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Company Produces This Miniature Toy Wood Boat For Riva - Ocean Of News
The iconic italian shipbuilding company, Riva has presented a family of wooden building toy boats designed by madeindreams. The collection consists of 5 riva legends: two cult motorboats, ariston and Aquarama, two more recent classics, the Aquariva and Rivarama, and the only wheeled model ever produced, the riva truck, which used to cross the countryside carrying the beautiful motorboats.

Each toy is manufactured and hand finished in italy, without the use of glue or any other fastener making it completely chemical free. Riva has selected woods that are also used in the life-size motorboats: african mahogany, ash wood and italian maple. The aquarama toy can be found online at archiviostore, with the rest of the collection available by the end of 2015.
wood  craft  creativity  toy  ***  inspiration 
12 weeks ago by gpe
What you Create for an Audience of One is Much More Likely to Reach An Audience of Millions
In 2013, something shifted in my writing. Up until that point, I had been writing to impress an audience. I held back, played it safe, and didn’t risk saying anything too provocative or crazy. That year, I took a different approach to my writing. Rather than write to impress an audience, I wrote to make myself happy.
What emerged was an unapologetic, no bullshit, full expression of my creativity. I self-published two books. The first one sold 1000 copies. The second became a Wall Street Journal bestseller and eventually led to a book deal and to rebranding our podcast as The Unmistakable Creative.
When we’re no longer trying to impress an audience, we’re liberated from the need for their validation.
inspiration  creativity  howto  **** 
july 2018 by gpe
Study Hall
Oddball colors and aesthetic.
webdesign  design  inspiration  ** 
july 2018 by gpe
André Mora
Simple website design using Turnip.
**  webdesign  typography  inspiration 
july 2018 by gpe
Without hope and without despair
EVERY DAY, WITHOUT HOPE AND WITHOUT DESPAIR.

His widow, the poet Tess Gallagher, said these words were a “quiet banner of determination” that flew over the last decade of his life.

They are now my banner, and they can also be yours, if you like.

Carver, when asked about the impact he thought his work would have on people, was extremely skeptical about the possibility that his stories and poems would profoundly change the world or save anything in it. Of his art, he said:

It doesn’t have to do anything. It just has to be there for the fierce pleasure we take in doing it, and the different kind of pleasure that’s taken in reading something that’s durable and made to last, as well as beautiful in and of itself. Something that throws off these sparks—a persistent and steady glow, however dim.
austinkleon  ***  writing  creativity  inspiration  quotation 
february 2018 by gpe
Zines are the future of media
His actual prediction is that in 2018, digital media “will reflect more qualities that make print great.” Virdee distills a shortlist of qualities of zines and quarterly mags that he thinks are portable to digital:

Quarterlies are a pleasure to read with a variety in layout and pacing
They’re beautiful to hold.
They’re less frequent, and much better.
Even the ads are well-crafted, and trusted.
Zines have an enormous variety.
They’re experimental and diverse.
This gives them a freshness and surprise.
They’re anti-formalist; they’re relatable.
“Most sites look the same,” Virdee writes. “It can be weird and wonderful.”
magazines  aesthetics  webdesign  ***  design  myaesthetic  zines  inspiration  internet 
february 2018 by gpe
The Best Bread at Restaurants, Shops, and to Cook at Home - Bloomberg
Yet, in my opinion, the best bread in New York is hiding in a beer bar in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint. From a tiny kitchen in the back of Tørst, Max Blachman-Gentile turns out phenomenal loaves, from a dark Russian rye to pumpkin porridge made with kabocha squash. My favorite is the Greenpoint Sour, a loaf true to its name, with an exceptionally tangy, chewy center marked by good-sized air pockets and a flavorful, charred crust. It’s invariably part of a $9 bread plate on a menu that also includes beer-friendly hot dogs and burgers. Blachman-Gentile credits the general switch from white flour to grains (sourcing his from small, Northeast farms) and from commercial, supermarket yeast to natural leavening from wild yeast mixed with flour and water.

