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Vintage Visual Language: The Story of Isotype

Vintage Visual Language: The Story of Isotype
by Maria Popova The Transformer: Principles of Making Isotype Charts is the first English-language volume to capture the story of Isotype, an essential foundation for our modern visual language dominated by pictograms in everything from bathroom signage to computer interfaces to GOOD’s acclaimed Transparencies. The real cherry on top is a previously unpublished essay by Marie Neurath, who was very much on par with Otto as Isotype’s co-inventor, written a year before her death in 1986 and telling the story of how she carried on the Isotype legacy after Otto’s death in 1946. Richly illustrated and contextualized with fascinating historical essays, The Transformer is a vital primer for a visual langauge that not only frames much of today’s communication but also speaks to us on a powerful intuitive level. HT Information Is Beautiful Donating = Loving Bringing you (ad-free) Brain Pickings takes hundreds of hours each month. Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter. Share on Tumblr Related:  typo

BibliOdyssey Life in Five Seconds: Minimalist Pictogram Summaries of Pop Culture and Historical Events donating = loving Brain Pickings remains ad-free and takes hundreds of hours a month to research and write, and thousands of dollars to sustain. If you find any joy and value in it, please consider becoming a Member and supporting with a recurring monthly donation of your choosing, between a cup of tea and a good dinner: (If you don't have a PayPal account, no need to sign up for one – you can just use any credit or debit card.) You can also become a one-time patron with a single donation in any amount: labors of love Understanding The Difference Between Type And Lettering Advertisement Coming out of the grunge, graffiti and David Carson era through the ’90s, there has been a major resurgence of interest in typography. We have seen a number of designers and artists make their careers out of designing type or custom lettering, and it has become common to list typography among our skills and disciplines. Unfortunately, as with any popularity surge, there have come with it a lot of misunderstandings of some of the terms and concepts that we use. One rather common example of this is the myriad of blog posts and showcases claiming to display “hand-lettered typography” — I’ve even heard university professors say it. Even though lettering and typography share many of the same concepts, and a good eye and understanding of one will enable you in the other as well, they are completely different disciplines. What Is “Typography”? Typography is actually a subset of lettering, because it is the study of letters applied to typefaces. What Is “Lettering”? Tracing Link

The Lives of 10 Famous Painters, Visualized as Minimalist Infographic Biographies by Maria Popova Pollock, Dalí, Matisse, Klimt, Picasso, Mondrian, Klee, Boccioni, Kandinsky, and Miro, visually distilled. For their latest masterpiece, my friend Giorgia Lupi and her team at Accurat — who have previously given us such gems as a timeline of the future based on famous fiction, a visualization of global brain drain, and visual histories of the Nobel Prize and the 100 geniuses of language — have teamed up with illustrator Michela Buttignol to visualize the lives of ten famous painters, using the visual metaphors of painting and the specific stylistic preferences — shapes, colors, proportions — of each artist. Each visual biography depicts key biographical moments — births, deaths, love affairs, marriages, birth of children, travel — as well as notable and curious features like handedness (mostly righties, with the exception of Klee), astrological sign, and connections. For a closer look, click each image to view the full-size version: Donating = Loving Share on Tumblr

Project Thirty-Three 22 Inspirational Creative Resume[CV] Designs | BootStrap I think it’s about time to redesign my Resume/CV, often this thought runs through our mind. Then the first thing to do is, to do a little research on latest trends and go through different well designed and creative Resumes/CV’s of the people who you adore. When you go through 10 – 20 different designs what your mind does is, it starts blending all those ideas / colors into something that you can do to refresh your current CV. Not To This does not means that you have to mix the designs and create your own, inspiration is for, to see the possibilities and give your brain some refreshing ideas. So that is what this post is about, collection of Creative Resume that i have seen in couple of months. Creative Resume Designs Hope It Helps! Author: Tamuir khan I am a Designer and Web Developer at Emrialo, I have been in this industry for over 5 years now. Tags: Best of

Aaron von Freter | El Serif de Chocolate i Rate This Diseñador originario de Ohio, en los Estados Unidos, tiene un trabajo que nos recuerda mucho al estilo de letras utilizado durante el siglo XIX, con un esa estética tan típica del rock y con un enfoque que va mucho hacía lo manual que sumado a que muchas de sus impresiones estan hechas directas desde un sello de goma hecho a mano, suma puntos de más en su aspecto vintage. Sitio Me gusta: Me gusta Cargando...

Five Manifestos for the Creative Life by Kirstin Butler How a numbered list can start a personal revolution. Some days everyone needs a little extra encouragement. The words or lines or colors don’t want to come, or worse, we don’t even want to sit down to create. That’s when we turn to these inspiring manifestos, any one of which is guaranteed to give our uncooperative creativity a sharp kick in the pants. We’ve long been fans of the amazing work of Frederick Terral, the creative visionary behind design studio Right Brain Terrain. You may not be a Picasso or Mozart but you don’t have to be. We can’t imagine more sound advice. Guidelines to get you from Point A to finished product, The Cult of Done Manifesto was written by tech guru Bre Pettis (of MakerBot fame) in collaboration with writer Kio Stark in 20 minutes, “because we only had 20 minutes to get it done.” Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.”

El Serif de Chocolate | La tipografía a diferencia del chocolate no engorda, ¿o sí? Craft a Vector Collegiate Notebook Design A few times a each month we revisit some of our reader’s favorite posts from throughout the history of Vectortuts+. This tutorial by Jonathan was first published on January 20th 2009. Learn to create how to create a vector collegiate notebook design, which consists of a realistic vector notebook and accessories. It's also the perfect base for creating a cool website header theme! Advanced knowledge of Adobe Illustrator is required to complete this tutorial. Final Image Preview Below is the final design we will be working towards. Step 1 Use the Rounded Rectangle Tool to draw the basic notebook shape. Step 2 Apply a complex gradient. Step 3 Duplicate the notebook and trim it in half using the Pathfinder. Step 4 Duplicate the left page and place it on top of itself. Step 5 Using the Pen Tool (P) to draw a page curl shape. Step 6 Give the paper underneath the page curl a darker gradient to simulate that it is in shadow. Step 7 Draw a half-circle and condense it slightly. Step 8 Step 9 Step 10 Step 11

Maybe it's Great / Graphic Design Inspiration How to Create an Andy Warhol Inspired Pop Art Portrait in Illustrator Andy Warhol's screen print series of Marilyn Monroe portraits were probably the main reason I was interested in creating vector art. He's one of my all time favorite artists so creating a set of portraits inspired by his mass produced art was bound to happen at some point! In today's tutorial I'm going to show you how to create a set of colorful portraits from a stock image base, in a similar style to Warhol's, using Adobe Illustrator. Step 1 To start with, I'm going to modify the stock image I've purchased from PhotoDune, although you could do the same with your own photo. Open your photo of choice in Adobe Photoshop. Then select areas around the portraits background and delete them. Step 2 Now to modify the contrast of the photo. As you can see, this has brought out the highlights in the hair and skin and deepened the shadows. Step 3 Using the Brush Tool (B), I then cover over areas on a new layer where I think I need to lighten the image. Step 4 Step 5 Object > Expand the Image Trace.