Submitted by danbrenikov.
You knew this was coming.
A website is never done. Everyone has worked on a project that changed so much after it launched that they no longer wanted it in their portfolio. One way to help those who take over your projects is to produce a style guide.
Edward Tufte once said: “Great design is not democratic; it comes from great designers. If the standard is lousy, then develop another standard.” Although there’s no stopping some clients from making their website awful, by creating a style guide, you’re effectively establishing rules for those who take over from you.
I had no idea that “Borgesian” was a term. I love it.
Charles Komanoff is planning to unsnarl Manhattan’s traffic problems using the data from his on-the-ground investigations:He’s a traffic expert who has taken up the Borgesian task of re-creating, in precise detail, the economic and environmental impact of every single car, bus, truck, taxi, train, subway, bicycle, and pedestrian moving around New York City. And to do that he needs data. Lots of data.
And then:When he finally gets back to his office, Komanoff will … inform his magnum opus, the Balanced Transportation Analyzer (.xls), an enormous Excel spreadsheet that he’s been building for the past three years. Over the course of about 50 worksheets, the BTA breaks down every aspect of New York City transportation—subway revenues, traffic jams, noise pollution—in an attempt to discover which mix of tolls and surcharges would create the greatest benefit for the largest number of people.
Early in the 2000s, I was curious about how friendships unfolded. To study them, I began the Friendship Project 2002. Tracking all conversations in an Excel spreadsheet, I tracked all discourse — when a conversation occurred, I marked it by person, topic, and timestamp. Subjects were followed up and marked with relative degrees of success and charted accordingly. FP2002 lasted the better part of a year. BTA success it was not, but I do know that the following year, I attended 12 weddings.