Today, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) unveiled the Urban Street Design Guide, a new design manual for city streets. A blueprint for the 21st century streetscape, the Urban Street Design Guide demonstrates how streets of every size can be reimagined and reoriented as safe, sustainable public spaces for people walking, driving, biking, and taking transit. […]

About a month ago, we set out to design BART‘s new icons representing crowding on trains. The constraints were tight: icons could be no more than 16 x 22 pixels in order to fit BART.gov’s current trip planner, and ideally the icons would be easily understood without a legend. Initially, there were four levels of crowding […]

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Have you ever wondered how other cities visualize real-time transit data? Here are some photos of real-time displays I spotted in Chicago, London, Barcelona, and Stockholm during the last couple of months while traveling. Disclaimer: We are pretty big fans of real-time displays here at BlinkTag and have one powered by a Raspberry Pi. Even though […]

Real-time display in Barcelona on the Girona platform

BlinkTag client Solo Kota Kita got a nice mention in today’s New York Times article about flooding and city planning in Indonesia. “Jakarta is crazy,” said Ahmad Rifai, executive director of Solo Kota Kita, an organization in Surakarta that encourages residents to interact with local officials on city planning. “We need more than just one […]

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Forty years ago in 1972, BART trains started running for the first time. To mark the transit agency’s 40th anniversary of providing service to the Bay Area, we collected some of our favorite images commemorating the milestone, courtesy of BART. BART employees from the 70s:   Okay, that’s all old and good, but what’s new? Expect speedier […]

BART logo from 1958, via Eric Fischer (walkingsf) on Flickr

For the last month, we’ve been holding MIT undergrad Michelle Wang hostage as part of MIT’s 2012 Student/Alumni Externship Program. Now that she’s safe at home in Boston and free to speak, we thought we’d publish her thoughts on what it’s like to be an MIT extern at BlinkTag’s office in San Francisco. Thanks for […]

Michelle in a ball pit on a Google visit

Solo Kota Kita, a website BlinkTag built and launched earlier this year, was recently mentioned in the November 2011 issue of Metropolis Magazine, a monthly architecture and design publication with a circulation of about 60,000. In an article called Collaborations Welcome, Michael Haggerty, one of Solo Kota Kita’s project directors, is mentioned alongside SKK. Check […]

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Over the weekend of June 24th, Trucy, Jed and I all attended Startup Weekend Las Vegas. Startup Weekend takes place in cities around the world; it’s a 54-hour event that brings together “developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts” to share startup ideas, form teams and create startups. Some of our favorite companies were […]

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Congratulations to Storify, who officially launched today! As of this morning, the Storify public beta became open to the public, allowing anyone to create an account. What’s Storify? Using a drag and drop method, journalists and writers can quickly collect and filter social media streams to create a story. Storify allows users to curate and […]

Using Storify for 511 Contra Costa's weekly headlines