My Facebook feed can range from inspirational page links to irrelevant, pointless updates – a variety I’m sure you’re equally familiar with. I’m pleased to say that this map was an example of the former. It was designed and received from an old friend of mine, who now lives in Bali (his artistic talent isn’t the only thing I envy!).
I’ve seen this idea executed in a couple of other places, but I particularly like this treatment of type to define our world.
This AdWeek article gave me food for thought (no pun intended). It shared a few famous American logos, redesigned for the Zombie Apocalypse. It reminded me of something that I’ve noted during my stay in America: the emphasis on Hallowe’en. In the UK we celebrate for a night, and probably only then if we have kids. For these guys, it’s a month-long event. Shops and supermarkets bristle with scary merchandise, and the efforts that go into outfits are unprecedented. It’s a full-on celebration of the magical and macabre, in houses and on street-corners throughout every town.
This made me wonder what other brands could undergo the Zombie treatment, and reminded me of the continuing allure of the half-dead genre.
I loved this article from The Daily Mash. Initially I was a fan of the ‘Keep Calm’ genre and even celebrated its popularity. But now it seems that anyone who can read and has an English relative is peddling some gutter aberration of the original design. It’s become a bloated sell-out, an insult to the thing that once made it appealing.
And surely it will get even worse with the impending Jubilee.
Therefore – I’ve got to say it.
Keep Calm and Fuck Off.
‘Keep Calm…’ posters actually intensely irritating
When I first started viewing infographics, I wasn’t sure I liked them. They looked a bit like a mathematician had thrown up on a bookmark. Stats, numbers, graphs and pie charts everywhere, and eagle-eyed vision needed to make any sense of them. However, since then I’ve warmed to the medium, as a fast, efficient way of conveying a large amount of usually quite interesting information.
The communications agency Milestone felt the same way when they wrote this attached blog post:
I know that lots of people have written lots of things like this over the years. But I rather like this version. Seems like a pretty sound philosophy to live by.