that creepy PBS logo

And how it was developed.


still not vignelli

The MTA is releasing a new New York City Subway map.

Next month, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will unveil a resized, recolored and simplified edition of the well-known map, its first overhaul in more than a decade.

Manhattan will become taller, bulkier and 30 percent wider, to better display its spaghetti of subway lines. Staten Island, meanwhile, will shrink by half. The spreadsheetlike “service guide,” along the map’s bottom border, will be eliminated, and the other three boroughs will grow to fill the space.

A separate, stripped-down map will also be produced, to be displayed only inside subway cars. Neighborhood names, parks, ferries and bus connections will not appear on this version, making for a less cluttered composition that may be easier to read over a fellow rider’s shoulders.

If you want simplicity, maybe it’s about time we moved back to designer Massimo Vignelli’s classic 1972 map. Yes, tourists had problems with its abstract geography, but isn’t culling the tourist herds something we can all get behind?

die hard index

Russ Maschmeyer, a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York, created this beautiful visualization to find fans who martyr themselves to root for their team:

The Die Hard Index determines the quality of a sports team’s fans, or more specifically, the degree to which fans will continue to buy tickets, even when the economy is poor, ticket prices are sky high, and they have a losing team.

After a long night of looking at the numbers for the 2009 Major League Baseball Season, I arrived at the formula to the right, and the map below. I hope you find the results relatively congruent with your own home team experiences.

russ maschmeyer - die hard index

[via Information is Beautiful]

little red riding hood

The story animated and reimagined with infographics. It’s a design blog hit that I’m just getting around to posting.

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