It’s been a little while since my last post (work and personal life has been incredibly hectic), but following nicely from the Arabic Animals we have another animal-based graphic series.
The techniques used by graphic design studio DFT gives an almost overly simplistic representation, yet they manage to convey such lot of detail entwined within each.
Taking the time to “remove what’s not substantive” they are left with a single stroke that captures the animal.
The illustrations all your eye to naturally fill in gaps or interpolate the missing information with what it thinks should be there, completing the picture and adding depth.
A lack of shading on the illustration of the two elephants doesn’t prevent you from seeing that the baby elephant is in the foreground of the adult elephant.
The flowing lines naturally lend themselves to alluring to the idea of movement and fluidity.
The “distinctive unbroken line style” is at the core of everything they approach so be sure to check out more of their work here, particularly the Iconic Sneaker series.
Egyptian designer Mahmoud Tammam has a strong Arabic influence in much of his work and his most recent typography project is no different.
I spend a week in Dubai every few months so I’m quite familiar with the style and look of Arabic letters and words, and the problems that they can present even to many western brands that have to double up their signage and graphic applications to show both alphabets. Though the logo for Dubai’s Department of Tourism is excellent in this regard!
In an attempt to try and bridge the difference Mahmoud successfully manages to visualise the word and transform the Arabic letters “into the shape of their meanings”.
His project considers a range of words, but I was particularly taken with the animals and the elegance with which they become recognisable.
Whether through a hint of colour or a decorative embellishment (did you notice the fox’s “nose”?).
Very nicely done!
Be sure to take a look at his other projects, including Arabic Logos here.
Published February 15, 2017
I’d never really given much thought as to how paperclips were made until I saw this.
That seemingly bottomless pot of them on my desk, so simple yet so useful.
Well, now you know.
Via today I learned.
In what has been called a “cartographic masterpiece” Pablo Carlos Budassi has combined several images from NASA telescopes with logarithmic maps developed by the astronomers at Princeton to produce this staggering image.
Yes, that’s right. That is the *entire* universe. In one single image.
Click the image to enlarge and zoom in all its 4200 x 4200 pixel glory, or view it at Wikimedia here.
Logarithmic maps (similar to their namesake scales on graphs) manage huge areas as they decrease in scale as you move outwards from the centre of the image, meaning that Earth in the middle here is shown at a considerably larger scale than the outer realms of the universe.
Feel small much?
UVIVF is a bit of a mouthful isn’t it? Just when you thought acronyms were supposed to make things easier, “ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence” comes along and says otherwise.
But I’m inclined to forgive and forget on this occasion, because UVIVF is quite simply stunningly beautiful.
Photographer Craig Burrows uses this UVIVF technique which appears to make the flowers glow by using high intensity UV lighting. UV light has a shorter wavelength than the range of visible light that humans can see, but given the right light source, filters and camera settings you can capture the reflected wavelengths of light as a visible fluoresce from the subject matter.
These resulting colours have a ghostly, ethereal quality that makes them look like something from a fantasy world, but by using natural flowers their shape is so instantly recognisable you know that they aren’t.
My favourite is this close up of a dandelion seed head.
Craig’s next step is to expand the scene and capture entire gardens using this technique, only with much larger light sources (Craig, if you need a lighting assistant just let me know!).
Be sure to check out more of his work on Flickr.
Via This is Colossal.
My first post of the year!
It isn’t a poignant idea or ground-breaking product, quite the opposite in fact. Just a bit of fun as much as anything else which is no bad thing.
It’s a short video about absurdity by Florent Porta which is made up of random, contradictory scenes that make no sense.
Here’s to more fun in 2017!