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Aug 03, 2010

What America Eats: An Infographic

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Visual Economics have created this easy-to-interpret infographic that displays what an average U.S. citizen eats each year.  Good.is, who featured this last week, remarks, "The quantity of fruits and vegetables we eat is actually a little higher than I'd expect, though we still consume more sweets and sodium than we should. The chart also doesn't expose the extent to which corn goes into other foods. If you want to find out your own recommended daily caloric intake, by the way, here's a calculator."

Click through for a huge, legible version.   

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Jul 30, 2010

From Conception to Collection: The Process of Making Screenprinted Posters

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The screenprinted gig poster medium is still a viable and valuable scene, with designers and print shops all over the world creating original, catchy, and unique one-off posters for music shows and festivals.

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Kansas City-based printers Vahalla Studios teamed up with Micah Smith of My Associate Cornelius to create this cool two-color poster for a free Hot Chip show in NYC, sponsored by MySpace. They made this cool video of the process, from designing in Illustrator to printing to - and passing them out at the show for free.

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Jul 28, 2010

Why You Should Never Ask a Graphic Designer to Create a Poster for Free...

Shannon lost her cat, and asked David, a graphic designer, to come up with a poster, and placed plenty of demands, including an incredibly quick turn around time.

A seriously funny email dialog and some Photoshop hijinks ensued.

  

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Jul 21, 2010

How to Be an IRONIC Ironic Hipster - Moustache Finger on a Stick

Stylized moustache? Hipster.

Stylized moustache tattoo on your finger? Ironic hipster.

So what's the next step? Why removing yourself even one step more.

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Jul 20, 2010

Handcrafted Philosophical Bottles by Chris von Szombathy

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Wouldn't it be great if you could belly up to a cafe table with a group of friends, order a round of beverages, and be served a line of these handpainted containers, complete with a bit of philosophy and a whole heap of fun?

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Designed (and presumably handpainted) by Canadian artist Chris von Szombathy, they're part of a series dubbed "77 Bottles." More about Chris from his bio page:   "Chris von Szombathy is a visual & auditory artist/producer, designer and writer residing in Vancouver, Canada. His work deals with modern social, visual and economic culture, with a focus on referencing pop culture products, advertising, character design and sound. His artistic background is within abstract forms of painting, communicative graphics/logos and conceptual art and is also strongly influenced and informed by his 15 year struggle with acute agoraphobia. He would ideally like his work to be easier to see than to not see and is currently working on his brush technique and bird-watching when possible. he is the serving musical director/producer for the groups Audio Ahdeo Awdio, Tour de Fours and Hard Times and is published by celebrated arts & graphic publisher Drawn & Quarterly."

Chris von Szombathy

[via Inspiration Lab]

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Jul 14, 2010

The Perfect Pour - An Infographic for Any Coffee Drinker

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Design studio Plaid has created this mod infographic illustrating perfect coffee drink recipes. Click through for a full sized, printable version.  

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Jul 13, 2010

The Periodic Table of Swearing

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"By" is for Bloody, "St" is for Sod this, and that's about all it's safe to share...

Tongue-in-cheek design studio Modern Toss brings us the "Periodic Table of Swearing," an helpful info graphic that organizes blue language from heavy metals to light gases, according to their offensive atomic weight.  

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Jul 08, 2010

Music Philosophy: Giving Song Lyrics a Graphic Punch

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UK-based designer and illustrator Mico Toledo loves music. And UK-based designer and illustrator loves typography as well, and he's fused his two passions together in his latest venture, Music Philosophy.

As he states, Mico had "nothing better to do," and he began to put some of his favorite and most inspiring song lyrics under the typographic spotlight, and see if a simple, well-constructed phrase can serve on its own as a piece of great graphic design.

As it turns out, it totally can. Mico's constructions are a brilliant smash of visual poetry, which end up, as Mico has dubbed them, working as philosophy, indeed.

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Jun 18, 2010

The Ramones Saved My Life

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Danish-born and Barcelona-based graphic artist Emil Kozak has a solo show at the Nina Sagt Gallery in Düsseldorf. The collection features graphic, 80s-skateboard-y simplistic images that swing back and forth between art-for-art's-sake and the commercial. 

Emil also put together this great video detailing how the whole installation came together.

Drool-worthy.

