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Fritz Kahn: The Little-Known Godfather of Infographics
Fritz Kahn: The Little-Known Godfather of Infographics

How a German gynecologist transformed science into visual poetry and laid the foundations of modern information graphics.

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Self-Portrait as Your Traitor: A 21st-Century Illuminated Manuscript
Self-Portrait as Your Traitor: A 21st-Century Illuminated Manuscript

“One must have a reason for reflection — an eye to admire variations.”

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Before I Die: A Global Ethnography of Anonymous Aspirations in Chalk and Public Space
Before I Die: A Global Ethnography of Anonymous Aspirations in Chalk and Public Space

“Thinking about death clarifies your life.”

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The Geography of Great Literature, in Hand-Lettered Typography
The Geography of Great Literature, in Hand-Lettered Typography

Twain, Didion, Thoreau, White, McCarthy, Eugenides.

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Little Boy Brown: The Loveliest Ode to Childhood and Loneliness Ever Written, Illustrated by Legendary Graphic Designer André François
Little Boy Brown: The Loveliest Ode to Childhood and Loneliness Ever Written, Illustrated by Legendary Graphic Designer André François

A timeless story of humanity and belonging, wrapped in a charming time-capsule of a bygone era.

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Beyond Pretty Pictures: Marian Bantjes on Serendipity, Success, and the Whimsy of Design
Beyond Pretty Pictures: Marian Bantjes on Serendipity, Success, and the Whimsy of Design

“If you have something of interest to say, it’s OK to make people work for it. … It makes them feel triumphant when they succeed.”

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