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Strawberry Yogurt Sketch

This pair of straight-forward graphics appear on separate pages of “Calculating food miles for a multiple ingredient food product” – a white paper from Iowa State University’s Leopold Center. The graphics show where the ingredients of a specific Strawberry Yogurt have come from. The first graphic is more visual, and thereby more enticing at first […]

Slow down for the children

We came upon several of child-designed ‘slow down’ in a neighborhood area of this picturesque Southern Belgian village. Not only do these signs get you to slow down to enjoy the art, they also are strong reminders of the reason one should reduce speed:as one sign distinctly puts it “for us”. The circled ’30’ (the […]

Illustrated Story of Wine

This accordion-fold brochure from a vineyard pulls the viewer through the story a bottle of wine from planting to enjoying – in 3 parallel formats: written storyline, photographs and a background illustration which ties the piece together. As a viewer, I’m right there walking with the grapes as they pass from farm to glass. Definitely […]

Fruit and Juicy Quantities

I don’t know if Albert Heijn grocery stores in the Netherlands still use this style of label for the juice, but I was instantly intrigued by the way they present the ingredients using cute little fruit icons on the back side of the labels. The front of the label also sports photographs of the main […]

Building an Information Bridge

There’s a new bike/pedestrian bridge on the Midtown Greenway; and with it, a new sign that gives details about the bridge’s construction. (The mast of the cable bridge shown in background.) Specific data -angles of the cables- is highlighted in the graphic, as well as a map pin-pointing the location on the route across the […]

Grocery Bag Life Cycle

Lately, I’ve seen a few paper grocery bags that have a small graphic of the life cycle printed on the bottom. It’s not very descriptive, but it’s nice to see this small reminder about the larger impact of this simple, everyday item. It would even better to see more detailed information on distance traveled, where […]

The Beginning of the Blog

This catalog aims to feature existing designs and other forms of visual communication that inspire understanding about the big-picture impacts of the ordinary everyday. The examples posted are both found and self-generated. Visual communication (often in the form of information graphics) can be a powerful tool to help people understand the big-picture impact of a […]