Evolution of the French railway network from 1910 to 2014 [704x351]
Alternate title: Evolution of the French automobile network, because that is what we are really looking at here in the white space.
"Minority Report’s action takes place in 2054, but its interface already existed at the MIT Media Lab in 2002. If it looked futuristic to audiences, it’s because most weren’t familiar with the current state of gestural computing. It took science fiction’s unique capacity to meld human desires with technological speculation to place them in the realm of commercial possibility. Is this prediction per se, or did science fiction just yank the leash and bring the future to heel?"
This map shows the town of Agloe, New York, which was first put on maps in the 1930s as a fake place name so that cartographers could see when their work was being plagiarized. Their plan backfired, though, when someone living in the area opened an Agloe General Store after seeing the name on a map, and their cartographic fiction became a reality. Read more here.
As part of her MA work at the Design Academy Eindhoven, artist and graphic designer Echo Yang created a series titled Autonomous Machines where common analog devices like tin windup toys, a Walkman, an alarm clock and other machines were connected to writing and painting instruments. As each machine was set loose on a canvas its specialized motions were translated into brush strokes, paint blobs, and pencil marks resulting in self-generated artworks somewhat reminiscent of spirographs. While conceptual artists have long been recording the actions of machines, plants, wind and other moving objects to generate artwork, Yang’s painting wind-up chicken toy stands out as a superbly executed idea. It would be great to see a whole series of those. You can see many more painting vacuum cleaners, hand mixers and electric razors on her website.