"Picturing the Past 10 Years" by Phillip Niemeyer

It doesn’t have much to do with love or sex, but it being New Year’s Eve and all we couldn’t resist pointing out art director Phillip Niemeyer’s “op-chart” from Sunday’s New York Times called “Picturing the Past 10 Years” (especially if you missed fellow Sunfiltered blogger Matthew Rodriguez’s post about it a few days ago). Read each row from left to right and you get a quick graphic recap of the decade’s evolution in one particular area (e.g. business, fads, culture, sports, etc.) OR read each column from top to bottom and get a recap of one entire year (e.g. the 2002 zeitgeist was defined by flag pins, Guantanamo, Craigslist, the D.C. snipers, Al Jazeera, the New England Patriots, American Idol, collagen injections, HBO’s “The Sopranos,” and “freedom fries”). It’s an interesting and immediate way to be reminded of the past ten years — the mistakes we’ve made, the innovations that have changed the way we live, the things we now take for granted, the celebrity gossip we wasted our time on, the things we’ll never forget, the things we’ve already forgotten.