Urban Cartography II: The Metro

I spent a good portion of 2009 working on Urban Cartography, my second major series and to this day one of the most ambitious projects of my career.

Looking back, however, I was dismayed to realize that despite the time it took to reach my destination, the journey was a lot more linear than I'd have liked, and rang just slightly hollow when I tapped my knuckles on some of its leaner segments.

And yet it was there, in that disjointed, sun-bleached urban wtfscape inspired by an autobiographically incoherent version of San Francisco's Mission District and filtered through the lens of a type-obsessed designer that I was connecting more clearly with whatever it is that inspires and motivates me than in most of my other work.

Ironically, however, it was the sheer volume of labor required to produce the original pieces that prevented me from truly expressing the ideas they were meant to convey, stifling my sense of freedom just slightly and robbing me of the objectivity I needed to stretch the ingredients to their natural conclusion.

Sadly, of course, this "spiritual sequel" isn't dramatically closer than its predecessor to the temporal, spatial or cognitive concepts that both series aim to document, harness and ultimately reproduce—a reality I've come to begrudgingly accept will overshadow any such attempt, no matter how thorough—but even an asymptotically small step in the right direction is appreciated.

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the interview


unsustainable uncertainty


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