Behind Every Great Novelist (Illustration for the NY Times Book Review)
Emperor Meiji before his adoption of Western dress, wearing the traditional court robes that all emperors wore since the Heian Period (793-1186 ad)
Premodern 3D design
It may be hard to believe, but this illustration is over 400 years old. It’s from the age of the Renaissance, when folks loved perfect shapes and measurements. They enjoyed experimenting with geometry, but also with perception - and deception, for that matter. And so illustrations like this were produced: perfect three-dimensional designs in a two-dimensional space (the page). This one is part of a book with 97 drawings made by Lorenz Stör, a late-16th-century designer with a love for geometrical designs that resemble the style of Escher. I love how Stör gives us the impression that we can just grab these objects from the page and toss them around.