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August 22, 2011 2:15 PM   Subscribe

Famous Lives in Minimalist Pictogram Flowcharts: From Darth Vader to Jesus by Maria Popova.
posted by nickyskye (24 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
I AM SO ANGRY AT THESE DANG OLE MINIMALIST DESIGNS THAT JUST USE THE PAST INSTEAD OF BEIGN ORIGINAL HEY MARIA POPOVA WHY NOT GO LIVE UNDER A BODHI TREE FOR A FEW YEARS AND BECOME A REAL ARTIST HUH
posted by griphus at 2:25 PM on August 22, 2011 [5 favorites]


Let them eat croissants?

Also...I guess I'm flowchart-ignorant. Can someone please explain the "3" next to most of the "life event" pictograms?
posted by Thorzdad at 2:26 PM on August 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Jesus I think I just gave myself an anyeurism trying to be fake-angry.

Anyway, these are pretty fun. The iconography in the Jesus on especially.
posted by griphus at 2:29 PM on August 22, 2011


Popova is a great name! It's like "popover" said by someone with a New York/New England accent and anything that is like popovers is awesome. So light and fluffy. Popovers. Excellent with an inappropriate amount of butter and honey drooling from its warm chamber.
posted by SugarFreeGum at 2:30 PM on August 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


I AM SO ANGRY THERE ARE NOT MORE OF THESE HEY MARIA-THE-MOST-EXCELLENT-POPOVA WHY NOT GO MAKE MORE OF THESE NOW HUH
posted by xod at 2:31 PM on August 22, 2011


The Michael Jackson one got a laugh out of me. The rest were tiresome.
posted by 3FLryan at 2:37 PM on August 22, 2011 [3 favorites]


GO MAKE MORE OF THESE NOW HUH
posted by xod


She should make one for General Zod.
posted by homunculus at 2:44 PM on August 22, 2011


Hey look, it's me!
posted by phunniemee at 2:51 PM on August 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yep, I nearly stopped after the first couple, but the MJ one was excellent.
posted by tomswift at 2:52 PM on August 22, 2011


I was disappointed not to see a single pictogram describing the link between Darth Vader and Jesus.
posted by swift at 2:53 PM on August 22, 2011 [3 favorites]


I dunno, it hits all the buzzwords but honestly I don't think they work in the end. Also, why only the number 3?
posted by GuyZero at 3:12 PM on August 22, 2011


I thought the three represented the idea of "lots". Lots of this, lots of that.

I also think Popova is a great name. Even if you don't know what a popover is. It's just pleasing.
posted by bleep at 3:25 PM on August 22, 2011


Pretty cool. I got pretty much all right except M.J.


I've often thought flowcharts are wildly under-utilized in the art world.
posted by Skygazer at 3:36 PM on August 22, 2011


I like the 3. It's mysterious and looks official somehow. Gives it gravitas and significance.
posted by Skygazer at 3:42 PM on August 22, 2011


Eh, just a pedantic note: I don't think Maria Popova made them; she's only the curator of BrainPickings.org. That said, the stuff she posts is usually interesting and I have BrainPicking's RSS near the top of my read-often list.
posted by WalterMitty at 4:49 PM on August 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


Hey, remember that thing? Here is that thing.
posted by munchingzombie at 5:52 PM on August 22, 2011


The rest were tiresome.

Tiresome? how so, there are seven of them and they are minimalist.
posted by the noob at 5:53 PM on August 22, 2011 [3 favorites]


Tiresome: Causing one to feel bored or annoyed.

Yup, that's what they did.
posted by 3FLryan at 6:22 PM on August 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


> Eh, just a pedantic note: I don't think Maria Popova made them

WalterMitty, it's not a pedantic note, you're absolutely right. Thank you for the meaningful correction. Famous Lives in Minimalist Pictogram Flowcharts is from Milan-based creative agency H-57.
posted by nickyskye at 6:50 PM on August 22, 2011


What is your least favorite word?

Tiresome.
posted by swift at 7:12 PM on August 22, 2011


Uhm, wasn't the Jesus miracle about five loaves and two fishes? I call fail.
posted by monospace at 7:41 PM on August 22, 2011


Yeah, the "3" thing bothered me as well. I agree with bleep that it seems to mean "lots", but see no particular reason why they chose the number 3 as a superscript. Why not a plus? Or a (Kleene) star? Or put it in some flavor of brackets to show it as a set of events rather than a one-off?

And yeah, perhaps those preferences mean I've thought too literally about it... But three???
posted by pla at 3:37 AM on August 23, 2011


I suppose a "Life of Keith Haring" pictogram would be slightly redundant..

I'd still like to see it.
posted by obscurator at 7:31 AM on August 23, 2011


"If the Starfleet data base is correct, there were no water valves of ferrous material in this time frame for example the tap valve or spigot. However, humor may derived from the basic comedic elements of paradoy in the guise of scientific knowledge. Also, the minimalist approach to a saga like "Star Wars" is in direct violation of all known knowledge, data is incomplete as to when Darth Vader recieved his helmet is just one logical problem not explained in the pictogram"

-The Khu-Mhar-ZHun of Tuvok, Annals 4, sector 3, subparagraph 13.
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