Friday, June 04, 2010

Local Foods Wheel

image :: local food wheel,

Working on local agriculture projects, I've been thinking about what's in season here in Ontario and in New York state. I've been fascinated with the low tech nature of cardstock "wheels" that convey information by aligning overlapping pieces. I even bought Jessica Helfland's book on information wheels at Spoonbill Books in Williamsburg, Brooklyn a while back.

I like the idea of the local foods wheel and its æsthetics. The idea of putting it on the fridge as a reference tool makes a lot of sense. I like how lots of dense information can be presented in a relatively small space.

There are two versions available, one for the SF Bay area and one for NY Metro, which can be purchased here. While a digital version could be done, I think it would be challenging to pull off and it would have to be conceptualized in a different manner, in terms of information use. I like the tactile nature of perusing the information that's not based on a text search.

Song:: Judas Priest-'Wheels of Fire'

Twitterversion:: [blog] Local foods wheel for SF & NY convey dense information in a compact analogue form. @Prof_K

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