This is really, really cool! There is a video below as well.
“Created by artist Chris Burden, Metropolis II (2010) is a complex, large-scale kinetic sculpture modeled after a fast-paced modern city. The armature of the piece is constructed of steel beams, forming an eclectic grid interwoven with an elaborate system of eighteen roadways, including a six-lane freeway, train tracks, and hundreds of buildings. 1,100 miniature toy cars speed through the city at 240 scale miles per hour on the specially designed plastic roadways. Every hour, the equivalent of approximately 100,000 cars circulates through the sculpture. “The noise, the continuous flow of the trains, and the speeding toy cars, produces in the viewer the stress of living in a dynamic, active and bustling 21st Century city.”
“The VISTA telescope in Chile recently took a photo of the sky that contains over 200,000 galaxies. For reference, the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field image shows only about 10,000 galaxies (but sees further back in time, I think).
I’ve spent years studying all this, and it still sometimes gets to me: just how flipping BIG the Universe is! And this picture is still just a tiny piece of it: it’s 1.2 x 1.5 degrees in size, which means it’s only 0.004% of the sky! And it’s not even complete: more observations of this region are planned, allowing astronomers to see even deeper yet.”
Here’s a full view of the image that looks sorta unimpressive:
You can download the original 17,000 x 11,000 pixel image here (250 Mb, yo) for the full effect. As a preview, this is several levels of zoom in…just a tiny part of the full image.
I found a great set of tools to use with your clients to help them understand the importance of designing for mobile interfaces. Each of the links at the end of the post allow you to enter any URL and see how it would display as a responsive site across a myriad of the most popular mobile devices.
To clarify, a responsive site is designed to read the width of the device it is being displayed on and render the experience so the content formats correctly allowing the visitor to easily consume the content. Here is a screen grab of what a good responsive design looks like:
As you can see, the content is reconfigured for each width so that it creates a seamless and clean experience across different screen resolutions.
What’s so great about the links below is the visualization of the content when not properly optimized and designed for a mobile experience. It’s a great way to show clients how much a digital experience can suffer when mobile devices are not considered in the design and development process.
To put some context around the importance of designing for mobile, in 2010 40% of adults accessed the internet via a phone compared to 32% in 2009. So, it’s a pretty large demographic that is unfortunately seeing something like this when they pull up a site that is not responsive, at full size, on a mobile device: (normally any site will auto reduce to fit on a mobile screen but that’s not optimal either when you need to read or click on buttons that are displaying at around 50% smaller than they should.)
Hopefully these tools can help us teach our clients the importance of considering the mobile space when developing digital experiences.
Here are the links. They all do the same thing, they just have different interfaces. Don’t forget, you can input any URL you want.
http://responsive.is/ (space to add url is in the top right)
http://www.responsinator.com/ (space to add url is in the top left)
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Incredible journey to space through two cameras attached to the rocket boosters of the space shuttle and record the entire trip into space and back down to the ocean.
The sound is absolutely amazing. As Kottke put it, “who knew that being in space sounds like being trapped with a whale underwater in a tin pail?”