Do you remember the boy and girl signs that indicate ladies or
gentlemen on the restroom door? or the traffic signs that say
you can't park on that perfect spot you just found?
There you go! These are pictograms! Universal symbols made to
help you if you need, for example, to use the W.C. at the international
airport of Istambul, Turkey.
Now try to picture those pictograms a little more friendly and
also representing the coolest singers and bands around. Got it?
Yes, those are the Poptogramas!
From Audioslave to Dee Lite, from Joy Division to Ozzy Osbourne,
author Daniel Motta borrowed the coolest pop and rock artists
and used them to create a funny and smart book that works almost
like a quiz. You look at the page, guess which artist it is and
turn it to find the answer.
be a Ramones album if the they were to turn one of their albums
into a book: quick, clever and easily assimilated. “I felt
like drawing those bands would be almost like covering their songs.
Since I’m a designer, not a musician Poptogramas was born.”
The idea in this book is to convert some
of the most known pop and rock artists into pictograms. The reader
finds a poptogram on each page, and then has to guess who the
artist is. The name is revealed on the back of the page, which
also makes Poptogramas also an entertaining quizz game you can
play with your friends. Although it's a book with a strong graphic
design content, Poptogramas can please even those who are not
familiar with the subject.
The first volume
of the Poptogramas
series was released in 2005.
After gathering a small but faithful following with the first
release, the follow-up Poptogramas
Brasilis was released on december 2008. This time
the book’s focused on Brazilian musicians, from Os Mutantes
to Tim Maia in a response to fans who wanted to see a specially
dedicated, national-specific version. Even if you haven’t
heard, or know about, most of the bands included in the book,
the creativity and ingenuity behind each pictogram make it worth
keeping this publication on your coffee table.
Here's how it works:
stare at the poptogram...
Try to guess which artist it represents...
Turn the page to know the answer...
Laugh like a lot, after all that was pretty funny!!
arrived on planet earth through São Paulo, Brazil, less than
six months before John Lennon took off. He's got a nerdy look because
of his glasses but he swears he is not a nerd. Ask him and you'll
get "i'm a metal boy" as an answer. Daniel has worked
at some of the most respected magazines in Brazil such as Trip,
Bizz and was a former member of Zero, a pop culture oriented magazine.
Nowadays he works at Playboy magazine in Brazil. Poptogramas
is his first published book and it made his mother very proud.