Brain Pickings Icon
Brain Pickings

Reads tagged with “history”

Photographic Time Machine
Photographic Time Machine

How to tear the space-time continuum with your bare hands and a camera lens.

read article

The Secret Lives of Secret Places
The Secret Lives of Secret Places

What NYC rats have to do with Les Miserables, med school dropouts and photographic genius.

read article

Art of The Cover: Book Cover Design Inspiration
Art of The Cover: Book Cover Design Inspiration

Shepard Fairey on George Orwell, where we live, 8 decades of iconic cover designs, and what Banksy and a tranny have in common. Oh my!

read article

Sign of The Times: Data Visualization Heaven
Sign of The Times: Data Visualization Heaven

158 years of the cultural dialog, replayed and rewritten in visual language.

read article

Vintage Design: Innovation Lessons from the Past
Vintage Design: Innovation Lessons from the Past

Bleeding-edge art direction, what Obama’s agricultural policy has to do with vintage graphic design, and why 2009 is exactly like 1939.

read article

Show & Tell: A Century of Illustrated Letters
Show & Tell: A Century of Illustrated Letters

120 years of handwriting so bad it necessitates visual aid, or why hipsters didn’t invent irreverence.

read article

View Full Site

Brain Pickings participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn commissions by linking to Amazon. In more human terms, this means that whenever you buy a book on Amazon from a link on here, I receive a small percentage of its price. Privacy policy.