Spawn of Gerrymander

Rob Walker
Spawn of Gerrymander: A Series
10.13.14
A week-long project in which six top illustrators visualize some of the most contorted congressional districts in the country.

Rob Walker
Spawn of Gerrymander: Joe Alterio’s Maryland 3rd
10.13.14
Illustrator Joe Alterio reimagines Maryland’s Third Congressional District in a monstrous animated GIF.

Rob Walker
Spawn of Gerrymander: Leif Parsons’ Illinois 4th
10.14.14
Illustrator Leif Parsons reimagines Illinois’ Fourth Congressional District, giving a visual message to voters.

Rob Walker
Spawn of Gerrymander: Lisa Congdon’s North Carolina 4th
10.15.14
Illustrator Lisa Congdon reveals that North Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District is a leafy sea monster.

Rob Walker
Spawn of Gerrymander: Oliver Munday’s Florida 5th
10.16.14
Illustrator Oliver Munday revisualizes Florida’s Fifth Congressional District

Rob Walker
Spawn of Gerrymander: Steve Brodner’s Pennsylvania 7th
10.17.14
Steve Brodner reimagines Pennsyvlania’s Seventh Congressional District three (frightening) ways.

Rob Walker
Spawn of Gerrymander: Jennifer Daniel’s Texas 35th
10.17.14
Illustrator Jennifer Daniel reimagines Texas’ 35th congressional district: If you can read this, you’re in range.


Observed | October 20

It’s Friday. Let’s play! We‘re excited to follow Playtime, a new exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum. [BV]

Scandalous art. [MPL]

Everything you ever wanted to know about storyboarding, but were afraid to ask. [JH]


Observed | October 19

Invision introduces Studio, software for designing on screen. More here. [JH]

“We’re designing relationships now as opposed to designing artifacts.” IDEO sets its sights on AI. [JH]


Observed | October 18

The problem with ‘fast-casual architecture’. [BE]

The race to create the perfect city: the history behind mankind’s need to design ideal urban living. [BV]

Design, dreams—and Blade Runner. [JH]

Design, doodling—and sports. [JH]


Observed | October 17

The current threat level is violet: one nation under cynicism. [BV]

Design and dissent: the reissue. [JH]

Lucienne Roberts: “We’re on a mission to show what graphic design can do.” [MB]

It’s time for companies to let design expand its influence to the core of the business. [JH]


Observed | October 16

It was scary when the graphic designers seized control of the country... [BE]

Does design thinking live up to the hype? Business leaders apparently think so. (Not sure design leaders would agree.) [JH]

Spark Awards: call for entries announced. More here. [JH]


Observed | October 13

Poster Girls! An exhibition of work by forgotten women at the forefront of graphic design. At the London Transport Museum. [JH]

Half the universe’s missing matter has just been finally found. [BV]

Another view of Google, design, and the future. [JH]


Observed | October 12

Rob Walker thinks this is the best headline he’s seen in a while. We agree. [JH]

Can design minimize hate speech? [JH]

Three designers win MacArthur “genius” grants. [JH]


Observed | October 11

Get some advice from your potential future self. [BV]

Three design projects that promote good mental health. [MB]


Observed | October 10

A look at the iconic New York Film Festival poster. [BV]

Do you want to know everything? Oxford has your answer. [BV]

Did you know there are scissors in the MoMA permanent collection? Of course they‘re orange. [BV]


Observed | October 09

School buses: A massive mass transit system in need of a tech upgrade. [BV]

How to train an algorithm to understand a hurricane. [BE]

So long, cubicles: introducing “palettes of places”. [JH]



Jobs | October 20