Bits & Pieces: Pop Chart Lab

1. You may not wear skinny jeans or Buddy Holly glasses (sans working lenses, of course), but even if you merely toe the hipster line, chances are you’ve seen the work of Brooklyn-based graphic design house Pop Chart Lab. Founders Ben Gibson and Patrick Mulligan have seemingly perfected the art of the infographic, while seamlessly combining the genre with the classic sense of ironic humor and feigned seriousness essential to hipster-ness. Visit Pop Chart Labs and you’ll discover a sudden urge to trade in your useful-yet-uninspired flow chart for the design-focused headings and tangled webs of neon connecting lines providing instruction in the areas of mixology, candy, and super heroes. Who needs organization? Conventional charts are just so mainstream.

{All images via Pop Chart Lab; prints available through their website or Etsy}

2. As a lifelong blanket fort enthusiast, I immediately became enamored of this photo and beach tent tutorial, which seems to have become a permanent fixture around Pinterest and the blogosphere over the last few days. Ever since finding the tent building lesson, I’ve been racking my mind for reasons (and locations and supplies) to build one.

While feeding my new beach tent obsession on Apartment Therapy, I was led to a tutorial entitled “The Lost Art of Lashing.” My lack of knot tying knowledge and my (probably reasonable) mistrust of twig-based structures secured with only with twine do not outweigh my passionate desire to build a lookout tower in my backyard–all I need is some branches, string, a few extra square feet, maybe a helmet….

{Images via Apartment Therapy and Make}

3. The arrival of spring seems to have inspired the whole internet to start thinking about outdoor living solutions. While a hanging knit pod may not be the most practical (or in summer heat, comfortable) portable seating, I’m not sure anyone is immune to the charm and whimsy of Pia Design’s UrbanRetreat.

{Images via Pia Design}

4. It seems that Missoni has been invading campers in Marfa, Texas. I sure hope they visit California next…

{Images via Pinterest}


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