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An A Train is Now Departing

MTA [Detail]

Stunning visualisation by Alexander Chen, created using Canvas, which turns the NYC Subway lines into strings in a realtime musical instrument:

Using the MTA’s actual subway schedule, the piece begins in realtime by spawning trains which departed in the last minute, then continues accelerating through a 24 hour loop. The visuals are based on Massimo Vignelli’s 1972 diagram.

Make sure to read the project summary too. Fantastic work.

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Cathode Terminal Emulator [Detail]

By emulating the terminals of 30 years ago, before the GUI took over our increasingly sophisticated and pixel-intense screens, Cathode brings us back to a time where you would “bask in the glow of over-bright phosphors that flash on and slowly fade away”.

As Gruber hinted at in his linkage, the question that comes to mind is, why do we favour the desyncs and shifts of Cathode over the clean, crisp digital perfection our hardware is capable of delivering? Reminiscent of the analogue effects of Instagram or Hipstamatic, is the yearning for the inferior and faulty merely a sign of nostalgia, or is our brain in fact tuned to favour the imperfect?

Regardless, Cathode is a fastidious achievement, and you could do worse than spending an afternoon trying it out with telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl, a match made in heaven.

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Romance has lived too long upon this river

 Romance has lived too long upon this river [Detail]

Wonderful, evocative work by James Bridle:

Romance has lived too long upon this river is a single-serving web page that tells you how high the tide is at London Bridge: explicitly close up, but also, roughly, at a glance.

Looks especially good on an iPad, full screen, on a cloudy day in London.

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RTFH [Detail]

The Mac App Store launched last week, making it immediately evident that not all Mac Applications adhere 100% to Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines. Quick off the bat was Read the fucking HIG, a Tumblr devoted to the public humiliation of inferior designs available from the Cupertino-sanctioned outlet.

Although design criticism has its place and is serving to make the design landscape better, Read the fucking HIG is not 100% on target.

For those of you not familiar with the RTFH’s house style, here’s a sample review, reproduced in full:

straight from the top paid apps list. i mean what the fuck.

this makes me want to choke the guy but hell probably just predictably turn blue like his shitty apps

The problem with RTFH is not the content, but the tone. Replacing proper capitalisation and grammar with a motherload of f-bombs isn’t a panacea to deputise for wit. Remember that, kids.

Update: PerversionTracker returns. This is how it’s done, folks.

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