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).
- Camelot’s typefaces bring both the contemporary and historical to the table
- Scott Newett’s eerily quiet, ethereal portraits of Chinese utopia
- Jade Schulz’s atmospheric and imaginative editorial illustrations
- Emiliano Granado’s new zine puts a fresh spin on Tour de France fandom
- The big cover up: Mathieu Tremblin's translations of graffiti
- Artist Howard Fonda captures the vibrancy of summer for Ace & Tate
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Is it ever OK to work for free?
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Peter Saville and Tate Design Studio create beer can artwork for Switch House pale ale