Welcome to my ideation journal. In here you will find a scrapbook, of sorts, where I post bits and pieces that inspire my creative side. It may be a video, written piece, graphic, or simply a note to myself.

Post 1: The Walled City

Hong Kong is probably my favorite place in the world. My friends will roll their eyes when I bring it up (which I try not to, unless I’m speaking with someone that’s been there). What’s not to love? It’s clean, efficient, the infrastructure is immaculate, the population is incredibly diverse, it’s a society that values education and has high education rates, you can find excellent food of any kind (except Mexican food. They have it, I know, but it sucks.), and it has served as a source of inspiration for me ever since I first got off the airplane and wondered what in the world an octopus card was.

The Wall Street Journal published an excellent interactive piece on the walled city that used to exist in Kowloon. The amount of research and time gathering materials, putting together videos and creating the shell for the piece, really inspired me today and made me miss that part of the world.

I would highly recommend checking it out:  http://projects.wsj.com/kwc/#chapter=people 


Post 2: Graphic, Infographic

I grew up watching James Bond movies, especially the ones featuring Roger Moore and Sean Connery. They were my dad’s favorite Bonds, so they were my favorites (though, I do think Daniel Craig has become part of my personal favorite Bonds canon).

What makes a good James Bond? You have to have gadgets and panache. But what other factors make a great Bond?

The folks at GB Showplates created a fun infographic for the 2015 release of Spectre, measuring up the different Bonds over the years.

Here is a link to the graphic: Bond Infographic

As you can see, there is ample information provided including number of martinis, top speed in cars, number of kisses, number of kills, and box office profits.

The design employs a lot of contrast in color (black background, and bright text colors of blue, red, green, yellow). They use a contrast in scale to show who is the top Bond.

In terms of proximity, some portions of the graphic are squeezed a little too tight. Despite the sometimes crowded design, the graphic maintains a fair sense of alignment.

The graphic tries to cover a lot ground, so there is repetition in color for each focus.

I mostly like this graphic because of the content and focus. As far as the overall design goes, there are too many colors, and the spacing is uncomfortably cramped in some areas. The different focuses could have been approached with more of an overarching design repetition to create a more cohesive graphic.

My takeaway, after viewing the graphic, is that Roger Moore is still king Bond.