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Create Everyday: Day 2

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Day Two: look through something nostalgic

Sketchbooks are my favorite thing to look through for nostalgia. At my best, I documented what was going on around me, what I was interested in, drew well and noted lots of interesting details about my life at the time. At my worst I fill pages with doodles that mean nothing. In any case, they often dredge up a lot of nostalgia for me.

I did the sketchbook project a while ago. You buy a moleskine, fill it and then send it to the organizers where it will be on view forever. I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand it’s cool to have something in the collection. On the other hand I feel sad that I lost all the work in it. I did scan it all so I know what’s in there, but it’s not the same as paging through my actual sketchbook.

I have a some of my sketchbooks on my Flickr.

Create Everyday/12 Days: Day 1

My friend Kari has created an amazing creative life and her blog about her mission to Create Everyday is an inspiration for me. Yesterday she sent out an invitation to be part of a creative challenge called Create Everyday: the Twelve Days of Christmas. At the bottom of her invitation it said, “be courageous.” Loved that. Loved the idea. Joined.

Here is Day One: Make a list using your non-dominant hand

For me, that’s my left hand. And this morning as I was walking the skyways of St. Paul, I thought about how much I love cities. I love their history, their organization, their urban structures, their character and the characters that live in them. So, I brought those two things together, list, left and cities.

Here is my List of Cities I have Left.

Cities I have left

Januska On changes its focus

I am going to shift the focus of this site from my professional work to my personal work. Since there is a lot of overlap between the two, I hope you, dear reader, will forgive any redundancies you find here. The blog has been dormant for over a year and a half and much of the work posted is brand and design related. Moving forward I’m going to recast it to it’s original, original vision which is reflected in the name.

Januska On

 

Januska on art
Januska on culture
Januska on creativity
Januska on whatever I’m on at the time.

I hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think.

–Carla

GLBT sentiment in 2000, an infographic

"What's it like to be gay in America?" infographic

This infographic represents my look at the sentiments of gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans in 2000. There isn’t a lot of hard data about the lives of the GLBT community. While there is a lot of anecdotal information, wonderful storytelling of our history and even good documentaries about our lives, quantified open data is hard to come by. This study, done 13 years ago shows the state of insecurity and lack of safety many GLBT felt and demonstrates the toll taken by inequality and homophobia.

Now, as the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down DOMA and sent Proposition 8 back to California, we stand at the beginning of a new era for GLBT people. I’d love to see this study replicated to do a comparison over time and update this sentiment graph. And as GLBT people feel less threatened and more willing to come out, hopefully they will be more willing to participate in data gathering exercises that will help us create a true picture of life in America as a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered person.

If you have access to data that warrants a data visualization approach, I would love to hear from you and see what we can see in your data.

 

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