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.
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
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.