Friday, November 19, 2010

information graphics

The bad:

For my bad infographics example, let's take a look at this one pictured above. This graphic is telling me information I want to know but not in an easily understandable way nor is it nice to look at. There seems to be a lot of extraneous decoration and attempts at clarification that make the graphic needlessly complicated. The blue and red bars should suffice, we don't need the 'D' and 'R' labels. The typefaces used are more distracting than helpful. The unnecessary colors on the axis labels are similarly distracting. What do you think?

The good:

Conversely, I find this infographic from Wired magazine to be very useful. Everything on the page seemingly has a purpose, from the colors to the text to the graphic elements.

If you want to know more about this infographic and read the article that it came from:
What a Hundred Million Calls to 311 Reveal about New York

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

dairy crack

Despite this not being design related (though I could argue that cheese fuels my designing, so it is related), my boyfriend sent me an article about cheese that I felt the need to share for a few reasons. First, this blog title references this food of the gods, so my interest is obvious. Second, it could explain why I've often proclaimed, "this cheese is like crack!" Apparently, there's naturally found morphine in cheese, which could help to explain why it can be addictive to some. For your reading enjoyment: Why is Cheese like Dairy Crack?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

heads of state

Generally I don't think I know enough about design firms and such, or knowing what designer's work I prefer. It's a very very short list. But on that list is the design collective known as Heads of State. They have done a lot of work that I appreciate including a design for UB last year. Below are some examples of their work. Their website isn't currently up due to some upgrading but feel free to check it out in the future if it appeals to you.

Most of what I put up here are prints they sell on their website but I have seen their packaging work, advertisements for magazines and such and design challenges from PRINT - see the last photo of what they designed for marijuana packaging (if it were legal).

Friday, November 12, 2010

packaging with a narrative

I have been looking for excuses to try one of these teas since I saw them at the UB bookstore so today I decided to purchase one so I could copy the narrative. I know what you're thinking, "Toni, couldn't you have found the text online or copied it from a picture?" Yes, that is probably correct but I won't be able to taste test the tea that way. Is that essential to this blog post? It is now. This line is from The Republic of Tea, called Be Well Red Teas. They are all herbal and caffeine free, a must for me since I usually go for weeks without caffeine, or at least any significant amount. They do different things, and they tell you at the top. Get Healthy, Get Clean, Get Happy, etc. Below is a picture of many of the tea canisters, but not all (it's a big line) and the text from the front of the "Get Clean" can.

Get Clean: Herb tea for detoxing
Had too much of a good thing? Feeling out of balance, a bit heavy or puffy? Then it's time to get clean. This gentle herbal blend helps the body help itself as it stimulates the liver, one of our natural cleansing mechanisms. Based on organic rooibos, it includes milk thistle seeds to sweep toxins away. Both dandelion and burdock roots help wake up the liver and get things flowing. Their cleansing properties encourage healthy digestion and help to keep the kidneys flushed. We've also added red clover and Indian sarsaparilla, both known as effective tonics and purifiers. Finally, a good thing you can indulge in.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

social media sobriety test

This is a nice little advertisement for Webroot's new application, the social media sobriety test. Basically, it works by forcing you to complete one of three tasks that would supremely difficult for a drunk person to complete (fine motor skill test, etc) before you are able to post on social media sites of your choosing. The video thoroughly explains all the features of this product, such as how you set the time of day you would want this feature active as well as the different tests they offer. It's a well put together video and a product I should be getting a few of my friends for christmas.

Monday, November 8, 2010

live scrabble

Playing scrabble using an apartment building? Awesome. What an undertaking this must have been - all the coordination and preparatory work. Only something that would work overseas, this done by Ogilvy Paris. I like that the connection between Scrabble and the video aren't immediately clear but begin to make sense as you watch it.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Google is adorable - as evidence of this narrative on their website on Halloween. They even added the letters when they were unable to work them into the illustration, though the added letters are illustrated as well. Google keeps all their logo illustrations here, should you want to peruse them (and you should!).

Friday, November 5, 2010

don't be a design zombie

My brother send me this link and it proved to be a really great article about graphic design and James Victore's design process. We are all probably familiar with his work and it's nice to read about his process. I like his idea at the end, that people can be like zombies and you don't really want to surround yourself with them. Anyway, here's the link to the article, enjoy!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

the tolerability index

From The AV Club, a sister publication of The Onion, comes this weekly graphic about what's happening this week. Specifically, what good or awful things are happening. I'm always on board with this stuff, as a nerd and someone who mostly dislikes pop culture phenomena - or doesn't even know what's happening until I read about it. Plus, I like it graphically.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

midterm class project

For our show n' tell this week, we made narratives in groups using just construction paper and scissors to tell our story. I don't want to describe it too much, see if you can figure out the story for yourself.