Strings of words

August 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Art for transit enthusiasts? Yes, it exists, like these minimalistic maps made up of strings of words that spell the station names. TRNSPRTNATION is a series of typographic transit maps created by Fadeout Design, which include transit systems of Boston, London, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC and Chicago.

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Your eyes, a whole world

July 15, 2011 § 1 Comment

We often hear that people are landscapes and unmapped areas. But what if you could actually discover human figures in a map? Visual artist Ingrid Dabringer spins ordinary maps to find the figures formed by the interdependent lines and discover the underlying encounters of human beings across the world.

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Illustrated cities

May 27, 2011 § 3 Comments

Find your way to some of Europe’s landmarks, including archaeological sites, museums but also bars, clubs, markets, via designer Owen Gatley‘s city map illustrations.


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Read it elsewhere

April 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

While you were getting married:

  • Bark Twain and other authors as dogs – shortlist
  • The interactive thesaurus of Seattle bands – Seattle band map
  • Five bands that should be on Rockband (a hint: Pink Floyd) – joystickdivision
  • Free yourself from the hassle of folding the map – design taxi
  • Computer mouse evolution – dvice
  • Instead of keeping diary, just summarize your day in a smiley figure – lost at E minor
  • Who are these people? Abbey Road bystanders – snap galleries
  • The wood bike that aspires to break the world record for speed – wired

10 + 1 ways to visualize lyrics

April 18, 2011 § 5 Comments

Really good songs have usually really good lyrics. And good lyrics stay with you. When we were at school we doodled them on our books and carved them into the desks. What do the digital natives do? Here are the best ideas (and, incidentally, really good songs for the most part) we found around the web:

1. Pick a photo, apply a vintage effect and write the lyrics in helvetica

paris by the friendly fires

Paris by the Friendly Fires (the Aeroplane version featuring Au Revoir Simone  kicks major ass, too)
(visual first seen at letlooselove, our title inspired by this)

2. Make a flowchart*

should I stay or should I go by the clash

Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash
(visual first seen at Urlesque)
*but be careful not to be trapped on an infinite loop

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Distorted cities

April 7, 2011 § 4 Comments

Imagine a map that instead of representing the physical and geographical boundaries of a country or a location, displays human communication and interaction. SubMap:Visualizing locative data on distorted maps, a project created by Dániel Feles, Krisztián Gergely, Attila Bujdosó and Gáspár Hajdu at Kitchen Budapest, is a subjective map of the personal experiences and preferences of a city’s residents. Their first attempt was to present maps that show the city from ‘their point of view’ by choosing their homes as epicenters of unique, spherical, perspectival distortions. Locations that were closer to them look larger, whereas locations further away become smaller.


The project’s latest version, SubCity 2.0: Ebullition, visualises and sonificates data pulled from one of the biggest news sites of Hungary, Whenever a Hungarian city or village is mentioned in any domestic news on website, it is translated into a force that dynamically distorts the map of Hungary. In the following video, each frame represents a single day, each second covers a month, starting from December 1998 until October 2010.

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Create stunning word cloud infographs

April 2, 2011 § 4 Comments

Sometimes everybody is in on the secret, and somehow you are left out. That’s the case with me and wordle. So, if there’s anyone else in this world who hasn’t heard about wordle yet (which I doubt), this is what it does: it is a web app that creates beautiful word clouds from any text or URL you submit. It allows you to change fonts, colors and layout. It basically allows you to create stunning infographs based on word occurance to use in an essay, presentation or website and blog post. Try wordle-ing articles, novels, song lyrics, letters, ads or whatever else comes to mind.

It is very addictive; I’ve just spent the last half an hour wordle-ing the lyrics of some of my old favorites. Can you guess what they are? (Highlight the text to view the artists and songs)

This Mess We're In

Highlight: PJ Harvey “The Mess We’re In”

MapsUnder The Bridge

Highlight: Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Maps”,  Red Hot Chilli Peppers “Under The Bridge”

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3D geopolitical maps out of LEGO

March 8, 2011 § 4 Comments

Collecting data from the Development Research Center on Migration, Globalization and Poverty, artist Samuel Granados has created a geographical map made of Lego bricks that shows emigration and immigration data between American countries. With each LEGO piece representing 10,000 immigrants, these migration maps reveal the topography as it evolves across North America.

Lego map South America

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Read it elsewhere

February 24, 2011 § 1 Comment

Radiohead’s new album generates the latest web meme, and other news:

  • Listen to a (huge) medley consisting of 5 sec samples of all number 1 singles in history, up to 1992 – BuzzFeed
  • Good typography helps clarify everything, even Kanye West’s mind – brain pickings
  • How to built your own Stonehenge with IKEA instructions – designboom
  • Until recently MoMA featured only one typeface in its permanent collection: Helvetica. Now it acquired two dozens digital typefaces. See a slide show of the 11 most important ones – fastcodesign
  • Dancing Thom is the new Sad Keanu – dancingthom
  • The King of Limbs review: Are Radiohead the only band that makes so many fans turn quite so studiously patient and open-minded – vulture
  • Poignant anti-Berlusconi, anti-censorship ad – Lost at E minor
  • United States of America as movies – reddit

United States of America as Movies

Tidying up the map, vol.2

February 8, 2011 § 3 Comments

You know of our passion for maps and, most of all, of their deconstructions. Besides Armelle Caron, Matthew Cusick loves to play with maps. In his series Map Works, he has created beautiful collages of portraits and landscapes, all of them made by map pieces from all around the world.

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Tidying up the map

January 25, 2011 § 6 Comments

French artist Armelle Caron deconstructs city plan maps. Or rather, tidies up maps.

The maps have an amazing visual effect. It is also very interesting to notice the difference between the variability of city blocks in Istanbul and the geometric homogeneity of New York, for example.


Istanbul by Armelle Caron

New York

New York by Armelle Caron

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via pinterest

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