Buckminster Fuller Creates an Animated Visualization of Human Population Growth from 1000 B.C.E. to 1965

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Sit back, relax, put on some music (I’ve found Chopin’s Nocturne in B major well-suited), and watch the video above, a silent data visualization by visionary architect and systems theorist Buckminster Fuller, “the James Brown of industrial design.


Milton Glaser’s 10 Rules for Life & Work: The Celebrated Designer Dispenses Wisdom Gained Over His Long Life & Career

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“None of us has really the ability to understand our path until it’s over,” the celebrated graphic designer Milton Glaser muses less than a minute into the above video.


Every Page of Depero Futurista, the 1927 Futurist Masterpiece of Graphic Design & Bookmaking, Is Now Online

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You can try to dismantle your e-reader, but you can’t unscrew an eBook.


Buckminster Fuller’s Map of the World: The Innovation that Revolutionized Map Design (1943)

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Last week we brought you news of a world map purportedly more accurate than any to date, designed by Japanese architect and artist Hajime Narukawa. The map, called the AuthaGraph, updates a centuries-old method of turning the globe into a flat surface by first converting it to a cylinder.


Japanese Designers May Have Created the Most Accurate Map of Our World: See the AuthaGraph

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“The world is not an illusion,” said Alfred Korzbyski, “it is an abstraction.” You may know Korzbyski for another famous maxim, “the map is not the territory.


Abstract: Netflix’s New Documentary Series About “the Art of Design” Premieres Today

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All over the world, so many kids growing up, students looking for a major, and even adults angling for a career change say they want to get into “design.


Philographics Presents a Visual Dictionary of Philosophy: 95 Philosophical Concepts as Graphic Designs

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We so often hear pictures described as worth a thousand words apiece, but the Philographics project seems to have found a way to increase that value by at least 27,218. Or it has if you believe its blurb from Co.Design: “It takes the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 28,250 words to explain the woolly concept of relativism.


75 Years of CIA Maps Now Declassified & Made Available Online

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Satellite-connected devices do all the hard work of navigation for us: plan journeys, plot distances, tell us where we are and where we’re going. The age of the highly skilled cartographer may be coming to an end.


Meet the Memphis Group, the Bob Dylan-Inspired Designers of David Bowie’s Favorite Furniture

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David Bowie, in his years at Bromley Technical High School before becoming David Bowie, studied not just music but art and design as well.


W.E.B. Du Bois Creates Revolutionary, Artistic Data Visualizations Showing the Economic Plight of African-Americans (1900)

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Few people have done more to accurately foresee and help shape the century ahead of them as W.E.B. Du Bois. And perhaps few intellectuals from the early twentieth century still have as much critical relevance to our contemporary global crises.


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