Here's an Illustrated Guide to the World's Worst Computer Viruses

To the average layperson (read: me), computer viruses are strings of text that crawl through your computer like so many worms after you open that email from your friend's grandma. They're intangible. Which is why seeing how 24 top designers illustrated the most famous viruses is so much fun. » 7/17/14 1:00pm 7/17/14 1:00pm

The Story Behind the Universal Icons That Came Long Before Emoji

Before the twin girls dancing, the smiling moon, the steaming pile of poo, there was a whole other visual language we used to help guide us through the world. Before emoji, there was isotype, the influential pictorial language invented in the 1920s. And it continues to influence our lives today. » 6/19/14 2:20pm 6/19/14 2:20pm

Why the Same Three Typefaces Are Used In Almost Every Airport

Wayfinding signage is an invisible network draped upon our public places. And that network has to work especially hard in airports when we're lost, hungry, and exhausted. Especially when helping us navigate in jetlagged states using strange languages, good wayfinding means sticking to clear, legible typefaces. So how… » 6/12/14 4:20pm 6/12/14 4:20pm

Mac OS X Yosemite Under the Magnifying Glass

Apple revealed a sneak peek into Mac OS X Yosemite earlier this week. Not surprisingly, Apple updated its desktop OS to match iOS 7's design language. The new OS X now embodies a brighter and flatter styling, coupled with icon updates, font changes, and translucent materials. Here's a quick look at the visual design… » 6/10/14 10:00am 6/10/14 10:00am

These Redesigned MLB Stadium Logos Are Better Than the Real Thing

If your ballpark is underwritten by a corporation, you've probably noticed how hilariously tacked-on these sponsorships can feel. Let's face it: Dog food, orange juice, and insurance don't always mesh with baseball history. But these redesigned logos attempt to make the unholy union of ballparks and brands a little… » 5/28/14 9:00am 5/28/14 9:00am

RIP Massimo Vignelli: The Iconic Designer Who Shaped a Century

We'd known that legendary designer Massimo Vignelli was sick: His son issued a plea to designers who were influenced by him to send him a letter, which surely flooded his home with well-designed well-wishes over the past few weeks. This morning, Vignelli passed away at the age of 83. Here, we've collected a handful of… » 5/27/14 2:19pm 5/27/14 2:19pm

Dear Massimo: 12 Designers Who Penned Letters To Their Hero

Earlier this week, we posted a call from the son of Massimo Vignelli: The graphic design legend has fallen ill and requested letters from those he might have inspired or influenced during his long career. Designers all over the world have been mailing letters, and posting them online as well, tagging them #dearmassimo. » 5/14/14 9:00am 5/14/14 9:00am

The Legendary Manual That Dictates Every Detail of the NYC Subway

Amidst the stinky, human chaos of NYC's train system, we take the clarity of the MTA's signage for granted. But every minute detail of those signs was carefully laid out in 1970 by two young designers who created a rulebook for how to guide billions of people through the subway for decades to come. » 5/06/14 11:00am 5/06/14 11:00am

The Reinvented Los Angeles Times Focuses In On L.A.'s 300 Neighborhoods

Los Angeles is a big place—400 square miles, 88 separate cities—and it's rare that what constitutes news in one corner even applies to another. For the first time in its history, the Los Angeles Times is recognizing this fact with an ambitious redesign that allows readers to zero in on what's happening down the street. » 5/05/14 12:00pm 5/05/14 12:00pm

Get to Know 63 Styles of Graphic Design With One Simple Poster

This one goes out to anyone who's ever fumbled and bluffed their way through a conversation about graphic design without the foggiest notion about differences between Bauhaus and British Arts and Crafts. The unrelenting creative team at Pop Chart Lab put together this handy—and quite handsome—crib sheet; an… » 4/30/14 6:05pm 4/30/14 6:05pm

Brazil's World Cup Logo Sure Looks Like Someone Facepalming

With less than 50 days to go before Brazil hosts the World Cup finals, chatter over whether it's prepared has been growing by the day. This doesn't help: The event's logo is being ridiculed for bearing an uncanny resemblance to the internet's favorite way to express disgust, shame, or embarrassment—the ol' facepalm. » 4/24/14 11:32am 4/24/14 11:32am

This Clever Newspaper Ad Hides a 3D Kitchen in the Classifieds

As far as newspaper ads go, the classifieds are an especially boring section of tiny text and identically spaced columns. But it doesn't always have to be so! This ingenious little ad for Corona's kitchens by Colombia-based designer Felipe Salazar plays with the geometry of classified ads. An entire kitchen, complete… » 4/08/14 2:40pm 4/08/14 2:40pm