Finnish Nightmares: An Irreverent Guide to Life’s Awkward Moments

Author Karoliina Korhonen's humorous, illustrated depiction of the Nordic nation's residents

A true work of genius can be found when something seemingly specific—say, Finnish introvert stereotypes—appeals to a much broader wedge of humanity. Finnish graphic designer Karoliina Korhonen captures this societal lightning bolt within the pages of her humorous, illustrated guidebook Finnish Nightmares: An Irreverent Guide to Life’s Awkward Moments. Through simple art and sharp writing, Korhonen makes every page a pleasure. An extension of her …

A Visual History of Public Libraries

In a scrolling, hand-drawn and collaged article by CityLab’s Ariel Aberg-Riger, America’s beloved public library system is indexed from its origin as a “social” amenity for the wealthy and white to now. Currently, public libraries are battling a major federal funding cut under the administration. The public library system is designed to service all and it needs the support of local funding to do so. Because …

NASA Enlisted Artists to Envision the Future

In 1975, NASA began to conceptualize living conditions in space—hiring freelance illustrator Rick Guidice to bring the ideas to life. The resulting works actively shaped the public perception of life off Earth, and do so to this day. Guidice’s illustrations influenced synth-drenched soundscapes, runway shows and popular film—all while being quite literal guides for NASA’s potential population relocation plans (which could house nearly one million people). …