Design duo Tyler Lang and Elsa Chaves are Always With Honor, an Portland-based design team with a specialty in beautifully simple information displays and iconography.
I first got turned on to / by their work when I spotted this awesome poster. It visualizes the many domains within design. Somewhat awesomely.
(Here’s a link to a massive hi-res version)
Simple Is Beautiful
Simple shapes, simple typography, simple colour characterises their work. I snaffled them up for a spread in Information Is Beautiful about the various creation stories across cultures – scientific and mythological.
Struck me there was something cool about trying to visualize such an unimaginably complex process with super-simple graphics.
They also had a strong influence on the look and feel of Good Magazine’s infographic Transparency section. Soft lines and cutsy icons make the data seem less harsh, less griddy. I like!
Colours In Culture
My favourite piece, somewhat selfishly, is the Colours In Culture image on the cover of Information Is Beautiful. It visualizes the meaning of colours across different cultures (Native American, Western, Chinese etc).
Bag yourself a poster
In fact, we’ve just litho-printed a gorgeous poster version of this image on 220 gsm, FSC-certified art paper.
The coolest thing though is that it’s a 6-colour process print. Gold and silver on the diagram have been printed – at great expense – in gold and silver ink. Not only does that look cool. But it also means we’ve been able to remove the legend from the design. Making the image even cleaner and simpler.
The first print run is already almost sold out. We have just 25 copies left.
Visit AlwaysWithHonor.com for more beautiful work.