27 July 2007


To some people Kasper is a fish, to most people Kasper is a ghost, to me he's the boyfriend of my girlfriends friend, or friend of a friend of mine, or roommate of my collegue who is also an ex-classmate and friend of my friend, or ex-allmost-classmate-if-it-wasn't-for-a-couple-of-years-differing-age, bladihblahblabla... Just two funny guys passionate about 'vertising. Uhoh, I forgot to mention Frank, who is just Frank and frankly sometimes too frank but still just Frank, franky never crancky. Thank God it's friday.

20 July 2007

19 July 2007

Le Gazon

Le Gazon - Open Air Dj Bar
Our hunger for "Le Gazon" will not be stilled this year. Servicing asshole for new and strict regulations of this super-event is Mampaka (CdH), he states that the organisation is no longer allowed to sell alcohol nor to let the party last untill dusk, to prevent the order of the city music must stop at 2h midnight. What a conservative prick.

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Love will tear us apart again

Peter Crnokrak



Project Description:
Using information design principles and graphical techniques, the 85+ recorded covers of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" is mapped in relation to the original recordings by the band. Although available information was limited, the graph is data rich in representing time since original recording, recording artist, release name/date and label. Various graphical techniques employed allowed for data to be accessed (number of recordings per year) while also creating an interesting aesthetic presentation.

The print on off-white heavy-weight art paper is a nod to the original graphic material produced for Joy Division by Peter Saville. The poster measures 70 x 99 cm and can be bought for $170 through PayPal.

To access the project, click on the URL (above) and once on the site click on the title (Love will tear us apart) on the left navigation.

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Human Trafficking



Taulant Bushi

Parsons School of Design


Project Description:
For his Communication Design thesis class at Parsons School of Design, Taulant Bushi created this striking poster which examines global human trafficking. It depicts each country's level of involvement (from Very High to Very Low) as either a country of destination or origin. While this poster is aimed to be aesthetically pleasing, its primary purpose is to display information clearly, in different levels of hierarchy, each becoming clearer in different stages, in order to educate and incite protestation.

All research data came from sources such as the UN and a few other organizations that maintain databases of numbers regarding abuse towards women and children. The project concentrates on the smuggling of people from one country to another - mainly illegally. In many cases these people are forced to do work that is illegal, such as prostitution or child labor.

All of the text on either side of the circular design covers detailed information made available for each country. The idea of the poster is that the closer the viewer gets to it, more detailed information is revealed, such as numbers of children of a specific country being involved in prostitution or child labor, or other information. Unfortunately, there's not enough resolution to appreciate the detailed information on the poster, but the overall outcome is easily perceived.

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Linux Kernel Graphing Project

Rusty Russel



Project Description:
The original Linux Kernel Graphing Project was a bold undertaking by Rusty Russel which resulted in a complex graph of all the .c files in the 2.4.0 Linux Kernel: each function graphically represented and named, resulting in 180MB of PostScript.

Another version of the graph, developed by Creinig for V2.5.2, took the Linux Kernel source distribution, crunched over it for about 35 minutes on a 400MHz machine / 11 minutes on a 1.2GHz Athlon, requiring up to 90MB RAM at peak times and about 240MB disk space (without kernel sources) and finally produced a ~22MB postscript file of the poster.

The latest attempt by Creinig, with 2.6 Kernel, took about 20 minutes to generate in a 2.2GHz P4.

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Museum of Nature

The concept behind "The Museum of Nature" is that nature has been transformed into a museum display – yet the public's interaction with this new, endangered artifact is limited to spectacular roller coaster rides, perfectly reflected in the still waters they pass over.

18 July 2007

VC Challenge

Building a Design Taxonomy

DESIGN is an ever-growing, all-encompassing field that accommodates a plethora of different disciplines. More and more we see new disciplines being shaped, named and supported in a feverish specialization route that influences many of us.

The distinction between some disciplines is not as obvious as it might seem, and in many cases is not clear where one starts and the other ends. Relatively new disciplines such as Experience Design and Interaction Design are still defining themselves and creating their own boundaries, and in the process delineating a conclusive spot within the overall Design sphere. Recent disciplines have also caused a twist in the traditional way we would look at the hierarchical organization of Design.

How would a contemporary hierarchical tree of Design look like? And is hierarchy even a good analogy to comprehensibly represent the ramifications of this field?

The Challenge

The proposed challenge is simply to visualize the contemporary Design landscape. The output can be as diverse as the projects featured in VC. It can be an interactive, static or even hand-drawn visualization. The basic criteria is that it should illustrate the levels of inter-dependency between all current design disciplines. The Wikipedia page on design is certainly a good place to start, but certainly not the last. The quality of the visual representation will be as important as the personal interpretation of the contemporary design taxonomy.


Anyone can be involved. Just send me an email to: lima [at] visualcomplexity [dot] com with an image or URL of your map and a short description of the thinking behind the execution.

