The big picture

Neighborly Shopping

Save time, meet neighbors, get groceries – a new crowdsourced service in Italy, Milk, Please! allows users to give and get needed groceries with neighborly help. Those at home who can’t make it to the store send a request to Milk, Please!, which has online and smartphone apps, as well as kiosks in supermarkets. Then, someone who wants to help and is headed to or already at the store can add the item to their shopping list, drop it off, and get compensation.

(Via Springwise)

Mind the Map

A new exhibition about the history and creativity behind London transport maps, Mind the Map: inspiring art, design and cartography, opened on 18 May at the London Transit Museum. The displays will draw on the Museum’s outstanding map collection to explore the influence of the iconic London Tube map on cartography, art and the public imagination.

The first diagrammatic map of London’s rapid transit network was designed by Harry Beck, a London Underground employee who realized that passengers were not bothered about the geographical accuracy of the city above but simply interested in how to get from one station to another. His idea has been emulated by subway, bus and transit companies around the world – including Massimo Vignelli’s design from 1972.

Urban Pandas

An adorable new campaign for the Tokyo Zoo uses geomapping, challenging users to explore the city via bike or walking, creating animals along the way of their routes. Through twitter, visitors request which animals they’d like to see, and a team of cartographers trace and upload routes to the Tokyo Zoo Project website. Rider/walkers can follow the somewhat complex paths of a panda, giraffe, elephant, seal, and more. The routes include fun markers along the way, highlighting winding streets, beautiful gardens, and inviting cafes.

(Via Inhabitat)


In Stitches

Illustrator Peter Crawley doesn’t click a mouse or put pen to paper to create his delicate work. He stitches thread into paper, with subtly gorgeous results. He has applied his craft to maps, renderings of songs, and imagery of Roosevelt’s summer home. We especially admire the ampersand.

Geometric Gems

The geometric™ app is a pattern generator that generates unlimited one-off images and wallpapers that you can share with your friends. Created by Kapitza, the sister-duo Petra and Nicole Kapitza, this fun app uses font software that allows users to compose various vibrant patterns by simply swiping their finger across the screen. If you’ve ever been inspired by Marimekko, these floral designs are ideal for creating your own homage.

Civic Mapping

Artist Ryoji Ikeda has an interactive exhibition showing the complete CAD data from the new Honda civic, all collected by friend and Honda designer Mitsuru Kariya. The results are shown in motion on a huge, flickering screen in a blackened room, to dramatic effect.

Shown through May 1 at the turbine hall of MUMA Kraftwerk in Berlin.

Graphic Reading

Eight:48, a UK graphic magazine with nice full-spread coverage of designers and illustrators, just released their eighth issue.

Available now through the astute boutique publishers Counter-Print UK.

Wikipedia Color Encyclopedia

This dazzling array of stars is an image from the Mapping Wikipedia project, an interactive world map showing the global distribution of wikipedia articles written in 7 different languages: English, French, Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, Swahili. Each dot marks the location of the article subject and will link to the article with just one click. Users can also explore some quantitative parameters that can be associated with a typical Wikipedia article, such as word count, number of authors and number of images.

Abstract Cities

Chinese painter Lu Xinjian translates city maps into a series of graphic typologies, breaking down streets and buildings into Keith Haring-esque abstractions. He bases his each works on aerial views from Google Earth, sketching out his design, which he then turns into stencils used to paint acrylic on canvas. His forms make up each individual city’s structural ‘DNA’, in colors based on the official city and national flag.

(Image: Installation View of London)

Data Display in Grand Central

Stopping a New Yorker in their tracks at Grand Central Station can be difficult, but that’s exactly what the The Financial Times attempted to do by projecting a series of interactive infographics projections in the Vanderbilt Hall. The information focused on the areas of business, economy and technology and highlights the publication’s growing investment in data journalism.  The 3D designs were created in collaboration with David McCandless who you may also remember from his fantastic TED talk. The project boasts both online and offline components. For just two days passers by were invited to interact with a large, touch-sensitive floor mat and users are invited to comment on the videos on their new website.


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