Aesthetics

Embracing Complexity. Craving Simplicity

More a caution than a critique, I was fascinated and left to ponder Peter Liu’s time-based spatially informed map presented in the MapBox Blog this week. I think that the concept is absolutely sound and the implementation is skilful, thoughtful

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Embracing Complexity. Craving Simplicity

More a caution than a critique, I was fascinated and left to ponder Peter Liu’s time-based spatially informed map presented in the MapBox Blog this week. I think that the concept is absolutely sound and the implementation is skilful, thoughtful

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Report on A Little Life

by hanya yanagihara As always the spirit of discussion rises above the apparent literary quality of the book discussed. In this case, the literary quality is actually not in question and seemed to be generally respected and admired. However, there was

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Report on A Little Life

by hanya yanagihara As always the spirit of discussion rises above the apparent literary quality of the book discussed. In this case, the literary quality is actually not in question and seemed to be generally respected and admired. However, there was

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Software as a Media for Thinking

I was thrilled to attend a presentation by Lev Manovich at the Trinity CTVR on the 6th Sept on ‘Cultural Analytics: How to use big data to unlearn what we know?’ The experience was inspiring and enthralling and my thanks

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Software as a Media for Thinking

I was thrilled to attend a presentation by Lev Manovich at the Trinity CTVR on the 6th Sept on ‘Cultural Analytics: How to use big data to unlearn what we know?’ The experience was inspiring and enthralling and my thanks

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Capture: Deep Theory Well Executed

Capture by Rand, Broughton and Quintenz-Fiedler is an opulent manual that plumbs the depths of photographic theory, presenting it with clarity and extends the traditional analogue into the digital discussing the aspects that make working digital unique. This is a

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Capture: Deep Theory Well Executed

Capture by Rand, Broughton and Quintenz-Fiedler is an opulent manual that plumbs the depths of photographic theory, presenting it with clarity and extends the traditional analogue into the digital discussing the aspects that make working digital unique. This is a

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Strange Little Visualisation

I came across this one in a book on the Rush Library. Not that earth shattering, but something about the textual overlay caught my eye. Could be the use of text rather than colour and legend, or rather than icons

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Strange Little Visualisation

I came across this one in a book on the Rush Library. Not that earth shattering, but something about the textual overlay caught my eye. Could be the use of text rather than colour and legend, or rather than icons

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Irish Monks Go Digital

Years ago, when my Picture 3.png creative juices were sought a middle ground between a clear systematic approach and yearning to find break out of these same systems, I discovered the work of George and Iain Bain . – father and son. … While I may have toyed with the idea of putting little knots into a font (in my font design days) I don’t think I thought of taking the Bain system and assembling a font that could be used to create patterns using individual letters as the building blocks. … This is not a criticism of the tool itself (I think it is brilliant and applaud the systematic devising of pattern that went into it), merely a reflection on the nature of the process and of when the tool subtracts from the end result.

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Irish Monks Go Digital

Years ago, when my Picture 3.png creative juices were sought a middle ground between a clear systematic approach and yearning to find break out of these same systems, I discovered the work of George and Iain Bain . – father and son. … While I may have toyed with the idea of putting little knots into a font (in my font design days) I don’t think I thought of taking the Bain system and assembling a font that could be used to create patterns using individual letters as the building blocks. … This is not a criticism of the tool itself (I think it is brilliant and applaud the systematic devising of pattern that went into it), merely a reflection on the nature of the process and of when the tool subtracts from the end result.

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Shiode on Dynamic Urban Visualization

Naru Shiode from the University at Buffalo gave a spellbinding presentation on spatial-temporal analysis at the Centre for Spatial Analysis (CSpA) on Friday. Shiode is trained as architect and urban planner and finds himself in the Geography department at Buffalo.

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Shiode on Dynamic Urban Visualization

Naru Shiode from the University at Buffalo gave a spellbinding presentation on spatial-temporal analysis at the Centre for Spatial Analysis (CSpA) on Friday. Shiode is trained as architect and urban planner and finds himself in the Geography department at Buffalo.

