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Take 5 Minutes and Watch

December 15, 2010

Astonishing 5 minute piece on levels of global growth (or ungrowth) over the past 200 years, relating historical health to historical wealth. Beautiful information design and delivery from Hans Rosling and the BBC.

Clean Air

November 9, 2010

The negative can be positive too, as John Cage, eastern philosophies, and countless others have shown. Now this, a billboard for clean air in our modern times. Strange and beautiful.


Design: Lead Pencil Studio
Source: Fast Company

Bat Signal

August 5, 2010

I see this as a really great early 21st century way to summon the Batman.

[via AmnesiaBlog]

The Color of Culture

June 14, 2010

If we can believe this chart, the only universal colors accepted by all cultures for a particular emotion are black (for evil) and red (for passion). The information design also leads one to believe (though I find it hard to imagine they intend this communication) that jealousy only exists in Western Europe, America, and Japan (or I suppose that there simply isn’t a color for it elsewhere; I suspect these gaps are just that, however: missing information).

In any event, a concise and interesting piece of information design, courtesy of Information is Beautiful.

Silence Please

June 14, 2010

What is going on in the world that no fewer than four recent publications should feature the theme of “silence”? Look at these titles:

In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise by George Prochnik

Zero Decibels: The Quest for Absolute Silence by George M Foy

Listening Below the Noise: The Transformative Power of Silence by Anne D. Leclaire

The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want: A Book About Noise by Garret Keizer

It doesn’t take much volume to hear a yearning for simplicity, a way to cut through the clutter, and at the very least improve the signal to noise ratio in our lives.

Uncanny

June 14, 2010

It’s batter in a can and you blast it out for perfect pancakes. OK, maybe the name is a little wacky and skews it toward the pre-school set, but let me tell you: if you’re an adult and like pancakes (or crepes) at all, this is an amazing product. Light, fluffy (yet not puffed or yeasty), sweet enough to be eaten without syrup if you prefer, and organic! You will not believe this comes in a can.

I’d Like to Book Room PMS 382, Please

May 19, 2010

Pantone licensing reaches its apotheosis with the Pantone Hotel, in Brussels. Dig a beautiful brand and you’ll just find more beauty. This is cool.

Courtesy: Fast Company

Walk-In

May 19, 2010

According to Richard Florida, 60% of Americans say they want to live in walkable communities. He tags this as part of a New Urbanism. Is walking part of the culture of your community? For recreation? For commerce?

Sony Goes Panoramic

May 3, 2010

This may be old news to photography aficios, but it’s news to me! You press the shutter button and just sweep the camera laterally and it takes the images automatically and stitches them together in a about a second for a super-wide panorama shot. Sony TX7 Cybershot! (I can’t remember the last time I used the “Sony” in conjunction with an exclamation mark.)

New Money

April 22, 2010

The U.S. government has updated the look of money, this time the 100 dollar bill. There is something idiosyncratic and counter-aesthetic going on, something that appeals to me slightly, at least compared with other U.S. currency redesigns. It’s as though the old bill is in process of morphing into a new bill, a true bill, a properly designed bill. But we’re still way, way at the back of the pack compared to other world currency design. Here are some examples, if you’re interested.