Bomb the system, with graffiti

Bomb the System is the title of a film that tells a story about graffiti artists in New York, and in doing so manages to show graffiti as a genuine and impermanent art form of the street. I have always wondered about the stories behind graffiti when I see them, but graffiti is also seen as vandalism by many, including the New York police squads that are in charge of ‘cleaning up’ the city. Thus, graffiti artists are also considered ‘vandals’ by the city, and their work removed as a part of the routine of ‘the system’, while the culture of graffiti recognizes itself as being inherently outside and in opposition to that system.

 Bomb the System is the first feature in over 20 years to delve into the world of graffiti art. The film, shot entirely on the streets of New York City, is the feature debut of 23-year-old writer/director Adam Bhala Lough.

[…] a cinematic poem dedicated to the art of graffiti, and to the city where it all began more than two decades ago […]

source: Bomb the System Official Website
see also: Art Crimes – The Writing on the Wall

I really liked the raw cinematography of New York, and I was genuinely touched by the story. El-P is the underground hip hop producer and rapper from New York that is responsible for the music in the film.

[Photomedia Forum post by T.Neugebauer from Jul 21, 2015]

Textual and Document Visualization

Isabel Meirelles’s “Design for Information” points to the following two seminal books on textual visualization:

Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think by Stuart K. Card.

Using Vision to Think 

Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for Literary History by Franco Moretti

Graphs, Maps, Trees 

In addition, these are some of the case studies/examples that she mentions:

Wordle (
Google Books Ngram Viewer (

[Photomedia Forum post by T.Neugebauer from Aug 14, 2015 ]

Design for Information by Isabel Mereilles

Isabel Meirelles’s “Design for Information: An Introduction to the Histories, Theories, and Best Practices Behind Effective Information Visualizations” makes a welcome contribution to the information visualization literature.

Design for Information: An Introduction to the Histories, Theories, and Best Practices Behind Effective Information Visualizations

The author is an experienced designer and educator in information and motion graphics, for print and interaction. The book is intended primarily for designers, but it does attempt to bridge the technical requirements with visual design theory and practice – and there is a great need for this type of synthesis.

The book contains a wealth of beautiful and useful visual examples that illustrate accomplishments in information visualization, as well as the important theoretical foundations underlying these. The author introduces relevant research in psychology, such as the Gestalt laws describing how we detect patterns and visually integrate coherent percepts (proximity, simplicity, familiarity, and segregation between figure and ground).

The book is structured around the main established visualization methods: 

    • Relational Structures: Networks
    • Hierarchical Structures: Trees
    • Temporal Structures: Timelines and Flows
    • Spatio-temporal Structures
    • Textual Structures

[Photomedia Forum post by T.Neugebauer from Jul 21, 2015]

Visual Complexity by Manuel Lima

The recent (2011) Manuel Lima book “Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information” has made it onto a Wired magazine list.

Visual Complexity

The book includes a showcase and analysis of “the variety of contemporary visual depictions of complex networks”

The author is responsible for the site:
featuring a database of projects that visualize complex networks.

[Photomedia Forum post by T.Neugebauer from Dec 02, 2011, edited Jul 21, 2015 ]