This sure beats colored plastic letters, although it could prove challenging to spell ‘poop’ with the east coast when mom isn’t looking. The whole puzzle measures about 12″ wide by 7″ tall and is made of solid oak. Beautiful. Pick one up on for $55. (thnx, megan!)
French artist Armelle Caron abstracts urban city plans into organized components.
Caron deconstructs cities, identifies fragments, classifies blocks by size and shape. All meaning, memory, void and heritage is kept away by decontextualization. The urban assemblage of the “villes rangées” relies on analysis, order, rhythm, dimension, typology, strata.
The installed prints were accompanied by similar wooden cutouts that could then be organized similarly by visitors. (via things magazine / pytr75)
Google engineer Alexander Chen has converted live data from the NYC subway schedule into an online “stringed instrument” called Conductor (above is just a video example).
Conductor turns the New York subway system into an interactive string instrument. Using the MTA’s actual subway schedule, the piece begins in realtime by spawning trains which departed in the last minute, then continues accelerating through a 24 hour loop. The visuals are based on Massimo Vignelli’s 1972 diagram.
Learn more about how it all works on his blog, and definitely check out the live site. Brain Eno would approve.
These topographical paper cards of the Great Lakes and San Francisco Bay by Crafterall are real purty. Each map is cut from five layers of high quality, acid-free cardstock and you can request special orders in 20 additional colors. Seriously, only $30?
Born in California artist Shannon Rankin lives and works in Maine.
In my work I create installations, collages and drawings that use the language of maps to explore the connections among geological and biological processes, patterns in nature, geometry and anatomy. Using a variety of distinct styles I intricately cut, score, wrinkle, layer, fold, paint and pin maps to produce revised versions that often become more like the terrains they represent.
(via hard feelings)
Dig these Stitching Postcards by designers Leihener, Seng, Valder for Köln-based distributor Details. Available over at Uncommon Goods. (via cool hunting)
Fantastic transit maps from a duo of graphic designers out of Seoul called Zero Per Zero. Shown above are Tokyo, Seoul, Osaka, and NYC. They also have great maps for London, Hokkaido and Barcelona.
I am totally in awe of the detailed map collage work of Dallas, Texas artist Matthew Cusik.
Defacements are obsessively crafted amalgamations of word and image in the tradition of altered books and concrete poetry. The re-contextualization of image, word, and number creates a new storyline that is often in the spirit of a prankster student who has marked up a textbook with irreverent and provocative commentary.
His large-scale Bible work, Passages, is also something to behold. (via green chair press