Visual Puzzles & Answers: The Viktor Hertz Rock Pictograms for Beatles, Stones, Dylan and More
While the infographics I often feature on this site intend to make data easier to consume by employing clever visuals, this set of graphics proves that it’s equally fun to use visuals to obscure meaning.
Designer Victor Hertz has created some rock music pictograms that do just that for the songs of David Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. What emerged is a bit of a puzzle — and the “aha” moment of realization of one of the more difficult is extremely satisfying. Five months in the making, he describes the effort as his “most ambitious, and maybe also the best, personal work I’ve done so far.” You can purchase these as posters or simply make a donation to fund their printing. I definitely encourage the support of this incredible work.
Additionally, I invite you to join me in trying to decipher the pictograms. It takes a combination of musical knowledge and “outside-the-box” thinking. As I publish this for the first time, I believe I have identified 75 of the 234 songs depicted across the eight graphics. I have also confirmed my knowledge of the Beatles (20 songs identified) and come to the realization that I have a huge gap in my music knowledge as it pertains to Iggy Pop (0).
I’m interested in seeing how well The Barn community can do in solving these riddles. Check the answer page for my attempt at solving (I fully admit, some may be incorrect). Feel free to correct me or add additional answers in the comments below, on our facebook page or on twitter. I’ll update this post occasionally with any new solutions that I get from the crowd.
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