NY Times Visualization Lab

ongoing online project from IBM vis. communications research team & NY Times: users can contribute to the Lab and share their visualisations and opinions

FEED - digital design blog

various articles on digital design, information & data visualisations
e.g. 'How to use data to drive web profits in a downturn'

new scientist

past issues content

advertising age

another world of ads
but, with this data visualisation article
also: about social networks (e.g. facebook & twitter) and how media use them
about new media lexicon
another ads resource: creativity-online

animate projects

all sorts of moving pictures, from video to animation


curious multimedia, typography, & design

info design patterns

'This website is part of the Master's thesis The Form of Facts and Figures, developed by Christian Behrens in the Interface Design program at Potsdam University of Applied Sciences. Its goal is the development of a design pattern taxonomy for the field of data visualization and information design. The project core consists of a collection of currently 48 design patterns that describe the functional aspects of graphic components for the display, behavior and user interaction of complex infographics. The collection is available in the form of a 200-page book that additionally includes a profound historical record of information design as well as an introduction into the research field of design patterns. The second major component of this thesis is a digital information resource in the form of a pattern browser that lets the user interactively search for pattern components that fit his particular design problems best.'

flare library

'Flare is an ActionScript library for creating visualizations that run in the Adobe Flash Player. From basic charts and graphs to complex interactive graphics, the toolkit supports data management, visual encoding, animation, and interaction techniques. Even better, flare features a modular design that lets developers create customized visualization techniques without having to reinvent the wheel.

View the demos and sample applications to see a few of the visualizations that flare makes it easy to build.

To begin making your own visualizations, download flare and work through the tutorial. You should also get familiar with the API documentation. Need more help? Visit the help forum (you'll need a SourceForge login to post).

Flare is open-source software released under a BSD license, meaning it can be freely deployed and modified (and even sold for $$). Flare's design was adapted from its predecessor prefuse, a visualization toolkit for Java.'


'This is an experimental visualization project. We are inspired by nature or other real phenomena and try to transform formal aspects of it into data visualization systems.

We ask us questions like “Do our graphical systems reveal other information than classical statistics?”, “Do they distract from data?” or “How much graphical uninformation is allowed for the sake of a certain visual style?”

We apply computational and generative strategies for working with the data.

Imitate and Informate is a project by Cedric Kiefer and Christopher Warnow. It emerged from a course called “Reality in Virtuality” at Potsdam University of Applied Sciences, Prof. Danijela Djokic.'

post-american age

WIRED article

8 Regions to Watch

Mexico and Canada
Integrate, don't isolate
America's oil comes from a volatile region half a world away. That's lunacy, Khanna says. "An energy partnership with Mexico, Canada, Venezuela, and Brazil could make the US much less dependent on oil from the Middle East." That's also why building a wall along our southern border is foolish. "We should treat Mexico like Europe treats Turkey — integrating, elevating, and partnering with it."

Partner up
Bogotá is as close to Miami as Phoenix is to San Francisco. "We should invest here," Khanna says. "Colombia now exports mostly flowers and drugs. We can do better than that."

Make friends fast
Egypt is smoldering. The people are restless after 27 years of the Mubarak dynasty, and the country is ripe for revolt. We should "make friends, quickly, with other power centers in the country, including the Muslim Brotherhood."

Regime change will lead to love
Khanna's recommendation: "Make the West irresistible to Iranians." The US president should deliver a speech directly to the Iranian people that offers them a deal: They can have, in Khanna's words, "everything they want in terms of Western investment in energy, freer trade, diplomatic recognition, and increased cultural and student exchanges — if they oust President Ahmadinejad."

China and India
The panda matters more
The race isn't even close. "India will never rival China," Khanna says. "India accounts for less than 2 percent of the global economy. It's not a superpower." Meantime, China's ever-accelerating "neo-mercantilist" freight train won't be slowed by demands for such democratic niceties as transparency or free expression. "The communist leadership is the most powerful emperor China has ever had. The Chinese people have a preference for stability over another revolution."

Dangerous — and too long ignored
Khanna says this is the most important country no one ever talks about. Sitting at the heart of the ancient Silk Road, Uzbekistan is the only state that borders all the other -stan nations, whose volatility and strategic significance intensify each day. It's also the most populous and industrialized nation in energy-rich central Asia and pivotal to a stable Afghanistan and region. The challenge: dealing with an autocratic regime that's not especially fond of human rights.

On the surface, Russia glitters: It ranks second only to the US in billionaires; Moscow has a larger Prada store than Milan. And the country's army can still spank the neighbors. But Russia is in "demographic free fall," Khanna says, and faces alarming rates of tuberculosis and other health problems. Meanwhile, Chinese immigration is blurring the border. In the long run, this bear is going to spend a lot of time in hibernation.

