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The Illustrated Urban Life (with Music by Röyksopp)

23 November, 2007; 8:02 Leave a comment Go to comments

A few days ago I marked this in my “recommended reading” feed, so you might have already checked it out. But it’s so good, it’s worth highlighting here. Beautifully addressing several minor fascinations of mine—urban environments, technical illustration, a keen wit, and fun Nordic electronic music—this music video follows the ordinary life of young woman in central London, where her context is illustrated by infographics such as orthographic drawings, electricity-grid maps, a water-cycle diagram, an Underground station diagram,…you get the picture…all designed by H5, a design studio in France that actually designs infographics for a living, mostly for advertisements. The video is well worth watching.

When Edward Tufte first published his wide-format, beautifully designed book “The Visual Illustration of Quantitative Data“, many people in academia thought, “why didn’t I think of doing that?”, yet it was Tufte who got rich off the idea. Now, I bet that Tufte would think the same thing while watching this video: “Why didn’t I think of that?”

(with a nod to the blog Digital Urban)

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