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World Subways at Scale

Neil Freeman over at Fake is the new Real has done us all the great service of drawing world subway systems at scale.

New York Subways, at scale
New York
London Subways, at scale
London
Paris Subways, at scale
Paris
Tokyo Subways, at scale
Tokyo
Moscow Subways, at scale
Moscow
San Francisco Subways, at scale
And finally, my local system, the relatively pathetic-looking San Francisco MUNI/BART system

See many more world subway systems at scale right here. Thanks to Adwait for the tip.

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PaulFeb 3, 2012
 

More 2011 Review: Year in Color

To add to our review of year-in-reviews from last week, check out Imprint's Year in Color.

Ok, we're biased, since the list references our collaboration with FICTILIS for the Colors of Commerce exhibit. But author Jude Stewart highlights some other notables in color from 2011:

#1: On This Day calendar

Reusable for every year, this handy wall calendar consists of heat-sensitive cubes, each marking a noteworthy event from that day in history. Scribble your own notes for the year on the cube’s side, then wash-and-reuse next year - or frame and mount a year in your exceedingly colorful life.

 #9: Imprint's series on synesthesia

#6: Google Image Search by Color. More useful than I would have ever thought!

Happy 2012!


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AndreaJan 2, 2012
 

2011: Year in Review: In Review

Please enjoy from the future in 2012 this brief summary of reviews of design in 2011.

First off, Design Milk has a nice review of the best of architecture in 2011.

River Side House in Horinouchi by Mizuishi Architect Atelier

Then, enjoy this write-up of the Plumen light bulb by designer Samuel Wilkinson and product design firm Hulger. The Plumen was named the Design Museum's Brit Insurance Design of the Year.

Plumen lightbulb by Samuel Wilkinson and Hulger

Also from the Design Museum, the winner of the Brit Insurance Graphics Award for 2011 is BlogLESS favorite Homemade is Best, by Swedish Interactive graphics agency Forsman & Bodenfors.

Homemade is Best, Forsman & Bodenfors for IKEA

And, finally, the interesting A Year in Web Design: How the Experts Saw 2011 from Web Design Tuts is worth a look.

Happy new year to each of you very fine BlogLESS readers.

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PaulDec 30, 2011
 

Modern Christmas Trees

Enjoy some minimal holiday cheer this year, with compliments from your pals at BlogLESS.

A few options for the modern minimalist this Christmas.

Giles Miller Christmas Tree
I Need Nice Things Christmas Tree
Tannenboing Christmas Tree
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PaulDec 23, 2011
 
Tagged with: Christmas, Design, Minimalism

telePORTation Photo Booth

DLB just finished creating an installation for a Seattle exhibit based on the colors of shipping crates at Seattle's port.

The booth features custom software that colors the the user's picture in the palette of the Seattle port. We'll post more about the project and how the booth works later, but we wanted to share an image we took from the booth while setting up.

If you happen to read BlogLESS from the Seattle area, we encourage you to stop by!

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AndreaSep 1, 2011
 
Tagged with: Art, Design, Processing

Japanese Political Posters

Check out this partial showcase of Japan's history of political dissent in poster form.

Pink Tentacle has posted an excellent collection of Japanese political posters from the last five decades of the 20th century. Here are a few of my favorites.

Poster for exhibit in support of Vietnamese women and children (Makoto Wada, 1968)
Poster for exhibit in support of Vietnamese women and children (Makoto Wada, 1968)
Anti-pollution poster (Kenji Ito, 1973)
Anti-pollution poster (Kenji Ito, 1973)
Hiroshima Appeals (Yusaku Kamekura, 1983)
Hiroshima Appeals (Yusaku Kamekura, 1983)
Goodbye whale (Mamoru Suzuki, 1994)
Goodbye whale (Mamoru Suzuki, 1994)

See more here.

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PaulJul 15, 2011
 

Peter Saville On His Album Art

Guardian recently interviewed Peter Saville about album artwork & designs he created for Joy Division and New Order.

The whole slide show is worth a look, but here are some favorites:


Unknown Pleasures, Joy Division (Factory, 1979), Image: Factory Records

This was the first and only time that the band gave me something that they’d like for a cover. I went to see Rob Gretton, who managed them, and he gave me a folder of material, which contained the wave image from the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy. They gave me the title too but I didn’t hear the album. The wave pattern was so appropriate.


True Faith, New Order (Factory, 1987), Image: Factory Records

This was a first work from real life. In 1986, I happened to have a trauma in my personal life and it made me very attuned to the world around me. Suddenly, I had no filters. I was parking the car one night and a leaf drifted by the window and I thought, ‘That’s so beautiful.’ It was framed by the windscreen, which is probably why I saw it as an image. So we did a leaf. I went to Windsor Great Park with photographer Trevor Key, came back with about 50 leaves and shot two or three until we found the right one. It had to be the right shape and look like it was falling. There was no digital manipulation at this point. I still have the leaf although I keep thinking that one day it will fall apart.


Total, Joy Division & New Order (Rhino, 2011), Image: Rhino Records

...I realised this was a record that would be sold in supermarkets and advertised on television. So the cover has a ‘pile it high, sell it cheap’ aesthetic....

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AndreaMay 31, 2011
 

Five Ways to Fail at Design

From HBR's recent special issue on Failure, this article really hits home.

We've written about various angles of Failure a number of times here at DLB. Sohrab Vossoughi has a pretty good article on how companies fail at design over at HBR. According to him, the keys to success for companies trying to innovate through design are being open to design, integrating design within the organization and broader practices, and aligning expectations before beginning any engagement or process:

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AndreaApr 12, 2011
 
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