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Jul 30, 2013

Superhero Silhouettes Reveal Their Past and Present Identities

California-based designer Khoa Ho created a new poster series called "Superheroes - Past/Present." The artist depicts graphic silhouettes that detail how several popular superhero narratives turns previous perceived weaknesses into the very thing that gives each hero his power.   

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Jul 09, 2013

Surreal Digital Illustrations by Tebe Interesno

I'm completely entranced by these digital illustrations by Tebe Interesno. I think what draws me is the contrast 

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Jun 18, 2013

Take the Quiz: Who is Your Design Alter-Ego?

created at: 06/18/2013

The Open University, a YouTube channel devoted to providing free education to all, have a created a series of videos under the heading "Design in Nutshell," each sharing a cool ninety-second intro to design movements of the last two centuries.

As an added piece of discovery, the series includes a fun quick quiz to help determine your design "alter ego."   

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Apr 22, 2013

The Human Printer: Artists Create CMYK and B+W Halftone Images by Hand

created at: 04/18/2013

The Human Printer is nothing like your average office machine. This one - as the name says it - consists of a group of artists that "prints" images in CMYK and B&W by hand!

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Feb 17, 2013

Daily Dishonesty: Typographic Illustrations of the Lies We Tell Every Day

"Daily Dishonesty" is a fun illustration series by artist Lauren Nicole Hom. Each features a typographic take on one of those little mistruths that we tell ourselves to make sure we enjoy our day. 

Sometimes they

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Feb 16, 2013

The Great Lake States Project

For those of us in the middle of the country, we don't always know what to call ourselves. Sure, there's the Midwest - but living in Ohio is pretty different than Kansas, and the landscapes of Nebraska and Michigan look nothing alike.

So, I like the designation "The Great Lakes States," and I love this new Great Lake States Project by artist and designer Meng Yang.   

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Jan 28, 2013

Illustrated Conservative and Liberal Maps of the World

You could get lost for hours inside artist Sandow Birk's  hand-painted two-part series, "A Conservative Map of the World" (above) and "A Liberal Map of the World" (below). Seen in light of Birk's other work - such as "American Qu'ran," "The Depravities of War," and "The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles," these pieces become more than just humorous topography, but engaging illustrations exploring the postive and negative aspects of either viewpoint,

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Jan 07, 2013

The Best Book Cover Designs of 2012

created at: 01/07/2013

The New York Times asked a collection of art directors, illustrators, and designers to pick their favorite book covers from 2012. The results is a diverse but consistently awesome list of some seriously great work.    

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Jan 03, 2013

Minimalist Group Portraits of Cult Movie Characters

Artist Ale Giorgini has a created a (rather large) collection of vintage-inspired collections of his favorite movie characters. Illustrated and stylized without being cartoon-y, each piece features the cast and a creative inclusion of the title somewhere within the limited color palette.    

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Dec 13, 2012

"Phrenology of a Gentleman" and Other Vintage-Inspired Manly Posters and T-Shirts by Maiden Voyage

A ManMade Twitter follower just sent me a link to this great Etsy shop, Maiden Voyage, who sell tongue-in-cheek graphic illustrations inspired by humorously outdated notions of manly things.

The team describes their brand,

The term "maiden voyage" conjures up images of massive floating zeppelins, prop driven planes and towering ships embarking on their initial journeys. With these vessels came adventurers and their desires to discover the unknown. Their expeditions were retold in countless enchanting tales. More often than not, recounts of these stories became embellished, adding to their mystery and intrigue.
It is this mixture of truth

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Nov 06, 2012

State of the Art: The Electoral College Explained in M&Ms

To remind you of exactly how the presidential elections work in the U.S., Christoph Niemann offers this little visual primer...in M&Ms.  

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Oct 30, 2012

Amazing Spiral Family Tree of Greek Mythology

In college, I specialized in classics and Ancient Greek studies, so this beautifully designed "Greek Myth Family Spiral" definitely appeals to my not-so-inner antiquities geek, so please indulge me.

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Oct 11, 2012

Surprise Me

Brock Davis, creator of the banana peel hat and the broccoli treehouse, plays with more produce in this creep-free Halloween illustration

     

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Sep 18, 2012

Bad Little Children's Books: New Twisted Titles for Old Book Covers

created at: 09/18/2012

Artist Bob Staake snagged a collection of vintage children's books, then scanned the artwork, fired up Photoshop, and gave them plenty of new, but very, very not child-friendly covers and titles.  

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Sep 06, 2012

A Positive Spin on Negative Space by Tang Yau Hoong

Tang Yau Hoong is a visual artist and graphic designer from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, whose series "Negative Space" uses the area in between the primary objects to tell another story entirely.

   

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Aug 30, 2012

Your Beer Drinking Speed: An Illustrated Chart

Christiann MacAuley Sticky Comics drew this humorous and informative little chart exploring and details all the aspects that relate to the relative speed at which you drink your beer.  

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Aug 01, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: August 1, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

British designer Rob Rickett created this amazing retro-inspired graphic poster of popular beats created with one of the most famous, classic drum machines: the beloved 808.

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Jul 09, 2012

The United Shapes of America

XKCD, which describes itself as a "webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language," offers the United Shapes of America, a "map of things states are shaped like." (Try saying that three times fast.)  

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Jul 05, 2012

Current Map of Facial Hair Growth

San Francisco-based cartoonist and animator Ric Carrasquillo obviously understands the importance of having a personal and clever "about" page on his website, so he whipped up some humorous sketches that tell the reader a little more about himself. Like this,

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Jun 27, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: June 27, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

created at: 06/27/2012

In 2005, New York artist Jason Polan drew every single piece of art on display to the public in the MoMA...and in 2012, he did it again.  

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