Another kind of grim week on the blogs, but here are some really amazing finds for you guys: lots of infographics (including another map of the internet), some typographic infographics (holy damn), and some awesome other stuff.
HRC Campagin + Facebook
So unless you're not on facebook (or if you're a terrible person) you no doubt caught a glimpse of the red = profile pic campaign this week, launched by HRC's facebook to raise awareness for Tuesday and Wednesday's Supreme Court hearings. In case you were curious about just how viral the campaign went, Facebook ran the data for you!! Facebook produced some primitive infographics illustrating a chronological and age-based break down of the movement, as well as this heart warming map that proves the American West and North are truly the best places to live after all. They also ran a diagnostic on how many generations of shares the photo went through, which is kind of complex data stuff but also shows the photo was reshared hundreds of times. For more info on that check out this link.
Pitch Interactive: Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Wesley Grubbs, of Pitch Interactive, has produced this excellent bit of graphic (read: popularly accessible) journalism about the number of documented deaths from Drone Strikes in Pakistan since 2004, including a break down of each victim's status. It's a little slow to start, but hang in there, because it's information we should all know, and you get it a two minute video, so you don't even have to do the work. Watch it here. (via Co.DESIGN)
Map of the Internet
Yes I know we posted a internet mapping app last week, but this one is also amazing and pretty. This one was built by a hacker, who politely pinged around a harmless file across the internet to see when areas across the world were most active. Then he made this fabulous gif, which shows when the sun rises and sets. Amount of internet traffic is shown on a blue to red scale (red being the most), and seeing each country's browsing habits is so fascinating. Evidently some countries are busiest before getting off work, while others (america, ehem) pretty much browse all day. For more info click here.
Ryan Atkinson: A Grotesk Love Affair
So I just now found this hysterical project of Ryan Atkinson's from 2011, via a separate post from grain edit. This guy asked bunches of people about their favorite type faces, and then made what I gather are redundant but awesome infographic posters about the predictable hipsta results: Helvetica (or Neue Haaus Grotesk). Turns out, Helvetica is 20.8% more of a "high class ho" than all others. Check them out here, they're awesome. (Contact me on our Facebook page if you want to buy me one.)
Sebastiano Opitz: Cloud City
I'm as over Dubai as the next jaded soul, but this German photographer has made it cool again, if only for a second. Climbing to the top of a 101-floor residential tower, Optiz captured a good number of pics showing the "golden city" drowned in a rare fog bank. The result is a series of shots portraying a real life Cloud City, what George Lucas only imagined in 1980. And they're pretty awesome. Check out more here and here.
Matteo Mognetti: Istigkeit
This architectural photographer takes photos of brutalist/internationalist buildings in his native MIlan, and then collages them together. By itself, not that inspiring sounding. But, since Star Wars is on the mind, I can't help seeing some starships here, as well as throwbacks to Escher. Mognetti, who claims inspiration from Aldous Huxley, says it's all in my mind, like an architectural form of a Rorschach, which I totally buy. Read the fascinating interview, which I won't reproduce here, on Domus, accompanied by more photos.
Dina Kelberman: I'm Google
This fantastic blog culls random images from Google img search and places them in a kind of seamless, stream-of-consciousness format so that each line of photos appears to be the natural progression of the ones before it. Mountains of refined salt become tents, balloons become people in uniforms, become sand castles, become craters. The guys over on Colossal say they 'can't urge you enough' to go spend a few minutes scrolling through the site; I can't help agree, as dull as that is. Go and spend all your free time scrolling through and relive the visual expression of a wikipedia or youtube tunnel, from one thing to the next. Truly fascinating, and epically curated.
SplitGrain: minimalist sculptures / lamps
This studio has made some really fabulous furniture items (sculptures and lamps) by slicing up bits of Cypress wood and mounting them. Again, these are just really nice to look at, and I covet them. For all you minimalist Etsy shoppers out there, check out their Etsy store, and please note their fabulous typographic brand logo.
Matter Design: Helix Stair
This US based firm has produced this totally awesome, cast concrete spiral stair case, and I can't stop looking at it. Each step is a single piece, cast in a rubber mold, which is then set inside a wooden mother mold until cured. Then they are assembled along a column, with each step overlapping the next, forming a smooth, helix surface of concrete that turns me on! (Also the columnar joint has a slight twist, which reminds me a little of the blessed Catalan, Antonio Gaudí, who I also love.) This stair is made to scale at the firm's office, for trial and error. Check out more on the process on Dezeen and Matter Design's website.