Incredible title page art from the Sanborn map company. In an age where anyone with a laptop, Photoshop, and some free fonts can feel like a graphic designer, I can’t begin to imagine what it must have taken to make something this intricate by hand.
Here’s an excellent video for a Gotye instrumental by the animation studio Rubber House. It has kind of a nightmarish Golden Books vibe to it, or like it’s some weird foreign knock off of a proper children’s book.
This was brought to my attention via the Twitter feed of the fantastically talented Marlo Meekins, who, in addition to having the best name ever, also contributed some design and background work to the video. Follow her Tumblr blog for your fill of funny and twisted comic strips.
There’s a quick rundown of Olympics mascots past over at The Beat. I think it’s fair to say that Misha was the high point for something that actually looks like it was designed by an artist and not a committee of blind marketing majors.
Beautiful art from Arthur Heming. He was colorblind, and often worked in black and white or very limited colors. The black, white, and yellow palette of much of his work makes the scenes depicted simultaneously surreal and majestic in their golden glow. Sadly, there is a dearth of high quality images of his on the internet. However, you can see the images above and several more in The Drama of the Forests, available copyright-free on Project Gutenberg. The originals are on display in the Royal Ontario Museum, and I’d love to see them in person some day.
Thanks to Kate Beaton for initially bringing these to my attention.