Id-Grids and Ego-Graphs: A Confabulation with Finnegans Wake – amazing vintage typographic abstraction of the Joyce classic by artist Jacob Drachler (1909-1998).
This Periodic Table Song from AsapSCIENCE – who have previously illustrated such mysteries as the science of love and what marijuana does to your brain – is for science-lovers what The Elements of Style Rap was for literary nerds. Enjoy, then wash down with the elements of the periodic table, personified as anime-inspired heroes.
If there ever was tragically visceral evidence of how remix culture fuels creativity and copyright hinders it, it is this: Despite – or perhaps because of – millions of views in less than a week, The David Foster Wallace Literary Trust has filed a copyright claim against the wildly popular YouTube version of the wonderful short film adaptation of Wallace’s timeless 2005 commencement address, This Is Water. (Luckily, you can still watch the film on Vimeo – but that’s beside the point.)
Here is an example of a project made out of love, the existence of which harms the estate in no way, financial or otherwise, but serves the public good by way of cultural preservation and celebration of Wallace’s spirit and legacy, extending his message and allowing it to touch more lives. That the estate finds any of this harmful is gobsmacking, at once an aberration of the law and a complete failure of cultural duty.
Also see Kleon on how to steal like an artist
Minimalist pictogram summaries of Pulp Fiction and other pop culture fixtures.
Two of pop culture’s greatest darlings, together at last: Star Wars reimagined as a Muppets comic – enough said.
Alexander Chen spent an afternoon improvising melodies on viola, and recording them through Google Glass. This resulting song is composed completely from 8-second video loops, stitched together into a film. Chen says, “You can see all the layers of the song, like a first-person orchestra.”
NASA gets geekily creative with pop-culture-inspired expedition posters.
10 centuries of music evolution, in 4 brilliant a-cappella minutes. Pentatonix have an album of equally delightful a-cappella covers.
Famous films, books, and movies reimagined as Dr. Seuss art.
Pair with the secret art of the real Dr. Seuss.