Decisions to de-activate Facebook accounts aren’t necessarily permanent. Over half of people who do so return to Facebook. People who permanently delete accounts, on the other hand, generally don’t look back.
The World Wide Web entered the public domain exactly 20 years ago
Non-Entry for the MBTA “New Perspectives” Map Challenge
I love the idea of re-designing Boston’s clunky quasi-decipherable Rapid Transit Map. When I heard that the T was putting together a contest to re-design the map I seized the opportunity. I spent the weekend tweaking Bezier curves and aligning dots (so many damn dots), using references like Google maps and subway maps from around the world and came up with this.Notably absent from the current map is any green space or any of evidence that humans live and work here. Olmsted’s parks have the decidedly un-manly name of “The Emerald Necklace” which I why I suspect they is absent from the current map. The parks really are a treasure though, and some believe that Franklin Park is Olmsted’s masterpiece trumping his more famous Central Park in New York. ( I confess that I have never been there, though I try to ride my bike to the Arboretum every summer). I did my best to tweak the parks’ geography to the rigidity of the map, as well as keeping them to scale with the Common and Rose Kennedy Greenway.I named relevant waterways and some government buildings and landmarks. The choice not to overdo it with too many of them is a conscious one. The downtown region where all the lines meet is busy enough already that I simply could not include certain important landmarks. Also, station names that match locations like “Museum of Fine Arts” and “Aquarium” already do the job.The handicap accessibility symbol is necessary but also robs any map of rhythm and intent. My work-around was to create descriptive keys for each major lines listing the sub-lines and their teminuses (termini?) with a statement identifying stations that do not have accessibility. The Red Line only has one non-accessible station, the Blue Line -two. The Silver and Orange Lines have access to all of their stops. I feel this solution is an aesthetically stronger choice than to have the symbol at every accessible stop.The Green Line, however, requires such identification because the inaccessible stops outnumber the accessible ones. I’m not sure how ADA-compliant my idea is in the real world.
Also, naming all of the stops on the Green Line became important. Easy enough to do with the C, D, and (especially) the E lines. The B-Line with its super long names and 19(!) stops proved a challenge. I’m guilty here of omission and abbreviation (The “Griggs St/Long Ave” stop is now just “Griggs St”) but -hey- the T really should shorten those names. While they’re at it, they should eliminate some stops if they can.
I also took liberties with the names of the Silver Line, um, lines. “S1” simply fits better on a map than “SL1”. Personally, I think it looks better too and is potentially less confusing for the commuter.
So there it is… I would say that its kind of a love letter to this place that I have lived in for 12 years, but that’s over-stating it. It was just wicked fun.
Creating something and then surrendering copyright is tantamount to Work for Hire. With this contest, the T wants Work for Hire… for Free. Even the perpetually cash-strapped T can throw a bone to graphic designers that need to put in at least a weekend of work to make something look decent. If they really, really wanted designers to care, they could put some meat on that bone. I ride the commuter rail 4 days a week… I’ll take a yearly pass. I’m not alone in thinking this. In fact, American Institute of Graphic Arts points out that designers should never provide anything of value if they are paid nothing of value. So, T… pay for quality graphic design. Oh, and get rid of “forward funding” to finance yourself. That’s just common sense.
In the last month, the world’s largest social network has lost 6m US visitors, a 4% fall, according to analysis firm SocialBakers. In the UK, 1.4m fewer users checked in last month, a fall of 4.5%. The declines are sustained. In the last six months, Facebook has lost nearly 9m monthly visitors in the US and 2m in the UK.
Dear Tumblr user-base:
Now that I have achieved the impressive tipping-point of 20,000 Tumblr followers, my contractual arrangement with Tumblr GmbH requires me to upgrade my activities here at brucesterling.tumblr.com.
Our new policy is for your own good, because, without clearer IP policies and some monetization, you, the user-base, may well find yourselves sadly deprived of the lickable street-art posters and the UFO cattle abductions on which all twenty thousand of you have come to depend. None of us want that.
Therefore, in the future, our daily cavalcade of sourceless ripped-off graphic whimsy will also carry some branding — tactful visual inserts quite similar to those found here in my brand-new, official “Tumblr-Maestro” formal studio portrait. I think you’ll agree that this pic looks pretty fucking classy. It does, right? Feel free to heart it and forward it.
Mind you, these branding inserts will come from only the very coolest tech companies — the out-there, with-it, inventive guys who are involved in tech developments that I myself sincerely find interesting, awesome cutting-edge outfits such as Parasight, Uber, TagWhat, GoPro, Dysonics, Vintank, Plantronics, Epiphany — gosh there sure are a lot of them — ElectricFoxy, Memoto, Wolfram Alpha, and our special guest sponsor, Zuta Osa (Yellow Wasp) all-natural Serbian Plum Brandy.
I will continue to wear Missoni at no extra charge. That’s because the “Missoni” brand, unlike most fashion corporations, is some actual family of real Italians who are genuinely named “Missoni.”
To assist in this new arrangement, Tumblr Gmbh has kindly assigned me a secretary and business manager, Miss Tesanovic (seen above). The charming Miss T. will be answering your business email around the brucesterling.tumblr.com small-office/home-office, while I redouble my efforts to pitchfork some sticky-eyeball content into the Tumblr maw.
Here’s to a prosperous second quarter of 2013!
“Graphic Arrays” is about screen resolutions and aspect ratios and how these evolved over the last decades. The left board is dedicated to more recent mobile vertical resolution ending at iPad retina. The right board represents the long history of desktop screen pixel sizes starting with the classic VGA (640×480) IBM standard from 1987 till today’s common 2560×1600 desktop monsters.