Life in Five Seconds is a book of pictograms released by Matteo Civaschi and Gianmarco Milesi of the Milan-based design studio, H-57. Using these simple pictograms, often with only four or five images each, Life in Five Seconds describes over 200 notable historical events.
One of the funniest and simplest pictograms in Life in Five Seconds is the 'History of Dinosaurs.' A long-necked dino is drawn with an arrow leading to a slightly longer-necked dinosaur, which in turn becomes an even longer-necked dinosaur. Finally, the dinosaur is shown being crushed beneath a meteor. It's a very straight-forward and blunt way to describe sections of world history, but it can create hilarious effects, as shown by the histories of both Lance Armstrong and Michael Jackson.
This pictogram book is a clever and witty way to keep people up to date on their pop culture and world histories, while maintaining a sense of artistic integrity. While the pictograms aren't difficult to interpret, they are sure to make even the sternest individual chuckle.
Clever World History Pictograms (UPDATE)
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