Eleanor Lutz's Butterflies of North America

Curator: Alicia Cheng and Sarah Gephart
date: November 3, 2014
Categories: Information Design
Tags: infographics
We're always trolling for data visualizations that inspire and intrigue. Both of us are drawn to more historic examples of information design as well as more creative approaches. This week, we'll share a few of our favorites with you.

First up, we love this animated chart of North American butterflies by Eleanor Lutz. It's lovely, simple and totally seductive.
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The Church of Type Will Convert You

Curator: TRÜF
date: October 9, 2014
Categories: Art, Illustration, Information Design, Poster Design, Typography
Tags: Letterpress, Print, Typography
From Gutenberg to the Heidelberger press, moveable type sparked the mass production of printed books and was the first time information and ideas could be circulated on a global scale. The printing press was really our first Internet of sorts, and certainly the catalyst for typography and information and graphic design as we know it. 

Metal, ink, and sweat has largely been replaced by Adobe, Apple, and hundreds of digital type houses. And that's all good and “progressy.” But what's really exciting is seeing how these classic industrial printing tools are being reused and rethought to produce amazing new artwork that bridges the gap between old and new, fine art and design, and explores the cracks in between.
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Eephus League Resurrects the Nearly Lost Art of Baseball Scorekeeping

Curator: Peter McClelland
date: October 2, 2014
Categories: Brand & Identity Design, Information Design
Tags: sports

Having grown up in Cincinnati (aka the birthplace of the pro baseball), I still remember going to Reds games and being mesmerized by the dedication of some the old timers keeping score, marking every out, hit, even every pitch. It’s pretty cool how a simple series of numbers and straight lines can build to form the intricate and strategic story of a baseball game.

Eephus League, the passion project of Bethany Heck, has resurrected this art of scorekeeping with a gorgeous and thoughtfully designed collection of scorebooks, tutorials, and gear. Thanks to her work, I’m now an avid score keeper in the park and on the couch.

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Kickstarting Classics: Reissuing the Standards Manual

Curator: Peter McClelland
date: September 29, 2014
Categories: Brand & Identity Design, Information Design, Typography

We probably all think of kickstarter as an outlet for wacky new inventions. Luckily some design nerds (no offense to Jesse Reed & Hamish Smyth) saw an opportunity to share a piece of design legend with the world. They’ve rebuilt Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda's signage and way finding system, the NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual. 364 pages of perfectly crafted letterforms and information design. So if you’re an admirer of Vignelli and you’ve got some money lying around—hurry up and back it.

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Moniker Designs Herman Miller's Illustrative Advocacy Report

Curator: Dan Blackman
date: September 16, 2014
Categories: Book & Magazine Design, Illustration, Information Design, Typography
Tags: branding, illustration
San Francisco studio Moniker, which is run by one of my favorite designers and illustrators, Brent Couchman, recently designed Herman Miller's report on environmental advocacy, inclusiveness and diversity. 
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