Isotype.

My ex-boyfriend used to drag me to art show after art show. I had always liked art, especially photography, but after constantly making the rounds of every gallery in London and Birmingham, I had developed an unfortunate visceral distaste for it.

However, not everything was awful. One out of every twenty or so exhibits I saw impressed me so much that I never forgot them. One such exhibit was the V&A’s “Isotype: international picture language” which I saw in the winter of 2011. It was small, but we spent over an hour in the gallery. I don’t know why, but a few weeks ago, it dawned on me how relevant these are to today’s infographic trend.

So I wrote about it.

Isotype, the Proto-Infographic You Didn’t Know Existed

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