Paris vs. New York: Minimalist Illustrated Parallels of Culture
Macaron vs. cupcake, Proust vs. Salinger, bobo vs. hipster, bordeaux vs. cosmo.
By Maria Popova
For the past two years, graphic designer Vahram Muratyan, a self-described “lover of Paris wandering through New York,” has been chronicling the peculiarities and contradictions of the two cities through “a friendly visual match” of minimalist illustrated parallel portraits. Today, Muratyan joins the finest blog-turned-books with Paris versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities — an absolutely charming collection of these vibrant visual dichotomies and likenesses. From beverages to beards, hands to houses, Muratyan captures the intricacies of cultural difference in a way that blends the minimalist and playful visual whimsy of Noma Bar’s Guess Who? with the side-by-side parallelism of Mark Laita’s Created Equal to deliver something entirely new and entirely delightful.
(You might recall the above from the excellent Visual Storytelling: Inspiring a New Visual Language.)
Many of these gems are available as prints on Society6, one of the best places to find affordable art. A set of postcards is being released shortly.
Images courtesy of Vahram Muratyan / Penguin
Published January 31, 2012