I could really use this technology. I lose my keys all the time. RFID tracking allows manufacturers and businesses to locate and track their assets during the manufacturing process, in transit and in storage or inventory.
I decided to keep things simple in this illustration, showing location in different context through the supply chain. I used an isometric perspective so that the message wouldn't get lost in the details. I have worked with art diretor Roy Comiskey at Security Management on a number of tech-related articles, and I always enjoy the challenge of bringing new elements to the work.
Here's the piece in the final layout.
We live in an age of uncertainty. I illustrated this article for the New York Times Science section this past week for a new column by George Johnson called Raw Data. New Truths That Only One Can See
From the article:
Since 1955, The Journal of Irreproducible Results has offered “spoofs, parodies, whimsies, burlesques, lampoons and satires” about life in the laboratory. Among its greatest hits: “Acoustic Oscillations in Jell-O, With and Without Fruit, Subjected to Varying Levels of Stress” and “Utilizing Infinite Loops to Compute an Approximate Value of Infinity.” The good-natured jibes are a backhanded celebration of science. What really goes on in the lab is, by implication, of a loftier, more serious nature.
It has been jarring to learn in recent years that a reproducible result may actually be the rarest of birds. Replication, the ability of another lab to reproduce a finding, is the gold standard of science, reassurance that you have discovered something true. But that is getting harder all the time. With the most accessible truths already discovered, what remains are often subtle effects, some so delicate that they can be conjured up only under ideal circumstances, using highly specialized techniques.
It's no laughing matter, and it has implications for research and development in the future. It's a great read, take the time to read the rest of the article.
Over the past few years it feels that the foundations of so many different things have been rattled. It's been a rough period, personally, and I know it has for a lot of folks everywhere. Now that the new year is here, and spring is coming soon, I feel a bit of optimism. I can say this with certainty: I am very happy to have worked on this. Thanks to Peter Morance at the Times for this one!
I like to dabble in collage, building my own imaginary machines. I collect a lot of old technical catalogues and manuals, and see anthropomorphic images in the diagrams and objects. I don't keep a sketchbook, but I have a lot of open illustrator files, where I create new combinations and characters.
There is something fascinating about the click and whirr of analog technology. Springs, flywheels, gears and levers. A ticking clockwork or adding machine. There is also a romance built into fiction along the lines of H. G. Wells. I don't have the attention span to assemble and repurpose old machines, but I do like the aesthetic, and have dabbled with it in my Mecanismos series. These images are always evolving and have taken on a life of their own.
It's fun to take a technical story and incorporate these robots into the illustration. Here's a recent assignment for the Christian Science Monitor, about human error and mistakes made by officials in sports. Should we replace humans with machines in order to get the call right? Is it foolproof? Will it improve the game? It's your call.
Recent assignment for Hemispheres magazine above, about designers repurposing our modern technology with a steampunk aesthetic. Juicy topic! Thanks to art director Claire Eckstrom, she was great to work with.
'Your worship is your furnaces Which, like old idols, lost obscenes, Have molten bowels, your visions is Machines for making more machines.' - Gordon Bottomley (1912)
'Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.'
- Mark Twain
Technology is becoming more and more integrated into our daily lives. We are connected in more ways (good and bad) than ever before. Pick up your phone, take a picture, text your friends and check your email. Soon you can wear your tech, too. Your necktie could remind you when you are late for a meeting.
Is your clothing in need of an upgrade?
Radcliffe Institue for Advanced Study at Harvard is hosting a symposium 'smart clothing' in November:
Radcliffe’s annual science symposium will focus on “smart clothes” and the science of designing materials that improve and protect lives. Experts in biology, design, engineering, materials science, medicine, and nanotechnology will address a variety of topics, including digital fabrication, soldier-centric technologies, smart materials and biology, wearable technology, and the future of innovative substances.
Sounds intriguing --I would love to sit in on some of these sessions.
I was asked to creat this identity image for the poster and promotional items for the conference. Designer Jessica Brilli gave me the call on this. Thanks, Jess!
I developed a number of sketches, the first more mechanical in nature, we decied to go with an androgynous figure. Here are a few iterations of the concept. I love to work on these, and it takes some finesse to get the right balance.
Left one is a little too manly, the right is a bit to sci-fi steampunk. Symposium website here