There’s been a lot of talk lately about misuse of the appellation “geek,” now applied and claimed far too liberally by anyone trying to make themselves more interesting. It’s refreshing then to be reminded what true, grade A, 24-carat geekery looks like thanks to Wired digital design director Tim Leong and his new book Super Graphic. Best summed up by its subtitle “A Visual Guide To the Comic Book universe” this is a brilliant collection of infographics communicating everything from “The Joker’s Favourite Questions for Batman” to “The Chris Ware Sadness Scale” and a comprehensive comparative study of the different Marvel characters’ attributes.
Tim strikes exactly the right balance between meticulous representation and witty self-awareness which makes Super Graphic my book of 2013 (so far).
- Hold Me Closer Tiny Dancer: the Stein sisters’ heart-warming film on child ballroom stars
- Three female art directors on collaboration, competition and confidence
- Pooneh Ghana’s ambient crowd and artist portraits from Pitchfork Music Festival make you wish you were there
- Julian Glander explains what a blockchain system is for MIT Technology Review
- “It’s a process of baby-making”: designing the horrific and hilarious multiverse of Rick and Morty
- Pouya Ahmadi uses typography to “bridge the gap between poetry, performance and space"
- The Sky Sports rebrand features bespoke type and refined logos across nine channels
- Rick and Morty’s Exquisite Corpse trailer features 22 animators including Simon Landrein and Bendik Kaltenborn
- Larry Hallegua captures sun worshippers on Pattaya Beach in Thailand
- Applicants to UK arts and design university courses declines by over 14,000 this year
- Michael Bierut designs new brand identity for the Poetry Foundation
- Design, Revolt, Rainbow: the pioneering work of graphic designer Willy Fleckhaus