My love of public transportation grows stronger every day as I see traffic get more and more out of control. On the Paris metro I can get just about anywhere in 30 minutes; the bus may be slower, but I discover new things along the way. And along the way, I also see inspiring design! The latest promo for the RATP Visit Paris by Metro app is no exception. I love the illustration style and sense of design in the video they put together. Even though I still default to my [paper] Plan de Paris, the app looks great, and especially nice that they included an offline functionality (I only wish it included the bus as well). Note: per usual with French apps, I’m struggling to find a link that works, so check the app store!
In other exciting Paris public transportation news, monthly pass holders will profite du dézonage, and can travel anywhere on the RER (even the airport) for free July 13–August 18th! The idea is to get people out and exploring (I know I’m ready to run away from the hoards of tourists), and rumor has it that Paris is considering getting rid of the zone system, and making it all one. [For those of you not from here, Paris proper is in zone 1-2, Versailles is zone 4, airports are zone 5 – the further you go, the more expensive it is]. These posters are from the campaign.
Come make maps in my Skillshare MAP MAKING class!
Before the holidays Ashley (aka Chasing Hearbeats) and I signed up for the Visual Storytelling class on Skillshare taught by the lovely Helena Price. In our class there were two lectures (live but being in Europe I watched the recorded versions) and ample opportunity for Q&A and feedback from Helena and our classmates. Ashley and I decided to collaborate because one afternoon while she was in Paris we shot some footage of me riding the metro for fun. We weren’t taking it too seriously, but figured we could make something out of it. Even if Photoshop isn’t my favorite for working with type, Ashley and I both love Photoshop 6 because you can edit video in it (see her Everplaces video, or my iPhone video of Hotel Negresco). This class was the perfect excuse to give us the extra kick to finish the project we had sort of started, while testing out some new skills on our own time. Sure, we finished our video 2 months after the class, but hey, we did it all remotely, and it’s done and we had fun! (Don’t worry, it’s short + sweet, but we did go 15 seconds over our 30-second assignment).
Speaking of Skillshare, I’m teaching a Map Making class starting on the 18th. I’ve kept busy schedules in mind, so it’s no stress + all fun. There are some truly awesome inspiring people in the class already, so I do hope you will join us! Student projects (still in brainstorming phase) include maps of the Ivory Coast (because there aren’t many maps and they get lost on hikes), a wedding map in Wisconsin, a map of Dublin transportation, a map of local neighborhoods for Sudanese refugees, parklets in SF, an Agatha Christie interactive map of Tasmania, craft stores in Amsterdam, favorite walks in Sydney, maps for house guests, embroidered maps, memory maps, the list goes on! Join us.
P.S. If you live in Europe or plan on visiting soon, you should enter Ashley’s “heartbeats session” photo giveaway!
P.S.S.S. Thanks Angelo for being a fun assistant and putting up with our crazy ideas and adventures!