I realize 8 million other people have already sung the praises of Serial, but I can't help it. Have you caught on to this podcast? IT'S AWESOME. I have always been a mystery buff and obsessed with This American Life and Serial is basically the ridiculously good-looking love child of both.
In case you are not (yet!) as obsessed with me, let me give you a quick breakdown. Basically Serial is a new podcast hosted by the amazing Sarah Koenig (daughter of Julian Koenig who helped develop these famous ads) which follows one (true) story over a season instead of the normal radio podcast which follows multiple related stories per week. The whole thing is full of twists, turns and epic real life suspense that has me eagerly awaiting the arrival of new episodes on Thursdays. Curious about this mysterious story? Here's a tidy summary, pulled from the Serial website:
"On January 13, 1999, a girl named Hae Min Lee, a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland, disappeared. A month later, her body turned up in a city park. She'd been strangled. Her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was arrested for the crime, and within a year, he was convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. The case against him was largely based on the story of one witness, Adnan’s friend Jay, who testified that he helped Adnan bury Hae's body. But Adnan has always maintained he had nothing to do with Hae’s death. Some people believe he’s telling the truth. Many others don’t."
Anywho, since this is a blog about graphic design design and all things arty, I wanted to share a group of infographics designed by Michelle Rial inspired by her love of Serial. These won't make any sense if you haven't been following along with the podcast, but if you have they are on point! And, on a simply graphic level, I am impressed with their minimalist combination of bright colors and sharp typography—very well done Michelle!