Jul 06, 2011

I Can See Clearly Now

By James WoodIn his masterful book on visual design, Beautiful Evidence, Edward Tufte has an extended discussion of “sparklines.” If you don’t already know, a sparkline is a small graphical representation of data, usually in the form of a line graph. Tufte says sparklines are: “data-intense, design-simple, word-sized graphics.” Rather than showing all of the information necessary in one, confused graph, the data is broken out into discreet chunks to be analyzed separately. Whether looking at stock performance, medical data or the average rainfall in the Amazon rainforest, sparklines can be used to make the raw numerical data comprehensible at a More…

LCD video wall , Clarity Matrix , digital design

Jun 28, 2011

Targeted Marketing in Real Life

By James WoodGoogle has made its fortune by selling targeted ads. Most people know Google as the search engine company, but they make no money by offering searches. Rather it’s the ads that appear alongside search results that generate income for Google. It’s a brilliant system that takes advantage of the new world of Internet technology.Prior to the Internet, advertising was focused on getting eyes. The more people who watched a TV show or subscribed to a magazine, the more eyes would see the advertisements and the more valuable the ads are. It’s a game of percentages. Assume that most of the people seeing the ads aren’t interested. Adjust for the More…

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Jun 27, 2011

No Unitaskers

By James WoodAlton Brown, the host of Good Eats, Iron Chef America and Feasting on Asphalt on the Food Network often shares his prejudice against unitaskers. The only unitasker he allows in his kitchen is the fire extinguisher. If you’re not familiar, a unitasker is a tool that can only perform one function and kitchens are filled with them. Egg slicers, bread makers, pickle spears and lemon zesters are just a few of the offenders that make Alton cringe. There’s no space in the kitchen for these items that get so little use but take up so much space.In a world that is becoming much more conscious about efficiency, the ethic of no unitaskers can apply More…

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Jun 10, 2011

Size Matters

By James WoodThe pyramids of Egypt rise up out of the sand on the Giza plateau defying imagination. In sheer size and the amount of labor required to build them they are truly wonders, which earned them the moniker even in ancient times. Of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid at Giza is the only one to survive. Not a one of the other six wonders was diminutive.From huge statues like the Colossus of Rhodes and the statue of Zeus to giant buildings like the Temple of Artemis and the Lighthouse at Alexandria to immense undertakings like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.Humanity has always celebrated More…

LCD video wall , digital signage , digital displays , Clarity Matrix

Jun 08, 2011

Get the Picture

By James WoodAs we piled into the car, I couldn’t help but feel another twinge of jealously. He was my friend and I was happy for him, I really was. But I was also incredibly jealous that as a senior in high school he got to drive a red 1966 Mustang. If it were a convertible I may not have been able to contain my envy. This day was like any other day, we were headed out after school for track practice. He turned the key and the beautiful engine roared to life bringing an involuntary smile to my face. A moment later it sputtered to silence. He twisted the key in the ignition again, but the engine refused to speak.The object of my envy was transformed, More…

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May 24, 2011

Inspiration Abounds at ICFF

May 14-17, New York City hosted the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, a spectacle of inspiring events at the Javits Center and about town. The show is one of North America's premier showcases for contemporary design from around the world. Over 25,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, designers, manufacturers, and developers were joined by over 500 exhibitors from countries ranging from Spain to Japan and hundreds of New York City showrooms hosting events and rolling out new product concepts. A cacophony of inspiration.One of the most innovative things I saw at the show was from a surprising source: one of the nation's oldest and most More…

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May 20, 2011

Planar Installations Highlighted in "Trend Forecasting: Digital Surfaces to Transform Spatial Design" article by Jacob Slevin

On May 12, Jacob Slevin, Co-Founder of and Guest Curator of Huff Post Art's Design Thursdays posted an article on on "Trend Forecasting: Digital Surfaces to Transform Spatial Design" that highlighted Planar displays that exemplify creative and dynamic digital design in a variety installation environments. In his article, Slevin showed a number of examples that have led him to predict that "digital surfaces will emerge as a leading material and surface in the coming years, one which will be specified and installed by both design professionals and homeowners alike."Two prominent Planar Clarity Matrix Video Wall More…

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