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Winners of the Ocean Photography Awards for 2021

Oceanographic Magazine has announced the winners of their annual Ocean Photography Awards for 2021.

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The Winners of the 2021 Drone Photo Awards

Drones have been around for awhile now, but I have yet to tire of the bird’s-eye images captured from above this remarkable planet of ours.

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The Winners of the 2021 Small World Photomicrography Competition

Nikon has announced the winners of the Small World Photomicrography Competition.

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Some Fun Typefaces for 2021

Adobe recently announced the winners of their 36 Days of Type contest.

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Winners of the 2021 Type Directors Club Design Awards

The Type Directors Club has announced the winners of their two design competitions: TDC67 Communication Design and 24TDC Typeface Design.

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Proposed Post-Pandemic New Yorker Covers

Tomer Hanuka asked his third-year illustration students at SVA to "come up with a post-pandemic New Yorker magazine cover".

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Floorplan Alphabet

In 1773 Johann David Steingruber created a complete alphabet of mythical letter shaped buildings & their floorplans.

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The Best Book Cover Designs of 2020

Many books were published this year and some of them had great covers.

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The Winners of the 2020 Weather Photographer of the Year Competition

The Royal Meteorological Society has announced the winners and runners-up in the 2020 Weather Photographer of the Year competition.

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Norway’s Beautiful New Passports

Last year, I shared the concept designs for Norway’s new passports by creative agency Neue.

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“Reverse Toonification” of Pixar Characters

Using an AI-based framework called Pixel2Style2Pixel, Nathan Shipley made some more photorealistic faces for Pixar characters.

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Cool Modular Signage for the National Library of Luxembourg

Sascha Lobe’s team at Pentagram has designed a functional and stylish modular signage system.

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A Time Lapse World Map of Every Covid-19 Death

In order to demonstrate the magnitude of the pandemic, James Beckwith made a time lapse map of each Covid-19 death.

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The Best Book Design of 2019

The AIGA has announced the winners of its annual 50 Books / 50 Covers competition for books published in 2019.

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Meander Maps for Imaginary Rivers

I have written previously about cartographer Harold Fisk's wonderful meander maps of the Mississippi River produced for the Army Corps of Engineers.

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The Rijksmuseum Has Released a 44.8 Gigapixel Image of The Night Watch

One of Rembrandt van Rijn's most iconic paintings The Night Watch is currently undergoing restoration at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

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Pandemic Creativity: Edible Versions of Famous Artworks

In another example of how the constraints of the pandemic are fostering creativity, artist Claire Salvo is creating edible versions of artworks.

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Copy & Paste Your Surroundings into Photoshop with a Magical AR App

Designer Cyril Diagne has developed an augmented reality app that can copy objects from the real world and paste them into a Photoshop document.

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Tape As Pandemic Architectural Element

In Singapore, tape is being used as a sort of architectural element to denote closure of public spaces.

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Dazzling Coronavirus Painting by Biologist David Goodsell

Biologist David Goodsell has been creating scientifically accurate paintings of the structures of cells, molecules, and, yes, viruses.