By the numbers: Info, graphics, human, data

Around this time last year, the UNDP’s (United Nations Development Programme) youth council approached AOD (Academy of Design), to contribute a piece of live art to their yearly development pannel/conference. Their brief was open, their only request being that the piece be a direct response to the content and discussion that would take place in the conference.

We thought it sounded like an excellent plan and, fascinated as always with the idea of art and design baring witness and starting conversation, we decided to create a “live information graphics” piece. It was inspired by a mix of live painting, life drawing and the subjective objectivity of collecting information about people.


Students were given a restricted set of colours and materials to work with – each bit corresponding to an item in the legend that accompanied the final graphics.


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Kaleidoscopes are fascinating. They are usually colorful and vibrant. But it’s the shapes and lines that attract me to them. The reflections of an image are infinite and keep me mesmerized at the different variations. I never get bored. I would try to figure out what I am looking at, try to find a familiar pattern or vision.

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April Playlist

[ SUM ]

“These stormy weathers, Got me thinking of how I want it to be”

Curated top 5 songs from my April playlist. Enjoy~


Bambro Koyo GandaBonobo

Bonobo’s new album, Migration, is fantastic and is a musical journey. This song featuring New York based Morrocan band Innov Gnawa is probably my favourite. I am digging the infusion of North African groove. He is currently on tour and the show was amazing as expected. The album also features artists like Rhye and Nick Murphy (previously known as Chet Faker).

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The realization keeps hitting me in the face, how Honest Ed’s farewell will never happen again. I am still processing the whirlwind of a weekend held by Toronto for Everyone. To be honest, my thoughts are still scattered, emotionally charged.

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How are your new year resolutions coming along? We completed a whole month of 2017; most of us created goals for the new year. New Year, New Me. Some of us may have already quit or slowing down. No judgement, it’s always work in progress.

Tip # 1: Make your resolutions long term transformation goals

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5 books 5 things

Every year for the past 5 years I have been taking on the personal challenge of reading 50 books a year. Of course, I’ve yet to actually achieve said goal, averaging at approximately 20 books/year, however as they say – it’s the journey not the destination eh? I’ve read some excellent books over the past 5 years, and some others which, let’s just say, helped me overcome my obsession with always finishing a book. As far as I’m concerned some books are shelf fodder! huff! Anyway,

One of the major beauties of reading is in the population of the mind with new ideas. Some books leave behind imprints – strong images like mental photographs. I don’t remember the action or the characters, but a few particularly poignant scenes linger like rediscovered artefacts. These are often scenes which reveal something new about the world or introduce me to something I had never heard of before. They become part of my mental museum’s permanent collection.

But more satisfying still, are those books which don’t simply populate you with visions, but with ideas so thoroughly and beautifully elaborated they unwind in curled, lettered strings from each page and loom themselves into the fabric of your being. Books which change your mind, open it, stretch it, challenge it. I love that feeling.

So after the 5th year of 50 books (~ ~) the 1st instalment of Ideas That Stayed from Books I’ve Encountered So Far:

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