old-fashioned kids’ book.

You can buy the book here.

(via @gary_hustwit)

I don’t remember where I found this

How long do animals live?

From a post at Information is Beautiful about the history of information graphics:

Then there’s ISOTYPE — the International System Of TYpographic Picture Education. It was an early infographical form, originated in the 1930s by Austrian philosopher and curator Otto Neurath “as a symbolic way of representing quantitative information via easily interpretable icons.” Again, it’s eye-popping how modern these images look. Despite being fashioned from woodcuts and hand-printing methods. Gorgeous.

(via @GKellyDesigns, via Erstwhile & dear)

I see Jesus

It seems like if Jesus was going to show up, it wouldn’t be in ice cream.

(via mythic flame)

The Rock’n'roll Metro Map.

Not quite an image out of context.

What you’re looking at is the compressed image of every frame of Requiem For a Dream.



Illinois ranks as Most Average. I concur.

(Thanks, Susan.)


Fans of the icon of 90s graphic design will be pleased to know David Carson has a new magazine coming out.

David Byrne said of Carson’s work: “It communicates. But on a level beyond words. Just like music does – slipping in there before anyone has a chance to stop it at the border and ask for papers.”

A six issue subscription is $20.

(via kottke)

Mark Your Calendar

Other notable highlights:

Mr. T’s birthday, Montenegro’s independence or the Red Sox-White Sox game.

See you assholes on the 22nd.

Rosie the Riveter, dead at 86

Geraldine Doyle, the woman who came to be known as Rosie the Riveter, died December 26th at a hospice in Lansing, Michigan.

Rosie’s rolled-up sleeves and flexed right arm came to represent the newfound strength of the 18 million women who worked during the war and later made her a figure of the feminist movement.

But the woman in the patriotic poster was never named Rosie, nor was she a riveter. All along it was Mrs. Doyle, who after graduating from high school in Ann Arbor, Mich., took a job at a metal factory, her family said.

One day, a photographer representing United Press International came to her factory and captured Mrs. Doyle leaning over a piece of machinery and wearing a red and white polka-dot bandanna over her hair.

In early 1942, the Westinghouse Corp. commissioned artist J. Howard Miller to produce several morale-boosting posters to be displayed inside its buildings. The project was funded by the government as a way to motivate workers and perhaps recruit new ones for the war effort.

Smitten with the UPI photo, Miller reportedly was said to have decided to base one of his posters on the anonymous, slender metal worker – Mrs. Doyle.

For four decades, this fact escaped Mrs. Doyle, who shortly after the photo was taken left her job at the factory.

Analogue hyperlinks for a book on dreams.

Maria Fischer. “Traumgedanken.” Final year project at University of Applied Sciences Augsburg. 20 × 28 cm. 76 pages. Japanese binding.

The book “Traumgedanken” (“Thoughts about dreams”) contains a collection of literary, philosophical, psychological and scientifical texts which provide an insight into different dream theories.

To ease the access to the elusive topic, the book is designed as a model of a dream about dreaming. Analogue to a dream, where pieces of reality are assembled to build a story, it brings different text excerpts together. They are connected by threads which tie in with certain key words. The threads visualise the confusion and fragileness of dreams.

(via @pruned)

Indianizing the Facebook “Like” button

Or, like, it’s all like, so, like, UScentric.

When Your Logo Design Speaks Well of You

Impact Logos of Australia are asshats. Also, they are experts in gerbilling. Contact them if you are interested in that.


Alexander Trevi (he of my longtime favorite Pruned) twittered about Ben Critton’s Evil People in Modernist Homes in Popular Films, then followed up by linking to these snaps of said publication.

Fair Notice

October 5, 2010

TO:                  Lester Albatross, President & CEO

FROM:            Cindy Scroggins, Senior Graphic Design Specialist

RE:                  Michael Smith

This serves as a formal complaint against my supervisor, Mr. Michael Smith.  I walked into Mr. Smith’s office on Monday, October 4 to find Mr. Smith in a compromising position with his bicycle. While I acknowledge that Mr. Smith was in his own office, his door was unlocked and, this being a place of business, I assumed that I could enter the office of my own supervisor without having to witness the kind of unnatural display of affection that was taking place at 2:00 in the afternoon.

Clearly, Mr. Smith’s actions create a hostile work environment.  I have three requests:

1.      A new supervisor

2.      Reassignment of Mr. Smith to another city

3.      Mandatory counseling for Mr. Smith and his bicycle

Thank you for your consideration.

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