Drawings of a future world from one hundred years earlier

Wednesday, 29 February, 2012

Pictures drawn by US children in 1976 – being America’s Bicentennial – depicting their visions of what the world would be like in 2076, say a lot about how they saw the future, and indeed the TV shows they were watching during the 1970s.

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Might we one day communicate with aliens through diagrams?

Friday, 26 November, 2010

While pictures or diagrams are said to speak a thousand words to people, often communicating ideas or thoughts in ways words cannot, they may also – it is hoped – bridge the gap between humanity and alien civilisations.

The engraved plagues attached to deep space probes Pioneers 10 and 11 for instance, form an example of a visual language that could foster communication between us and any extraterrestrial intelligence we may encounter.

One of the strengths of all these diagrams is that they transcend language. They can be read and understood by people across the globe. Which is why when we launched our first space craft out of our Solar System in 1972, scientists recognised that a diagram was probably our best bet at communicating to any intelligent life out there in space. Frank Drake and Carl Sagan created in some sense the ultimate diagram, an engraving that was attached to the Pioneer space probe which would communicate in visual language who we are and where we come from.

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Vivid Sydney 2010, light projection photo collections

Monday, 21 June, 2010

Vivid Sydney, a “festival of light, music, and ideas” concludes today, and while the event features a number of attractions, the three light installation and projection shows are probably the (no pun intended) highlights:

  • “Lighting the Sails”, the lighting up of Sydney Opera House.
  • “Macquarie Visions”, the illuminating of buildings around Macquarie street.
  • “The Rocks Fire Water”, a Bollywood style show which re-tells the story of the voyage of the “Sydney Cove”, a ship sailing from Calcutta to Sydney.

There has been no shortage of people taking photos, which is good since I somehow managed to miss the whole event, so I’ve put together a selection of – quite spectacular – photo collections I found mainly on Flickr.

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We Love Sounds photos, Sydney, Saturday 12 June, 2010

Monday, 14 June, 2010

It looks like the people who took photos at the Sydney leg of We Love Sounds, which was on at the Hordern Pavilion last Saturday, are still taking it easy (it’s a long weekend in these parts after all) given only a few collections have come to light so far.

I’ll continue scanning the channels through the day, but here are a couple of photo and video offerings from Saturday’s event to get started with:

Update: a couple more photo collections, and a video. I’ll keep a look out for more tomorrow, and post any links I find.

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V Festival photos and videos, Sydney 2009

Monday, 30 March, 2009

Sydney turned on a sparkling day and night for Saturday’s V Festival in Centennial Park, which maybe explains the huge collection of photo galleries that have appeared since Sunday afternoon.

If you want to relive the V Fest experience, or see what you missed out on, then check out photo galleries by antzpantz, Jonathan Agyeman Jones, threed, Ernest Bludger, and So Many Pigeons.

Bernarda Maia posted a few shots of the ThoughtWorks crew (hey guys!), despite a memory card malfunction hopefully Evie Pereira will add more photos to her gallery, the Sydney Morning Herald has a small collection, and get up close and personal with Robert Challenger’s set.

There’s also a few single-serve Twitpic photos by Euan Rowlands, Jonathan Jones, and Iain McDonald.

Jonathan Nguyen has posted some short videos #1, #2, and #3 (all about 30 seconds long), and Eleanor Conway records her trip from London (YouTube, 1 min 30 secs approx), via Hong Kong, to be at V Fest.

Update: check out photo galleries at inthemix, LiveGuide, by whereispops, and

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Future Music Festival 2009 Sydney photos

Monday, 2 March, 2009

We missed out on tickets to last Saturday’s Future Music Festival but nonetheless enjoyed the vibes, and thumping bass-line, thanks to our close proximity to Randwick racecourse.

I hope local residents were happy with proceedings this year, by Sunday morning there was very little sign (no litter, revellers sleeping gutters, etc ;) that the festival had taken place, certainly on the Alison road side of the racecourse at least.

Anyway I’ve tracked down a couple of photo collections, there’s not too many online yet, but I’ll keep a look out during the day and add them in here.

As usual inthemix have some great galleries, Zimbio have posted an extensive collection, and Christian Hilton has posted a couple including a cool twilight shot.

Update: WireImage has posted a good collection but a login is required to view images in full, and there’s a video of Markus Schulz performing “Silence”.

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Instructional Design: the “how to” graphics collection

Thursday, 15 January, 2009

How To Graphics: from parallel parking to holding a pencil correctly.

What unites most of the images is their simplicity. When it is necessary to show how to do something, the simpler the image, the better. Perhaps there are more than a few illustrations we could function without. How many of us really need to see how to close a sandwich bag or put a letter in an envelope? Nonetheless, these and all the others aspire to make our lives a little easier.

A picture speaks a thousand words?

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Good Vibrations 2008 Update

Sunday, 17 February, 2008

The hoped for tickets for Good Vibrations didn’t pan out in the end, but we still wondered over to the Good Vibes site yesterday afternoon in Centennial Park anyway.

A few people have posted photos of the event here and here, plus the Sydney Morning Herald. There was also a very visible police presence at the festival…

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