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A very quick map for the Portes Ouvertes….

19 May

I am starting to include the experiences of others in my maps. This (or a version of this) will be part of an exhibition in June:



Selected works by John Maeda

2 May

As mentioned in Chee La’s presentation this morning. John Maeda’s site hasn’t been updated since (gasp!) 2008, but there are a lot of good ideas within–though a few no longer work. We’ll give Maeda a pass as he’s spent the last few years serving as the president of the Rhode Island School of Design.

My current favorite is the Misspeller.

Says Maeda, “I’m something of a fanatic when it comes to spelling. In recent years I wish that I didn’t have to live with this curse as it would make my life more livable.” I’ve often thought the same thing. It’s a bit of a crux sometimes.

Egads! It’s the Infographic of Infographics!

8 Apr

Credit: Ivan Cash. And he’s included his process materials! Very nice.

Eat by color

30 Mar

From a link sent to me this morning by my dear artist friend Diana Behl: An article in Good magazine about a public art project that uses color to promote the consumption of healthy fruits and vegetables. New York artist Tattfoo Tan created the Nature Matching System by photographing produce purchased at a local farmer’s market, then used the eyedropper tool in Photoshop to specify a bounty of vibrant good-for-you colors. Though I’m certain I see Cheetos orange in there somewhere….

Where the rivers have no name.

30 Mar

Dear Design 3,

Here is the article I was telling you about this morning in critique. It’s about the failure of the Google Map to label the names of rivers. It’s a quick read, and very entertaining.



Josh Wallaert: “Google Maps, Give Us Our River Names.” Design Observer. 3/22/11

Japan: comparing before and after

13 Mar

These interactive satellite photos from the New York Times explain in an instant what words cannot. Japan’s prime minister has called the combination earthquake/tsunami the country’s worst crisis since World War II.

“We can’t think of a narrative-based web object that’s taken better advantage of the medium.”

8 Mar

Have you ever heard of Pine Point, a small mining town that once existed in the Northwest Territories of Canada? Me neither. But I’ve been haunted by this document since I first saw it yesterday. It was authored by the creative team formerly behind the venerable Adbusters magazine. I read about it on Very Short List, who wrote that they “can’t think of a narrative-based Web object that’s taken better advantage of the medium.” Indeed, this project really shows the potential of new media to chronicle the human experience.

It’s like a scrapbook with superpowers.

Location of a former city:

Interesting fact: Buffalo Airlines is the last airline to use the DC-3 (which is my very favorite airplane) in regularly scheduled service.