Pop-Culture Referencing Illustrations (12 total)

Tiger Blood

What’s Minneapolis, MN-based illustrator David Schwen’s most gratifying part of his job? He humorously said, “Being able to tell my kids when they ask what I did at work today: ‘I drew all day.'” No doubt, Schwen has a gift for taking today’s most relevant pop-culture topics (or references from yesteryear) and turning them into illustration gold. Of course, what you’ll come to enjoy most about his work is that they stir something in you.

“I think the main reason that I have a lot of ideas inspired by pop culture is how surrounded we are with it,” he tells us. “I like the fact that other people can relate to the idea really quickly, because they share similar memories from the past or childhood.”

One of my favorite designs is Schwen’s Burgervetica (immediately below), which I bought on a t-shirt over at Threadless. When asked why he created it, here’s what Schwen said. “Honestly, I’m a type lover. I wanted to distill a hamburger down to it’s basic elements using only typography and color. My favorite part is how iconic the design becomes, since you can recognize it as a burger from a long distance from only seeing the colors.”


Extra Terrestrial Foam Finger

Woodchucks – “…if a woodchuck could wear chucks.”

Jed Eye Chart [Star Wars Shirt]

Popped Collar

Banana Bling

I’m Lovin’ Fat


Kiss Under the Mistletoe

Arrrgmented Reality

That’s All Folks!

Schwen is making something cool every day, which you can follow over at Flickr. (Great to check out if you need a little inspiration yourself.)

David Schwen’s website

December 10, 2016

World Map Reveals What Each Country Does Better Than Any Other

Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.

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December 9, 2016

Intricately Detailed Floating Cube Casts Stunning Shadows

We have always been big fans of Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s mesmerizing art. In 2014, we raved about Intersections, a captivating wooden cube that cast dreamy shadows with a single light bulb. Fortunately for us, Agha is still creating intricate installations in this style, with her most recent, radiant piece being All The Flowers Are For Me. Like Intersections, All The Flowers Are For Me plays with light and space.

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