Drew Smith: ethnographer, strategist and host of Rising Minds

Cities, open data and social gaming

I’ve just spent the morning with the delightfully erudite Leo Hollis discussing the origin of great cities, great cities of the future (hint: it’s not Masdar, Mr. Foster…) and the role that transparency will play in their formation. Naturally this got me thinking about my love of mobility of all sorts and my love of infographics. Long story short, indulge me and take a look at Chromaroma.

Chromaroma Visualisations from Mudlark on Vimeo.

Although it’s a game that you can play – the object being to use the London transport system in the most efficient way possible – it was the visualisation of transport set to Starkey’s Star (featuring Anneka) that really pulled me in. I know, I know, it’s hardly new stuff but I was struck nonetheless; David McCandless was right to call his book Information is Beautiful. The best bit is that we can all be part of this beautiful happening. Sign up here.

About DownSideUp Design

I'm Drew Smith and I'm an ethnographer and strategist. By day I shape culture and strategy at Westpac. By night I sleep (mostly). And once a month, I help teams host an event called Rising Minds in London, New York, Toronto and Sydney.

DownsideUpDesign is a place for me to collect stuff that I like, often love and sometimes hate for safe keeping. All views represented here are mine and mine alone and do not represent those of anyone else.

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