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.
Local (as in Rochester, NY) artist Andy Gilmore creates mesmerizingly hypnotic geometric compositions. These are not pedestrian takes on kaleidoscopic views, but truly unique works of art. As revealed in the following (terrific) short video, Gilmore’s often complex pieces are inspired by the world around him, especially patterns in nature. His remarkable work has garnered international attention, partly due to his collaboration with Ghostly International. Gilmore’s impressive client roster includes Wired Magazine, The New York Times, Fast Company, Wallpaper* Magazine, Nike, among others. Keep him on your radar, we predict we’ll be seeing a lot more of his work proliferate through popular culture in the future.
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