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Posts By: Anthony Rizzo

Why City Flags May Be the Worst-Designed Thing You’ve Never Noticed

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Roman Mars is obsessed with flags — and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don’t have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything.

–This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured on TED.com

A Very Danish Map of the World

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Biblical literalists claim the world was created in six days. More scientifically minded folk say it took around 4 billion years. Either way, they’re all talk and no action. Unlike Søren Poulsen, the Danish farmer who single-handedly built his own version of the world, in exactly a quarter century. Completed in 1969, Verdenskortet (“The World Map”) is the main tourist draw in Klejtrup, a small village 10 km southwest of Hobro in Jutland, the mainland of Denmark.

Read more from Frank Jacob’s original post on Big Think.

Explaining Graphic Design to Four Year-Olds

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In a very creative way, Dean Vipond was able to effectively communicate graphic design to a small group of children thanks to design’s simple notion that it is about making something easy to use and understand. What better challenge than designing a design lecture for children.

Firstly, I couldn’t rest on my laurels and rely on some of the brands I’ve worked with, to win me any kudos, like it might with the older kids — “Yeah, I’ve worked for Channel 4, and the BBC, and Diesel, and the BRIT Awards, and I even designed a website that got me an imdb entry (even though I share same entry with some dude who was in Xena: Warrior Princess). Whatevs…” That doesn’t fly with reception age kids. So I really needed to explain, in the simplest possible terms, what I did, and why it’s important.

Read the full blog post by Dean Vipond at Medium.

Chip Kidd: The Art of First Impressions — in Design and Life

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Book designer Chip Kidd knows all too well how often we judge things by first appearances. In this hilarious, fast-paced talk, he explains the two techniques designers use to communicate instantly — clarity and mystery — and when, why and how they work. He celebrates beautiful, useful pieces of design, skewers less successful work, and shares the thinking behind some of his own iconic book covers.

–This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured on TED.com

Valar Morghulis: An Illustrated Guide to the Many Deaths on Game of Thrones

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Ned Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, Oberyn Martell — the list of Game of Thrones characters goes on and on. But the 456 characters here all have one thing in common: They’re dead. Before the Game of Thrones Season 5 premiere, The Washington Post took a look back and noted every on-screen death from the first four seasons. Here are all 456 deaths, including who, how, why and where. But be warned, that number will undoubtedly rise. After all, “Valar Morghulis” (all men must die). Find out more about the HBO show.

This digital infographic first appeared in the Washington Post.

The History of Photoshop

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Love it or hate it, Photoshop has changed arts industries virtually over night. Literally, virtually. Billions of images have been altered over the last 25 years and Adobe has taken many strides to improve its capabilities and our daily work routines.

To celebrate a quarter of a century of bitmap brilliance, the team at ClickInks.com have put together this timeline of Photoshop’s illustrious history. How many of these versions did you use?

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Google’s April Fool’s Day Pac Man Prank

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Google has unveiled their April Fool’s Day internet prank. They decided to turn to one of our childhood friends, Pac Man, with a delectable new feature to Google Maps. In the lower left-hand corner you can click on the Pac Man button and be transported to one of several areas around the world with great roadways for playing the game.

The Google Support page lists a bunch of clues to find the best cities to play. Check back for more!

  • Don’t drop the ball on the eve of your victory!
  • Triumph is délicieux.
  • Does a Galaxian bonus await at the top of those 272 steps?
  • Chomp your way to independence down seven lanes of July.
  • PAC-MAN and Ms. PAC-MAN can’t agree on which side is prettier: the American or the Canadian. Which side do you fall on, eh?
  • After a chat with the Sphinx, PAC-MAN sounds more like “Dokki Dokki”.
  • Pause game play to admire Chagall’s stained glass windows and have a bit of chocolate.
  • Can you score 10^(10^100) points?
  • Whether they’re flashing blue or sporting their natural colors, Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde are always kakkoii. Even Vogue agrees they’re living in the trendiest of neighborhoods.
  • Previous PAC-MAN lives don’t get to rest in a white marble mausoleum.
  • Head to the valley of the sun and earn your grade in the art of the game.
  • How well can you navigate the radiating streets of the distrito federal?
  • Victory is like gothic glockenspiel musik to our ears.
  • Pay special attention to Blinky – he might blend in with the dreaming red kangaroos!
  • You’ll find the Beach PAC-MAN World Cup here before long.

This isn’t the first time Google has found a friend in a childhood video game for April Fools’ inspiration. Last year, we were given a great opportunity to catch Pokemon via Maps.

Waka! Waka! Waka!