Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bird's eye view

I was on top of the Rockefeller Centre yesterday with Mike Rawlinson looking at the scope of the wayfinding work he is leading for the city. The views from the top were truly beautiful and I was moved by the presence of the Empire State Building. It is silently and powerfully majestic.

Although a little hidden from view on the observation deck, the Art Deco Chrysler building also stands out as very graceful and beautiful. It was the world's tallest building for only 11 months before being superceded by the Empire State Building in 1931.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Who says a grid is easy?

As a first timer moving around New York it is not so simple as it seems. There are hidden rules (East of Fifth and West of Fifth - go figure); I have yet still to find a paper map of the subway (never mind of the city itself) and the orientation East West takes a little getting used to. Finding the subway is also tricky as its visibility on-street is limited to the stranger's eye and once you are down there there is not a lot of assistance for connecting across the public transportation network.

But there are some stunning mindmarks as well. Who can mistake the skyline of Manhatten or the futuristic Chrysler building at night. It is just a fantatstic city. And compared to London, unexpectedly friendly.

Later today, I get to meet Karin Loglisci an old friend from MetaDesign days in London and guess what? Mike Rawlinson, Harriet Hand, and Dave Gillam from CityId. I wonder what they are all doing here? I get the distinct impression that wayfinding in New York is about to get world class.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Big Apple

I am meeting with Pentagram Partner Luke Hayman in New York for lunch today. We met for the first time last year in Barcelona on the 'Leading to Barcelona' programme. This was an inward investment initiative of Barcelona City Council bringing together about ten design people from around the world to come and expereince the design city.

This is my first time to the big Apple, which, given how much travelling I do, seems rather amazing. Despite rain last night, this morning is beautiful. I am staying with a friend in Broooklyn, right beside Brooklyn bridge. The sunrise this morning was stunning.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Honours for design in the UK

Congratulations to Professor Rachel Cooper and Jonathan Ive on their inclusion in the UK's New Year Honours List 2012.


2012 (MMXII) is a leap year starting on Sunday in the Gregorian calendar, and it is the current year in Oceania (to the West of the International Date Line), Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, and North America (with the exception of the western Aleutian Islands and Hawaii). It is the 2012th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 12th year of the 3rd millennium and of the 21st century, and the 3rd of the 2010s decade. (Thanks to Wikipedia)