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Detail Clarifies – Designing Information the Edward Tufte Way

Dec 22, 2010   //   by admin   //   Blog, Design, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to New York City to attend a course on data and information presentation techniques taught by Edward Tufte, Professor Emeritus at Yale University. Tufte is one of the foremost thinkers on the subject of analytical design and data visualization. He addressed a packed house at the Manhattan Centre on his approach to creating credible, engaging and persuasive presentations.

This post is a brief writeup of my notes from the course.  If you’re interested in further info I would highly recommend that you pick up ET’s latest book Beautiful  Evidence or any of the other titles that are available on his website. Read more >>

Sunset Rubdown

May 18, 2009   //   by admin   //   Blog, Randoms, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

A recent collection of sunset pics from May 2009.

The Windmills of Bruce County

Apr 13, 2009   //   by admin   //   Blog, Randoms, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

I spent the better part of the Easter long weekend visiting on the the shores of Lake Huron in a small town called Kincardine. The chief industry of the area is nuclear power generation. Recently, there has been move to introduce wind generation into the power supply. In the farm land outside the town, dozens, if not hundreds, of windmills dwarf the surrounding landscape. These massive, engineered forms are of a completely otherworldly scale in comparison to the rest of the landscape.

Here are the pictures from the visit.

Why do I get excited about such random stuff?

Mar 1, 2009   //   by admin   //   Blog, Randoms, Uncategorized  //  No Comments


Yes, it’s a 2D version of a 3D classic from the Moore Push-Pin Co. of Wyndmoor, PA. The push pin re-imagined as a single piece of corrugated steel. I don’t know why this has me excited enough to post about it. I think it must have to do with one of the basic needs of a productive design exercise: change should be predicated on appreciating utility, not simply change for the sake of it. In the case of the push pin, the design was changed to use less and fewer materials. The result is a simpler, more succinct solution to a very simple problem.

New, custom 404 page

Feb 16, 2009   //   by admin   //   Blog, Design, Randoms, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

One of those oft forgotten details that falls through the cracks when redesigning a site, the custom 404 page is an art form unto itself. Check out some of those who have tread this path before.

Nuit Blanche 2008 Toronto

Oct 16, 2008   //   by admin   //   Blog, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Here are some pics from some of the installations that I saw during this year’s NB event.

Really big numbers…

Aug 1, 2008   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Your odds of winning 6/49

I was thinking of a way that I could visualize the odds of winning 6/49. I decided to use pixels as a unit to describe a 2d surface that would represent the sample space. Unfortunately. The scale difference is so large that you can’t really see the single pixel unless you have a huge monitor.

Behold, The Image Fulgurator

Jun 28, 2008   //   by admin   //   Blog, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

The inventor
I just dugg this up and it’s darn near the niftiest bit of guerrilla street art kit that I’ve seen since Evan Roth’s GRL projected graffiti system. It’s a camera/flash hybrid that’s been rigged as a projector. It’s capable of projecting a image into a photograph at the instant that the photographer snaps the shot. The effect is imperceptible to the naked eye and only shows up when you look at the pic. The Image Fulgurator was creted by Berlinner Julius von Bismarck.

Pretty cool, but I shudder to think of what kind of evil marketing havoc that could be wrought if it fell into the wrong hands. Technorati Profile

XKCD: The Data So Far

Jan 27, 2008   //   by admin   //   Blog, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

The Data So Far

Than you XKCD.

Fall Bridge

Nov 13, 2007   //   by admin   //   Blog, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Fall Bridge

As the leaves on the trees started to change colour, I found myself taking the long route into work just so I could cross the bridge. I shot this back in October when the leaves were still on the trees. It’s amazing how much the view would change from day to day.