Graphic Designer

An ambitious and flexible graphic designer from China with a recent Master Desgree in Graphic Design from London College of Communication.

Monday, 18 June 2012

International Mid-Century Modern Luggage Labels – Part 2.

Highlighting a new batch of terrific international mid-century luggage labels courtesy of creative director Tom Schifanella’s expansive flickr collection, Art of the Luggage Label. I have really enjoyed featuring other labels from Tom’s catalogue in multiple posts here over the past 3 years on AQ-V… Part 1Part 2Part 3 plus last year’s spotlight which focused squarely on mid-century labels like today’s post. Be sure to follow the first link to see a bounty more on Tom’s flickr. You will not be disappointed.


Looks like good Novum Cover by Paperlux

Fantastic Novum Magazin Cover by Paperlux, a Studio from Germany.


This awesome Conductor project by Alexander Chen turns the New York subway system into an interactive string instrument. Using the MTA’s actual subway schedule, the piece begins in real-time by spawning trains which departed in the last minute, then continues accelerating through a 24 hour loop. The visuals are based onMassimo Vignelli’s 1972 diagram

Subway Details
The piece follows some rules. Every minute, it checks for new trains launched from their end stations. The train then moves towards the end of the line, with its speed set by the schedule’s estimated trip duration. Some decisions were made for musical, aesthetic, and technical reasons, such as fading out routes over time, the gradual time acceleration, and limiting the number of concurrent trains. Also, I used the weekday schedule. Some of these limitations result in subtle variations, as different trains are chosen during each 24-hour loop.

The system has changed since 1972, and some lines no longer exist. For example, the 8 train, or the Third Ave El, was shut down in 1973. The former K train was merged into other routes. I decided to run these ghost trains between 12am-2am.
Developer Details

The Technical: is built in HTML5/Javascript. It pulls from the MTA’s public API, which provides a detailed schedule of stops and departure times. (The MTA does not currently track trains’ live positions via GPS.) The design was created in Illustrator, then exported via SVG coordinates into HTML5 Canvas. He built a version with layered HTML5 audio, but ran into many limitations and bugs when layering multi-shot samples. (See this post for details.) so the audio is being triggered by Flash in the background, communicating with JS Sound Manager.

Massimo Vignelli and his 1972 NY Subway map