The New York Subway Map is getting an overhaul. But more than that, I really like this little interactive gallery the NY Times has up about it. A few versions of old subway maps and some of the differences between the new one and the old ones. Good for killing about 2 minutes of time.
Always love browsing galleries of people’s sketchbooks. Dadu Shin has quite a few up. I also dig the reporter-style book used horizontally.
You know you love watching TED talks. I’ve posted some on here before—they are always informative, interesting and sometimes funny. This one from Sebastian Wernicke is pretty damn good. He’s basically gone through all of the TED talks available online, used the ratings of the talks and reverse engineered the perfect and worst TED talks. He doesn’t actually deliver the perfect or worst talk, but explains the whole process and it’s pretty entertaining. (via Boingboing)
I know I posted a while ago about some pretty neat optical illusions, but I don’t feel like digging through the archives to link to it, so you’ll just have to trust me. But either way, the new issue of Scientific American has an entire article about optical illusions and how they work. It’s interesting because some illusions trick your eye, some trick your brain and some are just perceived differently by different people. Check out the article here or click on either of the pictures below.
“According to Kantar Media, who provided Silicon Alley Insider with numbers for total ad spending” which then ended up on Gizmodo and now I’m posting it here, some major tech companies 2009 advertising spending habits compared to percent of total company revenue. I find it interesting that as much money as Microsoft spends, I try to avoid any product that they make or have a hand in and I feel like a lot of the advertising/design world probably feels the same way.
Just saw CitID over on Draplin’s blog. From their site: “CitID is a ambitious project aiming to gain global consciousness by giving a (type)face to every city worldwide; big or small, rich or poor, famous or infamous, well-known or unheard-of.” So basically if you want to make a sweet logo for your city, they’ll put it up on their site. They’ve also got a check list going so when every continent, then country, then capital, then city has been represented each level gets checked off. So far they are only on every continent, but I’d really like to see them at least get to every country. Below are a few of the ones that caught my eye. Click here or any of the pictures to go to the CitID site.
Just read on Boingboing that the guy that designed the Anthora coffee cup recently died. I just always think it’s interesting to think about designs like that. You see it all the time, yet you never consider the fact that at one point someone actually designed it. You just figure “yeah, that’s probably in some paper cup catalog and that’s where they get it from.” But even if that is the case, at some point someone had to lay out the design, get it camera-ready, pick ink colors and all of that. But just as a quick bit of history, it was designed in 1963 by Leslie Buck for the Sherri Cup Company. In the ‘90’s they were selling up to about 500 million of the things annually and it’s been referred to as “perhaps the most successful cup in history.” Can’t say anything I’ve designed comes anywhere close to that. Boingboing link here or the picture, Wikipedia link about the cup here.