Emil Kozak - The Ramones Saved My Life

[via NotCot]

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Jun 16, 2010

I'm Comic Sans, %@#hole

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Literary magazine McSweeney's has given the world's most maligned typeface a chance to fight back. Short Imagined Monologue "I'm Comic Sans, %@#hole" is a rapid-fire diatribe against the Swiss snobs and fun haters....and it's very, very funny.

"People love me. Why? Because I'm fun. I'm the life of the party. I bring levity to any situation. Need to soften the blow of a harsh message about restroom etiquette? SLAM. There I am. Need to spice up the directions to your graduation party? WHAM. There again. Need to convey your fun-loving, approachable nature on your business' website? SMACK...."

We promise this will be the only time ManMade posts anything in Vincent Connare's 1994 casual that's rocked such achievements as the Beanie Babies logo and the Sims video games, but for now, if he's actually this funny, we say rock on, you Sans Serif Superman.  

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May 25, 2010

40+ Excellent Free Typefaces for Professional Design

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There must be tens of thousands of free typefaces online - everything from schoolteacher cursive to graffiti scripts to famous movie fonts can be downloaded for use in personal projects. But, as usual, you get what you pay for, and the majority of these don't have staying power, and only work in specific settings.

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Not so, however, with this great collection assembled by Smashing magazine. It's a list of fine free typefaces (outside the free standards, Arial, Verdana, Calibri) that look mighty fine and would fit in a variety of applications.

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May 17, 2010

Where Do Cursors Come From? Why, the Cursor Forest, Of Course.

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There are millions of computers produced each year...let's hope the cursors are harvested with sustainable practices.

And don't even get me started on the emissions of the spinning beach ball of death factory.

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Apr 21, 2010

So You Need a Typeface Flowchart

Hi all - I've had some medical tests today that have left me feeling pretty rotten, so please allow me a "low content" day.

That said, this "So You Need a Typeface" flowchart image by Danish design student Julian Hansen is, at once, both hilarious and quite helpful.

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From Julie Anderson, Julian's teacher, of Inspiration Lab : "I never usually feature my students but I’m going to make an exception, we had such a brilliant critique today that I just want to say “Thank god for passionate students like mine!”. You guys rock!! (in spite of our verbal whupping; better to have tried and failed than not to have tried at all). So let’s end the week with a student project, an info graphic related to the job we do as graphic designers. Julian did a flowchart of the choices we go through choosing fonts, with a humerous approach. A brilliant job on such a short project."

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Mar 29, 2010

Free eBook: The Type Classification Handbook

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What exactly is the difference between a Grotesque and a Gothic? What's the relationship between Didot and Bodoni? And, for goodness' sakes, how DO you tell the difference between Helvetica and Arial.

To answer these, you can do a four-year degree in graphic design. You could purchase a copy of the excellent "Font. The Sourcebook." or "Designing with Type." Or you could head to Just Creative Design, and download their free 27-page eBook, "The Type Classification Handbook."

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Feb 26, 2010

Oscar Movie Poster/Food Mashups

In honor of the upcoming 82nd Academy Awards, Photographer David Gartner has created Oscar-food mashups based on this year's Best Picture nominees.

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The titles include "A Serious Manwich" and "The Blind Side Salad" as well as "Precious, Based on a Novel by Bombay Saphire,"  and "Avatunatartare."

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Feb 23, 2010

What Type are You? Determines Your Characters Based on Your Character

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Graphic design giants Pentagram have built an impressive, European-accent fueled exploration of determing one's typesetting based on personality...a typography typology, if you will.  

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Jan 27, 2010

Helveticookies - Modern Typography Cookie Cutters

I've said it before, and I'll say it again - I simply prefer my typography-theme pastries to be grotesque and sans-serif.

From artist Beverly Hsu, these homebrewed aluminum and acrylic cookie cutters feature the twenty-six letters (and I hope an ampersand) of  Helvetica - the ubiquitous modern fontset invented by Max Miedinger in the 1950s and seen everywhere from the NYC public transit system to most bathroom signs.  

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Jan 25, 2010

A Whole Mess of Free, Well-Designed Typefaces

I do love me a thought out, well-designed typeface. And while I love learning to recognize and properly use the classic, modern alphabets, I like veering away from the standards with some lesser known options.

Unfortunately, inexpensive, attractive typefaces are hard to come by. The League of Moveable Type offers not only inexpensive, sharp options, but a heap of FREE tasty fonts.

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