It is just a pie!

June 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

Just a pie. No need for a recipe, just the minimal illustration of the recipe created by Andrea Nguyen. Delicious!Apple%20Pie%20copy%202



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Say it with an illustration

March 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Say it with a quote or illustrate one? Malaysia-based illustrator Tang Yau Hoong pairs each of his illustrations with a famous quote. As simple as that, as beautiful as these posters…

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I will not make any more boring art

October 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

A portrait of the godfather of conceptual art, John Baldessari. A brilliant video for its inspiration, editing, graphic design and, of course, for its narration by Tom Waits.

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The hardly spoken words

July 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

The difficult words, the unusual words: all these words that are rarely spoken and whose meaning we cannot even imagine. Designers James and Michael Fizgarald, the illustration duo from Ireland, also known as The Project Twins, have ‘gathered’ all these words that are rarely spoken and managed to visually explain them.

Acersecomic: a person whose hair has never been cut.

Zugzwang: a position in which any decision or move will result in problems.

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Finnegan woke up and got illustrated

March 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

To read James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, is quite an experience; I cannot even imagine how could anybody try to illustrate its world of dreams and illusion.

In February of 2010, Paris-based designer and illustrator Stephen Crowe decided to undertake this task; to illustrate chapter by chapter one of the most difficult works of fiction in the English language. The result is an ongoing project entitled Wake in Progress, in which different techniques and design styles are mixed together.

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Six degrees of artistic influences

September 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

We have seen her work before, illustrating the food habits of famous writers and poets.   Now Wendy MacNaughton illustrates in a visually engaging manner the Circles of Influence, created by Michelle Legro and Maria Popova, which reveal the creative encounters and intersections of different writers, scientists, genres and eras.

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Food for inspiration

August 13, 2011 § 3 Comments

Walt Whitman used to have oysters and meat for breakfast, Emily Dickinson preferred her own home-baked bread, whereas Marcel Proust used to drink espresso to write his “In Search of Lost Time “, and not madeleine as we would have guessed.  Even great writers and poets want some little treats for inspiration.

lllustration by Wendy MacNaughton.

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Darwin, the rock star

July 14, 2011 § 1 Comment

Rene Descartes, a pop idol and Charles Darwin, the rock star. That’s how graphic designer Simon Bent decided to re-popularise some of the greatest scientists in history. In his series of illustrations Science vs. Delirium, he renders these iconic figures in the kinds of psychedelic patterns and colors, just like in 1960s acid-rock posters.

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Infographics: now and then

July 10, 2011 § 1 Comment

Yeah , we live in the age of infographics. We know it, already. It is the new way to convey information from the most trivial to the most complex. However, the need to visualise data doesn’t seem so new after all. From the beginning of the last century, artists and designers were looking for new ways to share information in a visually engaging manner, as these 1940′s copies of the Fortune magazine reveal. It seems that the only things that have truly changed are the techniques and the media.

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Killing time on a tablecloth

June 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

Killing time is never easy either you are in an airplane or in restaurant, but it can be creative. Illustrator Guibo draws his napkin tablecloth while he waits for his food, integrating in his drawings elements of the table.

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Illustrated cities

May 27, 2011 § 3 Comments

Find your way to some of Europe’s landmarks, including archaeological sites, museums but also bars, clubs, markets, via designer Owen Gatley‘s city map illustrations.


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Sketching reality

May 25, 2011 § 2 Comments

How would you feel if you could affect reality and fill in the picture just by drawing your own version of it? That’s what painter and photographer Ben Heine has thought, or at least I suppose he did, in his series Pencil Vs. Camera  and has blended his beautifully taken pictures of landscapes with some of his illustrations.

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91 New York movies

May 5, 2011 § 1 Comment

Correctly identify the 91 movies depicted in the New York City movie map by Bernie Hou and win a copy here.

New York movie history

P.S. As one would expect, lots of Woody Allen in here.

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Lolita butterflies

April 22, 2011 § 1 Comment

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta; the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.

She was Lo, plain Lo in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita.

Lolita butterflies

Beautiful hand-illustrated butterflies by legendary author and amateur entomologist Vladimir Nabokov on copies of his masterpiece Lolita. Today would be his birthday. April 22nd.

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10 + 1 ways to visualize lyrics

April 18, 2011 § 5 Comments

Really good songs have usually really good lyrics. And good lyrics stay with you. When we were at school we doodled them on our books and carved them into the desks. What do the digital natives do? Here are the best ideas (and, incidentally, really good songs for the most part) we found around the web:

1. Pick a photo, apply a vintage effect and write the lyrics in helvetica

paris by the friendly fires

Paris by the Friendly Fires (the Aeroplane version featuring Au Revoir Simone  kicks major ass, too)
(visual first seen at letlooselove, our title inspired by this)

2. Make a flowchart*

should I stay or should I go by the clash

Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash
(visual first seen at Urlesque)
*but be careful not to be trapped on an infinite loop

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Creative truths

April 13, 2011 § 1 Comment

The most valuable truths that rule both life and art, are often the simplest ones.  Shirley-Ann Dick reveals some of them in what appears to me at least as Rothko-like posters.

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Tweets say the darnest things

March 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

It’s true. Among tons of trivialities there are some truly witty tweets. Twaggies is a blog that selects and illustrates some of these tweets. Twaggies "I always feel like I am being silently judged by knitter"Twaggies "I just lost a twitter's just like when Rome started it's decline"

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True dat: rap advice, illustrated

March 22, 2011 § 5 Comments

I ‘ve told you, I ‘ve never been a huge fan of rap music, but I love everything that has to do with language and music. And I have to admit it: I stick more to lyrics than to music and I just loved Jessica Wright’s illustrations revealing some of the most inspirational words of rap music.

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Words without words

March 21, 2011 § 3 Comments

Which one is stronger? A word or an image?

In Words without words, a visual dictionary of words with abstract, complex or underused meanings, these two are beautifully combined by illustrator, designer and new media artist, Veronika Heckova.


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69 love illustrations…

March 18, 2011 § 3 Comments

…inspired by The Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs. This is what you can find in How Fucking Romantic, a great little blog. It was launched by a bunch of London-based illustrators, comic-artists and writers who wanted, well to illustrate all of the 69 Love Songs. But the project is open and anyone can submit an illustration.

magnetic fields: a pretty girl is like

To paraphrase my favorite song by The Magnetic Fields (even if not from the 69 Love Songs): Please stop dancing in my heart / I can seem to make it art.

See more illustrations and listen to my favorite song after the jump.

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