Buzz Poole discusses two books that delve into trees and walls (respectively), and how they metaphorically drive meaning.
Infographics may be a pervasive design trend, but information design has a rich history full of important designers who paved the way for what we see today.
Knud Lonberg-Holm's name may not be familiar to you, but it should be. Along with Ladislav Sutnar, they transformed how quotidian data was graphically presented to the mass.
In this Summer 1963 issue of Dimensions (see yesterday's DH), the superb quarterly magazine of Simpson Lee Paper Company, the theme "The Generic Corporation" provokes some curiously prescient and interestingly political examples of possible annual report covers.
Steven Heller explains why he was "enthralled " with Charles and Ray Eames' "Powers of Ten" documentary and Kees Boeke's "Cosmic View: The Universe in 40 Jumps" book.
With these images of war and peace, Steven Heller shows how the battlefields may change but the visual language has remained constant.
Sylvain Boyer founded icons times, which he claims "is quite possibly the first iconographic news aggregator." It provides a new way to read the news by representing each breaking story as an informative icon. Icons times presents a series of icons evolving over time and topics, creating a new language and a new way...
These examples of Chinese stamps are from a stamp book that my parents brought back years ago. There's something very soothing and satisfying about the design of postage stamps -- so small, so intimate.
Data visualization has come a long way since the days of the information wheel. But the wheel is still a delight to use and sometimes a feast for sore eyes. These are some I recently found.
Visual Editions has been exploring the rocky terrain of current and future books - design, delivery and platform. Their most recent release, Where You Are is a book of maps and website that collects writing (non-fiction and fiction) and visuals (drawings, photographs, paintings) and tests the common notions of what a map is.