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Digging Digg

I hadn’t been to the Digg Labs area in a while. Wow. They have a wonderful assortment of story and author visualization tools available there that are both mesmerizing and thought provoking. Navel gazing is a wonderful past-time and methinks

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Digging Digg

I hadn’t been to the Digg Labs area in a while. Wow. They have a wonderful assortment of story and author visualization tools available there that are both mesmerizing and thought provoking. Navel gazing is a wonderful past-time and methinks

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Born-Again in Mactopia

So…48 hours back on a Macintosh laptop and I am in seriously danger of getting drunk on the kool-aid again. What is it that pulls one back? Having never really left was part of it. I simply was being interdenominational.

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Born-Again in Mactopia

So…48 hours back on a Macintosh laptop and I am in seriously danger of getting drunk on the kool-aid again. What is it that pulls one back? Having never really left was part of it. I simply was being interdenominational.

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Physical versus Virtual Environments

Bill Turkel posted another great thought piece today on the Importance of Infrastructure. This post is, as his others always are, very erudite, well phrased and provoke one to think. In this case, his framing question seems to be whether

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Physical versus Virtual Environments

Bill Turkel posted another great thought piece today on the Importance of Infrastructure. This post is, as his others always are, very erudite, well phrased and provoke one to think. In this case, his framing question seems to be whether

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Minding the Gap

Jim Pickworth pointed me to Hans Rosling’s series of TED talks. Clearly I have been sleeping and missed pointers to these in the past. Hans Rosling is an amazingly dynamic and fluid presenter who has embarked on a mission of

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Minding the Gap

Jim Pickworth pointed me to Hans Rosling’s series of TED talks. Clearly I have been sleeping and missed pointers to these in the past. Hans Rosling is an amazingly dynamic and fluid presenter who has embarked on a mission of

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How Does Taste Look?

Information Aesthetics points to a great background article on the visual representation of taste in Ratatouille (a movie I absolutely recommend – great story, superb animation). I watched these sequences and didn’t think much about them – but what a

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How Does Taste Look?

Information Aesthetics points to a great background article on the visual representation of taste in Ratatouille (a movie I absolutely recommend – great story, superb animation). I watched these sequences and didn’t think much about them – but what a

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Famine Rememberances

Last weekend Toronto dedicated a starkly breathtaking park/memorial to the Irish Famine immigrants of 1847. Ireland Park was opened by Mary McAleese, President of Ireland and features a rather striking memorial wall made up of glass bricks commemorating those who

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Famine Rememberances

Last weekend Toronto dedicated a starkly breathtaking park/memorial to the Irish Famine immigrants of 1847. Ireland Park was opened by Mary McAleese, President of Ireland and features a rather striking memorial wall made up of glass bricks commemorating those who

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Space and Scale

There is a great discussion at Bricoleurbanism on the absence of people-scaled spaces in Toronto’s urban streetscape. The discussion takes as a starting point construction hoarding on two sides of the street near Bloor that inadvertently created a humane street

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Space and Scale

There is a great discussion at Bricoleurbanism on the absence of people-scaled spaces in Toronto’s urban streetscape. The discussion takes as a starting point construction hoarding on two sides of the street near Bloor that inadvertently created a humane street

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The Beauty of Small, Enclosed Spaces

Sorry for the drought of postings of late. Things get in the way. There’s a unique concept hotel opening at Gatwick in July. Modeled on the compact sleeping spaces that I have always associated with Asia, they provide what they

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The Beauty of Small, Enclosed Spaces

Sorry for the drought of postings of late. Things get in the way. There’s a unique concept hotel opening at Gatwick in July. Modeled on the compact sleeping spaces that I have always associated with Asia, they provide what they

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Munich 1998

As the weatherman forecasts that the temperature will reach its hottest thus far this year (28C is warm enough for me), I am linking to the remnants of a trip journal to Munich during winter 1998. The HTML is a

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Munich 1998

As the weatherman forecasts that the temperature will reach its hottest thus far this year (28C is warm enough for me), I am linking to the remnants of a trip journal to Munich during winter 1998. The HTML is a

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How to Make an old Schloss New

(if this image is just a pretty palace, click refresh to reload the animated gif and enjoy a quick look at the rebuilding of the schloss) I am always both fascinated and charmed to see an older building lovingly restored

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How to Make an old Schloss New

(if this image is just a pretty palace, click refresh to reload the animated gif and enjoy a quick look at the rebuilding of the schloss) I am always both fascinated and charmed to see an older building lovingly restored

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A Little Experiment

Answering the question, what’s up with the weird look to Randomosity today…I am trying a strange WordPress theme today using simple ASCII charters. Its actually a rather complex theme and its surprisingly difficult to actually make WordPress look so low-tech.

