Monthly Archives: January 2012

Was Van Gogh colorblind?
Posted by on January 27, 2012
Posted in: graphic design, mobile, software

It’s tempting to assume that we all perceive things in the same way: the sounds we hear, the flavors we taste, the colors we see. In an overall general sense, this seems to be the case: we can interpret the same sounds (though maybe not agree on the same music), identify similar tastes, and read […]

iBooks Author
Posted by on January 20, 2012
Posted in: software

The free iBooks Author app was released recently, allowing any Mac-toting pedagogue to create and publish an iBook and sell it for $0-14.99 (-30%) exclusively through iBookstore. The features are pretty much what one would expect for the iWorld of touch and multimedia interactivity: customizable templates, media-rich glossaries, “interactive images,” movies, Keynote presentations and 3D […]

Each map is a unique - and very special - snowflake.
Posted by on January 17, 2012
Posted in: mapping, tips and tricks

We make a lot of maps here in the Fat Pencil Lab. These maps are published in all sorts of different mediums: print, video, web, presentations, white board, dug into sand, etc. And we make maps for all sorts of reasons, highlighting all sorts of different things. That’s why I was thrilled to learn simple […]

Color in Persuasive Graphics
Posted by on January 10, 2012
Posted in: graphic design, legal

Color is a major consideration in any graphics project, but it’s an especially loaded issue when it comes to persuasive graphics, such as those used as trial exhibits. Some people think that color response is purely subjective. It certainly seems that way when I point out a color that I like to my husband, a […]

99% Invisible
Posted by on January 6, 2012
Posted in: architecture, data visualization, inspiration

I just started listening to 99% invisible, a tiny radio show about design, with Roman Mars. The stories are short, fascinating, and an inspiration for my work as a visual designer. One episode in particular, The Blue Yarn, really hit home for me. It tells the story of Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, and their […]