All projects will be featured here and hopefully contribute to a rich debate on the extension of the different design disciplines.

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Download YouTube

Always wondered how to download and rip YouTube movies?

It has been possible the whole way through but not never as easy as now. Just install that add-on into your firefox and whenever you're at a great clip, click the installed icobn in your statusbar. Awesome!

ps: if you're on a mac don't forget to download an alternative flv-player.

testing ScribeFire

Since MarsEdit required me to donate to continue using their services I switched to another blogediting app called ScribeFire (it 's an add-on for Firefox)

# update 1: it's auto posting with divs - which fucks up my high - no time to dig it more now... another day


Biomimetic Butterflies

Biomimetic Butterflies from flight404 and Vimeo.

Also check out The McLeod Mirror
By The Barbarian Group

Limited Edition of 100 - Built with a Mac Mini, 30" LCD screen, webcam, the Processing language, custom-built wood case, paint, metal plaque.

17 July 2007

Absolut Voyeur 3

Mommy ridin' guy (not husband) at app East 85th street, and in the meanwhile the story gets deaper at http://www.thestorygetsdeeper.com/ — blog.

Freaky fridayzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz word

Future lineUp

Me and Shapish taking on the world...
@ Mo, please repost me your PhotoBooth duo-portrait ;)


Music driven extasy... A whole new way to plug 'n play!

Simply plug OhMiBod into your iPod® or any music player and it automatically vibrates to the rhythm and intensity of the music. Let your body feel the vibrations as you get down with your favorite tunes.

Hurry up girls, tune in and buy at http://www.ohmibod.com/
Via leebrimelow.com

16 July 2007

Froggy style

Via Ank


All you need is a little bit of this, and that, and ...

14 July 2007

Absolut Voyeur 2

Nature of a modern human-being is rooted in voyeurism, mirroring and adaption the habits and behaviour of others, mimicing the patterns of certain social groups often judging what we are not... HBO Voyeur nicely displays the drama and curiosity of what was referred to as "Flat Life", by a belgian illustrator. The stupidity of being busy and doing things that everyone does to day in day out without realising or thinking about, and we enjoy watching what we are if it isn't us in the picture. We monitor nothing but ourselfs, mostly...

Remember this post?

13 July 2007

Happy scripting

From time to time a man must make a sacrifice, and yes I've waited too long to dive into this actionscripting. Finally I've gathered all my guts and got started, it 'll probably take me more than a few years of hard work and tears before I'll get there but as my granny always says, "not a player not not a winner" so now 'm a player, and if you player than play for everything you got...

12 July 2007

Simple but stupid

Most mac-user-designers probably will experience the annoying fact that with the advanced build in 'Spotlight-function' in the latest MacOSX the shortcut for zooming in most Adobe software is the same, in other words each time one wants to zoom in his Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, etc... the Spotlight opens up. The shortcut is resp. [apple] + [spacebar] sometimes it does sometimes it doesn't, horrible, this can be avoided pushing the [spacebar] first :) Jeui!

What is xml?

First introduced in 1996, XML has gathered a huge momentum as the open data sharing language for the Internet. The core functionality of the language is to structure data. To begin with, XML looks very much like HTML. The language is tag based. There are some exceptions. XML itself is not a presentation language. That is, what you see is just the data. You need to leverage technologies such as Cascading Style Sheets to format the data.

A lot of client ask me to add a "simple" ContentManagmentSystem to their site so they can moderate and update everything themselfs, all good. There are some cms's freely available on the web and they work just fine. (like Textpattern but you might not be jumping around waiting for to learn php and sequel just yet)

Even more clients ask me, what's the difference between blogs now and sites before, do you think I need a blog or a site, and if I use a cmsystem then what's the difference between a blog and and a 'normal' website. Too much to swallow for one bite but XML covers a great share of understanding these questionmarks.

XML allows us to easily load external data into the static layout (often referred to as 'a container') that data can be steared and archived by external applications which allows a handy 'update' or blogpost.

A blog is in fact nothing more than an empty oldskool static website where-in the content is loaded, mostly via XML. So a website updated though a cms basically is a blog. But a blog or better yet blogging itself is overally the description of a concept. Not just providing information but logging information, thaughts and all kinds of data on a regular base and publishing it, more often than not, globally, on the web.

There's a lot more to say on this topic but heck, I just wanted to bring a small "ode" to the creators of XML. Thanks guys, for making our lives easier and my work more complex! :)

Browserwars anno 2007

I couldn't resist posting this stat now either. Browserwars as we've known it back in the neighnties have long gone some say but *heck, it's still on. Netscape overally lost the battle, but luckely InternetExplorer is on a downfall too. But glabally (for mainstream users) InternetExplorer is still most used (because of the default delivery packaged with Windows versions)

Note: I'm mostly posting for a targetted audience of creatives and designers, who mostly (overally) work on the macintosh, normally Safari doesn't score that high.

