Consider the fact that, if you live in a city, birds are essentially the only wildlife that you meet during your day.
Depending on where you live, you might come several species without even trying. In Vancouver, on my short 10 minute walk to work, I have a good chance to see rock doves, crows, mallars, wigeons, hooded mergansers (if I'm lucky), house sparrows, song sparrows, red-winged black birds, white-crowned sparrows, bushtits, black-capped chickadees, northern flickers, and the mother-of-all-honkers: Canada geese.
Birds and letters are everywhere—art of nature and man.
Letter forms, on the other hand, are the art that is also everywhere. Every typeface is an artistic expression.
Regardless where you live, sadly, you are likely to come across mutants like Comic Sans, Arial and Times New Roman. Hideous creatures from the shallows. Try to find Gotham, Gill Sans, Frutiger, or Garamond.
Mnemonics of bird songs help you remember the call and recognize the bird. It's so much easier to think "Quick, three beers!" — the call of the Olive-sided flycatcher — rather than "Chirp, chirp, chirp."
The mnemonic captures the cadence and repetition scheme of the song.
For example, if you listen to the white-throated sparrow you can't help but think that this little guy is trying to tell us something.
French Zonotrichia albicollis: Baisse ta jupe, Philomène, Philomène, Philomène. How differently we hear!
—Madelaine Lemieux (via Twitter)
Dear sweet Canada Canada Canada.
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)
Here here. Come right here, dear.
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)
Who cooks for you?
Barred Owl (Strix varia)
Fire fire. Where where? Here here! See it, see it.
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)
Clear. Wick, wick, wick.
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
Quick, three beers!
Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi)
Where are you? Here I am.
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)
Chubby chubby cheeks. Chubby cheeks.
Ruby-crowned kinglet (Regulus calendula)
Black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
See me, pretty, pretty me.
White-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
If you love birds and typography, these posters are for you.
The mnemonic for the bird's song is presented on a background that proportionally presents the bird's plumage colors.
If you explore the posters, you just might find the bird too.
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Make sense of it all with my Tree of Emotional life—a hierarchical account of how we feel.
One of my color tools, the
colorsnap application snaps colors in an image to a set of reference colors and reports their proportion.
Below is Times Square rendered using the colors of the MTA subway lines.
Drugs could be more effective if taken when the genetic proteins they target are most active.
Design tip: rediscover CMYK primaries.
Ruben et al. A database of tissue-specific rhythmically expressed human genes has potential applications in circadian medicine Science Translational Medicine 10 Issue 458, eaat8806.
We focus on the important distinction between confidence intervals, typically used to express uncertainty of a sampling statistic such as the mean and, prediction and tolerance intervals, used to make statements about the next value to be drawn from the population.
Confidence intervals provide coverage of a single point—the population mean—with the assurance that the probability of non-coverage is some acceptable value (e.g. 0.05). On the other hand, prediction and tolerance intervals both give information about typical values from the population and the percentage of the population expected to be in the interval. For example, a tolerance interval can be configured to tell us what fraction of sampled values (e.g. 95%) will fall into an interval some fraction of the time (e.g. 95%).
Altman, N. & Krzywinski, M. (2018) Points of significance: Predicting with confidence and tolerance Nature Methods 15:843–844.
Krzywinski, M. & Altman, N. (2013) Points of significance: Importance of being uncertain. Nature Methods 10:809–810.