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Wards in words

Last week I discovered a surprisingly fascinating blog called Strange Maps. Honestly, it’s riveting! It’s an eclectic and informative collection of ... you guessed it, strange maps.

One of the maps featured is a typographical guide to Chicago’s neighbourhoods (by Ork Posters) which, to someone like me who loves graphical wordy things, is stunning. So I decided – Chicago being twinned with Brum and all – to have a go at creating a typographical ward map of Birmingham, for no other reason than to see how it’d look. (Geek!)

Anyway, this is what I’ve got so far. It’s a work-in-progress and needs a few tweaks but I like how it’s coming along ...

(It should be reasonably accurate but the borders have been fairly dramatically simplified, so my apologies if your area’s been short-changed. And if you spot a typo, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)!)

Tinkle those ivories

“As part of the Urban Fusion Programme, 30 pianos will mysteriously appear overnight in streets, parks and public spaces across Birmingham. Each piano will have a small plaque attached stating Play Me I’m Yours.”

Luke Jerram’s Street Pianos is going to take place from 10th to the 23rd of March and, according to the BBC website, they’re after some old joannas to use for the project.

It’s being organised by Fierce! and anybody with a piano in a playable condition that they’d like to get rid of for free should contact Fierce! (by Friday 29 February). Also, if you fancy suggesting a location for one of the pianos you can do, by calling the Fierce! office on 0121 244 8080.

The project’s website www.streetpianos.co.uk isn’t live as yet, but once it is you’ll be able to post your Street Piano stories, films and photos on it.

Sounds fun. Must brush up my skills ...

Ideas for good

Good 50x70 is a free-to-enter poster competition, the overall theme of which kind of reminds me of my final project at University, oh so many moons ago ...

Anyway, it struck me that this might be a good project for the design students out there – bulk out your portfolio, show potential employers how motivated you are with an extra-curricular project and contribute to a good cause, all in one fell swoop!

Here’s what it’s about:

“There are seven briefs from seven charities on seven issues that affect thousands of people around the world. All you have to do is pick a topic that inspires you and submit a poster on that theme. 210 posters will be selected by our jury of leading designers and exhibited around the world and published in a catalogue, but more importantly they’ll be presented to the charities for their use as a potential campaign.”

If you’re interested you’ve got ages – until midnight on 20th April 2008 – to submit your work. There are more details and info about how to enter on the Good 50x70 website.

And no, I can’t fathom why it’s called ‘Good 50x70’ either ... but no matter.

(via the prolific and interesting swissmiss)