A Twitter Tour of Tate Museum’s ‘Lichtenstein: A Retrospective’

A Twitter Tour of Tate Museum’s ‘Lichtenstein: A Retrospective’

For one semester as an undergraduate student at Oberlin College, a real Roy Lichtenstein print hung above my dormroom bed. (My college had an art rental program that let students borrow pieces from the museum’s extensive collection for just $5.) I wasn’t familiar with Lichtenstein at the time, but the artwork appealed to me with its comic-book paneling, pop sensibility and the fact that it hadn’t yet been taken by the more dilligent students who had stayed up the previous night to snag their favorites first.

Roy Lichtenstein Whaam! 1963 Acrylic and oil on canvas support: 1727 x 4064 mm frame: 1747 x 4084 x 60 mm Purchased 1966© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein, via Tate Modern

Nearly a decade later, aside from general knowledge of pop art, Benday dots and the flickered memories of the print, I still didn’t know much about... keep reading

Our Strange Cosmetic Lives

It’s a fact: human beings have imperfections. But that doesn’t mean they have to like them; not when covering, contouring, injecting, surgically removing, surgically enhancing, chemically peeling, laser shooting, and medication can make those imperfections disappear. And it’s all thanks to science. Along with its many essential, life-giving technologies, science has also brought a... keep reading

“Creative” Things Designers Do: Area Based Encodings

In the past two weeks, we showed you some of the ways designers get creative with pie charts and bar charts. Another class of visualizations that designers use is based on area representations of data. These charts include everything from scaled bubbles to ISOTYPE visualizations, and they vary widely in their effectiveness. Let’s take... keep reading