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Taxonomy of Advertising Agency Names

January 15, 2013


I just thought this graph addressed some of the tensions that we discussed regarding data design, by engaging an audience to look at information that is not necessarily that insightful or valuable. More hmmmm, less ahaaaa.

Good art or bad

December 31, 2012

This is just my own opinion.

I was always confused by this question: how to evaluate an art work.

My own experiences drive me suppose that there might be two types of art critic: Performer View (PV) and Artist View (AV). It is not to say that any work in artist view is better than performer’s, but we consider these two types separately.

For PV,

art is not what you see but what you make others see quote design  creativity

So in this view, the judgement of an art work is not only depend on the art itself, but also deeply depend on the observers.

How the observers feel, how the majority responds.

To judge an artwork is better or worse than another, a poll is needed. Statistics works here.

In AV, we set a lot of standards by rules, especially the ways how the author shows his emotions and his insight ideas.

How he expresses his understanding of the real life or an imagine world in an appealing and concentrated way using some kind of typical or ideal work.

I think a wonderful art work should send the author’s creative or insight informations with following four aspects:

Simple, essential, exact and beautiful.

Maybe we can establish a lot of levels of rules to judge works. I don’t know what these levels are, but I believe,

If you want to break a rule in a lower level, you should maintain or improve the higher level rules.

Moreover, we can understand PV and AV by this analogy.

PV is like you judge a girl by her physical beauty.

AV is like you judge a girl as you want her to be your wife, characteristics come first, and appearance is secondary.

Functional Random

December 29, 2012

I didn’t notice this before David’s project.

Randomness is a form of art, a very different form from the predicted patterns.

When I was a child, I was fascinated by simple symbols, like Yin Yang Symbol:


I find beauty in this elegant and kind of mathematical object, it shows harmony and exactness.

Like Einstein, I believed that the nature of nature lies in “God doesn’t play with dice.” But Alberts are both wrong.

In real world, all the information we can get from nature are just probabilities.

Let’s recall the project work from David.

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Like I said during the critique:

If I want to put a single circle into this picture, it can be anywhere. But if there are hundreds of circles, I should arrange it properly.

This effect can be seen in the behavior of electrons (for more), 

I think the difference between this kind of modern design and old pattens is just like the difference between classic and modern physics.

In classic, you write a function and set a boundary.

Here, you write a distribution function and give a number of random objects.






Narrative Form: How to Write a Joke

December 21, 2012

Seinfeld explains.

Let the Pyramid be Linsanity.

December 18, 2012

There is a Chinese character on each side of the pyramid, Lin, my Chinese family name.

The history of this character is as old as the characters from Egypt. And its appearance changes little though the history. About the Lin character.



Then I want to share with you more pictures about the Pyramids focus more on this character.










How to print photos on the plotter:

December 7, 2012

Printing Instructions: Z6100_Z6200_Printing2

About Faces: Arne Svenson

December 6, 2012


Photo? Narrative?

December 5, 2012

So it’s not exactly a narrative and it’s not actually based on photography, but who can resist a really awesome rube-goldberg?

Let’s Do The Timelapse Again!

December 5, 2012

Landings at San Diego Airport on Nov 23, 2012

A cool compilation/timelapse thing! Reminded me of Kris’s project.

Also, this is a pretty standard seasonal timelapse, but really really well made. It gets good around 0:30

1-sheet books

December 4, 2012

twombly binding