Edward Tufte

The work and writings of Tufte

information architects

Information blog by Oliver Reichenstein
'web is 95% typography' article

the Internet regression

article by Norman N. Holland
'Talking on the Internet, people regress. It's that simple. It can be one-to-one talk on e-mail or many-to-many talk on one of the LISTs or newsgroups. People regress, expressing sex and aggression as they never would face to face.'



'Bo­th in­for­ma­tion and soft­wa­re are in­vi­si­ble goods. The web­si­te of Sys­teman­ti­cs has to ma­ke bo­th vi­si­ble in so­me way. Mo­reo­ver, it has to show the com­ple­xi­ty be­hind the sce­nes. The best way to ex­plain the do­main of in­for­ma­tion and soft­wa­re is text. The web­si­te thus pre­fers text over ima­ges. To crea­te a vi­sual link to the pro­jects in which Sys­teman­ti­cs par­ti­ci­pa­ted, the vi­sual im­pres­sion from each pro­ject is en­co­ded in a pie chart. The chart shows the most re­cent 25 co­lors of a screens­hot in their re­la­ti­on­ship to each other'. (August 2007)

Concept & design: Catalogtree / Web development: Systemantics

poster wall

A Poster Wall for the 21st Century

On the occasion of the opening of the new Graphic Design Museum in Breda (NL) the posterwall for the 21st century was launched, both online and as an installation in the museum itself. In the museum 600 unique posters are automatically generated daily using content gathered from various internet sources. Online, one new poster is generated every five minutes. Constantly new and updated, the posters contain content covering a range of topics such as cultural events, news, weather, etc. In the museum it’s placed at the end of the overview exhibition ‘100 Years of Graphic Design in the Netherlands’. It attempts to provide insight into the direction graphic design might go in the future while posing the question: ‘Do we still need graphic designers?’



the ones we love

'The Ones We Love is a project highlighting young and talented photographers from around the world. Each artist contributed six photographs of the person(s) who is most important to them, taken outdoors in a natural setting. The goal of the website is to portray the people who are loved, cherished, and inspirational to these artists, and also showcase the differences and similarities in the photographs each of them took within the same guidelines'.

eine, uk street artist

some curious street art

future farmers

some weird projects by future farmers

flip flop flyin'

craig robinson's works & archives

olly moss

portfolio of olly moss - illustrator & designer (+ flickr)

a few magazines & links

the love mag
no equal
WAR magazine
Lowdown magazine
Brand eins online
Lars Müller publishers
claire de rouen books
press publish

the Russian club studio

'The Russian Club is a new multi-disciplinary design studio in East London, specialising in design and art direction. We collaborate with our friends from the worlds of photography, art and illustration to create books, magazines, monographs, branding and more'.


jiu-jitsu resources

london jitsu
city jitsu
planet jitsu
jitsu Ottawa
ultimate jiu-jitsu
swindon jiu-jitsu
kumi-uchi goshin jujitsu
basingstoke jitsu

typographic survey of London

A Typographic Survey of the City of London from Michael Bojkowski on Vimeo.

'dead' magazines

Boicozine #6: Dummy / Select / Work / Relax / Good for Nothing from Michael Bojkowski on Vimeo.
Michael Bojkowski's Linefeed

GF Smith paper

wide range of papers for all budgets...


some witty work from rick banks (currently at SEA design)

carl kleiner

clean, a bit surreal images, objects, textures carl kleiner...
(also in collaboration with frederick evensen, and together they are FC United)


concrete hermit

gallery, publisher, shop & stuff...

beyond the valley: insight

"Beyond the Valley Insight is a partnership between the fashion label and design store, Beyond the Valley & 'i-am' associates , the brand experience people. The team includes the BTV-I Expert Panel - an assembly of independent creatives immersed in the worlds of fashion, art, design, music, film and digital media. Clients can cherry-pick from our panel of opinion-formers, to suit their particular interests".

antidote studio

antidotes to boring design routine

mike perry studio

michael perry's illustrations & hand-lettering

BAD IDEA magazine

online version of BAD IDEA zine

thomas forsyth

Thomas Forsyth - Drawing Tops from Thomas Forsyth on Vimeo.
some experimental designs from Brighton graduate

evening tweed

evening tweed – creative company where jez burrows currently works


chris ashworth

Chris Ashworth – former art-director of Ray-gun, designer of BLAH, now creative director of GETTY images
quite a few magazines, direct mail, work for orange, MTV, Penguin and other stuff...

top typefaces

TOP 100
TOP 7 used by GD
21 most used by pros

periodic table of typefaces

new look at periodic table? large image

tom taylor

curious data experiments by tom taylor

notes to self

Jack Cheng's collection of things to remember.

jim franco photography

matthew waldman of NOOKA

2/27/09 Matthew Waldman from CreativeMornings on Vimeo.
lecture by matthew waldman (nooka design agency): “What Motivates You”


virtual water

The Virtual Water project
'Water is probably one of the most precious resources and vital for everyone’s everyday life. In spite of this obvious fact, people use large amounts of water: drinking, cooking and washing, but even more for producing things such as food, paper, cotton clothes, etc.

