Being a west coast native I’m not very familiar with Massimo Vignelli’s subway map, though I’ve definitely seen it before. Brooklyn based designers Triboro have taken this timeless design and reprinted in nothing but fluorescent red, and I have to say it looks pretty awesome. Triboro is made up of a husband and wife team David Heasty and Stefanie Weigler, who have a great portfolio of work including designing for William Rast (love that flag-esque logo), Knopf, GQ and more.
Going back to the poster, this new design clearly loses some of it’s context without the classic color coded system that Vignelli created, but there’s something quite charming about this new application. It’s almost like the intensity of the color demands your attention, like the maps don’t want you to get lost. Eye-catching at the very least.
I spotted these amazing images by Alberto Seveso about a month ago but I never got around to posting them. Th effect is simple, he’s poured varnish into a fishbowl, but the end result is simply stunning. The images almost look like they were computer generated but he clearly states that they aren’t. The details in how the varnish mixes with the water is really powerful, and the colors in both of these are absolutely beautiful.
At the end of February comic book writer and all around lunatic Warren Ellis asked the readers of his blog to redesign Superman as if it was being released today:
You are an artist/designer. You have to put together the cover for a comic called SUPERMAN. It is issue 1 of this book.
You have been told that Superman is a man who dresses predominantly in a shade of blue, and wears a red S symbol. You know nothing else about the character.
The cover must include a logo and the text THE COMPLETE STORY OF THE DARING EXPLOITS OF THE ONE AND ONLY SUPERMAN.
And that’s it.
It’s up to you what kind of company you’re at. What kind of comics you make. How you translate that description of Superman. What era you’re in. Who you are, even. Go nuts with it.
A lot of the entries were, well, kind of janky, but the cover above by the very talented Tom Muller definitely caught my eye. I’ve posted about Mr. Muller before and I’m sure this won’t be the last time. I love that he didn’t try to go with any kind of superhero motif, he simply made an awesome and interesting cover. If I saw this comic sitting on a shelf I would buy it in a heartbeat. This is exactly the reason why I always say that there needs to be more graphic design in comic books.
Sorry all of today’s posts are so late today, things at work were kind of crazy. As you can see I was definitely crazy over the new Gorillaz album, and I still stand my previous review. It’s an amazingly fun album that shouldn’t be missed. Here’s are some suggestions for some good tunes.
1) Yo La Tengo – I’ve been listening to YLT as I’ve been going to bed lately, specifically The Sounds of the Sounds of Science. It was created as a score for Jean Painlevé’s eight short documentary-style films that were all about sea critters. There’s no words to any of the songs, it’s just a lot of really laid back, ambient kinda stuff.
2) Jonsí – I was about to get a copy of Jonsí’s new album Go, something I’ve been really looking forward to for a while now. I’ve listened to it a few times now, and honestly I think all the really great songs have been released. I wouldn’t say that Go is a bad album in any way, but I think in some ways I was expecting even more. I think I need to listen to it in the morning on my way to work and not at night when I’m tired as all get out.
3) Beach House – I was thinking the other day that I was kind of burnt out by Beach House’s newest Teen Dream since I was able to hear it last year, but damn, it’s still such an amazing album. Norway still gives me chills and I get re-excited when I get to Lover of Mine. If for some bizarre reason you live under a rock and don’t have this album, you should walk to your local record store and buy it.
To continue with the them of destruction we’ve got this awesome video which is a part of 30 minute short called The Way Things Go. It was created by a pair of Swiss artists, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, who’ve been creating kinetic sculptures since 1979. This is just a clip of the larger video but it totally puts to shame that OK Go video. Why do I say that? Because this one has a ton of explosions!
I think it’s amazing that people can do these kinds of things, that they have the creativity, to make all of these pieces come together and interact. I’m really tempted to get the DVD of this to see how they do an entire 30 minutes of interactions like this, I’m sure it’d be amazing.