Friday, July 24, 2015


I think I'll be doing a series of these. :)

Friday, May 29, 2015


With some free time, and for fun, I worked on redesigning a bus map & timetable for Martha's Vineyard Bus system—which is surprisingly pretty robust and useful. Here are a few details:

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Recently I had the pleasure of working with Havas Worldwide designing a report on our notions of the body. A very interesting survey conducted across many countries and age ranges, the full report is available here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

UCONN the UCLA of Women's Basketball

While they might be one championship shy of UCLA's [men's] 11 championships. The UCONN Women's basketball team has been insanely dominate since winning their first championship in 1995. I wanted to visualize there staggering records and win percentage since then, which actually makes for tough data visualization, as there is so little variety, and so one sided in the win column, it's hard to make it look interesting. But I've tried, click below for full size. And Congrats to UCONN

Saturday, January 24, 2015


The Superbowl may be around the corner, but I'm already getting excited about
this year's tournament. As is my annual tradition, here's a look at College Basketball history:

Saturday, September 6, 2014

They Live

I had heard about They Live years ago then forgot about it, and rarely heard it mentioned, until I recently watched Slavoj Žižek's Perverts Guide to Ideology. They Live is described is described by Slavoj as: "one of the forgotten masterpieces of the Hollywood Left. ... The sunglasses function like a critique of ideology. They allow you to see the real message beneath all the propaganda, glitz, posters and so on. ... When you put the sunglasses on you see the dictatorship in democracy, the invisible order which sustains your apparent freedom." 
  Just your everyday police brutality.
  They Live's visual style of it's propaganda, echos Barbara Kruger—and inspired a younger Shepard Fairey to use "OBEY". The aliens were deliberately made to look like ghouls according to Carpenter, who said: "The creatures are corrupting us, so they, themselves, are corruptions of human beings." [Wikipedia]
  Police mainly function as a controlling force for the aliens.
  The country's elite are either enriching themselves by co-operating with the aliens (selling out) or are actually aliens themselves. Also, I love when you hear a sample you've heard a hundred times, unexpectedly from the source, as I did with the opening of Binary Star's "Indy 500". The sample feature's a bit of They Live dialogue with a character saying at one point "what's the threat? We all sell out every day, mine as well be on the winning team" According to the director John Carpenter, when pitching the film and explaining "They want to own all our businesses" A Universal executive asked him "Where's the threat in that? We all sell out every day."—"I ended up using that line in the film." said Carpenter [Wikipedia] 
    In the end, the jig is up.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Unused illustration comparing CEOs vs SBOs 'adding to the workforce', from a while back.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Time to Change Service Signage

Planned service changes are often cause for panic and confusion for new New Yorkers and visitors. Navigating the subway can be a stressful challenge when everything is running smoothly, so the added advertisement of an additional degree of difficulty is not a welcome one. 

Upon seeing one of these service change signs riders essentially ask themselves the following two questions in order to determine if it’s cause for concern, and it’s information they need to absorb.

1. Does this affect this effect
my current subway journey? 

2. Is it likely to effect a future
journey I might take?

What is the most important information to intake in determining if a service change effects your journey? 

Narrowing it down by train line would seem good, but there’s for the most part there are only 3-4 different trains on a give platform, [sorry MTA I doubt anyone pays attention to these when there’s a wall of 10 of these elsewhere in the station—it’s overload] so you’re really only cutting it down from 3 or 4 trains to 1. Never the less it’s a important reference point for people, and should still have prominence. 

I’ve found the chief factor is time of day. Regardless of train line, date, weekday or weekend, it’s the most effective determinate I can use to rule out whether or not I need to read further, and worry about the service change. 

99 times out of 100 I can check the time and immediately disregard the rest, and go back to watching rats on the track. In fact as much as possible service changes are scheduled for the late night when they’ll have the least amount of impact. For commuters and those who aren’t often out late at night, planned service changes will probably rarely effect you at all. But it took much longer than it needed to to train myself to look for the time of day first, because of current design flaws. 

The current design [above] buries time of day, and the service change “No _ trains at the station” [Oh No!] for example, is given a lot of prominence by being very large and bold. Even though it is clearly secondary and only needs to be read and understood if you actually will experience said change during you current journey or a expected future one. 

That said with this in mind here are a
couple of improvements I’d suggest:

*This split should really be drawn according to peak travel times, which I haven’t incorporated here, as this is just a sketch for conceptual purposes and for now I’ve split the day evenly.

­—And yes trolls, this is a cherry picked example, and sometimes the service changes are more involved with a lot more instructions etc. I don’t purpose this as bullet proof template that would work for every situation, to work out all the design requirements for that would take more free time than I have! That said I think some of these broader points about the average rider’s decision process, design hierarchy and emphasis; Stand on their own and could be useful.