I recommend a bread crawl and urge that you make your last stop here; the Greenpoint Sour is excellent with Evil Twin’s Limits of My Language Are the Limits of My World IPA.
bread  recipes  food  travel  brooklyn  bloomberg  ****  inspiration 
february 2018 by gpe
Shady Characters website - Fonts In Use
Styled in a classicist shroud, the type-only layout uses Sindre Bremnes’ Satyr and Faunus, beautiful antiques made up of curves only. Contrast is achieved through varied settings and the trusty typographer’s red. Houston even went so far as to commission some obscure punctuation glyphs missing from the retail fonts including l b bar (℔), interrobang (‽), and the ironieteken as proposed by Bas Jacobs (of Underware). The process is exquisitely detailed in this great blog post.
punctuation  design  ***  typography  fontsinuse  inspiration 
november 2017 by gpe
It's Nice That | Anthony Burrill’s new book urges you to Make It Now!
Anthony Burrill’s new publication Make It Now is his treatise on “creative inspiration and getting things done”. Part biography, part musing on what it is to create work, the hardback book published by Penguin Random House and designed in collaboration with APFEL. It offers insights and tips on working in design, as well as anecdotes by Anthony and his collaborators that uncover the stories behind some of his most famous works. The book is jam-packed with typographic artworks and messages that appear like a scrap book of ideas. Each story is interspersed with photos and quotes that portray a gentle portrait of one of the most popular designers working today. We caught up with Anthony to find out more.
books  typography  inspiration  creativity  *** 
july 2017 by gpe
The New York Times Magazine's 25 songs issue - Creative Review
Using several variants of Henrik Kubel’s New Grotesk Round, the type-heavy issue also includes a photo series from artist JR, portraits by Landon Nordeman and Christaan Felber and an illustration of Kendrick Lamar by Jesse Draxler (above).
typography  inspiration  ****  nytimes  design  graphic.art 
june 2017 by gpe
‘Be Wrong as Fast as You Can’ - NYTimes.com
I recently saw a Charlie Rose interview with John Lasseter, a founder of Pixar, about the creative process behind his movies. Pixar’s in-house theory is: Be wrong as fast as you can. Mistakes are an inevitable part of the creative process, so get right down to it and start making them. Even great ideas are wrecked on the road to fruition and then have to be painstakingly reconstructed. “Every Pixar film was the worst motion picture ever made at one time or another,” Lasseter said. “People don’t believe that, but it’s true. But we don’t give up on the films.”

Hugely successful people tend to say self-deprecating stuff like this when they go on “Charlie Rose.” But I heard something quite genuine in Lasseter’s remarks, an acknowledgment of just how deep into the muck of mediocrity a creative project can sink as it takes those first vulnerable steps from luxurious abstraction to unforgiving reality.
counterintuitive  creative  ****  creativity  inspiration  writing 
september 2016 by gpe
Bird’s-Eye View | Photos | Air & Space Magazine
"One thing the filmmakers learned, according to Downer, was how birds use their feathers in flight. The key to the discovery was through the development of ultra-lightweight, onboard cameras. "The size of the camera," he writes, "depended on the size of the bird. Large birds, such as Rüppell's griffon vultures [above], were able to carry a specially adapted HD camera about the size of a matchbox, that weighed little more than 3 ounces." The camera was attached to a foam mount, which was strapped to the bird's back like a tiny rucksack. "Within minutes the bird preened the harness into its feathers, so it was almost invisible, and it quickly seemed unaware that it was carrying anything at all." The team had to position the camera so that it wouldn't interfere with the bird's flying, and they discovered that eagles, cranes, and geese hold their heads out front as they fly, while condors and vultures tuck their heads underneath once they become airborne. "With a camera mounted on a Rüppell's griffon vulture," writes Downer, "we could see the intricate way in which the feathers on its wings and body worked at take off, during flight and on landing." "When the bird came in to land," he continues, "the onboard camera revealed how it slows to a stop. The secondaries drop like airbrakes, much like an aircraft's flaps, but the big surprise was on the wing's leading edge. All along this edge are what look like simple contour feathers, but as the bird slows down these flicked up, much like the slats on the aircraft that increase lift at slow speeds. Scientists are now studying the pictures we obtained as part of their study of aerofoil performance to improve aircraft wings.""
aviation  technology  innovation  ***  inspiration  atmosphere  animal  bird  flight 
march 2012 by gpe
David Foster Wallace’s syllabus: Is there any better? - Slate Magazine
"Wallace doesn’t accept the silent social contract between students and professors: He takes apart and analyzes and makes explicit, in a way that is almost painful, all of the tiny conventional unspoken agreements usually made between professors and their students. “Even in a seminar class,” his syllabus states, “it seems a little silly to require participation. Some students who are cripplingly shy, or who can’t always formulate their best thoughts and questions in the rapid back-and-forth of a group discussion, are nevertheless good and serious students. On the other hand, as Prof --- points out supra, our class can’t really function if there isn’t student participation—it will become just me giving a half-assed ad-lib lecture for 90 minutes, which (trust me) will be horrible in all kinds of ways.”"
dfw  teachaing  writing  mytools  inspiration  ***  slate 
december 2011 by gpe
russell davies: talking on the radio / the internet with things
"I wonder whether the 'Internet With Things' is a more useful term than the 'Internet Of Things'. As Matt Jones has said "The network is as important to think about as the things" and the network has people in it. We're in there with the things. And people are looking for more than just sleek efficiency, they're after something else, something unexpected.

That's why, personally, I'm way more excited about what the Makers are doing than the big industry initiatives. The exciting, radical, life-affirming stuff is going to bubble up from the enthusiasts and tinkerers and the people who build tools for them. Especially when those tools include things like cheap 3D printing and personal robotics.

And people are going to start making their own things and connecting them up to the internet. And those things will be dismissed as pointless and silly and a waste of time and pundits will wonder 'why would anyone want to do that?' just as they did with Twitter and Facebook and GeoCities.

And once again we must think of Clay Shirky's wise words:

"creating something personal, even of moderate quality, has a different kind of appeal than consuming something made by others, even of high quality"

It's not just about the thing. It's about the relationships and satisfactions connected to the thing and to the making of the thing."
internet  inspiration  ****  future  trends  printing  twitter  network  2011  technology  from twitter_favs
november 2011 by gpe
MAKESHIFT MAG on the Behance Network
Want a preview of Makeshift? Our brilliant designer gives a look inside
magazine  design  layout  **  makeshift  inspiration  from twitter_favs
october 2011 by gpe
Scenes From Underground - Alan Taylor - In Focus - The Atlantic
Incredible images of underground dimensions of human civilization, many of which I'd never even imagined before.
photography  underground  inspiration  nature  interesting  engineering  architecture  art  urbanism  ****  the.atlantic  bigpicture  from delicious
july 2011 by gpe
Mid (To Late) 70's Baseball Dudes - a set on Flickr
"Mid (To Late) 70's Baseball Dudes is an ongoing drawing project. It'll probably be complete once I have enough to make a cool zine or when I can't think of anymore dudes to draw. If you have a favorite 70's baseball player, tell me and I'll draw them!"
flickr  art  design  baseball  ***  gift  inspiration  from delicious
july 2011 by gpe
Future Perfect » Entry Stamp, Exit Stamp
Check out the subtle design of each stamp for the location of the airplane icon.
design  ***  inspiration  aviation  korea  from delicious
july 2011 by gpe
Bre Pettis | I Make Things - Bre Pettis Blog - The Cult of Done Manifesto
The Cult of Done Manifesto<br />
<br />
1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.<br />
2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.<br />
3. There is no editing stage.<br />
4. Pretending you know what you're doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you're doing even if you don't and do it.<br />
5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.<br />
6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.<br />
7. Once you're done you can throw it away.<br />
8. Laugh at perfection. It's boring and keeps you from being done.<br />
9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.<br />
10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.<br />
11. Destruction is a variant of done.<br />
12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.<br />
13. Done is the engine of more.
manifesto  productivity  gtd  inspiration  procrastination  work  philosophy  design  *****  mytools  from delicious
june 2011 by gpe
Beyond Flash, an addendum
"You will become known for doing what you do. Find a way to do the work you want to do, even if it means working nights and weekends. Once you've done a handful of excellent things in a given way, you will become known as the person who does excellent things in that given way. And that's the person you want to be, because then people will hire you to be that person. Tools exist to serve you. Not the other way around. There is a long-standing unspoken pact between tools and their owners, which says that tools should disappear the moment you stop needing them. This is the way that pencils, hammers, and leaf-blowers behave. But many of our technological devices have violated this pact and overstepped their boundary, asserting themselves onto the lives of their owners, becoming constant distractions. Don't let your tools trap you. Tools are not the idea. Tools are tools... Ideas come from life. As Hemingway said, ‘I have to live to work.’” -- Jonathan Harris
flash  design  inspiration  presentation  art  quotation  ****  jobs  via:spela  from delicious
march 2011 by gpe
How to Kick Ass on Kickstarter: An Interview with Frank Chimero
For future reference, should I ever dredge up an idea worthy enough of Kickstarter status.
imported  kickstarter  inspiration  entrepreneurship  business  design  business-strategy  howto  good  ****  from delicious
february 2011 by gpe
Frank Chimero
This guy has really blown up lately, huh? I like the question and answer format as he uses it: it's presumptuous in a way I can get behind.
design  inspiration  process  art  graphic  ****  faq  people  from delicious
february 2011 by gpe
JACKET MECHANICAL: Kafka
Those beautiful Kafka covers that were making the rounds last week. Love those colors.
color  design  illustration  literature  inspiration  books  illustrator  art  blog  ***  from delicious
february 2011 by gpe
Frank Chimero - The Setup
He's got a killer backup system:<br />
<br />
"...at any time, I’ve got 5 copies of my data:<br />
<br />
* locally, on the internal hard drive<br />
* locally, on my external hard drive<br />
* locally on the cloned external hard drive<br />
* in the cloud, through Backblaze<br />
* in the cloud, through Dropbox"
software  mac  backup  technology  computer  apple  design  inspiration  *  from delicious
january 2011 by gpe
A travel-time Tube map based on Elephant & Castle.
