I don’t know about you, but this looks really bad to me. The presentation is a bloody shambles and the product looks terrible. The glasses look totally foolish:
And isn’t the printer just a bigger more handbaggy looking version of the Zink printers from a couple of years ago?
I did what I suspect a lot of people did. I saw this beautiful Facebook visualisation and went “oooh”. My oooh contained just a couple of things:
But I just read this account by Paul Butler, the intern who made the thing. And all of a sudden it took on a whole new dimension. It gets a little technical in places, but you should read it, you’ll view the whole thing as more than just a pretty picture once you have. Go on read it.
All of a sudden you realise that there isn’t a background map here. Everything you see, including the recognisable shapes of countries is created by connections between people.
And once you’ve read Paul’s piece, click and view the high-resolution version of the map and drink it up.
From the always stunning: If we don’t, rembember me.
Why wasn’t I told?
Have you been conspiring to keep this stuff secret from me?
How much pain would this have saved me over the years?
Probably at least a bit.
Spotted here: http://www.flight001.com/
Not quite as kick-ass as the japanese t-shirt folding stuff from a while back. But useful and practical if you’re a jacket-packer.
Limited edition prints signed by Susan Kare the original designer. Graphical geek history from $89 – $499 depending on size. Get em here: http://www.kareprints.com/
I just liked it, OK.
From this illustrator here.