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Isarithmic History: 88 Years of Red-Blue Divide in 1 Minute

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Data visualization is at its most powerful when it helps illuminate cultural patterns and trends not easily visible, or at least digestible, to the naked cognitive eye. That’s exactly what Duke PhD candidate David Sparks does in this excellent visualization of the isarithmic history of the two-party vote, which captures 88 years of red-and-blue divide, 1920-2008, in just one minute.

More about the process and the data is available on Sparks’ blog.

via GMSV

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Mad Men: The Illustrated World

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Tips for the modern metrosexual from the 1960s, or what martinis have to do with Twitter.

Yes, we love Mad Men goodies, who doesn’t? Nearly two years ago, we featured NYC-based illustrator, designer and comedian Dyna Moe‘s absolutely wonderful Mad Men illustrations. The series eventually charmed AMC into launching the popular Mad Men Yourself app, which has since populated countless Twitter streams with Mad-Menified avatars.

This fall, Dyna Moe released her dynamite work in Mad Men: The Illustrated World — a truly, truly fantastic book that captures not only everything we love about Mad Men, but also the broader cultural landscape of the era, from fashion and style to office culture to lifehacks like hangover workarounds and secretary etiquette.

Mad Men Illustrated

Mad Men Illustrated

Mad Men Illustrated

With stunning, vibrant illustrations inspired by the aesthetic and artistic style of vintage ads from the 1960s, the book is a priceless and colorful timecapsule of an era few of us lived in but most of us romanticize.

Mad Men Illustrated

And, of course, effort to capture the spirit of the era would be complete without the spirits of the era.

Mad Men Illustrated

Conceptually playful and artistically ambitious, Mad Men: The Illustrated World is the perfect gift for the vintage revivalist, illustration aficionado or Mad-Men-holic in your life, and a fine addition to your own collection of paper-based design gems.

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The Complete Metropolis: Fritz Lang’s 1927 Gem, Remastered

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A few months ago, we were thrilled to hear that a new restoration of Fritz Lang’s cult 1927 film, Metropolis — an iconic German Expressionist cornerstone of modern science fiction, whose influence is palpable in everything from Blade Runner to Avatar — was hitting the big screen.

Today, The Complete Metropolis is released on DVD and Blu-ray, a gorgeous restored version of the film featuring 25 glorious minutes of lost footage.

Where there once were flattened and murky prints, there are now crisp images and beautiful, three-dimensional lighting. To see a glistening bead of sweat roll down the cheek of a long-gone actor on 80-year-old film is so priceless it makes The Complete Metropolis a complete treat..

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Greatest of All Time: Remembering Muhammad Ali

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To celebrate 30 years in publishing, luxury book purveyor Taschen (remember them?) is releasing a new edition of what’s easily their biggest hit to date: The 2004 volume GOAT: Greatest of All Time, celebrating the great Muhammad Ali. With thousands of photographs, art and visual memorability from over 100 artists, two gatefold sequences, the most compelling interviews with Ali culled from a half-century of archives, and original essays by some of today’s most exciting writers, the tome is fully deserving of Der Spiegel‘s description:

This is a monument on paper, the most megalomaniacal book in the history of civilization, the biggest, heaviest, most radiant thing ever printed — Ali’s last victory.” ~ Der Spiegel

With 800 pages weighing in at 75 lbs, GOAT is a heavyweight that will knock you out with its lush imagery, depth of perspective, creative point of view, and extraordinary energy.

Today, seven years after the publication of GOAT, we are proud to publish this affordable edition at last so that Ali’s genius can be shared with the widest possible audience. Smaller in size but not in impact, this new version brings the people’s champ to the people.” ~ Taschen

And, at $150, the new edition is a steal compared to the $4,500 (yes, you read that right) price tag of the original. Better yet, Amazon has knocked 37% off for a handsome $94.50. By our calculations that’s, oh let’s see, a 97.9% discount — which, in relative terms, makes the book almost free. And they say premium publishing was stubbornly snobbish.

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