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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.

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Pandemic Travel Posters (Inviting You to Stay Home)

Jennifer Baer of the "Coronavirus Tourism Bureau" made some travel posters designed to get you interested in staying inside.

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Iconic Art & Design Reimagined for the Social Distancing Era

José Manuel Ballester's Concealed Spaces project reimagines iconic works of art without the people in them.

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Virtual Travel Photography in the Age of Pandemic

Using live feed webcams, Noah Kalina is "travelling" around the world photographing places.

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No Frills Branding

Kunel Gaur, head of a creative agency called Animal, has redesigned the packaging for several familiar brands using minimal black & white graphics.

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The Best of the Best-of-the-Decade Lists

Rex Sorgatz has been compiling a collection of lists related to the 2010s decade.

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An Online Collection of Colorful Fruit Crate Labels, 1920s-1950s

From the State Library of Florida comes a collection of more than 600 crate labels used by the citrus and vegetable industries.

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The Marvelous Mississippi River Meander Maps

I have long admired the Mississippi River meander maps designed by Army Corps of Engineers cartographer Harold Fisk.

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Stone Alphabets

This is one of several alphabets assembled by Belgian type designer Clotilde Olyff from stones collected at the beach.

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Vintage TV Test Patterns

It's hard to believe now, but television didn't used to be a 24/7/365 affair.

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The History of Italics In Type

Venetian printer Aldus Manutius is generally credited with introducing italics into European print.

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Book Covers for the Mueller Report

The New Yorker asked five designers to design book covers for the Mueller Report in the event that it's eventually published.

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Where the $&%@# Did Grawlixes Come From?

A grawlix is a string of typographic characters that represent obscene language, often found in comics.

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"Star Ribbon", a USPS Stamp by Aaron James Draplin

The design is a perfect illustration of Draplin’s design style — it’s got that Spirit of ‘76 thing going on but is also solidly contemporary.