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A Little Experiment

Answering the question, what’s up with the weird look to Randomosity today…I am trying a strange WordPress theme today using simple ASCII charters. Its actually a rather complex theme and its surprisingly difficult to actually make WordPress look so low-tech.

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Memory Feedback

I happened to stumble upon (literally – I was using the new StumbleThrough feature of StumbleUpon) this wonderful Flickr collection. In this set, Michael Hughes captures a variety of popular tourist sites and superimposes souvenirs in photo in situ. What

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Memory Feedback

I happened to stumble upon (literally – I was using the new StumbleThrough feature of StumbleUpon) this wonderful Flickr collection. In this set, Michael Hughes captures a variety of popular tourist sites and superimposes souvenirs in photo in situ. What

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Rumi Rocks!

When in Montreal, one must savour the fine eating opportunities and I am thrilled to report a gem of a spot. Rumi is a Persian/Sufi restaurant located in Mile’s End at the corner of Hutchison and Fairmount. It has a

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Rumi Rocks!

When in Montreal, one must savour the fine eating opportunities and I am thrilled to report a gem of a spot. Rumi is a Persian/Sufi restaurant located in Mile’s End at the corner of Hutchison and Fairmount. It has a

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Classical Creativity

Down the line of totally cool furniture comes this rather unique objet d’something. Its called Obelisk and come from Jane et cie. Its simply cool – a set of four chairs and a table that, when stored forms a rather

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Classical Creativity

Down the line of totally cool furniture comes this rather unique objet d’something. Its called Obelisk and come from Jane et cie. Its simply cool – a set of four chairs and a table that, when stored forms a rather

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Jardin du Palais Royal

The Gardens at the Palais Royal are distinctly different from those at the Luxembourg. A grand urban courtyard, the Palais Royal have been a public garden from immediately prior to the Revolution. The Palais Royal was owned by the Duc

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Jardin du Palais Royal

The Gardens at the Palais Royal are distinctly different from those at the Luxembourg. A grand urban courtyard, the Palais Royal have been a public garden from immediately prior to the Revolution. The Palais Royal was owned by the Duc

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The Slow Pace of Bercy Village

There’s a neat spot, a little off the beaten track, in Paris that I have some fond memories of. It’s an oasis, small in scale, and slow in pace. It’s not the sort of place that you find in the

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The Slow Pace of Bercy Village

There’s a neat spot, a little off the beaten track, in Paris that I have some fond memories of. It’s an oasis, small in scale, and slow in pace. It’s not the sort of place that you find in the

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The Magnificent Luxembourg Gardens

I have long wanted to jot down some thoughts about some of my favourite places in Paris. Meaning to eventually present these as an appropriately georeferenced set with appropriate navigation, for now I thought I would add them as simply

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The Magnificent Luxembourg Gardens

I have long wanted to jot down some thoughts about some of my favourite places in Paris. Meaning to eventually present these as an appropriately georeferenced set with appropriate navigation, for now I thought I would add them as simply

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Points to Ponder

There’s an interesting short article on Low-End Mac about how the author uses an Apple Lisa for his writing tasks. He cites the fact that he can turn it off and resume exactly where he was by turning it back

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Points to Ponder

There’s an interesting short article on Low-End Mac about how the author uses an Apple Lisa for his writing tasks. He cites the fact that he can turn it off and resume exactly where he was by turning it back

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Pervasive Visualisation

We have seen the face of the near future with embedded displays in refrigerators and RFID tags so you can track a parcel as it speeds (hopefully) on its way. One of the companies doing some innovative work in this

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Pervasive Visualisation

We have seen the face of the near future with embedded displays in refrigerators and RFID tags so you can track a parcel as it speeds (hopefully) on its way. One of the companies doing some innovative work in this

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Multi-Touch and Some Other Cool Things

Ok. This guy is into some cool, cool stuff. Jeff Han has a number of very impressive short movies of some of the fascinating prototypes. Not only Multi-Touch (which the iPhone has suddenly become most publicly associated with), but some

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Multi-Touch and Some Other Cool Things

Ok. This guy is into some cool, cool stuff. Jeff Han has a number of very impressive short movies of some of the fascinating prototypes. Not only Multi-Touch (which the iPhone has suddenly become most publicly associated with), but some

