Posts Tagged ‘ 2012 ’

Pink type

Pink stands in for the letter I in this striking Billboard cover.


Bad(ass) typography

A bizarre mixture of typefaces and colors. This looks to me like the designer ran out of time. The textura typeface has come to symbolize rebellion and it’s often seen in tattoos, but making it glow and three dimensional just looks bad not badass.

Handwriting = street cred

According to an article in Bloomberg Businessweek, the young, and out of work, who voted for President Obama in 2008 may not be running to cast their vote for him at the next election. However that doesn’t necessarily mean they will be voting for the opposition either. According to the article, only 47 percent of 18 to 29 year olds say they will definitely vote this year, down from 64% in 2008.

Take a look at the design of the supporting graphics. BBW’s designer lends an unusual visual perspective to the magazine’s frequently imaginative treatment of statistics. And the fading out of the photos suggests the young voter’s evaporating participation to the electorate, in a subtle but effective way.

A few lines are worth a thousand words

Bloomberg Business Week June 4, 2012

These trend lines plotted over the last 12 months, indicate a gradual downward path in areas such as tax revenue, electricity output and exports. Additionally, sales of mobile phone are down 13% over the last 12 months.

Things in China may be worse than everyone thought, and this graphic shows this decline better than any narrative.

Of course if you want to know why, then you’ll have to read the article.

Europe: continuing troubles

This one speaks for itself.

Bloomberg Business Week June 1, 2010

Your mess, our loss

Bloomberg Business Week May 14, 2012

The simplicity of this opening spread and the way it conveys the dual subjects of the article: oil and Brazil, is striking.

The article explains how an oil spill in November 2011, from a Chevron well named Frade, 230 miles east of Rio de Janiero, led the Brazilian government to charge several Chevron employees with alleged “crimes against the environment.” The 17 employees have had their passports confiscated and face 20 to 30 years in prison, and Chevron are defending a $22 billion law suit.

The spill at Frade was relatively small—just 2,400 barrels, according to Chevron—was cleaned up in just 4 days and resulted in no contaminated fisheries, no dead turtles and no beachline oil slick. In comparison, the Deepwater Horizon explosion resulted in 11 deaths and gushed over 4.9 million barrels into the the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.

What’s at issue, however, is much larger than an oil spill. The real issue is the revenues from Brazil’s vast potential of recently discover oil, estimated at 50–100 billion barrels. And how do they get it out of the ground while keeping as much of the profits as possible. To contrast these numbers Kuwait’s proven oil reserves are 101 billion barrels.

We are likely to hear more about this.

The subject of this blog—your mess, our loss—is taken from a slogan painted on the door of Chevron’s Rio office by Brazilian Greenpeace activists.

Are you smart enough to work at Google?

Apart from being a fine demonstration of typographic juxtapostion, these mind bending question will get you thinking, or in my case wishing I’d paid more attention during algebra classes.

From Wired UK April, 2012