Isotype!

Oh wonderful Isotype! What a different world it was, with all those inventive designers and artists beavering away in the service of Mankind, or perhaps just the British Empire. Thanks to Robert Kosara’s blog Eager Eyes, which has led me to Michael Stoll’s lovely Flickr collection of graphics such as this:

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You have to admit that is informative, eye-catching and attractive all in one. Only now with the benefit of 21st century living can we react with some horror at the thought of breakfast in London, lunch in New York and dinner in Chicago. Imagine the hours spent waiting and queueing and feeling slightly sick!

Some of the Isotype images have not aged as gracefully – it was a different time:

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