Like every informed person, Kelly understands that making a good sandwich is an art form. An adventure, even. So, she's set out to create a sandwich recipe to best represent each state in the U.S.A., using signature ingredients from each state, playing with regional flavors, and honoring the food traditionals that make residents proud.
You usually can't tell what kind of bar you're in within the first five minutes. You've got to sit for a minute, watch the other patrons, let the jukebox play a few selections, let the bartenders do their thing, perhaps even order some food. Sure, you may know you're in a dive by the general smell and look at the place, but it'll take a round or two to know whether you're in a great dive.
Many a song has been written about "the road." From bluesmaster Robert Johnson's Faustian deal with the devil at the crossroads to a good twenty-five percent of the Bob Dylan and Paul Simon songs in the sixties, many tunes memorialize specific places, or the journey along them.
English design firm Dorothy collected 390 song titles and organized them into a singular, incredible road map.
This is hands-down the coolest piece of street art I've seen in a long time (do I even need to stay street art? How about just art instead?). The piece, titled Blinking City, is more than just a aesthetically pleasing spray paint stencil. It's actually a collage of several neighborhoods in Bejing and is a commentary on the "inadequacy of traditional maps for city environments characterized by fast pace transformation and urban growth"
I'll admit it: I'm one of those New York City residents who can't get enough of NYC inspired artwork and maps. I also happen to be a bit of a pixel art obsessed nerd, SO I couldn't be more excited about a map than I am with this Super Mario Brothers-inspired map.
Using well-chosen and hand-sized type to convey cartographic relationships has been quite the trend over the last few years. I believe ORK posters were the front runners, and their work continues to be amazing.
But I love this fresh, reduced approach from Orange & Park.
Fashion brand Zara has recently released Dear America: 50 States 50 Photographers, a collection of, well, fifty photographers of fifty states, one a piece.
The site is well done, with a lovely, lilting scrolling Flash reel and an interactive zoom thing-y...
A bit of education for your Friday morning: Speaker and blogger/video maker Colin Grey explores the seemingly straight-forward question how many continents are there? As his charming and entertaining video points out, things get a little more complex when you talk geography, culture, or geology.
I'm just gonna say it: If you can, at least, safely and accurately wield a pair of scissors, it's simply unacceptable to have a plain, straight from the store memo board: either cork, magnetic, or dry erase. There are so many easy ways to make it interesting: make it woodgrain, turn it into bold graphic shape, build a handprinted inspiration board from scratch for way less than the office supply store, or create a double duty DIY dry erase board.
Or, take a cue from Michael, and go straight up vintage map-y.
I'm an enormous fan of Christoph Niemann's work, and, were I less scrupulous, would probably post every nearly every update from his Abstract Sunday series for the New York Times.
But! I found this one particularly thoughtful, as it both comments on the actual truths it presents, and the crazy map-making infographic phenomenon that's happening about the internet.
Oh, and it's pretty funny.
You must see in full scale to to really appreciate it.
Regarding passions, hobbies, preferences, etc, I've come to believe one thing: everybody's a geek about something. It's just that some areas, like sports, fashion, cars, celebrities, are more socially acceptable. But, knowing a lot about the things you're passionate about is awesome, and I'm glad folks get excited.
So, while I think it's only fair that most informed people own the geek title, I still think Julianna's concept map is tops.
Click here to see it in all its high-resolution glory: