the job search

Jacob Heftmann’s ongoing project of infographics about his job search. I particularly like the mustache and self-esteem ones.

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Gymnastique Scolaire

I’m particularly enjoying this week’s French Friday (from Words & Eggs) featuring these fantastic images found in pilllpat’s album Milliat (1933-34). There is something simultaneously lovely, creepy and hysterical about the illustrations — like there is a weird ghost trying to escape the little boy’s body.

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My Tree and Me

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I have been weirdly into genealogy ever since I had to make a family tree in the sixth grade. And, as you may have noticed, we are pretty into information design. Give that, it is no surprise that I am really into Jen O’neill’s custom family trees from My Tree and Me. There are a number of custom designs available and a few DIY write-in versions as well. These would make a great present for new parents, or for yourself.
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transit map abstraction

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Tokyo Rail Map Poster and Calendar, zero per zero, 2008. Click for larger version.

I got really excited about this map of Tokyo’s complex rail system by Korean designers zero per zero today. It establishes a new abstraction vocabulary (arcs) for railway maps, which since Harry Beck’s 1933 Tube map (more on which below) have tended to use variations on his circuit-boardy angle system. And it uses chocolate brown, which I hope against hope will never go out of style again. And it has an underlying 12×31 grid and comes packaged with post-it notes sized to the grid squares: that’s right; you can use the thing as a calendar! It’s available straight from Korea here — San Francisco friends give me a shout if you want something, we’ll combine shipping! along with smaller folding versions with great info backs. And New York, Osaka and Seoul editions.

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A little discussion of some more great rail maps featuring Messrs Beck, Vignelli, Hertz, Jabbour and Good Magazine after the jump.

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Dear Gretchen,

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I came across Gretchen Nash‘s work last night, and was basically blown away by (and pretty envious of) her book Dear Gretchen,. I haven’t seen the actual book, but it looks pretty fabulous — I am a big fan of art that catalogs fairly mundane life events, old letters, and interesting charts and graphs (in this case, charts made of paper).

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This is what she has to say about her book:

An extensive book that investigates letters that I have kept inside a luggage case since my childhood. The process of the book included finding the word and phrase frequency of the letters, categorizing them by sender, by date, and finally writing personal reflections about each of the senders. Graphs were constructed to reveal the word frequency and each of the 187 letters were thoroughly documented inside of the book.

Gretchen is a recent graduate of California Institute of the Arts, and her book Dear Gretchen, was selected as a finalist in the 2008 Adobe Design Achievement Awards.

via Quipsologies