Mapping Our Disconnect

Maps have power. They can make the illegible legible and the invisible visible. They can make the obvious even more obvious and the impossible seem possible. When Stamen Design mapped the routes of the private buses that ferry techies between their homes in San Francisco and their jobs in Silicon Valley for the 2012 Zero1 Biennial, the aesthetic choice to render the map as a transit-system schematic made an open secret within San Francisco obvious to the world. The city is becoming a suburb of the Silicon Valley suburbs.

New Article in Boom’s Summer Issue

I have a new piece out today in Boom: A Journal of California's new issue "What's the Matter with San Francisco." In conjunction with my ongoing Public/Transit project, I've written a story in three visualizations about the transit system the Bay could have had, the one we got, and how private companies are filling the … Continue reading New Article in Boom’s Summer Issue

Cities, Media: Neon Hong Kong

There's no better visual shorthand for HK's hive-like urbanism than crowded streets beneath a glowing canopy of signs sprouting from nearly every available surface. The multicolored glare and audible electric sizzle of so many tubes blinking on and off is a deeply encoded childhood memory.

“Postcards from the Future” on Slate

My essay that appeared in Boom: A Journal of California's winter 13-14 issue is on Slate.com today as "California is the Future." The original text and photos have been enhanced with a map plotting the locations of future California, by my UCSC Digital Art & New Media colleague Wayne Marci. Check it out!

Postcards from the Future

My latest essay, accompanied by my photographs of sci-fi film locations in CA, is out this month in the Winter 13-14 issue of Boom: A journal of California. http://www.photosnack.com/7D8FBAD9E8C/ptkab9pp.html "Postcards From the Future" From Boom Winter 2013, Vol. 3, No. 4 Postcards from the Future - Boom: A Journal of California, a set on Flickr. … Continue reading Postcards from the Future