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Posts Tagged: illustration

In Space We Trust

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To boldly go where no web developer has gone before! I’m a huge sucker for space and In Space We Trust is next-level website inspiration. It’s a video-game-infographic-interactive-typographically-awesome timeline of landmark happenings in the world of space exploration. Even if you don’t swoon over Sputnik or moon over the moon like I do, check out this graphic masterpiece. You’ll learn something and come away dreaming of the design work. Plus, you can download some of the imagery as wallpapers.

How to Live Like a Creative

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I’ve never been one to enjoy the word “creative” as a noun but so seems to be the trend of the decade. It might be best to just accept the titles we receive and apply the definition in our work and not just our daily lives. About that: the daily life of a creative person. This wonderful infographic explores what it’s like to spend a day in the shoes of a ‘creative’.

View the interactive infographic or download it, the old-fashioned way.

America’s First Political Cartoons

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We’re roughly a year away from elections and it may be argued that the political season is in full swing for the 2016 race. It just felt right for me to scour the web and find an interesting collection of America’s first political cartoons that graced the pages of Puck magazine, America’s first satirical magazine to portray politics and social issues of the day.

 

The Modern Collossus of (Rail) Roads

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Illustration shows William Henry Vanderbilt, president of the New York Central Railroad and several other railroads, Cyrus West Field, of the New York Elevated Railroad Company, and Jay Gould, of the Union Pacific Railroad and other western railroads.

Year: 1879

 

The Duty of the Hour

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Print shows a female figure labeled “Cuba” holding the Cuban flag, caught in a frying pan labeled “Spanish Misrule” that is being held above flames labeled “Anarchy” raging between fighting factions labeled “Insurgents” on the left and “Autonomists” on the right, on the island of Cuba.

Year: 1898

 

The King of the Combinations

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Illustration shows John D. Rockefeller wearing a huge crown and robe, standing on an oil storage tank labeled “Standard Oil”, and glaring at the viewer. The crown is adorned with railroad cars, oil tanks, and the names of four railroad companies: “Lehigh Valley R.R., St. Paul R.R., Jersey Central R.R., [and] Reading Rail Road”, and topped with a dollar sign “$”.

Year: 1901

 

The Central Bank

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Illustration shows a gigantic J. Pierpont Morgan clutching to his chest with his right arm large New York City buildings labeled “Billion Dollar Bank Merger”; in the foreground, a young child puts a coin in a “Toy Bank” as Morgan’s left arm reaches around the buildings to grab the toy bank for himself.

Caption: Why should Uncle Sam establish one, when Uncle Pierpont is already on the job?

Year: 1910

 

The Awakening

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Illustration shows a torch-bearing female labeled “Votes for Women”, symbolizing the awakening of the nation’s women to the desire for suffrage, striding across the western states, where women already had the right to vote, toward the east where women are reaching out to her. Printed below the cartoon is a poem by Alice Duer Miller.

Year: 1915

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.

Randall Munroe: Comics That Ask “What If?”

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Randall Munroe sketches elegant and illuminating explanations of the weird science and math questions that keep geeks awake at night … [He] answers simple what-if questions (“what if you hit a baseball moving at the speed of light?”) using math, physics, logic and deadpan humor. In this charming talk, a reader’s question about Google’s data warehouse leads Munroe down a circuitous path to a hilariously over-detailed answer — in which, shhh, you might actually learn something.

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

The May Day Poster Soirée

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The First of May is a public holiday celebrated across the globe in conjunction with the United States’ Law Day and various nations celebrating International Workers’ Day. In the United States we have a Labor Day that falls at the end of the summer. All others celebrating International Workers’ Day may also call it May Day. A day that no artist can pass up. Interpretive dance, musical events, and culinary artists around the globe prepare for today’s festivities. And last, but not least, who can forget the poster designers. I’ve gathered five illustrated poster designs from across the globe that reflects themes of workers’ rights, power in education and community spirit. Now let’s get inspired with these posters, pitch a maypole and start dancing and singing. Who’s bringing the cake?

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The Public Studio
The Public is an activist design studio specializing in changing the world based in Toronto, Ontario. Just like their clients, The Public cares about anti-oppression, sustainability, and social growth. They are activists who seek to change things for the better. They believe that an important message conveyed with inspiration can do just that. They produce work that is creatively, emotionally, and intellectually uplifting.

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Free University of NYC
The Free University of New York City is an experiment in radical education and an attempt to transform education into the way it ought to be. Their project is born out of a recognition that the current system of higher education is as unequal as it is unsustainable. With increasing tuition at public and private institutions, the increasing use of precarious adjunct labor, and the larger and larger amounts of debt that students are expected to take on, a university education is systematically becoming a rarefied commodity only available to the few. It is in this context that the Free University operates as a radical and critical pedagogical space.

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Whittier Alliance
The Whittier Alliance was formed by a small coalition of Whittier residents, businesses, agencies and religious institutions in January 1977. It is a non-profit 501(c)3 neighborhood organization serving the residents and businesses of Whittier. The Whittier Alliance is a neighborhood resource. The Alliance responds to business and resident inquiries and facilitates meetings to inform the neighborhood about changes, developments, safety issues, neighborhood funds for property improvements, events, etc. that impact the livability and prosperity of the Whittier neighborhood.

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UnionsWA
Unions in Western Australia, and peak bodies representing over 30 affiliated unions which have over 150,000 members in Western Australia. UnionsWA does not just speak on workplace issues. We also liaise with indigenous and ethnic communities, social justice and environmental groups. Because issues facing working people across the globe are common we work with trade unionists from other countries.

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Oxford City Council
The city council of Oxford has orchestrated May Day events throughout the city and promoted it with this modern, illustrated poster. Oxford is well known as a university town and is one of Britain’s fastest growing cities in terms of population,[8] and is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the UK.