"I knew couldn’t just do a normal re-design; something had to be added. I started thinking what’s different in the world now from when the map was designed and one thing that are different today is time. No one has any time left any more. Time is money. Time is everything and so on. Today you never tell anyone how far away in miles you live, but in minutes or perhaps hours if you’re unlucky. So I decided to create a re-design based on time instead of distance (normal maps) or simplicity (tube maps). By combining geographically accuracy with simplicity and time I started out with measuring the time it takes to travel between each station in the whole system...."
mapping  cartography  subway  london  uk  time  travel-time  *****  design  inspiration 
october 2010 by gpe
Gerd Arntz Web Archive
"Gerd Arntz designed around 4000 signs, which symbolized key data from industry, demographics, politics and economy, for the visual language Isotype."
design  icons  illustration  symbols  ***  logo  visualization  inspiration  graphic 
october 2010 by gpe
What advice would you give to a graphic design student?
Plenty more nuggets here. This one rings especially true for me. | "If you can’t draw as well as someone, or use the software as well, or if you do not have as much money to buy supplies, or if you do not have access to the tools they have, beat them by being more thoughtful. Thoughtfulness is free and burns on time and empathy."
design  advice  quotation  inspiration  education  art  **** 
august 2010 by gpe
Jonathan Glancey on Heathrow airport's terminal five
Brilliant. | "If we were to organise our airports along different, less ruthlessly commercial lines, then surely they could be smaller and easier to navigate than these ersatz-shopping-mall behemoths, and in need of far less land and energy to shape and sustain them. The new MP2 (Marseilles-Provence terminal two) serving the French Riviera does indeed suggests an alternative to the notionally glamorous example of T5. Designed and built to serve no-frills airlines, MP2 is essentially a revamped cargo shed. Passengers carry their own bags and walk to the aircraft. Services are kept to a minimum. Who really needs more than a straightforward cafe-bar, a newsagent and clean lavatories? MP2 has cost a little over £12.5m. Why not go back to the tents, caravans and marquees of Heathrow 60 years ago? Heathrow served 60,000 passengers in its first year; it will process more than 67 million in 2008, so the scale of operations militates against a low-security canvas city."
airport  dissertation  heathrow  london  france  inspiration  *****  architecture  criticism  history  guardian 
august 2010 by gpe
Kickstartup — Successful fundraising with Kickstarter & the (re)making of Art Space Tokyo — Craig Mod
The most comprehensive advice yet on the Kickstarter experience. | "I hope it doesn't sound greedy to say you should set your goals high. Remember, maximizing the financial goal means simultaneously maximizing the community engagement. You're not just getting more money but building a stronger community."
kickstarter  funding  fundraising  publishing  business  books  startup  design  *****  inspiration  advice 
august 2010 by gpe
Why I Stopped Snapping Photographs
"A few years ago, I stopped bringing a camera on vacation. It has been an amazing experiment and I haven’t regretted it once. Traveling to a foreign country without a camera feels like that reccurring nightmare of showing up to school with no shoes on. At first you feel unprepared, naked and as though you are missing some of the greatest photo opportunities in the world. It is scary but you have to be brave.
...
Taking a photograph of the Eiffel Tower, for example, seems ridiculous. There are millions of photos of the Eiffel tower. If I were to take my own photo, I doubt I could pick it out from a crowd. By drawing though, I would spend about 25 minutes looking at the Eiffel tower, rather than 1/30 of a second, burning it into my brain rather than the digital sensor."
photography  drawing  inspiration  ***  myaesthetic  counterintuitive  illustration 
august 2010 by gpe
Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling in Graduation Speech
"But now, I have successfully shown that I was the best slave. I did what I was told to the extreme. While others sat in class and doodled to later become great artists, I sat in class to take notes and become a great test-taker. While others would come to class without their homework done because they were reading about an interest of theirs, I never missed an assignment. While others were creating music and writing lyrics, I decided to do extra credit, even though I never needed it. So, I wonder, why did I even want this position? Sure, I earned it, but what will come of it? When I leave educational institutionalism, will I be successful or forever lost? I have no clue about what I want to do with my life; I have no interests because I saw every subject of study as work, and I excelled at every subject just for the purpose of excelling, not learning. And quite frankly, now I'm scared."
education  culture  speech  schools  learning  inspiration  2010  **  to:rgreco 
august 2010 by gpe
Watching Maxim Nikanorov's cover design for Esquire Russia. /via the magnificant @monoscope
Watching Maxim Nikanorov's cover design for Esquire Russia. /via the magnificant @monoscope
video  t  howto  illustrator  design  magazine  esquire  russia  ***  time  inspiration 
july 2010 by gpe
Custom :: Dolce Press
"While we are well known for our social stationery and wedding invitations, we also specialize in custom design. Our extensive graphic design experience can help your business card stand out or give your stationery a unique look.

