Any time bikes + design + pretty things shows up, I have to share it. It’s like some sort of weird rule of my life. This was made by STUDENTS (I’m jealous).

VELO from MOTIONLAB on Vimeo.

Found via Laughing Squid.

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Some bathrooms in a Nova Scotia medical center (Canada) are now featuring transgender signs, which I think is pretty great. The idea of bathroom symbols and their accidental/not general/too general connotations is something I’ve talked about in the past (most recently here), and now here’s one for transgendered people. I think the problem would be better solved by going more generic (aka without gender) rather than trying to match to every gender role, since there are always going to be problems trying to match to specific ones. Still, nice to see a new approach. But if you have the half male/half female symbol, do you need the other two? Maybe just put a picture of a toilet on the door, then you won’t have to deal with it.

A New Transgender Symbol »

(I forgot who sent this to me. Let me know and I’ll give you credit!)

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Thanks to SCSpooner for sending my way this part-typography-part-sci-fi (that’s-a-lot-of-dashes) poster, an eye chart of all letters from well-known sci-fi logos. Can you name them all?

CHECK OUT THE WHOLE POSTER »

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Thanks to one of my students (Morgan) who posted a link to this Tumblr, collecting (and designing) hipster versions of current brands such as McDonalds, Ikea, and Harley Davidson. Nice, clean designs and a fun experiment, done very in a very minimalistic style. So minimal I don’t even know who’s behind it or any information about it except that it exists (so very hipster, I guess?).

CHECK OUT HIPSTER BRANDING I GUESS »

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As seen on Kottke.org:

Fotoshop by Adobé from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.

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A new (and free!) font based upon the style of lettering seen on Art Deco Cassandre posters. To celebrate, the creators (a design firm called Atip0) recreated a series of his posters (seen above). The video on the site is worth checking out, as is the font!

I don’t get a chance to do enough classy Art Deco work. Maybe I need to drink more wine…

See more at Cassannet.Net »

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Over at Slate, there’s a great article about the “Best of Show” map at the annual competition of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society. Unlike most other maps, it was created painstakingly by one man. Much like yesterday’s post about the Roboto typeface, there is a very subtle art to maps that most people haven’t ever thought about. This article does a great job of discussing the multitude of decisions made by the cartographer in the creation of this map. It took him FIVE YEARS to make!

Normally, this is where I’d mention that I found it on Kottke.org, one of my main sources for great content. But this time, I’m the one who sent it to @jkottke. That’s one step closer to getting him to post one of my comics on his site, which is next on my “awesome blogs I wish would link to me” list.

The Greatest Paper Map of the United States You’ll Ever See »

Oh, and if you want to buy the map, here’s the link to Imus’ website. It’s only $40.00, and only $80.00 for a 10-pack. Get some friends together and tell people you have the best map of them all.

 

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Over at BoingBoing, there’s a great article about the typeface used throughout the Android 4.0 interface (or “Ice Cream Sandwich” as it’s known), and the controversy surrounding it’s Frankenstein-like nature. Also, I consider typography the unsung art. Something you only notice when it’s wrong, and never when it’s done right. This article talks about this exact process. Check it.

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto (via BoingBoing) »

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I can’t decide if humor about hipsters (which I’m not above by any means) is getting as old as the hipsters themselves or not. Either way, this was pretty funny. Found on LaughingSquid:

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WMATA (Washington Metro Area Transit Authority) needs some updates and additions to the iconic map it’s been using for the last 30 years, and to make the changes they brought in the original designer, Lance Wyman. It’s nice to see them going back to the person who created it, and not some new designer looking to make his mark and alter things.

The article is a good one, goes into some of Lance’s work, the difficulties of the redesign process, and some history behind the original map. Did you know Lance wanted to make cool little icon illustrations for every station? All that and more in the article, as well as a nice photo gallery.

READ THE ARTICLE »

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