This is an excerpt from an illustration I wrote for NOZONE #10: FORECAST. A collaboration with Nicholas Blechman, the designer who also publishes Nozone, this chart — in its full form — makes predictions in 12 categories (from population to language to footwear to food), in 10 year increments for the next 100 years.
It’s not a pretty picture.
I won’t give too much away but here are a couple hints for our 100 year forecast: We won’t be speaking English, and we won’t be living on this planet, either.
Nozone is a beautiful publication that has won just about every design award in the business and consistantly draws amazing submissions from top-shelf artists and illustrators. Past issues are collectors items. Each one has a theme (EMPIRE, UTOPIA/DYSTOPIA, WORK and CRIME to mention a few) and an attitude. To give you some flavor, here is a welcome blurb I wrote for issue #10:
Never before has looking into the future been so complicated, or so traumatic. Prophesies, doomsdays, conspiracies, Ice Ages and potential revolutions are everywhere. Wherever you look - from the cover of Time Magazine, to the weird weather out your window - the message seems universal: the Earth our children inherit will almost certainly be nothing like the one we currently inhabit. In the spirit of our Massive Uncertainty we welcome you to …
Nozone #10: FORECAST
Back in the 90’s Nicholas (aka Knickerbocker) and I collaborated on illustrations almost constantly for the New York Times, Wired, George, The Nation and many other publications. Since I moved to LA this has slowed down, but things are still happening. Here’s an example of a NYT piece:
See you in the future!