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Maps as gifts.

Some great ideas for holiday gifts, discovered via 60 Grit Beard, all by These Are Things:

Brooklyn Neighborhoods Map, 18×24, $50.

World Map / Aqua, 20×30, $75.

Letterpress World Map, 12×18, $25.

Europe Map / Yellow, 18×24, $25.

All posters by These Are Things.

December 9’s daily design idea is some information graphics also make for great art.


December 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

Materializing the digital world.

After a little more research, it turns out that German artist Aram Bartholl (of the Dead Drops project) has done several interesting interventions in physical space involving the critique/exploration/confrontation of virtual space. I think Jonas has some 3D competition…

Map, public installation, 2006-10. In cities such as Szczecin, Poland (pictured above) Bartholl installed his project “at the exact spot where Google Maps assumes to be the city center of the city. Transferred to physical space the map marker questions the relation of the digital information space to every day life public city space.”

WoW, workshop/public intervention, 2006-9. “The WoW project takes this mode of publicizing players’ names that’s typical of online 3D worlds and transfers it into the physical domain of everyday life…. What happens when a person’s customary anonymity in the public sphere is obliterated by the principles operative in virtual worlds online?”

TV-Filter, light installation, 2005. Similar to Jason Eppink’s Pixelator, “TV-Filter allows [you] to downsample an ongoing tv-show to 6 by 8 pixels in realtime…. The different color information of each tv line get mixed to an average color value on each 4 by 4 cm pixel. In this way it is thinkable to reduce every high definition screen to a pleasant information density.”

December 2’s daily design idea is what aspect of your virtual life could use a little physical intervention?

December 2, 2010 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

Typographic map posters

Re-blogged from Axis Maps.
Written by Andy Woodruff.
Originally posted September 30, 2010.

“Today we’re pleased to show off a pet project that’s been occupying us off and on for nearly two years. After some emotional separation issues, we are declaring finished a few typographic map posters—one of Boston, and color and black and white flavors of Chicago. Everything in these maps is made of type.

>> more after the jump

Continue Reading October 10, 2010 at 11:29 am Leave a comment

Geographically-based bookcases.

Inspired by Smånsk‘s design for Vagabond’s new travel book store in Stockholm (pictured left / photo by Carl Kleiner; discovered thanks to Dezeen), graphic designer/metal manipulator extraordinaire Ross Connard and I have been collaborating on a design of our own.

I’ve been calling it the Stuyvesant Street Bookcase, named after the street where I first met Quentin Regos, but that’s only a working title. In fact, any benefactor who wishes to back the fabrication of this design can have it named after them!

Below is some of the preliminary project work:

initial concept by Gisela Garrett

physical mock-up and construction method analysis by Ross Connard

July 25′s daily design idea is the physical settings of memorable moments are worth celebrating. Why not celebrate with a piece of design work?

July 25, 2010 at 3:47 pm 1 comment

NYC gets fatter, browner, and drop shadow-ier.

As most New Yorkers already know, the MTA is changing up a bunch of service this month. This is resulting in some annoying rerouting for commuters but also a snazzy new subway map. The major changes include a wider (less geographically accurate) Manhattan, the replacement of green parks with olive-brown parks, drop shadows on the subway lines, Staten Island being reduced to an inset, and no more summary of service in the lower right. Comments about a wider Manhattan relating to the American obesity problem have already started, as have complaints about Central Park looking more like a sandbox than a park. I haven’t been to Staten Island recently, but I have a hunch some of them may not be too pleased either.

For a full look at the new map plus past MTA maps, check out this NY Times article announcing the newest one. The new service has also resulted in 2 dropped lines (the W and V trains), and the switching of the M train from brown to orange. As my friend Andrew noticed, this means that the 14th street station at 6th ave now has a sign for the F M L trains. If these initials aren’t funny to you, it’s up to you to Google it.

June 13’s daily design idea is studies in usability are not the same as studies in user experience. Infographics are intended to be practical, so make sure to have some common sense when designing them.

Photo Credits
Left: newly installed NYC subway map, photo by Gisela Garrett.
Right: sign at the F and M (formerly F and V) 14th street station, photo by Andrew Janet.

June 13, 2010 at 11:03 am Leave a comment

Folding tables aren’t just for cards or TV dinners.

Swedish designers Sanna Lindström and Sigrid Strömgren got together after a recent experience with a New York City street map and created the most beautiful folding table that I have ever seen:

Grand Central Table

The table is a part of this year’s Milan Design Week, along with tons of other dream house-worthy pieces.

April 12’s daily design idea is which piece of furniture in your home would you like to make fold-able? And better yet, how would you do it?

April 12, 2010 at 9:13 pm Leave a comment

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