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Found from swissmiss, and I think this speaks for itself.  I want a print of this so badly.

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For many who do any work with quantitative data–specifically, having to display quantitative data, doing it in a way that is interesting, relevant to the audience, and yet is more creative than just a standard table or bar chart is a ceaseless quest.  I own several of Edward Tufte’s books as he is considered one of the biggest names in this kind of thought, and one of my personal goals is to attend one of his day-long seminars one day to hear the man himself speak on how to creatively display quantitative information.  The illustrations in his books are completely staggering, but are also beyond the abilities of any presentation software I’ve encountered–so alternatives need to be considered as well.

Enter Nicholas Feltron, a designer who has created his own visual “annual reports” for the past few years and recently co-founded Daytum.com, a site that encourages users to start tracking their own habits, consumption, and activities–really, anything that could be remotely quantifiable.

Here’s a screenshot of the homepage, to give you a taste:

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I submitted my email to gain an invite to submit to the site–once I do, I’ll keep you posted on any interesting charts that come my way…

(article found via swissmiss)

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Tuesday afternoon while reading swissmiss I learned that the MoMA has recently installed a temporary exhibit in the Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street (I love those street names, by the way) station in Brooklyn called MoMA Atlantic Pacific:

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It’s meant to add art to a subway station for a monthlong period, but it’s also clear that it’s meant to drum up new memberships, as clearly shown by the $75/Become a Member! hot pink bubble near the top of the page.  Naturally I cannot fault them for trying to drive interest in their museum among a key local demographic–young, often creative or creative-minded professionals who are close enough to Manhattan that a subway ride isn’t that much of a reach–but I do wish that they would do projects like this more often, especially in subway stations that tourists might encounter but aren’t the most obvious–even at the one closest to the museum, itself.  It could serve as an extremely effective advertisement, of course, but also as an art-minded amuse bouche, with the focus naturally shifting to the eye.

Hopefully this will be the first in many of these kinds of installations–dare I suggest that perhaps a few could pop up along the Metro-North as well?

Here are some of the artworks on view through March; you can also visit the whole exhibit here:

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On Wednesday Penny posed a question that made me giggle with glee:  how do you shop? As someone who is in market research and also a self-professed retail nerd, this is a question I can’t help but “ask” (and by ask, I mean pay attention to what others are buying when I’m in a store) on a regular basis.  At the grocery store I am that person that watches what you scan at the checkout and tries to guess if it’s for a specific occasion or your weekly needs–and usually, the shopping carts that fascinate me the most are those of the college kids who take their school’s shuttle to our Stop & Shop and who are usually there when we are, mostly because they are often the most random.

But what about my shopping cart?  If you’d like to know, join me after the jump.  If this will bore you to tears, move along! (more…)

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About a year ago, Michael introduced me to the glory that is IKEA Hacker, and with Diana’s recent mentions of the fabulous Swedish retailer and the current economic climate, encouraging creative uses of budget-friendly furniture seems significantly more appealing than promoting buying pre-distressed furniture or fixtures at places like Restoration Hardware.

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There are some ridiculously creative ideas out there, such as this one that took a bathroom cabinet and turned it into a comprehensive jewlery case, or this one that took a popular frame and turned it, in multiple sizes, into wall art, that it’s impossible not to be inspired.

Check it out for yourself:

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(image from IKEA Hacker)

How is this not fantastic?

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One of my favorite places to find reasonably priced, unique gifts is MoMA Store, and if I’m looking for some design porn as a pick-me-up, the online selection seldom fails to deliver.  Currently they are featuring a new, limited-time-only collection called Destination:  Seoul that features everyday products previously only available in South Korea (per the MoMA’s website).  The entire collection is filled with wit, and here are some that made me smile:

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A Tea Mug that can hang onto that pesky tag string and tag.

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Egg Salt & Pepper Shakers:  Because why not?

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Wooden Fishing Playset:  potentially cute “save it for when the baby is a little older” present.

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Farfalle Brooch:  This made me crack up, as it reminds me of one of the more recent Barilla ads for the Piccolini line of mini pastas–specifically the one where the handsome Italian chef is inspired to make a dish after seeing a little gold bow on his daughter’s teddy bear.

(all photos from the MoMA Store, obviously)

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Today has been…odd, with many unanswered questions still hanging.  But at least I know the answer to this one:

Has the Large Hadron Collider Destroyed The Earth Yet?

It’s nice to know that the more things change, the more things stay the same.

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