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The Animal Kingdom

June 20, 2011

Christopher Jobson

The Animal Kingdom as reported by the British Ecological Society, or at least by UK street artist Mobstr. As seen on Rivington St., London. (via unurth)




Wooden Population Density Mounds

May 20, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A few days ago I stumbled onto a 2007 article over on Creative Review about a special exhibit called Global Cities held at Tate. As part of the exhibition Angus Hyland and William Russell from Pentagram designed these brilliant wooden population density mounds that represent Mumbai, London, Mexico City, and Cairo. Via Creative Review:

“The brief was to find a way of representing the mass of statistical information in the Turbine Hall that would engage and invite people to explore it,” says Pentagram’s William Russell, who designed the exhibition with Angus Hyland. “We were trying to approach an audience that’s not necessarily an architectural one. I don’t think it dumbs down the information but makes it understandable and clear.”

Incredibly clear. Not only are they engaging as sculptural pieces but also act as physical infographics, something I’m personally a huge fan of. A huge thanks to Ed Reeve and this Flickr account for providing imagery for the post.




Incredibly Intricate 3D Paper Infographics by Pattern Matters

May 5, 2011

Christopher Jobson

I know nothing about Pattern Matters and currently have an email into them to find out more info. From the look of their recently updated portfolio they are making some genuinely beautiful paper and typographic products from calendars to the stunning 3D posters you see here. Looking at the process photos the attention to detail exhibited here is simply mind-blowing.

Update: This is the work of Lim Siang Ching, a graphic design student in Singapore who is graduating from LASALLE College of the Arts. These are her degree projects.



Art Design

Census Maps Using Word Frequency From 19 Million Dating Website Profiles

March 31, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Chicago area

Each decade the United States government embarks on a census of its entire population in order to update population numbers and demographic information that aids in the allocation of Congressional seats, electoral votes, and government program funding. But as helpful and interesting as this data is, what does it really tell us about who we are? What about our likes, dislikes, feelings, and the ways we choose to define ourselves? In his project A More Perfect Union, artist R. Luke Dubois asked this very question and set out to answer it by joining 21 dating web sites and aggregating language used in the profiles of 19 million people. The data was then organized to create dozens of insanely detailed city and state maps that tell a wonderfully rich story about who we are, or at least, who we claim to be. Via his artist statement:

To join a dating site you have to, quite literally, “put yourself out there”, describing yourself for the express purpose of being liked. This seemingly simple act is quite complex. You have to provide, in addition to some basic statistics, two pieces of prose: you have to say who you are, and you have to say who you want to be with. In the second piece of writing, you have to tell the truth. In the first, you have to lie.

I joined twenty-one dating sites in order to make my own census of the United States in 2010. These are my findings: a road atlas of the United States, with the names of cities, towns, and neighborhoods replaced with the words people use to describe themselves and those they want to be with.

These maps contain 20,262 unique words, based on the analysis of online dating profiles from 19,095,414 single Americans.

Below are some examples of maps where locations are substituted with words people used to describe themselves. Click any image for more detail.

Central Texas



DuBois also used the data to generate heatmaps helping to draw comparisons between specific terms county by county.

“Bored” (male vs. female)

“Lonely” (male vs. female)

“Sexy” (male vs. female)

“Naughty” versus “Nice”

“Conservative” versus “Liberal”

A More Perfect Union was shown at bitforms gallery in New York earlier this year. Take a deep dive into the maps Dubois created at his website, and check out a short video about the project. (thnx, leif!)



Design Food

An infographic diet: tea, beer, and cupcakes

March 16, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Ran into all of these today and it seemed like they should go together. First, the Taxonomy of Teas by Wendy Chan, next the 14 Surprising Facts About Beer (a $25 print) by Belancio, and lastly the Anatomy of a Cupcake (a print for $50). (hat tips to pratt, fastco, and designspiration)



Design Photography

Infographics in Context

February 9, 2011

Christopher Jobson

As part of a degree project for the Danish Design School, graphic designer Peter Ørntoft turned people and physical spaces into into contextual infographics.

The project deals with data from a list of the social related interests of the Danish people. The list is the result of an opinion poll from a major consultancy company in Denmark. I have used the context of specific opinion polls within each interest to shape and design diagrams. By doing so the receiver understands more layers of information about the data.

What a great and extremely successful solution. (via laughing squid)