Rochester: Aaron Meshon

As a graduate of RIT in Rochester, it brought a smile when I ran across these fun illustrations of downtown Rochester. Made me miss everything there and want to go back and vist immediately!

These were illustrated by Aaron Meshon (who was previously featured) for a Nazarath College magazine.

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Aaron Meshon

I’m doing some research this week for a new secret project at work involving maps. So as a warning, you might see ┬álot of map inspiration popping up in the near future!

Absolutely love this style for a wall mural – and it happens to be of a coffeeshop in Brooklyn across from work which means I can visit it in person every day! The artist/illustrator is Aaron Meshon and if you haven’t previously seen any of his work, you should get on that! He actually has a children’s book that is going to be released this year.

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What I’ve Been Reading

Lots of news lately surrounding social media platforms (both new and old). Here are some of the articles that I’ve been reading lately. Some you might have seen already and others might be completely new. I’ll try to throw some fun things in there as well!

Amazing iOS6 Maps. It’s no secret that when Apple launched their new operating system that got rid of Google Maps, people were annoyed. It’s the number one reason i have not yet switched over. As someone who uses the transportation button on there frequently, I’m quite annoyed that they would do such a thing. There is quite the amusing tumblr going on that shows all of the “amazing” new features – such as missing bridges, a “roller coaster” Hoover Dam and others.

What You Can Say to Siri. Okay, okay, everyone is hating on iOS6 maps, but they did manage to throw a few good upgrades in there. Including an improved Siri! Here are some of the things that you can now ask.

Myspace. Everyone has to remember Myspace from forever ago. Crazy flashing backgrounds, weird message boards and, of course, Tom. Myspace appears to have a new upgrade coming soon (in November) and I’m definitely interested to see what they’re going to offer. Worth a look!

Facebook publishing private messages. Remember those supposedly “private messages” you sent on Facebook, they might be public now. Apparently some Facebook messages from 2008 and earlier have been mistakenly posted publicly to your timeline – might want to go check your privacy settings.

XKCD map. For a little fun, how about a giant scrolling comic from xkcd. Kept me entertained for a good bit.

USA Today redesign. USA Today launched a redesign (done by F-I). Amazing! Definitely worth looking into. Their interface made me so happy as a UX designer.

What have you been reading lately?

Map Making

You’re going to want to pull out a magnifying glass for this one.

Absolutely amazing map work done by James Gulliver Hancock. Ever since I did a week-long study abroad conference in Treviso, Italy I’ve been drawn to maps and map-making. Not really in the sense of wanting to go work for Rand McNally, but more into how people have taken the traditional map and changed it. Our project there consisted of creating a map that allowed tourists to almost create their own adventures & record their stories of their time in the city.

I love how the new maps begin to tell a story about the place they’re about, the person who used the map or the stories of thing that have once been there. It’s really interesting to see all of the different ways you can depict something when you’re not going for the traditional wayfinding systems that maps require.

There’s something nice about still using printed maps- I’m growing up on that awkward border between traditional print maps and GPS’s. I’d have to say that I personal prefer the former – it seems so much nicer to have an actual tactile piece! But that’s just me.

Check out these awesome maps by James Hancock & be sure to visit his website to see more of his work – these are only 2 of my favorite examples!

Source – All Maps drawn by James Gulliver Hancock

Adam Hayes – Typography & Illustration

Adam Hayes is an artist and illustrator in London, England. I first ran across the image above of his lettering. I’m really drawn to this style, I love the way that type can create patterns and interesting backgrounds. Usually in my random internet searches for design inspiration, I find one awesome piece and it turns out there is a lot more where that came from. This is thankfully one of those cases.

Definitely recommend that you go check out his website for the full experience. He’s created a lot of really well-done pieces from typography to mapmaking and illustrations.

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