Our custom design and letterpress printing work includes business cards, calling cards, invitations for corporate events, business stationery, newsletters, postcards, and more. Call (516.353.9284) or email (contact@dolcepress.com) to talk to us about your custom letterpress project."
businesscard  design  printing  inspiration  custom  topurchase  branding  marketing 
june 2010 by gpe
Codex xcix
Wonderful bird illustrations.
illustration  bird  animal  ****  inspiration  color 
june 2010 by gpe
Manifest : A Wordpress Theme – Jim Barraud
"My goal with Manifest was to create a clean and streamlined theme that focused on the content and not the distractions. It utilizes a single column, 500 pixel wide layout. No sidebars. No widgets."
wordpress  theme  webdesign  free  simple  clean  minimalism  *****  mytools  inspiration 
june 2010 by gpe
Wu Wei // equivocality
"Wu Wei is a Wordpress theme that was cre­ated with clean, mod­ern, min­i­mal­ism in mind. Information is pre­sented in a log­i­cal man­ner, with­out any super­flu­ous ele­ments get­ting in the way. Just like the Taoist con­cept of wu wei, it’s know­ing when to act, and know­ing when not to act.

This theme is based on prin­ci­ples of a grid sys­tem. You can break out of the grid with css dec­la­ra­tions, as seen in this entry."
wordpress  inspiration  ****  themes  free  download  webdesign  mytools  minimalism 
june 2010 by gpe
Maps In Modern Web Design: Showcase and Examples
An impressive list of examples of the most common online mapping techniques.
mapping  list  howto  webdesign  design  inspiration  usability  visualization  tools  mytools  **** 
june 2010 by gpe
EarmarkData.org
A very simple, one column website design. I love it.
design  government  politics  *****  mytools  inspiration  congress  corruption  data  activism  simplicity  minimalism  color 
march 2010 by gpe
One Color New York Subway Map
"Going back to the poster, clearly it loses a lot of it’s context without it’s color coded system, but there’s something quite charming about this application. It’s almost like the intensity of the color demands your attention, like the maps don’t want you to get lost. Eye-catching at the very least."
color  mapping  nyc  subway  design  ***  inspiration 
march 2010 by gpe
Matthew Lyons Illustration Blog
I love this guy's work. (via http://www.aisleone.net/2010/art/matthew-lyons/). Also, that's Helvetica Neue Extended he's using for his name in the image at top-right. Love it.
illustration  art  inspiration  portfolio  illustrator  design  artist  ****  font  typography  blog 
january 2010 by gpe
Patterns of Change in Railroad Company Board Members, 1872-1894
"This visualization represents the board membership of 11 major U.S. railroad companies during the 22 year period from 1872 to 1894 as a set of dynamic graphs which trace through time and space the movements of the men who shaped The West."
rail  network  history  stanford  corporation  graph  dynamic  time  space  west  visualization  dissertation  inspiration  ***** 
november 2009 by gpe
Extent of digitized railroad
"This map shows the extent of railroad network that has been traced from the historic USGS quads (pre-1915) for the Shaping the West project. The color coding identifies the different railroad branches and who owned them."
history  rail  mapping  network  visualization  stanford  dissertation  ****  inspiration 
november 2009 by gpe
Distribution of Union Pacific Stockholders by City (1869)
"The map then is not so much a map of capital invested--much of which came from loans made by the federal government and the rest from bond sales--as a map of how the West got a federally financed railroad and the East got insider networks which controlled it."
rail  train  investment  treemap  mapping  visualization  history  dissertation  mytools  inspiration  ***** 
november 2009 by gpe
Urban growth 1950 - 2010
Great, simple Processing map. | The map shows total urban population for each country from 1950 to 2010. Drag the timeline markers to change the years shown. Click the "?" button for more help. Data from the World Population Database 2006. Made with Processing. This is not a final version - comments most welcome, fkh at mit dot edu.
