Spawn of Gerrymander

Rob Walker
Spawn of Gerrymander: A Series
10.13.14
A week-long project in which six top illustrators visualize some of the most contorted congressional districts in the country.

Rob Walker
Spawn of Gerrymander: Joe Alterio’s Maryland 3rd
10.13.14
Illustrator Joe Alterio reimagines Maryland’s Third Congressional District in a monstrous animated GIF.

Rob Walker
Spawn of Gerrymander: Leif Parsons’ Illinois 4th
10.14.14
Illustrator Leif Parsons reimagines Illinois’ Fourth Congressional District, giving a visual message to voters.

Rob Walker
Spawn of Gerrymander: Lisa Congdon’s North Carolina 4th
10.15.14
Illustrator Lisa Congdon reveals that North Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District is a leafy sea monster.

Rob Walker
Spawn of Gerrymander: Oliver Munday’s Florida 5th
10.16.14
Illustrator Oliver Munday revisualizes Florida’s Fifth Congressional District

Rob Walker
Spawn of Gerrymander: Steve Brodner’s Pennsylvania 7th
10.17.14
Steve Brodner reimagines Pennsyvlania’s Seventh Congressional District three (frightening) ways.

Rob Walker
Spawn of Gerrymander: Jennifer Daniel’s Texas 35th
10.17.14
Illustrator Jennifer Daniel reimagines Texas’ 35th congressional district: If you can read this, you’re in range.


Observed | June 23

Not sure I agree, but an article in the Financial Times suggests design thinking is an essential part of every business student’s education. [JH]

When signage fails. [JH]

Is design a respite from chaos? [JH]


Observed | June 22

Former Exploratorium Art Director Diane Burk is taking a design sabbatical: follow her amazing travels here. [JH]

Typographic perfection? Patrick King’s witty (and well-kerned) t-shirt collection is just what your summer wardrobe needs. [JH]

Typographic nightmare? Spoiler alert: it’s not Comic Sans! [JH]


Observed | June 21

This year’s Serpentine Pavillion, designed by the extraordinary Frances Kere. [MB]

How Comic Sans became the world’s most notorious font. (Thanks to Karen Day.) [MB]

Fold your way through Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous buildings. [BV]

A 257-Year-Old coloring book was discovered in St. Louis. [BV]


Observed | June 20

Accidental Wes Anderson locations, a very colorful and surreal subreddit. [BV]

Robots in art class. [MPL]

The internet is for circles. [MB]

Subtle ways to signal wealth: not designer bags anymore. [MPL]

A sociology of the smartphone. [MB]


Observed | June 19

Rob Walker‘s insightful (and beautifully written) assessment of the importance of the logo. [JH]

“In the visual clamor of a bookstore, the important thing is to be different.” From 2005, John Updike on book cover design. [MB]

IKEA’s posters help you cook dinner. (But what about a soup?) [MPL]

Great assessment by Rick Poynor of the enduring relevance of Emigre magazine. [MB]

Animations that reveal the differences between subway maps and their actual geography. [MB]


Observed | June 16

Anti-Tiger mother strategy (helps) lead to brilliant creative student accepted everywhere! [JH]

Was the design of One World Trade Center a rip-off? [JH]


Observed | June 15

Our very own Jessica Helfand want to start conversations—meaningful ones—with you. Listen! [JH]

I personally disagree with most of the visual suggestions here, but the topic itself is fascinating. What does your email signature say about you? [JH]

The Post Office has released a new series of tactile stamps celebrating sports. Better title: “This Takes Balls”. [JH]

“You don’t need to be a scientist to use machine learning as design material.” Design in the age of the algorithm. [MB]


Observed | June 14

On the topic of the future of classroom design, teachers really do know best. [JH]

Etsy find of the week: “Explosive Contemplation” office chair. [JH]

"In a thriving democracy, the need for protest shapes our public realm and vice versa.” [MB]

The concept of “additive” design in manufacturing, given the rise of 3D printing. [JH]



Jobs | June 26