Two for the visual folks, two for the verbals.
I've argued in this space for better communication between visual and verbal thinkers. This elegantly engineered periodic table of visualization methods from the Visual Literacy Organization goes a long way toward making visual thinking more accessible to all of us. As you mouse over a method (chart, timeline, diagram, map, etc.), an illustration pops up. Types of visualization (data, metaphor, strategy, concept, information, and compound) are color coded for easy reference. A beautiful thing. (Via BoingBoing.)
The world may be getting flatter, but it's still hard to see advertisements from countries other than one's own. (Especially if you're in blindered North America.) Ads of the World brings together great work from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. A terrific source of inspiration.
I came across the unfamiliar word "ghodagiri" in a post by Anantha, who blogs at Brandnama out of Chennai, India. Searching for a definition, I discovered this wonderful glossary of "IITB Lingo" in a post by Vaibhav Gupta, an engineer in Jaipur. What does IITB stand for? Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. And "ghodagiri"? It translates to "donkey work," even though "ghoda" means "horse" in Hindi. Amazing that one educational institution has spawned such a richly expressive vocabulary. I plan to adopt "fundoo" (good/agreeable) as soon as I can.
From the A Word to the Z Word, an encyclopedia of slang terms using just one letter. (Via Language Log.) For yet another definition of "The G Word," read Michael Erand's post on Design Observer.
And that's the L (for Last) word from me for a couple of days.