Inspiration: Craft out of Hometown love

I like this trend in creating and selling art out of place names and maps.

It reminds me of loyalty, and hometown comfort and pride. But in a simple, cute package.

All featured in The Bold Italic shop.

t Necklace - By Honey & Bloom
West Coast Necklace – By Honey & Bloom
San Francisco Map Scarf - by Jennifer Maravillas
San Francisco Map Scarf – by Jennifer Maravillas
Topography Letterpress Print - by  Western Editions and Melissa Small
Topography Letterpress Print – by Western Editions and Melissa Small

Not about space. But about color ūüôā Which, I love too.

Color Wheel Pendant - by Yellow Owl Workshop
Color Wheel Pendant – by Yellow Owl Workshop

And, another extra: CinqPoints’ designer ¬†minimalist architectural toys.

home - by CInqPoints
home – by CinqPoints

The Washington Post: Occupational segments are shaping U.S. city neighborhoods

Map from “The Divided City: and the Shape of The New Metropolis”

The Washington Post reports about a new analysis on how the “creative” occupations appears to be the new ruling class, steering where everyone else can afford to live.

Professor and urbanist Richard Florida and fellow researchers from the Martin Prosperity Institute mapped the occupations of Americans, versus where they lived. ¬†Florida is responsible for coining “the creative class” a decade ago.

Their analysis separates workers into three classes, derived from Florida’s research: the “creative class” of knowledge workers who make up about a third of the U.S. workforce (people in advertising, business, education, the arts, etc.); the “service class,” which makes up the largest and fastest growing sector of the economy (people in retail, food service, clerical jobs); and the “working class,” where blue-collar jobs in industries like manufacturing have been disappearing (this also includes construction and transportation).

…these maps show that those workers tend to cluster in the same communities. About three-quarters of the region’s “creative class” lives in a census tract where their neighbors are primarily creative-class workers, too. That means your lawyers, doctors, journalists and lobbyists live together in parts of town far from the people who pour their coffee.

This also means that their evolving preferences ‚ÄĒ to live downtown, or close to the red line, or around Rock Creek Park ‚ÄĒ shape the city for everyone else.

New York Map from “The Divided City…”

And from the report itself:

The study identifies four key location factors that shape the class divided city and metropolis, each of which turns on the locational imperatives of the creative class:

  • Urban Centers: The concentration of affluent creative class populations in and around central business districts and urban centers, especially in larger and more congested metro areas.
  • Transit: The clustering of more affluent creative class populations around transit hubs, subway, cable car and rail lines.
  • Knowledge Institutions: The clustering of the creative class around research universities and knowledge based institutions.
  • Natural Amenities: The clustering of creative class populations around areas of natural amenity, especially coastlines and waterfront locations.

5 Favorite Finds: Wendy MacNaughton, Zeldman blog, The Atlantic Cities, Emily Badger, Citizens for Optimism

I am floored by people’s amazing brains.

1. ¬†Via The Littlest Comma, I found my way to Wendy MacNaughton’s blog and illustrations. ¬†I am definitely going to buy one of her pieces¬†from 20×200.

She’s clever, and her illustrations are accurate, but quirkily fun.

2. ¬†The Zeldman site, by Jeffrey Zeldman, A List Apart‘s main man and founder of Happy Cog.

He recently featured notes from An Event Apart, as taken by Luke Wroblewski: on Kim Goodwin’s Silo-Busting with Scenarios, Zeldman’s Content First, and Whitney Hess’s What’s Your Problem?

3.  The Atlantic Cities

"Subway Platforms Around The World"

I like how they have a special (and engaging) section on Neighborhoods and urban planning. ¬†It’s such a content- and category-rich site :O

Yes, that was an emoticon. ¬†I can’t express how amazed I am at the sections they thought of.

Like “The Democracy in America” section! ¬†Where they have a This Week in Bans feature!

Why I find this cool – this week’s feature, for example, on parents in New York’s Park Slope trying to express how they want ice cream vendors to be banned from the park is a genius example of freedom of speech. Particularly, this one line from a comment stream, that just shows the interplay of different economic forces at work: “I should not have to fight with my children every warm day on the playground just so someone can make a living!”

Other articles I bookmarked were: The Map Geeks Behind “Bostonography”¬†and¬†America’s Urban-Rural Work Divide (which I want to use as inspiration when categorizing occupations).

4.  Emily Badger, whose articles I found in The Atlantic Cities.

I like the way she writes, and what she writes about. ¬†She writes about cultural trends regarding architecture and urban spaces, but in a relatable and un-hoighty-toighty way, like in I Can’t Stop Looking at Photos of Absurdly Tiny Homes.

5. ¬†Citizens For Optimism, a group of designers who created posters based on words that a survey of New Yorkers associated with “optimism”.

Joe Hollier - "Sing"
Pablo Delkan - "Dream"