Saturday, January 28, 2006

Cedar shingles


Cedar shingles, originally uploaded by dgray_xplane.

Here's my mashup contribution!

d

Friday, January 27, 2006

World Changing Ideas Award

(I found this on the Business 2.0 blog, and immediately loved the graphic):



Basically, they airlift these 500 pound bags into areas hit by disaster. The bags have just enough volume to take just enough water to wet up all the powdered cement inside. The concrete is in this mesh. Then, the bags are inflated such that they form the structure. Think of it as inflating a balloon and then casting it in concrete. Then, the shelters last about 10 years (5 times longer than the traditional tent shelters given to such uses). They'd cost about $2000 to make, mass produced.

But what a great graphic, eh?

The Saatchi & Saatchi World Changing Ideas Award article is here.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

My Mash-Up Offering


Here's my picture for the Mash-Up challenge I wrote about. See what you can do with it?


Visual Thinking School MASH-UP!

I want to mix things up a bit. Why don't we all submit something to the blog-- could be ANYTHING... an illustration, a sketch, a photo -- and throw it open for everyone else to mash it up? By mash-up, I mean taking the work and editing it *or* combining it in form or function with some other work.

So, if Dave throws up a photo of a manhole, maybe JM draws stick men all over it. Who knows? But do you get the idea?

Post an image to the site for the mash-up. Take someone else's image, do something to it, and re-post it, citing the original sources.

Any confusion, email me: mashup @ chrisbrogan.com

ARE YOU IN?

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

funho01


funho01, originally uploaded by prudencio fonseca.

found on flickr

d

Monday, January 23, 2006

naked


naked, originally uploaded by tyger_lyllie.

stick figure fun.

found it on flickr.

d

newrepro69


newrepro69, originally uploaded by barzal.

found this on flickr -- dave

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Long Night 1 - Getting There


Long Night 1 - Getting There
Originally uploaded by Chris Brogan.
I've got a little series called "Long Night" on Flickr. They all come from last night and early this morning, while I was awaiting the birth of my son. They're quasi interesting, in that regard.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Wiring Diagram from Cambridge Soundworks

You probably couldn't get any more simple and explicit than this, but look: there are two wires for the speakers, a wire for the power, and a wire that plugs 1/2 into the speakers and 1/2 into the audio device. It's quasi-tricky, and this diagram makes you feel like someone's saying, "Okay, remain calm. This will be OKAY."

Interview with Dave Gray at [chrisbrogan.com]

Dave gave me a great interview, and it's up at [chrisbrogan.com]. Please come by and have a look.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

am Sontag


am Sontag, originally uploaded by Schoenwasser.

Really wonderful set of sketches I found on Flickr. Click the link and check out the whole set.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Dirigibles


Dirigibles
Originally uploaded by Chris Brogan.
So, someone else: help out. I would love to see what you come up with for something that would equally be unlikely to be flying the skies. Or, what the heck: make something else that might happen in this world? Or whatever. Where's the robot guy been?

Portable Context Device


Portable Context Device
Originally uploaded by Chris Brogan.
This is based on an idea I came up with during the Annotated Workspace exercise of a few weeks ago, and partially based on something I heard in the Identity 2.0 conference by O'Reilly. This is my idea for a portable context device. PLEASE, someone create one of these. I'll help.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Starbucks Solution


Not that I want to encourage them.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Future Stuff


Future Stuff
Originally uploaded by Chris Brogan.
I really like dirigibles. They're just so improbable. There's a book cover, and I think it was for a Michael Moorcock book, where there were all these combat blimps. For whatever reason, the idea of these slow and lumbering craft being used for battles is fascinating, because it's SO improbable.

The GONER device is such a hoot.

My Workspace 1


My Workspace 1
Originally uploaded by Chris Brogan.
Besides the fact that I should really consider occasionally using a ruler (but then, I work straight in pen and can't erase, and that's part of the fun), this is where I do a lot of my work: at the local coffee shop. It's fun doing a digital painting while people are discussing the rights of pedophiles in the booth across from me. (Mind you, they were two crazy guys).

A Day In The Life: A Pictograph

I really had a great time doing this. It reminds me just a little of those Family Circus cartoons. In fact, maybe I'll do one of those.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

DSC00977


DSC00977, originally uploaded by ogad2001.

DSC00977


DSC00977, originally uploaded by ogad2001.

Panel 4


Panel 4, originally uploaded by ogad2001.

Panel 2


Panel 2, originally uploaded by ogad2001.

Panel 3


Panel 3, originally uploaded by ogad2001.

Panel 1


Panel 1, originally uploaded by ogad2001.

Found this on Flickr

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Map Your World


Where do you live, work, play, eat, walk, drive, visit, shop, escape from/to, hear about, dream about and so forth?

Ask yourself: Is this the kind of place you want to live? What would you change? What would you have changed as a five-year old? Where to from here?

Workspace



Not including the workshop.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Talk With My Boss


Talk With My Boss
Originally uploaded by Chris Brogan.
I'm finding visual thinking to be cathartic. Especially today. I really felt down. But, after drinking an entire bottle of wine (we were out of beer), *and* drawing, I feel somewhat less upset by the day's events.

