Getting around underground in NYC is no longer only for people who already know how to get around underground in NYC. Graphic Designer Eric Jabbour has been spending his free time obsessively redesigning MTA transit maps
. And the results are striking. Non-New Yorkers will undoubtedly be able to figure out what's what. Cleaner lines and neighborhood boundaries are just a few features. Also, one can clearly see and understand transfer points and more street names.
Where is Kai Krause
? If you were a web designer back in the day
, you probably used Kai’s Power Tools
(my how web design has grown
). A user interface visionary
, Kai bailed at the dot.com peak (just in time
) and retired to Byteburg
, a 1000 year old castle in Bonn, where he peacefully lives
Breakfast of the Gods: The Last Good Morning.
A serialized webcomic featuring the sugary, crunchy stars of your childhood - destroying your childhood dreams one after another. Via Monkeyfilter
is an experimental, serialized online comic about myth, consciousness, death, and tomfoolery. Following a set of quasi-mythical gods and a poor fool named Cam, the styles and themes of Deus are constantly evolving." From the utterly talented Gareth Hinds, whose fully painted interpretation of Beowulf
is about to be issued in hardcover by Candlewick Press.
The Great War:
"People at the time experienced it differently. We may think they were misinformed and deluded, and perhaps they were, or maybe we have become incredibly cynical and mistrusting. What were once considered to be civic virtues are now thought to be quaint anachronisms at best or grand delusions at worst. Things change." The site proffers an incredible variety of popular-press articles and imagery concerning the unfortunate European events of 1914 to 1918.
Design Times Square: The Urban Forest Project
"brings 185 banners
created by the world’s most celebrated designers, artists, photographers and illustrators to New York’s Times Square. Each banner uses the form of the tree, or a metaphor for the tree, to make a powerful visual statement. Together they create a forest of thought-provoking images at one of the world’s busiest, most energetic, and emphatically urban intersections
." Including work by Milton Glaser
, the Walker Art Center
, and many, many others. Via Speak Up
is an Argentinian graphic artist who uses color and geometric shape to create witty portraits and caricatures
. More works are available at his website
(sound & flash alert). His site's select links to other caricaturists are great, including David Cowles
who he names as an influence and the brilliant Hannoch Piven
The first issue
of the comic book adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere
was released yesterday. Mr. Gaiman is credited as a "consultant." So far, the story is fairly intact, but it's the visual element that deviates from the novel--characters look nothing like they were described, and don't even resemble the old BBC miniseries
. And for someone accustomed to the phenomenal artwork seen in most of Gaiman's previous graphic novels (which included several adaptations of his short stories), Neverwhere
seems downright bland. If a feature film follows in the same vein as this adaptation, will Gaiman pull an Alan Moore and refuse all royalties
? (Go easy on me; it's my first post.)
What with the new movie
and the whole Tom and Katie thing
, it's no surprise that the world's gone War of the Worlds
mad recently. Still, for my money, this Darkhorse comic
, adapted from H.G. Well's original text
is gonna be ace - there are twelves frames up at the moment and they're adding all the time, with the aim of completely some 120 pages of superbly drawn comic-novel in the not-too-distant... Enjoy.
A Polite Winter
is an eye-catching 'conversation' in 34 images, between the graphic artists James Jean
and Kenichi Hoshine
Best Logo of All Time? No question.
I tip my cap to the graphic designer that came up with this one. via Boing Boing
... I thought about posting a link to the distinctive art style of Sam Weber
, or the 25 greatest comic book covers ever made
, or avante-garde Hungarian photographer László Moholy-Nagy
, or this collection of Russian and Ukrainian posters
--but instead, I decided to tell you all about the site where I found every one of these links: Rashomon
, a new and (thus-far) consistently interesting collection of interesting visual arts links.
István Orosz (note: annoying Flash, popup window)
is a Hungarian graphic artist
. His work
includes numerous illusionistic engravings which conjure visual paradoxes using tricks with perspective in a manner strongly reminiscent of M. C. Escher
's. He has employed the technique of anamorphosis
to striking effect.
musicplasma evolves into liveplasma (movies and music)
musicplasma (last discussed here
and mentioned here
), has become liveplasma
and added a movie database to its excellent graphical display system. Type in an actor, director or movie and explore an entire range of movies easily.
It's not fast but it is a great way to find new movies or music. One favorite thing is that there are no ads on the site (though clicking on an album cover or movie cover will take you to an Amazon page). Other new features: free registration to save searches and email them to your friends.
It appears to be so simple
, but as Fred Astaire
once said "they'll never know how hard I work to let the strings show.
started out as a Graphic Designer and later turned to Illustration. You've seen her work on things like Uno Cards
, Nick at Night
and TV Land
. She is a master at caricatures
and even has a freaky cool gallery
to view as well.
is a new effort by Paul Baron
(recently profiled in Wired.com
) and Paulus Dreibholz
which "documents the influence of the internet on print design." Although only a few weeks old, discussions on the site include the use of web fonts in print
, barcodes linking to online content
, and other topics in that milieu.
Graphic Design from the 1920s and 1930s in Travel Ephemera
. Amazing collection of posters
, road maps
timetables, (more timetables here
), post cards
, luggage labels
(more labels here
and more. Seeing this stuff makes me wish I had been born seventy-five years earlier (and with an obscene amount of money.)
(Warning: the site is seriously painful to look at, but the content's good. Link via Coudal.)
When graphic artists go bad. VERY bad. Way stinky bad.
You know, the enigmatic graphic design project featuring that smiley-face of the nineties: the almond-eyed alien head? Bill Barker's sinister alien art project used to reside at www.theschwacorporation.com, but I'm not making that URL into a link for a very good reason: it's now a porn site devoted to wife-swapping. What happened?