processing  population  growth  urbanism  global  mapping  interactive  history  demographics  mytools  inspiration  ****  animation 
november 2009 by gpe
Makebelieve Help, Old Butchers, and Figuring Out Who You Are (For Now) | 43 Folders
Finally got around to watching this. | "Here’s a video I made about a video I made. Consequently, it’s also about writing a book, fake self-help, the long road to developing expertise, and the ups and downs of repeatedly asking the world to tell you who you are."
video  merlinmann  productivity  inspiration  procrastination  43folders  creativity 
november 2009 by gpe
Imagining the adaptive reuse of our interstate corridors is a good start. /via @themorningnews
"Consider it a kind of adaptive reuse: the old foundry reborn as a luxury loft building, the abandoned industrial bakery transformed into a chic urban mall....if we expand the highway system’s uses in anticipation of a time when we are no longer dependent on the internal combustion engine, we may also appreciate the beauty in its graceful overpasses, lofty bridges and complex cloverleaf interchanges....The highway system can’t always be a ghetto for the internal combustion engine. There will be many opportunities for job creation and development once we reclaim it for ourselves."
transportation  ideas  inspiration  quotation  op-ed  energy  stimulus  funding  nyt  green  automobile  interstate  road  cars  change  corridor  t  innovation  rail  dissertation 
november 2009 by gpe
Anne Lamott's notion of the "shitty first draft"
"For me and most of the other writers I know, writing is not rapturous. In fact, the only way I can get anything written at all is to write really, really shitty first drafts." — Anne Lamott
quotation  writing  creativity  inspiration  advice  productivity  merlinmann  howto  *****  to:mariglynn 
november 2009 by gpe
NaNoWriMo: A Pep Talk and a Warning
1. Set reasonable goals and honor them // 2. Draft with complete abandon; edit with surgical precision // 3. When you sit down to write, focus without distraction; when you’re not writing, keep it off your mind // 4. Read great books (actual big books, not blogs or magazines) as often as you can // 5. Just write, and just keep writing, and just keep writing, writing, writing. Then write more.
writing  howto  tips  advice  merlinmann  productivity  inspiration  list  creativity  mytools  dissertation 
november 2009 by gpe
European Road Trip as an Infographic Poster
Clever and beautiful. "Key data such as cost, distance and time are presented in various ways to create a rich data log, including the typical bar graphs, event timeline and a collection of factual, iconographic details. The poster also contains a compelling abstract spiral that is able to incorporate a lot of time-based details while avoiding much visual cluttering."
travel  mapping  visualization  design  europe  inspiration 
october 2009 by gpe
kung fu grippe - Better
And, to be honest, I don’t have a specific agenda for what I want to do all that differently, apart from what I’m already trying to do every day:

* identify and destroy small-return bullshit;
* shut off anything that’s noisier than it is useful;
* make brutally fast decisions about what I don’t need to be doing;
* avoid anything that feels like fake sincerity (esp. where it may touch money);
* demand personal focus on making good things;
* put a handful of real people near the center of everything.

All I know right now is that I want to do all of it better. Everything better. Better, better.
productivity  merlinmann  writing  perfection  philosophy  manifesto  mytools  inspiration  dissertation  creativity 
october 2009 by gpe
How to Publish a Magazine in a Day and a Half
A great summary of the steps involved in the production of Powazek's Strange Light magazine.
photography  howto  magazine  magcloud  mytools  printing  inspiration  paper 
september 2009 by gpe
The Changing Face of World Economies 1970-2050 — Simple Complexity
A look at a very effective, very elegant graph comparing the economies of ten countries.
data  statistics  graph  chart  visualization  beautiful  economy  mytools  inspiration 
september 2009 by gpe
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