Come on, you’re being very un-Dude, dude. But just wait ’til you get a load of these dudes.
Self-dubbed Etsy artists TommyAlexJoel DejaTapsBrown were just looking for an artsy way to enjoy their favorites Big Lebowski lines between viewings — but they just couldn’t find the thing that put the Kaluha in their cups.
So they took matters into their own hands.
“Finding nothing that seemed right we put our heads together to create our own designs. Our mates were keen and putting them out to a wider audience seemed like half a plan.
We’ve been overwhelmed by your reaction, and will continue to bring you new designs as soon as they pop into our 3 heads.”
Fuckin’ A, man.
All the more reason to put down the remote and check out these cool Lebowski-inspired poster at their Etsy shop, VisualEtiquette.
Plus, they’ve got some pretty snappy posters for other cult favorites, if you’re into that sort of thing.
That must be exhausting.
We’ve all had those moments when words fail us. That shake-your-head, wring-your-hands, head-steaming-like-a-teapot point where the only things you can utter are those three small letters: WTF, mate?!
Well, Argentinian design studio Minga has taken those WTF moments and crafted them into something more meaningful. These quirky dual-tone designs seem to say more than what those three little letters can only begin to articulate.
But Minga is not just about adding art to acronyms you can say around your Madre – it goes much deeper than that. Ahem…
“Estudio Minga has been born under a kind of virtue (or sentence), a reflex of a shown need, to be different from everything known up to now. Within a system which reproduces support and products in series, perspective teaches at the vanguard, enuntiation calls us and discursive crusade is the space where originality makes us known. We Are Minga!”
Um… WTF? Exactly.
See more cool whatever the F this is at estudiominga.com.
Memory – it is made up of flashes of experiences, words, feelings. All wrapped into one.
Well, so are these nifty posters from graphical shop, Eakdesign. Plus, they look a hell of a lot better on your wall.
These tasty typographical treats create the acronyms of CHI or STL by cleverly stacking words of the things that make these Midwestern hubs so great. “WGN,” “Addison,” “the Cubs,” “Pizzeria Uno” – just to name a few – are real, visceral concepts that get to the heart of the place they represent, proving yet again what the Windy City is all about: local news, mediocre sports and artery-clogging nosh.
But, just like a city, these posters are made up not just by the sum of their parts, but by the parts themselves. Or we can forget all this Nabokovian mumbo-jumbo and dust off a place on the wall. That Acrostic poem celebrating “W-A-L-K-E-R T-E-X-A-S R-A-N-G-E-R” that you’ve had up for the past eight years has finally met its match (and by the way, ‘Xceptional biceps’ doesn’t really work anyway).
Get your Eak on at Etsy.com.
Do you ever stop and think to yourself, “Self, it’s so hard to find quality art that’s both aesthetically pleasing and functional…”? I mean, sure it looks cool, but have you ever tried to read the time off those dripping clocks? Nearly impossible unless you’re on a wicked acid bender.
Coming to our logistical-artistic rescue is Axis Maps – claiming an equal dedication to both classic cartography and design.
So say they: “Axis Maps is custom cartography for the digital age. We are recognized experts in both the traditions of cartography and the innovations of interactive media… Our strong foundation in the principles of design, our experiences working with a wide range of clients, and our insights from the latest cartographic research and usability testing allows us to build custom mapping products of the highest quality.”
What it really means is they’re combining traditional cartography methods with the power of the digital age to create incredibly distinct and accurate custom maps, which – to no one’s surprise – turn out to be exceptional pieces of art as well (think Ork posters in action).
This detailed map of downtown Chicago relies on typography to not only to describe, but also define the visual elements.
Be afraid, street signs, be very afraid.