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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.

 

 



Design

Transit Maps from Zero Per Zero

January 10, 2011

Christopher Jobson

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.

 

 



Design

Cars, Bus, Bikes: The Space Taken by 60 People

January 8, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A great redesign by Aza Raskin of a 2001 poster that used the dreaded Comic Sans. (via pratt)

 

 



Art

Chicago’s Mobile Garden Needs Help

October 8, 2010

Christopher Jobson

The Mobile Garden is a great example of what we like here on Colossal: a mobile art installation comprised of an enormous garden in a flatbed CTA el car that would launch on Earth Day 2011 and travel for three weeks. We’ll take two.

The project is the brainchild of UIC Art and Design student Joe Baldwin who hatched the idea as part of a graduate seminar last year. One of the biggest hurdles was getting approval from the CTA which was obtained in January. The next big step is finding a corporate sponsor to sign on with Mobile Garden to fund the its construction and maintenance.

Via email Joe says that normally crowd-sourced fund-raising efforts like Kickstarter and GiveForward could be a good resource for a project like this, however the CTA is requiring a corporate partner to carry the contract for insurance and liability reasons.

So, all of you Colossal readers that happen to be CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and are interested in sponsoring an incredible project that explores urban stewardship, now is your opportunity. In all seriousness this sounds like a great opportunity for Target who seems to be sponsoring every other major art initiative in Chicago lately.