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East London’s street art – Graffiti

For visitors and newcomers, the mention of London conjures up images of the queen, gray skies, Big Ben and Parliament.

But the opening of the Games of the 30th Olympiad will confront millions around the world with unfamiliar scenes of London’s East End, the vibrant and distinctly proletarian heart of the capital.

East London has long housed the capital’s working, criminal and creative classes. And Stratford, where the Olympic Park now stands, has been regarded by many as little more than a post-industrial wasteland, a relic of the city’s bygone manufacturing era.

Read more at source: cnn.com

The Watchmaker

Made in Brooklyn
Episode 2:
The Watchmaker
David Sokosh

Directed by Dustin Cohen
Edited by Michael Hurley
(Filmed by both)

View the photo essay here:
dustincohen.com/#/MADE_IN_BROOKLYN/THE_WATCHMAKER/1/thumbs

Watch all of the Made in Brooklyn films here:
vimeo.com/channels/madeinbk

Learn more about Brooklyn Watches and David Sokosh:
davidsokosh.com/

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dustin@cohen.net
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Home to 1.5 million pieces of wood type: Observatory: Design Observer

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A vector-driven router puts the finishing touches on Matthew Carter’s Van Lanen font. When cutting fine interior angles the router bit lifts to create sharp corners

Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, est. 1880

The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, located in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production, and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, Hamilton’s collection is one of the premier wood type collections in the world. In addition to wood type, the Museum is home to an array of advertising woodcuts from the 1930s through the 1970s. A “living” museum, Hamilton hosts numerous cutting demonstrations and printing workshops for visitors.

Snow Circles

see more here: http://idekumiko.posterous.com/snow-and-salt

From a tactical perspective, two very different art installations — but both exquisite in their own right. Each artist uses materials found in nature to demonstrate how temporary can still be beautiful.

Deluge: Watch As 300,000 Norwegians Move Across The Globe Like Ballistic Missiles

300.000 Norwegians move house every year. If the pattern made by this process could be compressed into one short animation, what would would it look like? What could you learn about your country from such an animation, if anything?

Deluge is a C++ application designed to answer these questions. The underlying data was generated by cross referencing Norwegian tax records from 2006 and 2007 to find changes in postal codes.

More here:
http://vis.bengler.no/deluge

Read more over at http://www.fastcodesign.com/1669052/watch-as-300000-norwegians-move-across-th…

“My Friends, 1892″ … Facebook

THE IDEA: Cinemetrics

cinemetrics is about measuring and visualizing movie data, in order to reveal the characteristics of films and to create a visual “fingerprint” for them. Information such as the editing structure, color, speech or motion are extracted, analyzed and transformed into graphic representations so that movies can be seen as a whole and easily interpreted or compared side by side.

THE TOOLS
Extracting, processing and visualizing movie data is something you cannot do manually, that’s why custom software tools were written for pretty much every step of the process. – Tools for disassembling video files into their components (video, audio, subtitles, etc.) and processing them (shot detection, average shot length, motion measuring, color palettes), as well as an interactive application to generate and compare different movie fingerprints.

THE BOOK

Read + see more here: http://cinemetrics.fredericbrodbeck.de/