One of the most important research papers in this field is Chapagain, A.K. and Hoekstra, A.Y. (2004), »Water footprints of nations«, Value of Water Research Report Series No. 16, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, the Netherlands.
Designer Timm Kekeritz created a poster, visualizing parts of their research data, to make the issue of virtual water and the water footprint perceptible.

The water footprint of a person, company or nation is defined as the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the commodities, goods and services consumed by the person, company or nation.
The idea of the water footprint is quite similar to the ecological footprint, but focussing on the use of water'.

The poster

Based on the data gathered by Hoeckstra et al. in their study »Water Footprint of Nations« German designer Timm Kekeritz created this double-sided poster. One side visualizes the water footprint of selected nations, emphasizing the im- and export of virtual water. The other side shows the virtual water content of selected foods and commodities.
The design itself is minimalistic - using silhouettes and typography only. The fonts used are TheSans and TheSerif by Berlin-based Dutch type designer Luc(as) de Groot. The printed version also shows water drops in a shiny finish, emphasizing the virtual character of the water contained in our everyday goods.
The »Virtual Water Project« has been initiated by the lecture »Water for life« in the summer of 2007 at the Fachhochschule Potsdam (University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany). The design process has been guided by Prof. Dr. Frank Heidmann and Prof. Nils Krüger.

murmur madrid

'madrid city murmur' - interactive data mapping

jenniferdaniel.com was taken

some very curious stuff

density design

lots of infographics design, more works on their flickr

we feel fine

We Feel Fine is an exploration of human emotion on a global scale.

Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. Every few minutes, the system searches the world's newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases "I feel" and "I am feeling". When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the "feeling" expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.). Because blogs are structured in largely standard ways, the age, gender, and geographical location of the author can often be extracted and saved along with the sentence, as can the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written. All of this information is saved.

The result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 - 20,000 new feelings per day. Using a series of playful interfaces, the feelings can be searched and sorted across a number of demographic slices, offering responses to specific questions like: do Europeans feel sad more often than Americans? Do women feel fat more often than men? Does rainy weather affect how we feel? What are the most representative feelings of female New Yorkers in their 20s? What do people feel right now in Baghdad? What were people feeling on Valentine's Day? Which are the happiest cities in the world? The saddest? And so on.

The interface to this data is a self-organizing particle system, where each particle represents a single feeling posted by a single individual. The particles' properties – color, size, shape, opacity – indicate the nature of the feeling inside, and any particle can be clicked to reveal the full sentence or photograph it contains. The particles careen wildly around the screen until asked to self-organize along any number of axes, expressing various pictures of human emotion. We Feel Fine paints these pictures in six formal movements titled: Madness, Murmurs, Montage, Mobs, Metrics, and Mounds.

At its core, We Feel Fine is an artwork authored by everyone. It will grow and change as we grow and change, reflecting what's on our blogs, what's in our hearts, what's in our minds. We hope it makes the world seem a little smaller, and we hope it helps people see beauty in the everyday ups and downs of life.

- Jonathan Harris & Sepandar Kamvar
May 2006

gerd arntz web archive

(the guy behind ISOTYPE)

the National Grid

experimental magazine from New Zealand, by Luke Wood and Jonty Valentine (Altgroup)


'connecting art and activism': german art-design-alternative website

graham rawle's weird illustrations

Graham Rawle - The Wizard of Oz trailer

all his other books are awesome collages of letters and pictures, can be bought
ps. he's coming to give a lecture at UH (Wed 1 April, 2pm, A161)


ten thousand cents

Ten Thousand Cents from Ten Thousand Cents on Vimeo.

"Ten Thousand Cents" is a digital artwork that creates a representation of a $100 bill. Using a custom drawing tool, thousands of individuals working in isolation from one another painted a tiny part of the bill without knowledge of the overall task. Workers were paid one cent each via Amazon's Mechanical Turk distributed labor tool. The total labor cost to create the bill, the artwork being created, and the reproductions available for purchase (to charity) are all $100. The work is presented as a video piece with all 10,000 parts being drawn simultaneously. The project explores the circumstances we live in, a new and uncharted combination of digital labor markets, "crowdsourcing," "virtual economies," and digital reproduction".

brock davis

some weird visual humour (and smart ads + videos) from graphic designer brock davis.

ana serrano

some curious cardboard sculptures

serial cut

"Serial Cut™ is a creative studio established in 1999 by Sergio del Puerto, focused on art direction + graphic design + illustration".