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Infographics, by design, are meant to present complex information quickly and clearly. And given our ever shortening attention span (digesting information in the form of Tweets, texts, etc.), the proliferation of infographics is upon us. Munich-based design studio Kurzgesagt (German for “in a nutshell“) is particularly adept at breaking down information and presenting it in an engaging and comprehensible fashion. When applied to traditional cornerstones of education like the solar system, or even current topics of interest like fracking or the situation in Iraq, infographics from Kurzgesagt, led by Philipp Dettmer and Stephan Rether, are able to inform and captivate in extraordinary ways. Kurzgesagt says it best when describing their terrific piece The Solar System: Our Home in Space: “The solar system – well known from countless documentaries. 3D animation on black background. This infographic videos tries something different. Animated infographics and a focus on minimalistic design puts the information up front. We take the viewer on a trip through the solar system, visiting planets, asteroids and the sun.” This piece should be a primer for all secondary school-aged students when learning about basic astronomy. From a design perspective, their sense of typography and color, as well as their use of flat animation, are spot on. Be sure to check out their piece on Iraq… we certainly learned a thing or two.

Via kurzgesagt.org

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The folks at Brooklyn-based Pop Chart Lab have done it again. Their proficiency for infographical treatments is astounding, no matter the subject matter. Whether it be a “Visual Compendium of Guitars” or “Cartography of Kitchenware” or any number of alcohol-related compositions (think “The Marvelous Mixology of Martinis”, “Fantastical Fictive Beers”, “Wineries of Napa”, etc.), the work of Pop Chart Lab never disappoints. It’s like a master class in infographics. And they have finally given such treatment to the very core of their passion: the history of graphic design. This 18” x 24” hand-illustrated diagram (available for preorder at a limited-time discounted price here, to start shipping tomorrow) is not only a decorative piece, but also an invaluable go-to quick visual reference of the most important eras in graphic design. Pop Chart Lab’s team of researchers and designers did a fantastic job of capturing the essence of each style in such a compact, efficient manner. This will be hanging on our walls real soon.

Via popchartlab.com

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Having created our fair share of infographics, we are fascinated by new and interesting ways to approach them. Austrian brand consulting and design firm Moodley Brand Identity has re-imagined what could be an annual report full of humdrum charts into compelling photographic compositions. The simplicity of text and image is graphic design in its purest form, and we applaud it.

Via Behance

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We try to be discriminating about the superhero art we share. There’s so much out there, you really have to sift through. But this incredible series of infographics for Mashable is great on several levels. Not only do we love the illustration (by Bob Al-Greene) and design (by Emil Lendof), the research is fascinating. We just wanna know, amid all this government shutdown talk, why don’t they pay taxes? Well done!

Via Bahance

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As designers, we have to retouch photos at least occasionally. But this retouching, by Portland, OR-based designer/photographer/Photoshop expert Daniel Kopton (AKA DanKlife), is truly awe-inspiring. Like a masterclass in photo retouching, this before-and-after look at Kopton’s work for Nike USA Basketball campaign is really enlightening… not only for the robust capabilities of modern computer software, but also the sheer talent of Kopton. Will definitely be looking at these every so often for a dose of inspiration.

Via Behance

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In this compelling photographic series and companion book, Vertical Horizon, French photographer/artist Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze utilizes a vantage point we often take for granted. Look straight up in any metropolis and you too can see what he sees through his lens. But what Jacquet-Lagrèze does here serves as a narrative for the city he now calls home: Hong Kong. In his own words, “Vertical Horizon is a photographic journey between the buildings of a relentlessly growing city. It is a deep immersion into the city’s thick atmospheres and a visual record of its wildly diverse built environment.”

Via rjl-art.com

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London based designer and art director Yoni Alter developed this series of beautiful posters, Shapes of Cities, depicting cities from around the world and a spectrum of vibrant colors. But as with all good design, it’s more than meets the eye. These depictions of select cities, each featuring silhouettes of key buildings and landmarks, are actually to accurate comparative scale, as indicated by the system of measurements up the right side of each piece. Prints are available here

Via yoniishappy.com

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For our fellow map geeks out there, this subway map-style diagram of U.S. interstate highways is not only attractive, but quite useful too. What an excellent idea, beautifully executed by Australian designer Cameron Booth. Upon close examination, it’s clear that this is not just an exercise in aesthetics, but it’s a pretty darn accurate map too.

Via cambooth.net

With the summer movie season heating up, the popularity of The Avengers and anticipation of some other big names (Spider-Man, Batman), superheroes are more popular than ever. Italian artist Matt Cowan has a unique take on the subject that caught our eye. How cool are these?

Via deviantart.com

Salt Lake City designer/illustrator Valerie Jar developed this well-balanced and thoughtful set of stamp icons for the National Geographic National Parks app. This impressive guide to U.S. National Parks, built by Rally Interactive, is beautifully designed and full of great photography you come to expect from National Geographic. Looking forward to an iPad edition… hope it’s in the works!

Via Dribbble

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