Standard screen resolution

As a webdesigner one often wonders for what resolution to layout the core-content. As I'm working on a 23" Cinema Display I'm totally disconnected to what most viewers experience going to most websites. A site should be optimized for different types and sizes, off course, but still. I've been tracking Google Analytics on various websites quiet some time now and finally some valuable figures have shown.I'll be posting intersting conclusions and/or figures under the label "statistics" from now.

This graph clearly shows that 1024x768 is fully embedded as the global standard, hardly anyone works on 800x600 anymore. Also notice that widescreens are on a rise, I think that we'll be facing another problem within a max of 3 years; a global standard like 1024x768 will dissapear and various types of widescreens will rule (possibly brands are going to set standard because of highest sales on a particular product)

— "See the forest and the trees", Google Analytics

11 July 2007


Supporting the belgian grinders-club, linkin' their informative pokerwebsite on Belgian events and online gatherings on pokertournaments.

Check out http://www.pokerinfo.be/
or play now at http://www.everestpoker.com/

AS3 caseSensitive

caseSensitive scripting Languages suck bigtime, growl.

10 July 2007


I couldn't agree more...


Sweet sweet navigator guide me through...


Oh no! My div's have gone mad!!

Uniqlock Blogmap

A nice global blog-add worldmap visualiser.

05 July 2007

04 July 2007

CyberLionsWinners 2007

Over there, over here; http://www.canneslionslive.com/cyber/

The SimpsonsMovie

Yeah, creating your own avatar for the Simpsons... Now who's sittin' there groovin' on it, btw foxy chick huh ;)


Ideas come in all shapes and sizes... I wonder

Google goes offline

No, of course there servers aren't down, what you think. They now offer you the possibility to work more and more with offline and desktop applications. Google Notifier puts a direct link to your Google Agenda and Inbox in your menubar and for the first time there's the possibility to read your posts offline with Google Gear.

PowerPoint sucks

Please do me and all other cretaives/designers a favor and never ever use this fucked up program (called PowerPOint) again. It frustrates me, use Flash or alternatives to present your work or products.

03 July 2007




Fantastic applications by Marumushi

Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. A treemap visualization algorithm helps display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator. Treemaps are traditionally space-constrained visualizations of information. Newsmap's objective takes that goal a step further and provides a tool to divide information into quickly recognizable bands which, when presented together, reveal underlying patterns in news reporting across cultures and within news segments in constant change around the globe.
does not pretend to replace the googlenews aggregator. Its objective is to simply demonstrate visually the relationships between data and the unseen patterns in news media. It is not thought to display an unbiased view of the news; on the contrary, it is thought to ironically accentuate the bias of it.

"The recent firerside chat at Signal v’s Noise with three of the most innovative artists/designers working in the area of information visualisation is an enlightening read. Each has their own particular perspective and approach to ‘infoviz’ as Wescamp puts it. Harris is interested in the ‘humanity of the web’ which might be excavated through the [...]"

(Via type4screen.)

Flip Flops

Looks like the Mcfaul-sters have been having fun in New York.' These massive murals for Havaianas look great.' Top work fellas.



(Via LOVE.)

02 July 2007

Stand Up To Wake Up

Alarm Clock that you stand on to turn off lazy ass"

(Via Clusta.)

Going against the grain

With its Web 2.0 focus it is easily one of the most popular blogs out there. Linked to by over 15,400 other blogs according to Technorati makes it the 5th most popular blog on the Web. Technorati also has 151,000 feed subscribers according to Feedburner.

FeedBurner provides RSS feed management for bloggers and other online news sources and is currently offering more than 566,000 feeds from more than 334,000 publishers. FeedBurner delivers 310 million feed views every day.

An online, royalty-free stock photo provider. iStockPhoto is arguably the most visited stock photo provider in the world.

A service allowing its users to move and share large files with others over the Web instead of sending them over email. The service has more than 3 million registered users and transfers more than 1 million files daily, accounting for over 30 terabytes (30,000 gigabytes) of data.

Meebo is an in-browser messaging application supporting a variety of messaging applications such as Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, ICQ, AIM and Jabber. Meebo users exchange more than 70 million messages every day.

Though it doesn’t have the gargantuan user base of YouTube, Vimeo is one of the most popular video sharing sites out there and has won over many users with its elegant interface.

The tagline says it all: “Website traffic comparisons on steroids.” Alexaholic uses data from Alexa to display web traffic trends.

Choosing a web host

"Web designers love to talk about our craft, but one topic we seldom touch on is web hosting. Perhaps that’s because hosting belongs to the realm of networking and hardware, whereas web design is a discipline primarily concerned with software and scripting. Be that as it may, web hosting can have a big impact on [...]"

(Via Pixel Acres.)