"There isn’t a style book for this stuff," Tom Bodkin, design director of the Times explains
. "There’s no consistency."
posted by larrybob
on May 3, 2013 -
150 U.S. city flags, ranked from best to worst.
Top-rated flags are typically tasteful and abstract, like that of Washington D.C.
(#1) or subtly representational, like Madison, Wisconsin's flag
(#11), which is more or less a glyph of Madison seen from above. The bottom of the list has some that seem stuck in a briefly popular graphic style, like Provo
(#143), but most are timelessly ongepotch
like the flag of Milwaukee
(#147), which features a boat, a skyline, some smokestacks, some grain, County Stadium, a Native American,and a church. And then there is Pocatello (#150), whose flag was memorably profiled on badflags
. (Vexillology previously on MetaFilter
posted by escabeche
on Apr 14, 2013 -
Sian Jarvis, the supermarket’s head of corporate affairs, had undermined her claims to care about the health of her customers and let slip one of the secrets of a multi-billion-pound industry ... she revealed that one in three Asda checkouts “are what we call guilt-free checkouts”. Jarvis insisted “guilt-free” was merely “a term that’s commonly used in retail”. But it was too late, and her “guilt” gaffe quickly invited scorn in the industry and among public health professionals. Whatever the damage, she had already opened a door to the arcane science of supermarket psychology. To the designers of the modern store, shoppers are lab rats with trolleys, guided through a maze of aisles by the promise of rewards they never knew they sought The Secrets Of Our Supermarkets [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Apr 10, 2013 -
has been mentioned a couple times
before, but I wanted to highlight the site entire, along with its sister site, 507 Mechanical Movements
. Both sites have animated diagrams of a huge variety of engines and (relatively) simple machines, the latter based on an 1868 book by Henry T. Brown
of the same name. While all of the engines are animated, the animated machines start on page 3
, and go on from there. And every diagram leads to a page that explains the machine's function — step-by-step in the case of the engines.
posted by cthuljew
on Mar 23, 2013 -
25 (of the) Top Movie Posters of All Time
with commentaries from non-movie-poster designers. Ignore or critique the ranking, note any obvious omissions, or just chuckle at the unstated similarity between #13 and #14. Still, a fine showcase of movie - and movie marketing - history.
posted by oneswellfoop
on Mar 22, 2013 -
Stop Using Small Font Sizes
"I'm calling you out. All of you. The hackers, the designers, the code monkeys, the word-smiths, the editors, the CSS gurus, and everyone else who works on content management systems and style sheets for news sites. Stop using small font sizes." [more inside]
posted by mediareport
on Mar 12, 2013 -
In 1963, BBC production designer Raymond Cusick
was asked to design the first monster for a new show, Doctor Who. Terry Nation's script required aliens called "Daleks
" whose hobbies included world-domination and shouting "exterminate
". In response, Cusick came up with the amazing and even iconic Dalek design which spawned Dalek-Mania across the world. [more inside]
posted by w0mbat
on Feb 25, 2013 -
"This week, we discovered an utterly charming card used by Isaac Asimov ('natural resource' is right) and, inspired, began hunting for more famous peoples' business cards
, whether boilerplate or highly designed, staid or comical."
posted by gilrain
on Jan 22, 2013 -
Take a copy of Monopoly, cover it in lye for a few days, boil from off the bones whatever flesh remains, and give the clean white skeleton a tasteful, minimalist paintjob, and you end up with ONOPO
, an extreme reduction of the original boardgame by Metafilter's own Matthew Hollett, aka oulipian
. Via mefi projects, hat tip to fastcodesign c/o Rock Paper Shotgun's always-lovely Sunday Papers feature.
posted by cortex
on Jan 20, 2013 -