Bisley Advertisements – Remixing Elements of Icons


"The ads are for Bisley, a company that makes storage units for offices. As you can see, each image (a barcode, a map of the Underground, etc) have all been broken down into their individual parts and neatly stacked together. The text reads, "Perfectly Organized.""

Pictures Lie – Just as Wrong as Lying with Words

Dc_ward_map"DC Mayor Brown’s interactive accomplishments map:
bad Marion Barry isn’t mayor anymore — then we’d get cute little
baggies and crack pipe icons placed on the district map

Via Katya.

Here is my challenge with the map.  As Tufte says, lying with visuals is still lying. It isn’t cute.  It isn’t funny.  It is perjury.  In this case the map has been manipulated to create an illusion of balance and fairness.  The icons are smoothly distributed throughout the district. 

So this 3 Million dollar investment:

HouseThe Department of Housing and Community Development served as funding partner
for Camp Simms, a mixed-use development that will include 110,000 square feet of
retail and a 75 single-family-home community (Asheford Court). The 8.51-acre
Shops at Park Village will incorporate the expansion of an existing strip
center, Giant Food supermarket and casual dining restaurant. Sixteen (16) of the
units will be affordable for families making eighty percent (80) of the Area
Median Income. The Department of Housing and Community Development provided
approximately $3,000,000 to this initiative.

is somehow equal to this new government form???  Oh please.

ShakeThe Department of Human Services developed and released a new, simplified
"Combined Application for Medical, Food Stamp, and Cash Assistance" to make it
easier for District residents to apply for services and to streamline the
eligibility process. The new application is also available in Spanish and the
cover page features messages in Amharic, Chinese and Vietnamese.

So visually, for the sake of politics, a 3 million dollar development is the same as a couple of bureaucrats combining three forms into a new form.  Like the kind you photocopy.  The kind with an icon the same size as a 3 million dollar icon.  I call bullshit. 

Visualization of Social Concepts Requires Software (Open Source?)

Inkscape043diagrams_thumbDigging for low cost tools to allow more people in our company to generate better visualization led me to the following tools:

NVU – A Dreamweaver like open source software application
Inkscape – Vector Graphics Tool, also open source, similar to Illustrator
Gimp – graphic editing similar to a photoshop like app (already a Gimp user….)

And in a somewhat unrelated discovery, check out the Visible Human Server for "slices" of the human body.  Awesome for science class!

Riya – Can I get an Opt Out Option to Protect My Identity Please?

I am a fan of Riya and in particular of the great PR being generated, in an ethical manner, by Tara Hunt.  She is articulate and isn’t afraid of calling someone an "ass clown" when warranted.

But I do have an urgent request for Riya to help protect privacy.  I think an individual, perhaps a non-user, should be able to opt out of the sharing and feature set of Riya.  I should not have to register with the site to do this.  Just an option to say "hey – if two people upload their address books and I am in both, please don’t share the training and identification features."

RiyaaddressbookuploadconcernThis seems reasonable, right?  Just an option to exclude an individual based on their wishes.  The image at right was on the coverage page for Riya here.  And here is an excerpt that does concern me.

"Now, there is an even faster way to train Riya.

If you click on the auto training tab and let Riya analyze your address book.  Riya will determine which of the people you know have been trained by other friends and family.  If so, those people will be automatically recognized without you having to do any training at all."

I should be able to opt out of that. 

Good PR includes crisis communications, and crisis communication is MOSTLY about crisis prevention

If I may be so bold as to make a suggestion, ideally I’d like to hear the CEO talking about ensuring privacy every time he does a demo.  And I’d like a privacy link on the home page that talks, in plain language, about the importance of privacy for the company.  Then be sure to walk the talk. 

Two reasons why the above is so important.  1) I am not the only privacy nut on the Internet and it WILL turn into a crisis if not addressed proactively.  Just ask Sony.  2) If I were a competitor of Riya, this is where I would attack.  Not addressing privacy and security proactively is your open flank.  You have worked too hard to leave the opportunity open to spamming competitors.  Close the gap! 

Talk about privacy and let people opt out of others sharing their identity please.