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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


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.


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.