Alternative maps of the world

Peters World Map What are they? During Season 2 of Aaron Sorkin's heroic television show, The West Wing, a nerdy but quietly zealous group called the Organisation of Cartographers for Social Equality introduce the Whitehouse staff to the Peters World Map, an equal-area map where 1 square centimetre of map equals the same number of... Continue Reading →

Mystery meat navigation

What is it? Mystery meat navigation (MMN) is a term coined in 1998 by author and web designer, Vincent Flanders, to "describe a visually attractive but concurrently inefficient or confusing user interface. Such interfaces lack a user-centred design, emphasising aesthetic appearance, white space and the concealment of relevant information over basic functionality. The epithet 'mystery... Continue Reading →

The opposite of graffiti

What is it? As graffiti is commonly understood to involve the addition of paint or other markings to bare public surfaces, its opposite would be the removal of such markings. Or, as in the case of the Ossario project by Brazilian artist, Alexandre Orion, it is the selective removal of dirt and grime to reveal... Continue Reading →

Traffic light health warnings

What are they?Discussed this morning on talkback radio, the Obesity Policy Coalition is lobbying government to introduce regulations that would require traffic light labels on the front of food packaging and fast food menus. A red traffic light label would mean high levels of sugars, fats or salt, an orange label would mean medium levels and a... Continue Reading →

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