books

Yang Liu – Man Meets Woman

The theme might be a cliché but it will always be one of the most relevant since the existence of mankind.

Curious to explore universal subjects, the Chinese born, Berlin-based graphic designer Yang Liu after the success of her previous book East Meets West has now depicted in the same minimalist style her new project ‘Man meets Woman’. Again keeping to the minimum the visual impact so the essence of the context could stand out, she uses two vibrant colours for the background – green for men and magenta for women, and black or white silhouettes. That’s it; simple and straightforward approach for such a complex issue

Like it or not, but there are differences between sexes we can’t ignore. Some are so difficult to comprehend that have led to a lot of misunderstandings and confusions. You know like those “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”. Two so close and yet totally diverse planets. These differences however are set by nature. We can’t go against them. We can only try having them in mind while getting nervous when the opposite sex reacts ‘strange’ or ‘unusual’. And Yang Liu presents them in quite a funny way – ‘best weapon’, ‘man/woman flu’, ‘he needs & buys/she needs & buys’, ‘single focus/multitasking’, ‘luggage’ …

She hasn’t omitted to illustrate also the other set of differences. Those that reveal the sad truth – the outdated traditional perceptions and prejudice about gender models that continue to influence many aspects of our modern life. We still live in an unequal world where our behavior is constrained by unofficial rules of the social and professional structures. Although funny at first sight, these problematic gender stereotypes show that there is still a long way to go to the mutual understanding and forbearance.

The book of Yang Liu is exactly how she imagined it – “I would like it to be the sort of book where you can laugh at yourself and be entertained, but also take it on board and exercise a little more tolerance when interacting with others”

See the artist’s presentation of the book in Berlin as a part of the project Creative Mornings

Tod McLellan – Things Come Apart

Todd McLellan‘s series ‘Things come apart‘ presents dismantled products from our daily life in motion as air-explosion and in stillness, meticulously arranged revealing a great sense of design.  All the particles are neatly organized not omitting even the smallest ones like nuts and bolts, showing the beauty of the product from another perspective.

All these ordinarily products like typewriter, wall clock, telephone, camera, iPod, printer, and so many others, are not only portraits of our technology time, but also showing that there is a whole hidden world of functioning most of us have no idea about it. We have learned how to use and serve with the tools and usually not interested in delving into the deeper layers of how exactly they were made. A reminder not to take for granted the world we have created.

Todd McLellan - Things Come Apart

Todd McLellan – Things Come Apart

 

The series is available as a photobook published by Thames & Hudson and to learn about the working process watch this short video

 

Dinah Fried – ‘Fictitious Dishes’

Dinah Fried  -  Fictitious Dishes

Dinah Fried – Fictitious Dishes

 

Fictitious Dishes is a link between the culinary moments and the contemporary and classic literature where they are mentioned. The author Dinah Fried imagined these moments and conveyed her vision through photographic interpretations. She re-created the meals as described in the books and styled them in a way to feel the ‘spirit of the story’. Moreover, choosing the perspective from above, she puts us, the viewers, in the position of the characters from the famous novels as they were eating these meals, making us present to their experience. Each image is accompanied also with the text from the book that inspired its creation. There are also interesting food facts and entertaining anecdotes about the authors, their work, and their culinary predilections.

 

Bunpei Yorifuji – Wonderful Life with the Elements: The Periodic Table Personified

Bunpei Yorifuji - Wonderful Life With the Elements

Bunpei Yorifuji – Wonderful Life With the Elements

 

Bunpei Yorifuji is a Japanese artist and writer well-known in his country for his series of humorous ads for the Tokyo metro. The world fame however came with his funny and quirky book ‘ Wonderful Life with the Elements: The Periodic Table Personified‘. Picturing them in our human traits, he made them more understandable and easier to memorize. Most of us probably are not very keen on chemistry but this book opens a new vision in the education. Learning is much more productive when it is close to our lives, when there is something that looks familiar. Once you meet these characters, you could not forget them. Personification of difficult issues will not make us serious scientists but surely will help to understand them and keep in our brain cells for much longer period of time.