Friday, December 31, 2010
Friday, December 31, 2010
It's like an amazing ad hoc auto museum, with open hoods and idling engines. Every week hundreds of car nuts gather at this diner parking lot in Burbank, CA to show off their big, beautiful, all-American machines. Produced by Studio 360's Derek John.
Friday, December 24, 2010
(Matt Dellinger, Transportation Nation) Transportation geeks with empty walls (and graphic design fans with wanderlust) have just one week to procure themselves a poster of Cameron Booth’s clever and fascinating “Interstates as Subway Diagram.” Booth, a Senior Graphic Designer at Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Portland office and the father of a newborn, has decided to quit selling the prints, which met with some success.
“It was a fun design exercise for me: to come up with a set of rules for the diagram (a design brief, if you will) and to see what came out,” Booth said by email. “Secondly, I see it as a way of playing with perceptions. I took one kind of network, one that's almost always shown with absolute geographical accuracy (a road map) and substituted the simplified iconography and colored route lines of a subway diagram instead.”
Separating the road network from its context and creating “stops” for major exits produced some interesting results, Booth says. “Concentrating on route intersections instead of city population makes Teaneck, NJ look more important than New York City on my diagram, and Pittsburgh (which sits BETWEEN three different Interstates, but doesn't actually lie on any of them) doesn't appear at all.”
Booth’s fresh take on the Interstate map comes in part from the fact that he’s an Australian by birth. He moved to the United States just a few years ago, in pursuit of the woman who is now his wife. “The U.S. is definitely in love with the automobile. And while I love a good road trip as much as anyone, the state of passenger rail here is sad to see,” Booth wrote. He’s ridden the TGV from Paris to Nimes—around 450 miles in three hours—and he’s suffered the five-plus-hour Amtrak ride along the 170 miles between Portland and Seattle. (Booth has also created an Amtrak-as-subway diagram.)
Booth’s glad to see things gradually changing, he says, although “a lot of effort seems to be required to simply rebuild what existed before the car took over (witness the "new" Streetcar project in LA).” His job, he says, gives him ample chance to imagine the future: he makes maps, diagrams and graphs in support of proposals that Parsons Brinckerhoff produces up and down the West Coast. “We’re definitely at the forefront of a lot of the new metro/transit work and transit-oriented development around, so it's great to be a part of that.”
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Friday, December 10, 2010
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Monday, November 22, 2010
To the list of labels Jonathan Safran Foer has acquired over the years--wunderkind author, outspoken vegetarian, one of those Brooklyn "Jonathans"-- we can now add "literary sculptor." This month he's turned the paperback novel into an interactive sculpture which needs no battery power or wifi. Foer's new book will *never* be able to fit on a Kindle or Nook and that's kind of the point.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
By Kathleen Horan : Reporter, WNYC News
An iconic symbol of the city is facing a makeover. The city is holding an international design competition to redesign the yellow cab. The winner will have the exclusive right to make taxis for the next decade.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
By Jenny Lawton
Recordings of choral music can be discouraging: soft and diffuse, like the music is coming through cotton balls. That’s what so fantastic about Janet Cardiff’s sound installation “The Forty-Part Motet,” now on view at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Friday, October 29, 2010
What do Lucille Ball and Malcolm X have in common? They're both part of Studio 360 American Icons series. This fall, we’ve traced the impact of The Autobiography of Malcolm X on race relations and glimpsed the dawn of the American sitcom with I Love Lucy. Last week we visited Monticello – Thomas Jefferson’s home in Virginia – and in wandering the building and the grounds, confronted some lingering questions about the country and its founding.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
By Max Bass
The World Series starts tonight. And if you’ve watched any Major League Baseball this year, you've probably noticed the twisted metal chains many of the players wear. If not, take a closer look at the necks of Texas Rangers' shortstop Elvis Andrus or San Francisco Giants' outfielder Andres Torres. The necklaces, which are often coordinated with team colors, are all over the league – they caught my eye mainly because they look really uncomfortable to wear.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Feeling adventurous this fall season? Well National Geographic has you covered with this zebra-printed Great Migrations reusable accessory. If you're in need of a new handbag, tote bag, grocery bag, or Mary Poppins bag (you know, the ones you just throw a lot of junk in and call it a purse), this is your lucky day.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
By Femi Oke : News host and Reporter for The Takeaway
Australian jewelery designer Stefano Canturi spent six months working on the smallest client he’s ever had: toymaker Mattel asked him to design a Barbie doll that would be the most expensive in the world.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Eight artists are vying for the opportunity to transform New York City's eyesores into artwork.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
By John Keefe
New York City's new paper ballot includes several trouble spots where voters could easily make mistakes, like those made by WNYC's Brian Lehrer and Azi Paybarah when they tried, according to experts in ballot design.
→ VIDEO: Hi, I'm A Paper Ballot! Watch Brian and Azi Struggle With The New Voting System