Japan has a long-established, globally recognized and highly-developed sense of aesthetics, especially when it come to design and graphic communications like advertising. This large indoor billboard poster for Coca-Cola at Ark Hills Tokyo references the Japanese summer tradition of hanabi (massive fireworks displays) as beautiful flat, abstract graphics.
Surfer magazine has boldly introduced its new, artsier design and wider format with this stark black-and-white cover illustration in a style reminiscent of late children’s book creator Maurice Sendak. The illustration is inspired by the theme of this month’s issue, “addiction” (as in, “addicted to surfing”).
We saw this DIY-style “Eat Real Food” billboard from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) while passing through Williamsburg, Brooklyn on the way to JFK International Airport from Manhattan.
Within a couple of days of appearing as part of pop singer Katy Perry’s concert at the 2015 Super Bowl half-time show, “Left Shark,” an errant dancer dressed in a cartoonish shark costume, appeared as a chalk drawing in the lobby of an advertising agency.
The U.K. newspaper the Daily Telegraph has just published an excellent interactive feature titled “How YouTube Changed the World” that looks at the profound ways the online video website has impacted not just pop culture, but society, media, politics, celebrity and the world at large. YouTube is the third most-visited
This is the outdoor billboard ad for the recent controversial Calvin Klein Underwear ad featuring Canadian pop star Justin Bieber. This particular billboard spot — a massive ad space on the side of a building in SoHo — has been occupied by Calin Klein advertisements for more than a decade.
Local TV news weather forecast in New York City. Look at those weather maps graphics!
As seen from a container ship in the South China Sea. Put this on your screen and just chill out. Video by Toby Smith. (Via Kottke.)
“BusinessTown” is a brilliant take on contemporary Silicon Valley business culture through the lens and style of the late children’s book author and illustrator Richard Scarry.
As regular readers of Global Graphica know, we’re fans of Apartamento magazine. We always get excited when we see a new issue hit the newstands. It’s one of those rare periodicals these days that is almost exclusively a print experience; There’s an Apartamento website but it’s a mere presence. The magazine’s
One of our New Year’s resolutions was to sift through our library here and choose books to throw out, give away or sell. Our bookshelves here at GG HQ in New York are overflowing with printed matter. It should be an easy task, but whenever we embark on one of
Pictured below are copies of some local Japanese surf media we picked up in Tokyo. Given our addiction to surfing and our recent surf trip outside the Japanese capital, we were intrigued by these. Pictured first is a copy of Off Season we found at the Saturdays Surf store in
This “Famous in Bushwick” sticker is for a roving creative party that started in Bushwick, Brooklyn (the name was a kind of joke on Manhattan’s monopoly on the fame game) but now happens at various venues around New York City. The sticker is on a sheet of aluminum that was
A copy of the first issue of the comic book Action Comics — in near mint condition — recently sold on eBay for $3.2 million. The issue was published in 1938 and purchased for 10 cents. It was in the pages of Action Comics where Superman first appeared. See the
This anti-nuke energy protest banner draped from a building in downtown New York City speaks for itself.
The second of two examples of recent ad placements in the Tokyo Metro. This one is part of a Tokyo tourism campaign. Clever stuff. In the “You & Tokyo” campaign ad pictured below, a random assortment of common non-Japanese — and mostly Western — names are lightly integrated into the
This recent indoor billboard ad (pictured below) in Tokyo subway stations is part of an integrated marketing campaign promoting the Tokyo Metro’s tourist information service. It ties in with a television commercial (see video below) that started airing in the Tokyo area earlier this year, and it coincides with a
Acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh (“Ocean’s 11,” “Solaris,” “Sex, Lies & Videotape”) has released a full-length black-and-white version of Steven Spielberg’s action-adventure classic “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in HD. Soderbergh also removed the original soundtrack and dialogue and matched the film to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s soundtrack music from
Issue No. 3 of our favorite Euro-centric, global, artsy, small-format indie surf magazine has just arrived. We love Acid magazine, and this issue is a keeper (but aren’t they all? Yes, they are.) Lots of beautiful photography, essays and art in this one. The previous issue was pretty awesome, too.