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Design Music

Live NYC Public Transit Data Converted to Music

January 31, 2011

Christopher Jobson

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.

 

 



Art

Pixel Pour 2.0

January 4, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Pixel Pour 2.0 as seen on Mercer Street in New York City. Possibly the work of Kelly Goeller who created another Pixel Pour in 2008. (via laughing squid)

 

 



Design

Made of New York: Upcycled modern furniture from discarded Manhattan lumber

January 4, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Made of New York is a simple, modern furniture collection constructed from industrial-era materials salvaged from demolished buildings. The furniture is the brainchild of former creative director of Ikea Sweden, John-Michael Ekeblad, furniture designer Jonathan Locke and timber-sourcing expert Brian Kane.

The process begins with sourcing the wood, much of which comes from torn down 19th-century buildings. In determining the use for each part the team aims to have “minimal treatment of the wood in favor of sustaining its naturally worn out beauty and charm.” The resulting pieces are each completed within five to ten days, using water-based stains and sealers and wood plugs whenever necessary.

Available now through NewYorkCitySnaps. (via cool hunting)

 

 



Photography

Yojiro Imasaka

December 27, 2010

Christopher Jobson

In my first college photography class we were frequently given 1-2 hours of shooting time to leave the photo building and venture out into downtown Chicago to knock out a roll or two of film. I found it enjoyable to be taking pictures during class but always felt slightly defeated knowing that thousands of students before and after me would be venturing out into a small radius around school shooting pictures of the exact same buildings, streets, and parks. What type of skill and eye would it take, to pass by the same thing seen by hundreds of passersby each day and recognize instantly the beauty and uniqueness of an image? It seemed almost impossible. It’s clear in Yojiro Imasaka‘s vertical shots of New York alleys that he posses just such talent. Something incredibly beautiful out of the completely mundane. (via pytr 75)

 

 



Design

Travel Posters by Heads of State

December 1, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Philadelphia design firm The Heads of State launched a great new web site today with a treasure trove of impressive poster and illustration work. They also have a fancy new store with some prints for sale, including this great travel series.

 

 



Art

Mathilde Roussel-Giraudy’s Growing Grass Sculptures

September 16, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Work by Mathilde Roussel-Giraudy now showing at the Invisible Dog Gallery in NY. (via My Modern Met)

 

 



Design

A Cabin in a Loft Designed by Architect Terri Chiao

August 30, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Architect Terri Chiao converted this two bedroom loft into a tree house, a cabin, and a garden. Many more photos at asmallspace.com. (via The Curio)