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Had lZebra Looking Right #2ots of fun playing shadow puppetry today!

Meet Stripes – the zebra in my life right now. (Although he does not have many stripes in these images.)

Have spent the day getting to grips with his character through body language – ears, hair on neck, position of head.

Without the use of eyes and mouth to help, what does a happy zebra look like, an anxious one, a miserable one?

Page of Zebra Outlines

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Really like these story shape visualizations by Kurt Vonnegut. Going to see if I can apply them to books that I’ve read recently.

If you’d like to know more about them, check out Vonnegut speaking about them here.

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Another Brother written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell published January 31, 2012.

This was the first trailer for a children’s book I’d ever watched, and I discovered it on the Librarian’s Quest blog in a post titled Treasured Trailers.  While there are numerous other trailers discussed in the post, Matthew Cordell’s are by far my favorite.  

I’ve been researching and digesting a ton of visual data recently, and have come to the conclusion that this is most definitely the way forward – for me at least.

My quest started with an article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy by Nicole Wallace: How visualizing data helps nonprofits get attention.

This was not the first time I had seen organizations use visuals to help explain their work, but was perhaps the first time I could see how it would be of benefit to the work I was doing.

From here I embarked on a visual data scavenger hunt researching how other nonprofits were using visuals to report, explain and share their work.  There is a lot of very thoughtful work out there!

826 Valencia’s 2010-2011 Annual Report was by far the most inspirational though! See for yourself 826 

I’ve been a cyclist for many years, but since moving to San Francisco I feel like I’m part of a tribe, the Valencia Bike Tribe, and cycling to work has become my preferred way to travel.  I’m not someone who cycles to work simply as a convenient way to get in my 40 minutes of cardio a day, although that is a bonus, cycling happens to be the fastest, most convenient, and enjoyable way to get to the office.

Starting my day with a cycle, come rain or shine puts a smile on my face and sets me up for a good day ahead, and it seems others feel the same.

Take a look at this beautifully crafted webpage that shows how bikes are shaping the spaces we work in,  The work Cycle

 

Hyper-minimalist poster designs of classic children’s stories by designer Christian Jackson

Simple, witty, stylish!

Little Red Riding Hood and the Wizard of Oz are just a sampling.  Why not check out the whole collection.