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More Beautiful Furniture

The latest in Danish modern design brings us the Milk desk. Simply beautiful and of course, beautifully simple…bad I know. Milk is designed by Søren Kjær and ‘inspired by’ and the perfect complement to Apple design. Its a clean, adjustable

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More Beautiful Furniture

The latest in Danish modern design brings us the Milk desk. Simply beautiful and of course, beautifully simple…bad I know. Milk is designed by Søren Kjær and ‘inspired by’ and the perfect complement to Apple design. Its a clean, adjustable

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the Mistress of Spices

Here’s a hot movie tip. If you are looking for gratuitous violence and action stop reading right now. Instead, if you appreciate brilliantly composed shots, being submerged in a rich, enveloping, sensual, and splendidly conceived story, the Mistress of Spices

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the Mistress of Spices

Here’s a hot movie tip. If you are looking for gratuitous violence and action stop reading right now. Instead, if you appreciate brilliantly composed shots, being submerged in a rich, enveloping, sensual, and splendidly conceived story, the Mistress of Spices

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Sparklines and Bullet Charts Oh My!

The number of tools, add-ins and routines to generate your own data visualisations seems to be evolving very quickly. I use the single little spark stats WordPress plug-in to keep track of post frequency on Randomosity. when I first was

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Sparklines and Bullet Charts Oh My!

The number of tools, add-ins and routines to generate your own data visualisations seems to be evolving very quickly. I use the single little spark stats WordPress plug-in to keep track of post frequency on Randomosity. when I first was

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Of Things Calatrava…

I finally got around to watching a documentary I had pvr’d a week or so ago. The Socialist, the Architect and the Twisted Tower documents (lyrically I might add) the design and construction of the Turning Tower in Malmo, Sweden.

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Of Things Calatrava…

I finally got around to watching a documentary I had pvr’d a week or so ago. The Socialist, the Architect and the Twisted Tower documents (lyrically I might add) the design and construction of the Turning Tower in Malmo, Sweden.

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For Those with a Discretionary $100M or So

I subscribed to Boeing’s PR service a few months back as they have some wonderful video imagery available to the press. Subsequently I am on their PR list which is kind of cool. They send out three or four a

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For Those with a Discretionary $100M or So

I subscribed to Boeing’s PR service a few months back as they have some wonderful video imagery available to the press. Subsequently I am on their PR list which is kind of cool. They send out three or four a

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Speaking of Visualisation…

As Google officially released new versions of SketchUp! and SketchUP! Pro, bringing them to a 6.0 release, it reminds me to recommend these to those intrigued by spatial visualisation. I have been using SketchUp for the last few years and

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Speaking of Visualisation…

As Google officially released new versions of SketchUp! and SketchUP! Pro, bringing them to a 6.0 release, it reminds me to recommend these to those intrigued by spatial visualisation. I have been using SketchUp for the last few years and

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Taking Data Visualisation to New Heights

A few weeks ago I blogged about Swivel, a cool place for kids to play with data and comment on others datasets and visualisations. Today Geoffrey blogged about an IBM Alphaworks site that takes this concept in a different direction.

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Taking Data Visualisation to New Heights

A few weeks ago I blogged about Swivel, a cool place for kids to play with data and comment on others datasets and visualisations. Today Geoffrey blogged about an IBM Alphaworks site that takes this concept in a different direction.

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Pulling Places from the Pages

One of the software engineers at Google Book Search has posted examples from his group’s experience in creating their own mashups. They created mashups from the places mentioned in particular books. As he states, he moved to New York and

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Pulling Places from the Pages

One of the software engineers at Google Book Search has posted examples from his group’s experience in creating their own mashups. They created mashups from the places mentioned in particular books. As he states, he moved to New York and

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Making the Magic Believable

English Russia has posted some great footage of a Stalinist video showing the wonderful architectural rewards that the populace was about to reap. I was particularly impressed by what must have been a rather impressive technique for the time of

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Making the Magic Believable

English Russia has posted some great footage of a Stalinist video showing the wonderful architectural rewards that the populace was about to reap. I was particularly impressed by what must have been a rather impressive technique for the time of

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Pictures Drawn with Words

This is a just really cool. Knutz.net Thomas Broome has a series of pictures drawn entirely with words…really. Interior landscapes composed of chandeliers drawn only using the word chandelier. Wonderful little details to appreciate.

