5 things to read and see
This week read about 100 years of National Geographic infographics and how to be more creative, and see some graduation-themed page designs.
The New York Public Library has just created a new project called “Maps By Decade.” It puts old maps of New York City in a current context, allowing users to see exactly what has changed in Central Park, Coney Island or Queens over the past 150 years. And the best part about it? It’s searchable, so you can pick and choose what part of New York’s history you want to see.
Today that description can be hard to imagine, unless heaven for you is a perpetually crowded boardwalk and a slew of…www.fastcodesign.com
These women talk about how they “made it” in the design industry. It’s inspiring to hear how they became experts in their field, as well as their advice about how to be a successful designer.
"My career was a long and winding one before becoming director of a design practice. I was incredibly lucky to have…www.designweek.co.uk
Last week there was 40 years of magazine covers, and this week it’s 100 years of infographics. National Geographic has always had incredibly-designed infographics, putting the focus on making the graphics accurate and understandable.
“Information graphics allow us to peer into places that can’t otherwise be seen and satisfy our curiosity about the inner workings of opaque objects, subjects, and stories.”
- Meg Miller
As deputy creative director Kaitlin Yarnall writes in the preface to the new book National Geographic Infographics …www.fastcodesign.com
Since Netflix’s queue is constantly changing and updating, this is an up-to-date list of the best design-related TV shows and movies to stream. Some of the picks are documentaries on Iris Apfel, hit indie video games and Banksy.
( This is an updated version of a list we published two years ago-the majority of which was no longer streamable, given…www.fastcodesign.com
This article isn’t just on teaching yourself to be more creative, but also how to foster a creative atmosphere in the workplace, and inspire creativity in others. Gelardi emphasizes the importance of collaboration, listening and laughter in the workplace, and making sure that people find outlets for creativity outside of work too.
"We all have moments when our idea of who we are and our sense of self gets challenged," says Piera Gelardi. "I had a…www.creativereview.co.uk
- Through our lens | The Maneater, University of Missouri
The cover is simple and clean, but making the photos into the shape of a lens makes it pop. I also think the font choice and background are perfect — the font looks official but isn’t distracting, and the background is simple and draws your eye to the main image.
2. Graduation Guide | The Collegian, Kansas State University
It’s a simple photo that leads the page well. It’s exactly what you think of when you picture a graduate. I just wish the cap wasn’t covered with text.
3. The Bucket List Issue | Washington Square News, New York University
I love how this cover integrates handwritten text and Snapchat-style artistry with real photos of New York. It keeps the cover student-centered and fun.
4. Semester in Review | Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University
I really like the idea of using a wheel to show the semester in review in photos. It’s unique and eye-catching, but I wish the photos were a little bigger and the text was a little smaller.
5. Legends’ playground | The Quinnipiac Chronicle, Quinnipiac University
The handwritten font for the headline really captures the cool aesthetic of Toad’s while overlapping a photo of the inside of the bar. The diagonal text isn’t too much, and the article is still easy to read. I just wish the photo they used had some people in it.