Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

design

jul
29
2012

oceaniaeuropeamericasafricaasia

Artist Gustavo Sousa uses the Olympic rings to show disparities between the continents. (If you can’t see the video above, it’s available on Vimeo.) Key: Oceania=blue, Europe=black, Americas=red, Africa=yellow, Asia=green (Via Co.Design)

jul
16
2012

Census 2011: the changing shape of England and Wales, visualised | Data Store | guardian.co.uk

An interesting way to compare UK Census 2011 results by gender and region, from the British government’s Office of National Statistics. I’m not totally enamored of the interface, but it’s an interesting approach.

jul
11
2012

The Evolution of the Batman Logo

(Via brainpicker)

jul
05
2012

Civil War Datavis

I’m fascinated by this census map — apparently circa 1861 — of the slave population in the southern United States and the painstaking, not-computer-assisted work that must have gone into creating it. I came across it the other night while …

may
21
2012

Make Good Art

Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech about making a career in the arts is lovely and inspiring — well worth watching / listening. (Transcript.) (If you can’t see the video above, it’s available on Vimeo.)

apr
22
2012

Who Made That Pie Chart? | NYTimes.com

Hilary Greenbaum and Dana Rubinstein write, “William Playfair — a businessman, engineer and economics writer from Scotland — created the first known pie chart in 1801.”

apr
02
2012

You’re Listening To A Music Instrument Made Of Jell-O | Co.Design

Mark Wilson writes, “Noisy Jelly is a project by Raphaël Pluvinage and Marianne Cauvard, two students at L’Ensci Les Ateliers. They experiment with agar agar jellies, placed upon sensors that convert their vibrations into music with the help of arduino processing.” I love this, and I want my own kit.

mar
16
2012

The Science of Cherry Blossoms, Illustrated

I love this video of the Washington Post’s Patterson Clark speed-sketching the phases of cherry blossom blooming. (If you can’t see the video above, it’s available on washingtonpost.com.)

mar
05
2012

SND Best of Digital Design 2012

NPR received four nods in this year’s contest: Silver Medal: Visualizing How A Population Grows To 7 BillionAward of Excellence: Japan And Haiti: Picturing The UnimaginableAward of Excellence: NPR MusicAward of Excellence: NPR Infinite Player Congratulations to my colleagues and …

feb
29
2012

Elephants and Whales on the London Tube | The Atlantic Cities

Animals on the Underground is an ongoing project that casts the London Underground as a wild menagerie of elusive animals, who disappear in and out the thicket of abstract lines which comprise the map of the Tube.”

dec
18
2011

The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face | NeuroTribes

A look at Susan Kare’s early history with Apple, including some of her gridpaper sketches for the original Mac OS iconography.

I’m starting to think Lego is evil | Dan Sinker

Dan Sinker laments the current state of the Lego product line, dominated by movie tie-in model kits. “The reality is that the unisex, open-ended, building and imaginative creation sets that my peers normally associate with Lego are gone.”

dec
12
2011

Fun With Colored Pencils

Something to brighten a Monday afternoon.

nov
17
2011

Who Left A Tree, Then A Coffin In The Library? | Krulwich Wonders | NPR

Gorgeous book sculptures left in Edinburgh libraries, and the question of whether to unmask their source.

nov
11
2011

2012 Letterpress Calendar | Pyramid Atlantic Letterpress

Self-promoting PSA: The 2012 letterpress calendar project I worked on is now available for purchase. (I designed/printed the January page.) $30 if you pick it up in person; $35 if you want it shipped to you.

nov
10
2011

26.2 Miles, 46 Sketches | Abstract Sunday | NYTimes.com

NYT’s Christoph Niemann ran the New York Marathon this past weekend — and brought his sketchbook along.

A Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design

A critique of “futuristic” touchscreen interfaces by Bret Victor. “The next time you make a sandwich, pay attention to your hands. Seriously! Notice the myriad little tricks your fingers have for manipulating the ingredients and the utensils and all the other objects involved in this enterprise. Then compare your experience to sliding around Pictures Under Glass. Are we really going to accept an Interface Of The Future that is less expressive than a sandwich?” (Via Matt Thompson)

oct
31
2011

Datavis and Journalism

An interesting lecture from Amanda Cox of the New York Times at the Eyeo Festival earlier this year: (If you can’t see the video above, it’s available on Vimeo.) Data visualization should probably play a slightly different role in journalism …

oct
17
2011

The Psychologist’s View of UX Design | UX Magazine

A useful list of factors to consider from Susan Weinschenk.

oct
14
2011

When Maps Shouldn’t Be Maps | Matthew Ericson

The NYT graphics director writes, “But sometimes the reflexive impulse to map the data can make you forget that showing the data in another form might answer other — and sometimes more important — questions.”

oct
11
2011

2012 Letterpress Calendar

January 2012 is done! After last week’s pressure print experiment, I sent my Illustrator design off to Boxcar Press to be converted into a photopolymer plate for printing. The printing session itself went incredibly smoothly, and I was able to …

oct
10
2011

Casa Hurtsapong

I meant to post this back in July. For letterpress happy hour one week at Pyramid Atlantic, I typeset / printed a small set of personal notecards. “Casa Hurtsapong” (a portmanteau Rob and I came up with years ago as …