Project Mapping has a great range of local and national rail maps with clean and innovative ideas about presentation of information. Check it out.
"A rail network map isn't just about how to get from A to B. A rail network map is about the identity of the business or organisation running services on those lines. It's what makes one operator distinct from another, it's what gives different systems their individual identity.
"Too much current map design is based slavishly on the London Underground map principles and not enough creative thinking goes into the interpretation of complex modern travel systems.
"This website is being developed as a resource portal for rail maps for education, to stimulate debate, present new ideas, criticise and congratulate.
"It is also a promotional site for new maps by Andrew Smithers. Andrew grew up in London fascinated by the tube map, and the Project Mapping name evolved from his graphic design consultancy."
What sort of man wears mantyhose? "Skinny trousers for men are everywhere. But how many will take the trend for figure-hugging legwear one step beyond, and wear tights? We road-test the look." The video is well worth a watch for the reactions. And this is nothing like as eye-catching at the man tights from We Love Colors
Audio slideshow: Art and politics in China "As China marks the 60th anniversary of Communist rule, Katie Hill, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Chinese Art at the University of Westminster in London, looks at how art has moved from the realm of propaganda to the international marketplace."
Dark Nostalgia "A new tome by design correspondent Eva Hagberg, Dark Nostalgia coins a nickname for the cozy vintage trend in interiors." Click through for some great interior images.
Fisheye gives new route to perfect images "A fisheye lens proposed over a century ago can produce perfectly focused images without using any exotic "negative refractive index" materials, a physicist in the UK has calculated."
"Like an MC Escher optical illusion this incredible rug is not quite as it first appears - on one hand it appears to be a 3D wooden sculpture, and on the other it is a fluid textile. Designed by Elisa Stroyzk, a design student at Central Saint Martins in London, the rug is made from wood veneer offcuts bonded to a textile backing. Inspired by her materials and using them in new ways, Stroyzk blurs the reality between hard surfaces and fluid movement."
"The Eamesí showed that films could be approached as a design exercise and as such were the forerunners to much of todayís information design, which has had a resurgence as a result of the Web. Their best known piece is Powers of Ten [below], but this is another little beauty.
"The film is nicely self-referential since it deals with Shannonís information theory. However, the astounding thing is that the Eamesí were savvy about Shannonís groundbreaking work which was published only 5 years before. To put this in context, its as if Frank Lloyd Wright had written a book about Einsteinís Special Relativity in 1910, when it wasnít fully endorsed by the physics community."
"Cut&Paste is a social arena for the discovery, advocacy, and elevation of design. 2009 The biggest, baddest tournament yet, DDT 2009 shows up with a 16-city roster and a slate of three competitions (2D, 3D, Motion Graphics) per city. Plus new Show&Tell sessions and a globalized Audience Design Contest. And the first-ever Global Championship. The whirlwind ride never ends!"