The Sm;)e Book

What began as Harvey Ball’s submission for a graphic design job in 1963, which tasked him with increasing morale at the State Mutual Life Assurance Company, the smiley face has grown into one of the most recognizable cultural symbols. Its iconographic status extends beyond art, design, music, fashion and into areas of influence like emoji and plastic bags. Now authors DB Burkeman and Rich Browd aim …

Soviet Space Graphics: Cosmic Visions From the USSR

Made in collaboration with the Moscow Design Museum, Alexandra Sankova’s Soviet Space Graphics: Cosmic Visions From the USSR (out 1 April on Phaidon) chronicles the Cold War-era graphics that accompanied ambitious plans for outer space exploration—most notably the race to the moon. While some images were pulled from popular-science magazines, others take creative liberty in depicting extraterrestrial visits, life found outside of our solar system, and …

An Ever-Growing Database of Good News

Meant to “move our attention beyond dramatic news headlines to the slow developments and quiet trends that go unseen, uncelebrated,” Beautiful News (by Information Is Beautiful) stores infographics and research results that deviate from the grim headlines found more commonly. Updated daily, the graphics detail positive developments in the fight against climate change, news of rising global literacy, falling mortality rates—even the announcement of new …