Archive for June, 2007

6 billion others

Friday, June 29th, 2007

6 billion others, originally uploaded by densitydesign.

A future online repository of thousands of video & audio testimonies as a portrait of contemporary mankind. the people are recorded in a full frame shot so that the closeness of the interviewee’s face generates an intimacy encouraging attentive listening.
The aim of the “6 billion others” project is to create a sensitive & human portrait of the planet’s inhabitants, by revealing each person’s universality & individuality. 6 different directors travel across the world to interview about 6,000 people from 65 different countries. the questions chosen deal with diverse topics, such as family, experiences, what makes us laugh or cry, what gives life meaning, & the like.

(via infosthetics)


Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Cribsheet, originally uploaded by densitydesign.

This is the name used by the glamorous science magazine SEED – founded by Adam Bly, the youngest member of the Canadian National Research Council – to describe their visual tool aimed to “survive the 21st century”.

Nothing more than infographic illustrations (with a lot of text!), but it seems to work very well in the science popularization.
Or, at least, in the popularization of the magazine it self!

Phylotaxis, originally uploaded by densitydesign.

Two years ago, Bly launched also Phylotaxis, a visual news aggregator designed by Jonathan Harris, based on the idea of finding the balance between science and culture: a simple but effective graphical synthesis of the possible(?) balance between linear and complex systems.

Density 4.0

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

It’s (quasi) official: next Academic Year (07/08) we’ll come to… more

Travel-time Maps and their Uses

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Travel-time Maps and their Uses, originally uploaded by densitydesign.

Transport maps and timetables help people work out how to get from A to B using buses, trains and other forms of public transport. But what if you don’t yet know what journey you want to make? How can maps help then?
This may seem a strange question to ask, but it is one we all face in several situations:
* Where would I like to work?
* Where would I like to live?
* Where would I like to go on holiday?

These are much more complicated questions than those about individual journeys, but one thing they all have in common is transport: can I get to and from the places I’m considering quickly and easily?

The maps on this page show one way of answering that question.

What if

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

What if, originally uploaded by densitydesign.

[This chart represents] the ways my life could have deviated from its actual path

(give a look)

Death and Taxes

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Death and Taxes, originally uploaded by densitydesign.

The budger graph is visual guide to USA federal taxes, ‘Death and Taxes’ is a representational graph of the federal discretionary budget.

Man as machine

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Man as machine, originally uploaded by densitydesign.

For thousands of years human beings have used metaphors as ways of understanding the body. We talk about our ‘ear drums’, or our ‘mind’s eye’. When we are in love we say our hearts are ‘bursting’ or ‘broken’. When we are nervous we say we have ‘butterflies in our stomach’. When we are impatient we have ‘itchy feet’. These familiar images help to explain the unfamiliar and to comprehend the complexity of our bodies.

Man as machine, originally uploaded by densitydesign.

The image above, by the artist Fritz Kahn,

Humane index

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

humane index, originally uploaded by densitydesign.

The Humane Index is the first-ever attempt to determine the overall humaness of America’s largest metro areas. See how your city ranks when it comes to celebrating animals and confronting cruelty. Then take action to help create a truly humane society.
(via swissmiss)


Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Music, originally uploaded by densitydesign.

“players may not fly above the audience during performance”

Abstract art

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Abstract art, originally uploaded by densitydesign.

An interactive, clickable, version can be found here