Category Archives: Design


The Histomap, created in 1931 by John B. Sparks, attempts to distill all of human history up to that point into a single image:

The chart emphasizes domination, using color to show how the power of various “peoples” (a quasi-racial understanding of the nature of human groups, quite popular at the time) evolved throughout history.

You can click on the Histomap for a larger version.




A-Z of Unusual Words


Ireland-based graphic designers The Project Twins have created a great set of images illustrating 26 very unusual English words, one for each letter of the alphabet. Pictured above is cacodemonomania, or the pathological belief that one is inhabited by an evil spirit. Below is the German-looking zugzwang, which is a position in which any decision or move will result in problems.


A-Z of Unusual Words   [The Project Twins]

The Useless Box

Presented without comment.


Chinese DIY Inventions


The Atlantic has a great photo essay on Chinese homemade inventions. The homemade welders mask above was photographed in Shandong Province. The admittedly more high-tech submersible below was designed and built by Zhang Wuyi in Wuhan, where he uses it to harvest sea cucumbers.


Chinese DIY Inventions – In Focus   [TheAtlantic]

Hurricane House


This ‘hurricane house’ was designed by New York-based architect Edwin Koch in 1939. According to Popular Science, “[t]his amazing dwelling would revolve automatically to face into the oncoming storm, meeting it like the wing of an airplane and passing it smoothly around its curving sides toward its pointed tip.” It was designed to pivot around a master point in the middle of the house through which electricity, water and sewage could be routed.


Sides of the Brain

I really like the design of this advertisement for Mercedes-Benz. Click to embiggen.


Bailey Chair

Bella the dog sits happily in her specially-designed Bailey Chair at mealtimes:

This is our cute dog Bella. She was diagnosed with congenital megaesophagus soon after we found her at 4 months old. Megaesophagus means that her esophagus is enlarged and lacks the muscle mobility to swallow food while horizontal. This is her “Baileys Chair,” which she needs sit in while eating and for 10 minutes after she eats. She eats soft dog food with a little water mixed in. She is now seven months old and doing great!