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September 09, 2007

Illustration by John Maeda

portion of John Maeda's key illustration for the New York Times

A brief bit of beauty for your weekend. Today's New York Times contains the paper's occasional magazine supplement about real estate called "Keys". Today's edition features a cover illustration by computer artist and MIT professor John Maeda.

It's a cool illustration, but what I really liked is the feature about the illustration on the Times website where Maeda walks through the evolution of his illustration.

I also highly recommend Maeda's books The Laws of Simplicity and Creative Code.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at September 9, 2007 02:51 PM


You are so right about the story behind the art. Blew me right outta the water. I had a completely different impression of the cover prior to understanding the evolution. The graphic holds together so well in final execution that it's impossible to see the previous incarnations without being told.
I thought it was about the growth of cities being in a key pattern. Like an actual scientific map of population migration.

Posted by: Sue at September 12, 2007 09:02 PM