French artist and illustrator Grégoire Guillemin created these incredible "retro modern" superhero posters, taking clear influence from Bauhaus and Art Deco movements and 1930s advertising. He says, "As the name suggests, this is an "exercise in style" or rather a confrontation between two cultures: a personal culture forged during my childhood through comics books (among others things) and a professional culture nourished with the beginning of advertising."
On this dark, rainy fall day, I'm feeling all warm and gooey inside having spent the morning with This is Indexed, a project by Jessica Hagy in which she catalogs life, relationships, and culture in line graphs and Venn diagrams, which she draws each morning.
There's a lot I could say about my less-than-ideal relationship with my dad growing up, but I prefer to focus on the things I really value. Like how much he taught me about the history of rock and roll and R&B, and that he showed he cared by making a bagged lunch for me every day until I graduated high school. (We didn't have a hot lunch service; everybody brown bagged it).
There are a lot of things that make men and women unique: the way we make decisions, the ways we're percieved in culture, the best ways to exercise for our bodies...and, of course, the way we go to the bathroom. And just because men can use their flies doesn't mean it's easier.
Found Item Clothing, those culture historians that showed us how to age new t-shirts into worn and loved favorites, now present "Nine Famous Sweaters," a curious new collection, "spotlighting famous sweaters and cardigans from film, television, and music. Featured below are 9 memorable examples of the form, as illustrated by our crack squad of graphic artists (and conceived by yours truly with a nod to the NYT).
As I type this, it's 12:07p where I live. Which means, according to this blogger body, it's time to stand up, stretch, walk around a bit, and grab a snack. If there's one thing I've learned from working at home, it's that I won't remember to eat an actual lunch until it's too late, so I've gotten into this groove where I eat breakfast as early as I can, then have little mini-meals thoroughout the day. It actually helps me to eat smaller portions at dinner time, and I find I'll choose healthier munchies in general. Win win.
A few years ago, the classic three-gesture selection game got a five-part update in the form of "Rock, Paper Scissors, Lizard, Spock." The geeks had a heyday (including this famous little tyke explaining the updated relationships), and then we went back to the regular old kind for all sorts of tasks: deciding who has to go pick up that one grocery store item you forgot, or winning national touraments.
Illustrator Christoph Niemann has decided to give the random-selection tradition a contemporary update, to reflect the current mire of political conversations in the US.
There are those museums or destinations that you visit once in your life: see the permanent collection, perhaps a few special exhibits, and say, "Yep, I'm glad I've been here."
And then there are those museums that necessitate multiple visits; you return there every time you're in a city, or perhaps even maintain a membership if you're close enough. The Museum of Modern Art in New York City is certainly one of the later. You can visit the fourth and fifth floor and never get sick of seeing the actual Matisses and Monets and Jasper Johnses that you know so well from photos, check out the special exhibits, media and design pieces, etc.
It never gets old.
Caldwell Tanner imagines what contemporary TV shows aimed at grown-up audiences might look like when restyled and merged with some of the classics from your childhood.
These are fun, though I admit I couldn't place two of 'em at first. (Hint: check the tags at the bottom)
I'll admit it. I'm a grammar nerd. Well, at least a syntax geek. I'll often go quite far out of the way to avoid ending a sentence in a preposition, am pretty careful with my whoms, and am often misunderstood due to fact that I keep my lays and lies straight.
So, last week, in my epic marathon of singleguyness, and in an attempt to replenish my to-be-read pile, and the Twitterverse exploding about the final film, I decided something, pretty revolutionary for me.
I'm gonna read all the Harry Potter books. For the first time. In order, and fast, so I can then watch the movies, and be up to date with the rest of the Western world. My sweetheart had them all (but the third one, I discovered yesterday), andI was able to score the audiobooks from my local library, and have been reading while home, and listening while doing some long bike rides. (Trail only, one earphone in, just talk, no music. Be safe people.)
Sure, when thinking of the word "geek," it's easy to conjure up images of less-than-attractive guys, obsessed with technology or role playing games or fantasy novels. But, I believe that anyone who's passionate about stuff is gonna be a geek about something, whether sports, celebrity gossip, music, or even design.
You know that game you sometimes play when you're standing in line or waiting at the airport? The one where you imagine the life stories of the people standing around you, or guess why that old guy is carrying a bouquet of flowers, or where someone might be traveling, or why?
Other people do that, right?
Sandra Reichl's Face a Day does the same: illustrations of faces from all walks of life, with a brief one or two sentence description that brings the mugs to life.
I like Mad Men as much as the next guy, but I'm a bit skeptical of the classic, manly role model conversation that the show seems to be sparking, especially among "men's" websites.
But, I do think this flowchart from Matthew at the Oatmeal is spot on, both mimicking the idea that Don Draper's antics should be in any way normative, and recognizing how easy it is to imagine...well, just read it.
I'm an enormous fan of Christoph Niemann's work, and, were I less scrupulous, would probably post every nearly every update from his Abstract Sunday series for the New York Times.
But! I found this one particularly thoughtful, as it both comments on the actual truths it presents, and the crazy map-making infographic phenomenon that's happening about the internet.
Oh, and it's pretty funny.
You must see in full scale to to really appreciate it.