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Pictures Drawn with Words

This is a just really cool. Knutz.net Thomas Broome has a series of pictures drawn entirely with words…really. Interior landscapes composed of chandeliers drawn only using the word chandelier. Wonderful little details to appreciate.

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Water Media

William Pye makes magic with water. Check out the wonderfully designed website which chronicles his life’s work. He is a sculptor who uses water as his medium. I was particularly struck by Sibirica Minor and Tavola, both of which use

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Water Media

William Pye makes magic with water. Check out the wonderfully designed website which chronicles his life’s work. He is a sculptor who uses water as his medium. I was particularly struck by Sibirica Minor and Tavola, both of which use

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The Shape of Houses to Come

Just like those 3D laser printers that have been used to prototype product design, comes

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The Shape of Houses to Come

Just like those 3D laser printers that have been used to prototype product design, comes

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A Fascinating Constellation

This constellation of researchers working in overlapping fields of knowledge, information, software and data visualization is a great jumping off spot.

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A Fascinating Constellation

This constellation of researchers working in overlapping fields of knowledge, information, software and data visualization is a great jumping off spot.

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Imagine the Patience

Always a wonderful site for the offbeat images of Russian society, English Russia has a great photo spread of a Ukrainian man who built a wonderfully detailed model of the Eiffel tower out of matches. What’s more it has a

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Imagine the Patience

Always a wonderful site for the offbeat images of Russian society, English Russia has a great photo spread of a Ukrainian man who built a wonderfully detailed model of the Eiffel tower out of matches. What’s more it has a

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When Do We Blog?

I added a neat little plug-in to the blog site today. blogTimes. It is a small, but powerful, script that generates a timeline plotting the time of day at which blog entries are made. I added this to the archives

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When Do We Blog?

I added a neat little plug-in to the blog site today. blogTimes. It is a small, but powerful, script that generates a timeline plotting the time of day at which blog entries are made. I added this to the archives

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Changing Glasses for Changing Tastes

Thanks to Usama for this one. Glasses that have interchangeable parts so you can choose a colour to match your mood or your fashion. The toulch ONE eyeglass system has a series of arms and nosepieces in a variety of

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Changing Glasses for Changing Tastes

Thanks to Usama for this one. Glasses that have interchangeable parts so you can choose a colour to match your mood or your fashion. The toulch ONE eyeglass system has a series of arms and nosepieces in a variety of

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Architecture Imitating Something…

Simply too absurd not to blog. Apparently there’s a new luxury condo planned for Dubai which is designed to resemble an Apple iPod (I probably don’t actually have to brand tag that do i?). Designed to reemble to that extent

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Architecture Imitating Something…

Simply too absurd not to blog. Apparently there’s a new luxury condo planned for Dubai which is designed to resemble an Apple iPod (I probably don’t actually have to brand tag that do i?). Designed to reemble to that extent

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Bubble Travel

Easily understood representation of the CIA factbook represented in a flash-based relationship browser. Very smooth and intuitively navigable. Relationship Browser from Moritz Stefaner is a very clever and robust implementation of the interactive bubble charts that are all the rage.

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Bubble Travel

Easily understood representation of the CIA factbook represented in a flash-based relationship browser. Very smooth and intuitively navigable. Relationship Browser from Moritz Stefaner is a very clever and robust implementation of the interactive bubble charts that are all the rage.

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Capstan Table – Way Too Cool!

I have no idea how much these go for (I suspect a pretty penny), but what brilliant geometric implementation. Watch the videos and check them out. Double the seating capacity just by spinning the tabletop…DB Fletcher Furniture Design.

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Capstan Table – Way Too Cool!

I have no idea how much these go for (I suspect a pretty penny), but what brilliant geometric implementation. Watch the videos and check them out. Double the seating capacity just by spinning the tabletop…DB Fletcher Furniture Design.

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Mapping Imperial Pretensions

Building a little index of some of my maps over time today reminded me of one of my longest projects. Back in the mid-90s, I started designing a map (a moving map, oohhhh) of the changing boundaries of Habsburg territorial

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Mapping Imperial Pretensions

Building a little index of some of my maps over time today reminded me of one of my longest projects. Back in the mid-90s, I started designing a map (a moving map, oohhhh) of the changing boundaries of Habsburg territorial

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No Small Mess

The cats make the place their own. Nesting amongst documents, books, etc. in the office.

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No Small Mess

The cats make the place their own. Nesting amongst documents, books, etc. in the office.

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