Life in Five Seconds: Minimalist Pictogram Summaries of Pop Culture and Historical Events
From The Matrix to Marie Antoinette’s execution, irreverent visual synopses of pop culture staples.
By Maria Popova
While reductionism in science might be a terrible idea, graphic reductionism in pop culture can be a source of endless delight. In 2011, Milan-based creative agency H-57 brought us an entertaining series of minimalist pictogram flowcharts depicting famous lives, from Darth Vader to Jesus. This year, they’re out with an entire book titled Life in Five Seconds (UK; public library), applying the same irreverent aesthetic to everything from cult movies to the biographies of historical figures.
Published January 23, 2013