But, like, have you have ever really looked at your hand?
The history of the GIF—a tale of licensing, compression, and standards.
An ongoing photography project from Curtis:
Beyond Work tells stories about humans at work, with no judgement or glorification. It’s an attempt at unearthing the social, cultural and functional world of work, that’s become invisible in everyday life.
Michael Bierut on that logo …and graphic design in general.
Graphic designers, whether we admit it or not, are trained for the short term. Most of the things we design have to discharge their function immediately, whether it’s a design for a book or a poster, a website or an infographic, a sign system, or a business card. In school critiques, architecture and industrial design students produce models. Graphic designers produce finished prototypes. As a result, the idea that we create things that are unfinished, that can only accrue value over time, is foreign to us. It’s so easy for us to visualize the future, and so hard to admit that we really can’t. That’s what we face every time we unveil a new logo.
A fascinating slice of ethnographic research in Myanmar by Craig. There’s no mention of the web, which is certainly alarming, but then again, that’s not the focus of the research.
Interestingly, while Facebook is all omnipresent and dominant, nobody is using it the way that Facebook wants: all the accounts are basically “fake”.
What I found fascinating are the ways that people have found to bypass app stores. They’re basically being treated as damage and routed ‘round. So while native apps are universal, app stores would appear to be a first world problem.
Now if there were only some kind of universally accessible distribution channel that didn’t require any kind of installation step …hmmm.
Sara enumerates some handy tips aimed squarely at designers exporting SVGs. It focuses on Illustrator in particular but I’m sure a lot of this could equally apply to Sketch.
An old-school styleguide.
Sounds like a good exercise for explaining just about anything. Smart.
This infographic offers a visual way to explore the various stages of the Earth’s history using a 12 hour clock analogy.
Beautiful visualisations of science and nature.
Made with love by a designer with a molecular biology degree.
Lovely little graphics inspired by New York architecture.
This is absolutely delightful, nicely weird, and thoroughly entertaining.
I’m not sure how I managed to miss this site up until now, but it’s right up my alley: equal parts urban planning, ethnography, and food science.
You can download the PDF of Anton’s graphic novel Gather for free.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy this classic documentary on graphic design, courtesy of its producer Edward Tufte.
Celebrating 125 years of National Geographic, this Tumblr blog is a curated collection of photography from the archives. Many of the pictures are being published for the first time.
Chris takes a look at all the different ways you can use SVG today.
Everything you ever wanted to know about using SVG today.
Eight of Jan White’s excellent books on graphic design are now available for free online, licensed under CC0 …they’re in the public domain now.
All he asks in return is that you might buy one of his books still in print, and maybe make a donation to the Internet Archive.
Jan V. White is a mensch.
The not-so-new-but-hella-fun aesthetic.
A nice visualisation of Apple’s transition From desktop to mobile over ten years, one Daring Fireball article at a time.
Oh, and happy birthday, Daring Fireball.
The Old Aesthetic. It’s eighties-tastic!
Anton is a fantastic artist. Therefore, this graphic novel will be fantastic. Therefore, you should back the hell out of it.
Explore the shape of the underwater world of internet backbones.
I think Rebecca is on to something here. Everyone has been so quick to self-identify as a UX designer while marginalising visual design as a purely surface-level layer …but it’s all part of the design process.
A stroke of genius: turning money itself into the carrier for infographics on wealth distribution in America.
A responsively designed comic. Yeah, you heard me right. Responsive. Comic!
I had a lovely conversation at the Update after-party with Georgie about the infographic dress she was wearing. It’s quite lovely.
Some beautiful pieces of data visualisation.
A plug-in for Illustrator that allows you to export to canvas.
Telling stories with data — the video.
A fantastic blog of letterheads. Some of the typographic choices are perfect.
Beautiful chemistry visualisations using canvas.
A site on designing with data from the author of Visual Language For Designers: Principles For Creating Graphics That People Understand.
Nifty old-school 8-bit tiles superimposed on OpenStreetMap data.
Finding the sweet spot between realism and abstraction in interface elements.
An in-depth study mapping all the permutations in "choose your own adventure" books.
Two little tips courtesy of Dan.
Dave has been experimenting with processing and documenting the results here.
A set of icons (in different sizes) from various trendy websites to use in your designs.
Vintage advertising of science and technology.
Information Graphics about WWII for WWII magazine and for the book proposal "A Visual Miscellany of World War II".
"GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) -- In a small nondescript office on West Friendly Ave., a group of designers produces tiny artistic masterpieces that millions of people interact with every day." Nice TV news video clip showing our heroes and their beauti…
Side by side comparison of stills from the Watchmen trailer and the graphic novel.
A really nice interactive infographic from the New York Times.
Cam's latest experiment is insane but brilliant ...sort of like Cam himself.
Clean, businesslike icons by the icon artists behind Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux.
A collection of beautiful illustrations scanned from a flight-training manual.
A great little tool for creating favicons.
A series of infographics comparing Chinese and German culture. Amusing and astute.
Beautiful artwork in a minimalist interface. But you'd better have your browser window maximised on a big monitor. *sigh*
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Leslie is on the telly! How freakin' cool is this?
“Attention all startups, it’s a bad idea to hang your ID hat on a speech bubble. Just don’t.”
A collection of websites incorporating noteworthy visual design elements.
A nice well-illustrated article from Larissa Meek pointing to some design trends that can be applied to the Web.
Dave has made some icons — very nice ones.
A really nice article by Jesse Bennett-Chamberlain detailing the process behind a site design.
Generate your own animated .gif for Ajax apps.
Happy Cog redesigns Dictionary.com and its siblings.
Participating in a card-sorting exercise for the AIGA redesign.
Read the first two chapters of Tim Eldred's graphic novel online.
Design elements, trends and problems in Web Design... via John Oxton.
Weep not, Ethan! SVG lives... possibly in Safari and Dashboard.
It's funny because it's true.
Here's one for Joe Clark. Helvetica (and some Arial) found in England.