This truly phenomenal project is from Margot Trudell, a graphic, web and motion designer living and working in Toronto, Canada. They are available as art prints or stretched canvas here. I am definitely wanting to get some for the kids' study.
From her project page:
With this project I wanted to communicate to people what we've managed to accomplish in space exploration in simple terms; I found that many people don't know much about the subject because of how it's typically communicated, with scientific and technical jargon. Through the use of infographics that simply and clearly illustrated a lot of information, people could easily take a brief look at one infographic and even without looking closer grasp that we've managed to send a lot of things and people to the moon for example, and looking closer they could see that China has plans for a manned lunar mission within the next few years, for example. This simple and easy to understand approach is meant to encourage people to look into the field more, and the OMG SPACE name is meant to encourage excitement about space exploration, especially amongst younger people. Infographics for the dwarf planets Haumea and Makemake were not created due to a lack of imagery available for use; it should be noted though that there have no no expeditions to either of thiese dwarf planets to date, and no expeditions are currently planned.
These infographics were intended for print, and thus the copy on most of them isn't easily legible when reduced in size and resolution for the web. I have included the blurbs about each planet below the image for easy reading. I researched and wrote all the blurbs myself, specifically choosing facts about each planet that I thought were particularily interesting, rather than standard facts like mass and age and geological make-up, to help people look at these planets in a different way than usual.
There is also a website associated with this project,omgspace.net. Aside from promotion, I used the web and the lack of limitations in web design to illustrate the true scale of our solar system. The images of all the planets and the distances between them are completely to scale, and there are links at the bottom of the page to take each visitor to whichever planet they choose; I also included the asteroid belt and the heliosphere for the sake of illustration, which are also placed correctly and sized to scale.
Oakland-based sculptor and illustrator, Jeremy Mayer, collects old typewriters, disassembles them, just to reassemble them in the shapes of birds, animals, humanoids.
"The first few pieces I created were very crude, but I loved the idea of making something from an archaic relic and from only one other object. Reactions to my work are mostly positive. A few typewriter collectors bemoan the destruction of the machines. The ones I use are in pretty rough shape, so I feel no guilt about taking them apart.”
See also Things Come Apart
Disclosure: I am a product designer at Atom, so I am a bit biased, but the offer is available for anyone to use when they sign up for an Atom account.
A new series on the blog here is to feature movies that I am excited to see and share. This upcoming addition to the Marvel Universe is highly anticipated (the reports have it selling more pre-sale tickets than any other in the franchise.
I already got my tickets for Black Panther, which opens February 16. I have an offer to get $5 off for your first ticket when you join Atom Tickets (use the promo code SQUAD).
I've often wondered what happens after the Olympics. I would love to find a comprehensive archive of Olympic venues...
Don Komarechka, an Ontario, Canada-based photographer:
"The process is unlike most other photographers who shoot snowflakes, and allows me to play with prismatic color and surface reflections to a much greater degree."
He take multiple images he's shot of the snowflakes (against a plain black mitten his grandmother gave him) at different focus distances and merges them together.
Photographer Nicolas Reusens uses a technique known as focus stacking — combining several images taken at different depths of field. These photos are from Costa Rica, Malaysia, South Africa, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico and more.
Often I get asked a lot of times about which books I'd recommend for the designers in their lives. Here is a short list.
From the emergence of ad hoc mobile payments in Africa, to the torrent of technology changes rippling across the globe, our understanding of the behaviors come largely through the disciplined and attentive field research. Here is the preeminent text on doing it well.
London-based photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz creates these striking superhero women portraits with milk and food coloring, layering up to 200 photos of the same model with different milk splashes to create the final images.
Director of Photography Dustin Farrell (http://dfvc.com) created this compilation of the best of his storm chasing video from the summer of 2017.
And it is achingly gorgeous....
"Lightning is like a snowflake. Every bolt is different. I learned that lightning varies greatly in speed. There are some incredible looking bolts that I captured that didn't make the cut because even at 1000fps they only lasted for one frame during playback. I also captured some lightning that appear computer generated it lasted so long on the screen."