In publishing, there's a lot to be said for making images big. (You may have noticed we subscribe to that philosophy around here.) But no matter how big and beautiful a digital image gets, it's still just an evanescent group of pixels. As designer Tom Crabtree tells Co.Design, "as we consume more and more visual culture online, we're certainly discovering what's out there, but not experiencing it in a physical or permanent way."
We admit, we never understood the appeal of resorts that tower like fortresses over places of exquisite natural beauty, whether Hawaii or Cancun, and seem to exist solely to replicate the creature comforts of life in, say, Overland Park, Kansas, only with palm trees and free Mai Tais. They're a middle finger to the environment -- plus, they're boring as hell.
Nicholas Felton and Ryan Case, the data viz geniuses best known for transforming the quotidian details of everyday life into beautiful charts, have turned their attention to another mundane staple of everyday life: They've joined the staff of Facebook.
A little more than a year ago, the Deepwater Horizon exploded, spilling 205 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. That much oil is hard to wrap your head around. It's obviously enough to power your car for an astronomical number of trips to the store, but how much oil is it really? This video explains exactly what we could have used that oil for, instead of killing pelicans and dolphins:
Social network visualizers are often fun and usually pretty, but sometimes they don't actually let you see your Twitter or Facebook networks in a new way. Fizz is a simple yet appealing "pop-cultural instrument for data expression and exploration" from Bloom (that quote is their company tagline), and surprisingly, it really does offer a fresh view on our social networks. Check it out:
Fizz offers an amusing angle: pointing out the blabbermouths.
Pyros, prepare to drool all over your Zippos: Someone has built a sculpture that magically bursts into flames --all it takes is a wave of the hand.
We know, we know. It sounds totally nuts! But just watch the video. Things get good 'round about the 1:35 mark:
Insanity, riiiiiiiight?! It's as if Minority Report mated with Dante's Inferno smack dab in the middle of the art gallery, with some Frankenstein sets thrown in.
Today, leaders from the G12 countries--the 12 largest economies in the world--are descending on Brazil, to dither and whine and bicker stroke their chins about the world's economy. But it's safe to say that the number one concern for all those economic ministers and treasury secretaries is innovation. Which is a wooly, often vague concept. How do you get your arms around it?