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).
- Artist Matthew F Fisher paints seascapes and wildlife with vivid precision
- Hayley Louisa Brown on travelling to Memphis as part of Ace & Tate's Creative Fund
- Photographer Roe Ethridge’s images blur the lines between commercial and sentimental
- Thomas Prior captures a Mexican festival involving exploding sledgehammers
- The misty-eyed and delicate pencil marks of Lee Kyutae
- Build’s brand identity for product design brand Plæy mirrors its playful and modular designs
- Wes Anderson directs H&M Christmas advert starring Adrien Brody
- The New Look: Looking back at Roundel’s 1980s identity design for British Rail’s Railfreight
- Discussing cinema with Laura Marling on her directorial debut, Soothing
- London’s first crisp restaurant, Hipchips, launches with branding by Ragged Edge
- Richard Sandler’s street photography conveys the intricacies of city life
- A "stress opus" from cartoonist Nadine Redlich