Founded in 2010 by book editor Patrick Mulligan and graphic designer Ben Gibson, the mission of Pop Chart Lab was to do one thing and do it very well: render all of human experience in chart form. Three years later, the two have found themselves with new titles (Patrick as Editorial Director and Ben as Creative Director) and a small team of researchers, designers, and ‘soldiers’ with the mission of arranging massive amounts of cultural data into meaningful works of informative art pieces. Today, their collection ranges from the Evolution of Video Game Controllers to Visual Compendium’s of Sneakers, Cameras, and Guitars. Here’s some of their best.
Pop Chart Lab Posters
A Visual Compendium of Sneakers: A meticulously illustrated collection of the 134 greatest sneakers in human history, starting with the Chuck Taylor way back in 1917, progressing through the styling low-tops of the 60s and 70s, delving deep into the great sneaker explosion of the 1980s, and carrying through the instant classics of the modern day. Includes everything from ageless Adidas designs, the many, many permutations of Air Jordans, groundbreaking skate shoes like Vans and Etnies, monsters from the golden age of Reebok (such as the Shaq Attack and Alien Stomper), and the high-fashion collabs of today like Jeremy Scott x Adidas and the Air Yeezy.
A Visual Compendium of Cameras: A meticulously illustrated catalog of 100 landmark cameras, culled from over a century of photographic history, depicting both professional and consumer models and tracing photography’s history from the first models to today’s digital wonders.
A Visual Compendium of Guitars: A catalog of 64 famed guitars culled from over 75 years of rock ‘n’ roll history. Rendered in exquisite detail is everything from Leadbelly’s famed 12-string to Woody Guthrie’s Fascist-killing machine to multi-necked monsters to an axe shaped like an axe. Containing representations of the famed instruments that have brought countless headbanging riffs and wailing solos into the world, this print is guaranteed to up the rocking of any wall to 11.
The Evolution of Video Game Controllers: The complete family tree of video game control schemes–including handhelds, joysticks, paddles, gamepads, and one notable glove–this chart shows how gaming input has evolved from simple knobs to directional pads to touch screens. Including every console ever, this sprawling print features 191 species and 12 genera over seven decades of gaming.
The Cartography of Kitchenware: Over 200 tools, machines, and manipulators–from mandolines to microwaves and ramekins to ravioli pins–used in the construction of delicious foodstuffs.
THE GREAT GATSBY CHART: A chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the comings and goings of characters in the The Great Gatsby, this chart traces plot action and movement by trains, cars, and feet for Daisy, Nick, Tom, Gatsby, and every other character in the novel. A map at the top of the chart also shows the real-life Roaring 20’s New York locations (or the best guesses thereof) of scenes in the book. From the first introduction to the world of West and East Egg to the novel’s tragic climax, this print lays out the whole scope of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece.
OMNIBUS OF SUPERPOWERS: In its 3rd iteration, this is the universe’s most extensive charting of superpowers. The sprawling taxonomy of over 200 superpowers and 600 superheroes and villains spreads over six square feet. Powers from the mighty (Super Strength and Immortality) to the meek (Open Any Window) to the weird (Infinite Mouth Storage) are charted, along with the characters that wield these awesome abilities, spanning the past 75 years of comic book history from the giant publishers like Marvel and DC to indies like IDW, Image, and Dark Horse. And all of it is rendered in a design that pays tribute to the great cosmic covers of the Bronze Age of Comics.
The Insanely Great History of Apple: The world’s most comprehensive mapping of Apple products. This print shows every computer, handheld, peripheral device, software, and operating system released by Apple in the last thirty years, from the original Mac through the MacBook Air. Over 500 products are sorted according to type, including the connections between various form factors which have arisen as Apple has invented–and reinvented–insanely great products.
All prints range from $20-$40 unframed. To see all of the amazing informative posters, head over to Pop Chart Lab.