The New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual, not only helped those who might have found themselves lost in the complex New York Subway system, but also served as an important piece of modern graphic design history. It was designed in 1970 by Unimark’s Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda, and was reissued with the help of a kickstarter campaign by Jesse Reed & Hamish Smyth. The pair, who are associate partners at the design firm Pentagram scanned the pages of the manual, which was originally in binder form, and made it into a hard cover book. The response to the campaign was enormous, earning 8 times the amount they were hoping to get. They followed up this campaign with reprinting the 1975 NASA Graphics Standards Manual, designed by Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn in 1974. Both books serve as little gems of of the graphic design industry and showcase simple and modern design that graphic designers will just fawn over.
Up until his recent exposure on Buzzfeed garnered Steven St. Pierre tons of attention, the Canadian Art Director was asking people to submit a title to him that would sum up their lives in a single sentence. He then designed book jackets everyday in clever and humorous ways. Because of the overwhelming number of submissions, he has stopped taking requests for the time being, but take a look at his work on Jacket Everyday to appreciate his beautiful design work.
Typewriters may be a thing of the past but for Artist Paul Smith, typewriters are much more than something you would find at a thrift shop. Smith, who was born with severe Cerebral Palsy, makes his creations in an Oregon nursing home. Using a typewriter, he creates masterpieces using letters, numbers, and symbols to intricately detail his art. He even recreated the Mona Lisa, and if you look closely in this video, he uses pound signs (or hashtags, as we refer to it today) to create the shading in Mona Lisa’s face.
At the tender age of 3, Polish artist Mariusz Kedzierski developed a great appreciation for art. He didn’t let the fact that he was born without hands stop him from pursuing his passion. Now 23, Kedzierksi is an accomplished artist and creates beautiful realistic style art. Check out some of his incredible work and watch this inspiring video about him.