Gifted And Talented


Gifted And Talented
Originally uploaded by Chris Brogan.
In 6th grade, my guidance counselor decided that I was "bored," and that I should go into a "Gifted And Talented" program. The problem was this: the program wasn't really run by anyone particularly gifted. Thus, their method for dealing with us was to give us more of the same homework we found boring in regular class. Only, being gifted, we were now ridiculed and ostracized by our classmates. Woo!

Coping Mechanisms


Coping Mechanisms
Originally uploaded by Chris Brogan.
This was actually a lot of fun to draw, and it relates to Dave's thing a long while back about the proper way to draw stick people. I find that I still draw heads first, but I realized that I can be very expressive with just basic shapes.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Brands for Bricks


Brands for Bricks
Originally uploaded by Chris Brogan.
Bricks as a brand name. Does this make you wonder just what else we walk past that might be someone else's marketing center of the universe?

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Drowning


Drowning
Originally uploaded by Chris Brogan.
I have started a Flickr set related to self portraits of fear. I thought it'd be interesting to capture the moods of fear in a few different ways. link to the set.

An Evil Robot Moment


An Evil Robot Moment
Originally uploaded by Chris Brogan.
Lots of fun in this. I drew it this evening, as coffee has kept me from sleep. This is part of my new "Evil Robot" project.

15067355_3b9b591085


15067355_3b9b591085, originally uploaded by tfrank8176.

found on flickr

Monday, January 09, 2006

Roley in Construction Paper


Roley in Construction Paper
Originally uploaded by Chris Brogan.
It's fun to work in a medium that you can't control. I did this with my daughter and it was a fun exercise in trying to be representational, while still at a 3 1/2 year old's level of ability.

Personally, I laugh out loud at the expression.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

taipei intersection as seen from a Starbucks

taipei intersection as seen from a Starbucks

tepenaki 101


tepenaki 101, originally uploaded by Wired Dude Dave.

Quick Sketch I drew during a great lunch at the bottom of Taipei 101

Workspace 3.0


Workspace 3.0
Originally uploaded by Chris Brogan.
This is my first blush thought on solving the "context" and "crappy UI" problems with consumer technology. There are scads of thoughts just flung into this goofy sketch, the most important to me being the portable context device, the gesture pad (kinda like Wacom meets graffiti), the dual-display desk space, and the duck. I'd love to talk via email with folks who feel something about this, and/or would love to see your mods/thoughts/add-ons to what I started.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

MyWorkspace1


MyWorkspace1, originally uploaded by acinme.

Friday, January 06, 2006

drew_teastain


drew_teastain
Originally uploaded by drewnonichus.

ted_teastain


ted_teastain
Originally uploaded by drewnonichus.

sacha_teastain


sacha_teastain
Originally uploaded by drewnonichus.

tea stain I


tea stain I, originally uploaded by isispx.

tea stain II


tea stain II, originally uploaded by isispx.

plans


plans
Originally uploaded by Chris Brogan.
Since getting back into Visual Thinking, (thanks Dave!), I'm finding that I use it EVERY day for more and more of my communication style, my planning, and more.

pregnancy


pregnancy
Originally uploaded by Chris Brogan.
Quick sketch covering my thoughts on my wife's pending delivery of our second baby. My daughter kept looking over my shoulder and saying, "Daddy, this is WEIRD." As only 3 1/2 year olds can say.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

line formula and faces.jpeg

Moleskine Sketch of 101


Moleskine Sketch of 101, originally uploaded by Wired Dude Dave.

Found this on Flickr -- I like the simplicity of it.

Dave

Tuesday, January 03, 2006


Noticed this sign posting over on Boing Boing, and thought it went well with the theme in recent posts here about signs.

Via Boing Boing, "Bizarre self-referential warning sign":

This is one of the most bizarre signs I have ever encountered ... IT'S A SIGN ABOUT THE SIGN ITSELF ... The logic behind the existence of this self-referential sign escapes me! What is it for? Why is it there? Did whoever put it up realize that if there were no sign, there would be no need to warn about it? Is this a joke from the developers? Is it a lesson in recursiveness? Is it a philosophical prop?


Creative Semiotics




Prepare to have your vehicle stacked ahead. However, beware of stacking too high, or dangerous instability could occur.



Abandon ennui, all who enter here.



Daleks beware: Entry will result in broken eye stalks.

From pictures I took in Europe a while ago.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Start 2006 off like never before:


Start 2006 off like never before:
(Re-interpretation fun for the new year.)

While riding the subway:

1. Crouch precariously close to the edge of the platform.
2. Point your eye-lasers at the 2" space next to the train. Be sure to stand directly in front of the doors while doing this.
3. Concentrate. Try to ignore the huge, yellow beam of light shining directly on your head.
4. With your eye-lasers, create a single red bubble.
5. Board the train. Act as if eye-lasers and large red bubbles are perfectly normal.

(from the San Francisco BART)

teapot no. 9


teapot no. 9, originally uploaded by tortuga del bosque.

Japanese mechanical pencil in a moleskine Volante journal.

No. 9 of 100 teapots.

Only 91 more to go!