Graphic Design

Infographics from a 1939 manual called “Graphic Presentation”. Check out the post at FlowingData; you can also download it in PDF from

50 Vintage Advertisements from Wellmedicated. Nuff said. Check ’em out.

Check out it! A download/podcast of Kurt Vonnegut reading the entirety of Breakfast of Champions in 1970. How cool is that. From 92nd street Y online. For the record, this was the first Vonnegut I ever read, and it’s pretty dern sweet.

And, finally, I present to you a bearsharktopus* with laser eyes. Have a pleasant day!

*no idea where the original image came from, if someone wants to inform me I will happily link to it’s creator. But I did add the laser eyes.

A Simple Pledge Poster from Lure Design

A Simple Pledge Poster from Lure Design


Attention typography nerds and flash game aficiandos! Addictive, and frustrating, game at Veer: KERN IN SPACE. Don’t let anyone tell you kerning is easy. (via ilovetypography)

The Boston Public Library has posted an amazing collection of vintage travel posters to flickr. You can see a couple of my faves below. Radical. (via Design Observer)

Vintage Travel Poster

Vintage Travel Poster

Huge Train!

Huge Train!

A bizarre and engrossing animated stream-of-conciousness series of pencil drawings, ake The Drawing Archive. It’s about 5 minutes before it looks back to the beginning, and they are well worth it – some genuinely profound and pointed images, to my mind at least. (via Kempt)

Legos rule. In addition to Mechaton, you will probably be interested in the new LEGO Architecture series, wherein iconic and majestic buildings are given their own collectors-style treatment in the little bricks. Check it out at If It’s Hip, It’s Here (way more in-depth then my breif dispatch can entail).

Speaking of If It’s Hip, It’s Here, they also tipped me off to Winkler + Noah Photography, particularly The Puppet Show. Intriguing and disturbing portraits of children, given some treatment to turn them into dolls. I leave it up to the reader as to how they feel about the images themselves, but it’s certainly some cutting commentary on how children tend to be viewed in contemporary society. Sample:

One of many child/puppet portraits.

One of many child/puppet portraits.

Whew. Well, final dispatch is on a lighter note: the remix artist behind the Peaches/Muppets mashup I’ve previously posted has done a similar thing for academy-award winners Three Six Mafia/Alice in Wonderland. (via Boing Boing)


I recently had the opportunity to check out some of the exhibits running at two of the biggest Art Museums here in Boston, most notably “Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice” at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and “Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand” at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Now, I like Renaissance art in general, though at times the emphasis on portrature can become a tad annoying(oh my, the nephew of the Archduke of Milan holding a duck… marvelous!), and the repeted depictions of certian biblical scenes can get a bit tiresome. This exhibit, though, just about floored me.

Tintoretto, Kickin' it like a Gangsta

Tintoretto, Kickin' it like a Gangsta

The first thing I loved was the way that it was designed. Similar paintings by Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese are not only placed side by side so that you can compare their interpretations, but also placed in relation to each other, so that you can see how one particular artist’s conception of a theme evolved. Very cool stuff.

Likewise, the selection is just plain masterful. With such a huge variety of art to pick from, it would be easy to just throw up as many paintings by the artists as the museum could get it’s hands on– but instead, this exhibition was restrained and pointed. Every painting served as a specific and unique element to the exhibition as a whole.

Where the Venitian Renaissance Exhibit wowed me with it’s design and thoughtfulness, the Shepard Fairey just kicked my ass. It’s easy to dismiss Fairey once you’ve seen the 800th or so iteration of the “Obey” theme, but this exhibit (the first ever of his work) showed a depth of interest in style in his prolific career that you miss from the scatter shot stickers, t-shirts and murals that now coat most major American cities.

"War by Numbers"

"War by Numbers"

While it’s hard to pick out any specific piece of his art as a master work or anything like that, what’s clear from this exhibition is that Shepard Fairey has managed to create a phenomenon– even if it is one with out a clear purpose or message. The brilliant thing about him is that he has managed to create a booming voice for himself based on the non-sensical “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” campaign, and it is only lately that he has begun to use that voice to any actual effect. Very, very engaging stuff.

Also worth checking out at the MFA are the exhibits currently running about advertisements from the late 19th Century (I’m a sucker for Art Nouveau) and their Photography galleries… pretty much always. The ICA also has a cool exhibit on experimental situational film running that’s worth looking at, and it’s worth the price of admission alone for their permanent gallery and the fabulous space it’s housed in.

And since I couldn’t be satisfied with just one representative Fairey picture…

"Two Sides of Capitalism: Good" (Not pictured: evil.)

"Two Sides of Capitalism: Good" (Not pictured: evil.)

Need fresh kicks?

Hilarious video of Ricky Gervais and Elmo. Thanks facebook!

Design your own accessories for really reasonable prices at Leather Man Limited.

Check out this info on linking to a specific part of a youtube video:

If you want to link to a specific part of a video on YouTube, you can. For example,

Notice the ā€œ#t=31m08sā€ on the end of the url? That link will take you 31 minutes and 8 seconds into that video.

Which is awesome, cuz it lets me link to the best part of the David After Dentist video.

And finally, I present to you the Periodic Table of Typefaces.


Awesome. Click for the full image.

Happy New Year 2009

Happy New Year 2009

2008 was a pretty crazy time, all things told. Here at 21dB headquarters we’ve seen some pretty big upheavals and changes, including Kyle making the leap to higher education and me making the leap to independent adult(ish)hood. The world saw a bunch of crazy shit. Economy crashed. Obama got elected. Ugly slouchy boots are back in. Etc.

So, let us (and VNV Nation, if you haven’t caught the reference) wish you the best for the coming year. If you could integrate robots in some manner, that would be best.

Me? I’m pretty hopeful. I mean, it couldn’t possible be WORSE, right?


For your pre-holiday pleasure.

Amazing visual design for the presentation of Majo Fruithof’s 2009 collection. I’m not huge into all of the jewelry, but the chic kabuki two-tone thing going on with the models is amazing. Check out still pics on this page. Via Wickedhalo.

So we all love the internet, but it’s easy to forget how most of web traffic passes through only a couple of chokepoints in the global fiberoptic infrastructure. I was reminded of this most recently by the fact that the Middle East lost 75% of it’s traffic capacity on Friday. It’s not like it’s first time – a tunnel fire in 2001 had wide-ranging effects as well. Anyway, let that be some perspective for you.

In less serious news, If It’s Hip It’s Here has a great post that roundups the amazing poster designs that were created in the run-up to Mr. Obama’s election as our next President. I think this is my favorite:


Poster by Chaz Maviyane. Oh, also, if you’re interested in both graphic design and presidential marketing (and who isn’t?) you should absolutely check out this post on Logo Design Love about the development of the Obama 08 campaign logo.

In Argentina, there’s a suburb designed to look like Evita’s face. How wierd but strangely neat is that? (via Strange Maps).

My friend Jared Axelrod has a list of the top “outsider” Xmas movies. I’m gonna have to check that shit out. Thanks Jared!

Seven images that are too badass to be real, but they are. Real, that is. (Via Dev)

Artificial intelligence is here, and it hates its parents. iTunes is emo! Who knew?

For that post-christmas gift for the green dude in your life: Coto. Non-traditional ties and cufflinks made in a sustainable, eco-friendly manner.

And last, but not least, the periodic table of awesomeness. It’s even funnier if you know something about chemistry (which I don’t). Check the link for the full size image. Originally from The Dapperstache, as far as I can tell.