Slate's Best Illustrations from 2012

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Dec. 29 2012 5:00 AM

Slate Illustrated, 2012

The best illustrations of the year.

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It’s that time again, when we look back at the year in Slate through our favorite illustrations. Following are five favorites from each illustrator, linked to the article in which it originally appeared.

Illustrations by Alex Eben Meyer

Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer

Illustration for Better Than Words With Friends by Alex Eben Meyer.

Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer.

Illustration for Buy a House Today! by Alex Eben Meyer.

Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer.

Illustration for Smile, You're On Everyone's Camera by Alex Eben Meyer.

Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer.

Illustration for The USA Is Number One (in Cheese Production)! by Alex Eben Meyer.

Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer.

Illustration for Who Killed Sarcasm? by Alex Eben Meyer.

 

Illustrations by Robert Neubecker

Illustration by Robert Neubecker.

Illustration for I Ain’t Sayin’ He’s a Gold Digger by Robert Neubecker.

Illustration by Robert Neubecker.

Illustration forI Do Not Want To Dance the Hora by Robert Neubecker.

Illustration by Robert Neubecker.

Illustration for Tasting Like Chicken by Robert Neubecker.

Illustration by Robert Neubecker.

Illustration for The Creepiness Factor by Robert Neubecker.

Illustration by Robert Neubecker.

Illustration for The Spy Who GPS-Tagged Me by Robert Neubecker.

 

 

Illustrations by Charlie Powell

Illustration by Charlie Powell.

Illustration of Helicopter Parenting by Charlie Powell.

Illustration by Charlie Powell.

Illustration for Ray of Hope by Charlie Powell.

Illustration by Charlie Powell.

Illustration for March Madness by Charlie Powell.

Illustration by Charlie Powell.

Illustration of Five Ring Circus by Charlie Powell.

Illustration by Charlie Powell.

Illustration forFix the Constitution by Charlie Powell.



 

Illustrations by Mark Stamaty

Illustration by Mark Alan Stamaty.

Illustration for Pop Music by Mark Alan Stamaty.

Illustration by Mark Alan Stamaty.

Illustration forCan You Fake Mental Illness? by Mark Alan Stamaty.

Illustration by Mark Alan Stamaty.

Illustration for Could Cops Use Google To Prevent Murder? by Mark Alan Stamaty.

Illustration by Mark Alan Stamaty.

Illustration forMaking Love and Trouble by Mark Alan Stamaty.

Illustration by Mark Alan Stamaty.

Illustration forThe Date Whisperer by Mark Alan Stamaty.

 

 

 

Illustrations by Rob Donnelly

Illustration by Rob Donnelly.

Illustration for Who Needs ACORN? by Rob Donnelly.

Illustration by Rob Donnelly.

Illustration forPreschoolers With Knives by Rob Donnelly.

Illustration by Rob Donnelly.

Illustration for Are Women Better at Living Alone? by Rob Donnelly.

Illustration by Rob Donnelly.

Illustration for I’ll Sit This One Out by Rob Donnelly.

Illustration by Rob Donnelly.

Illustration for My Molesters by Rob Donnelly.

 

TODAY IN SLATE

History

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Amazing Photos From Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada. Now, Journalists Can’t Even Say Her Name.

Television

See Me

Transparent is the fall’s only great new show.

Doublex

Lena Dunham, the Book

More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.

What a Juicy New Book About Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric Fails to Tell Us About the TV News Business

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada. Now, Journalists Can’t Even Say Her Name.

  News & Politics
Damned Spot
Sept. 30 2014 9:00 AM Now Stare. Don’t Stop. The perfect political wife’s loving gaze in campaign ads.
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 30 2014 10:44 AM Bull---- Market America is overlooking a plentiful renewable resource: animal manure.
  Life
Atlas Obscura
Sept. 30 2014 10:10 AM A Lovable Murderer and Heroic Villain: The Story of Australia's Most Iconic Outlaw
  Double X
Doublex
Sept. 29 2014 11:43 PM Lena Dunham, the Book More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 30 2014 10:59 AM “For People, Food Is Heaven” Boer Deng on the story behind her piece “How to Order Chinese Food.”
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 30 2014 10:48 AM One of Last Year’s Best Animated Shorts Is Finally Online for Free
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 30 2014 7:36 AM Almost Humane What sci-fi can teach us about our treatment of prisoners of war.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 30 2014 7:30 AM What Lurks Beneath the Methane Lakes of Titan?
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 28 2014 8:30 PM NFL Players Die Young. Or Maybe They Live Long Lives. Why it’s so hard to pin down the effects of football on players’ lives.