The Times has created an impressive infographic visualizing the modern Olympic results, in three events, during the 116 year history of the modern games. Visualized are the long jump, the 100m swimming freestyle, and the 100m dash. Each chart shows where past Olympians would stand at the time of the top competitors finish.
It is fascinating to see how much better, faster, and more determined we have become. Some of these accelerated results may stem from pure human achievement, and some may stem from advances in technology and evolution of the game in question, but whatever the reason these graphs are a reminder of the greatness we can achieve. All in all, it is a wonderful visualization.
[via The New York Times]
As children we find comfort in familiarity. We are told to stay away from strangers, and are apprehensive when we encounter something new or different. Imagery and visual perception plays a huge role in the way we maneuver through life from childhood to adulthood. Anthony Smith, a young New Hampshire boy, wears a hearing aid and recently informed his mother that he didn’t want to wear it. Anthony is an avid fan of comic books and superheros. His bedroom is decorated with posters and bedsheets depicting the characters and imagery we all know and love. He sees these images every day, and they bring him happiness and joy. However, Anthony started to realize that none of the super heroes wore hearing aids. In his eyes, they don’t need to face adversity, or use aids to get through life, they are super after all. Realizing the hearing aid has positively influenced her sons life, his mother took measures to ensure her son felt confident about himself and his needs. She wrote Marvel Comics seeking examples of superheros that experienced hearing loss. To her surprise Marvel quickly responded with an image of the superhero Hawkeye, who wears hearing aids due to 80% hearing loss. Alongside this example they sent a drawing of a new character who wore a hearing aid. He is named “Blue Ear” after the name Anthony and his mother have given to his hearing aid.
The things we see affect our lives immensely. These images sent by Marvel will likely change this Boy’s perception of his life for many years to come. This act of kindness may have only taken a short time to implement, but an hour of work on their part probably meant the world to this boy. This type of strength in the sense of visual perception, I believe, is too often taken for granted.
Today, I can smile.
[via My Fox Boston]
There has been a ton of construction on my street lately. Buildings are being torn down and replaced with new, modern structures. Change is good, but the process towards that change is often hectic, chaotic, and beautiful.
It’s not very often that a post falls under all three categories of Past, Present, and Future. However, the blog I Love Typography has succeeded! They have embarked on a project to document the worlds most beautiful signage through mobile snapshots coupled with geotagging. This project analyzes the history of signage retrospectively, shows us what signage still exists, and ensures that the future will still hold these beautiful images when the physical pieces are long gone.
[via I Love Typography]
These Post-it Note watches (designed by Doriane Favre) are a clever, modern alternative to remembering information—rather than tying a string around your finger. You can buy them here.
The paint gurus at Sherwin-Williams has created a color picking web-app that creates comprehensive color palettes from almost any photograph or image on the web with just one click. The result is called Chip It! and while this tool is meant to help people buy the correct paint colors, I can see myself using this tool regularly in my own work. This is very nice change from the normal, invasive, and unusable promotional “apps” that seem to dominate the internet lately. Enjoy!
(After writing this post, a friend informed me of the Sherwin-Williams Android app Color Snap. Check it out!)