Interactive map of global shipping routes

Kiln and the UCL Energy Institute have created, a fascinating interactive map that tracks global shipping for a year (2012). Here’s how it works: The merchant fleet is divided into five categories, each of which has a filter and a CO2 and freight counter for the hour shown on the clock: Container (e.g. manufactured goods): […]

The governance gaps that armed insurgents fill

A brief but interesting TED talk by policy analyst Benedetta Berti about when and why armed groups (insurgents, militias, terrorists) get involved in politics and start providing social services. She notes that war has changed: it less often involves a state fighting a state. “Of the 216 peace agreements signed between 1975 and 2011, 196 of them were between […]

How printing ink is made

Take 8 minutes out of your day to watch how a printing company makes and tests great big, blobby, beautiful barrels of ink. Or just listen: it’s accompanied by “Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73, “The Emperor”: II. Adagio un poco mosso” by Apollo Symphony Orchestra (Google Play • iTunes). See also […]

How to add macrons to Māori words

Macrons are the little lines on top of a vowel that indicate it should be pronounced long rather than short. If you’re not sure where to use macrons when typing Māori, try the Māori Dictionary (there’s also an app). Tom Robinson has advice for how to use macrons in html/xhtml. Below are a couple of ways to […]

Desktop vs mobile content visualised as cereal

I’m liking these simple (but clever) illustrations from visual and interaction designer Ed Lea. The first gives a visual explanation of how content differs on desktop, tablet and mobile.   The second illustrates the difference between UX (User Experience) and UI (User Interface). Ed Lea is on Medium and on Twitter @ed_lea.