Buses, trams, bicycles, pedestrians, and cars zoom about modern cities like blood pulsing through the body. But with urban growth comes challenges—one of them is how to improve transportation. Luckily, advances in technology combined with active open data and open source movements mean the citizenry can increasingly become part of the solution. Unclog the arteries, stimulate circulation.
The Urban Data Challenge seeks to harvest the innovative and creative power of communities around the world to explore urban data sets through visualization.
Designers, programmers, data scientists, and artists alike are invited to take up the challenge: merge and compare mobility data sets from three cities—San Francisco, Geneva, and Zurich—and draw meaningful insights. Winning projects will showcase the power of open governmental data and facilitate the knowledge exchange between cities. Juried prizes include round-trip airfare to one of the participating cities and funding from Fusepool, the European / Swiss Datapool, for developing the project into an app.
via Urban Data Challenge: Zürich | San Francisco | Geneva | Urban Prototyping.
Ever have a problem deciding whether to use Serif or Sans? The Serif vs. Sans: The Final Battle infographic from webdesignerdepot.com has broken down when and why you should use each one. The final verdict? Serif is better for print and Sans is better for web.
via Serif vs. Sans: The Final Battle – Blog About Infographics and Data Visualization – Cool Infographics.
Metro’s Silver Line will be operational at some point this year, and the transit agency is preparing by readying a new system map that includes line’s route.
A version of the map posted by Metro for public comments included thinner rail lines, station dots with “whiskers,” the removal of cross streets on station names, abbreviated station names, and a new legend. The full map is below.
Interestingly, Tysons Corner will be listed by its “old” name. Planners recently decided to drop the “corner” and just make the area Tysons, but it looks like the corner will live on on the new Metro map.
Want to know more about how the Silver Line will actually run? Greater Greater Washington has all the details.
via The Silver Line Lives! (On Metro’s New Map, At Least): DCist.
Simple doesn’t just sell, it sticks. Simple made hits of the Nest thermostat, Fitbit, and TiVo. Simple brought Apple back from the dead. It’s why you have Netflix. The Fisher Space Pen, the Swiss Army Knife, and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual are some of our most enduring products. All are marvels of simplicity.
Yet while many mechanical marvels of simplicity remain true to their original form, most electronic ones do not.
Travel back in time to use your parents’ first microwave and you’ll likely see a box with three buttons (High, Medium, Low) and a timer dial. By contrast, one of LG’s current models boasts 33 buttons. Do I hit Auto Defrost or Express Defrost? And what the hell is Less/More? None of these make my popcorn pop faster or taste better. And it’s not easier to use. Why do products become more complex as they evolve?
via Why Subtraction Is the Hardest Math in Product Design | Gadget Lab | Wired.com.
Here’s some irony for you. It’s All About The Images infographic from MDG Advertising relays information visually about the importance of relaying information visually. Yes, it’s very meta.Some say image is everything, and that’s especially true on the Internet where the shift to visual optimization is playing an increasingly important role in the recent phenomenon of photo marketing. In light of their numerous benefits for brands of all kinds, MDG Advertising developed an insightful infographic that illustrates the influence of images on a company’s business, branding, search, and social media efforts. For insight on optimizing images for content and commerce, along with advice on image optimization techniques, take a look at the following infographic to see why images can help make success a snap.In our world, this information is true for posting infographics as well as photo images.
via Cool Infographics – Blog – Its All About The Images.
I have a unique interest in this infographic, but for right now it is a secret!
The Seven Motorcycle Safety Tips infographic comes to us from Bisnar|Chase. This infographic gives some helpful tips on saftey to prevent injuries, but if you do have an accident, they’d like to help!
Motorcycle safety is no joking matter. Please take your safety seriously. If you do become injured in a motorcycle accident we would like to help. Contact us immediately to schedule your free consultation with our reputable California motorcycle accident lawyers.
A couple things I really like about this design.
It tells a simple, easy-to-understand story
Clean design, not too much visual noise
Good illustrations to illustrate each safety tip and statistic
Each of the values included are visualized to make them quick and easily to read
The data source is listed in the infographic, but it’s missing a copyright statement and a URL to the original infographic posting at the bottom. The page with the original posting is also missing sharing buttons for social media, so it’s difficult for readers to share the infographic.
Thanks to Chris for sending in the link!
via Cool Infographics – Blog – Seven Motorcycle Safety Tips.
A logo is a company’s most visible piece of visual branding, stamped on everything from billboards to promotional pens. But sometimes, you can stare at a familiar design again and again before noticing small but delightful hidden symbols, meaning and even messages. From binary code to the clever combination of interlocking shapes, these 12 logos pack in a little something extra.
read more via Hidden Logos: 12 Creative Designs with Secret Symbols | Design + Ideas on WU.
When a city’s economy begins to fail, those in charge have some choices to make. Should they pump money into local businesses? Should they let the public see just how bad it’s getting? One town in England is taking a novel approach to the scores of closed-up shops on its main street: they’re putting up fake business fronts to make the shopping areas seem less deserted.
via Advertising Misinformation: How to Fake a Business District | Design + Ideas on WU.
Thinking Back to the 1984 Summer Olympics: The Glory and the Magenta | Settler’s Landing | Fast Company.
Being a designer in Southern California is like doing comedy; it’s much harder than it looks. The 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles was a perfect example of this. I remember the spring before the Olympics. Everyone planned to leave town. “It will be like Armageddon,” people said. “The freeways will be jammed. People will be stranded on the 405 for days.”