Aerial Mapping at Triennale

In May 2013 I organized with my partners at Wefab, a  2-day workshop of DIY Aerial Mapping to introduce to participants some theory and practice around this topic thanks to the support of Digicult and Connecting Cultures which organized the event Milano&Oltre at Triennale Milano.

The workshop took place on the 14th and 15th of May: on the first day we introduced some background history of ballon photography and then presented some results of the tests held in the previous days. We had a test on the terrace of the Design Museum and then planned the mapping for the day after. On the second day we met in the defined location and sent the ballon up in the air three times.

The first part of the workshop took place at Triennale, the second part in the Parco del Portello in Milan.

This choice was made for several reasons: – The place is easily accessible by public and private transport (to carry a balloon and helium gas cylinder). – It is a large free space, close to some major urban transformations in the city of Milan (Portello area, area Citylife). – Also this area has been the subject of a recent urban redevelopment project, and aerial photographs found online still represent the preliminary works. – There are some hills which provide a base higher than surroundings.

The meteorological conditions were not favourable, the day was cloudy and windy. Shortly after finishing the third flight it started to rain.

Read the details of the how to on Public Laboratory.


Baby boop visual guide / Cosa trovi nel pannolino: guida visuale

newborn - neonato
newborn - neonato

(EN) This post to support a couple of friends who are delivering in the next weeks! Browse the gallery to discover how weird is newborns’  boop and to realize nothing is wrong if it’s black.. 🙂


(IT) Questo post per essere vicina ad un paio di amiche che partoriranno nelle prossime settimane!  Esplorate la gallery per scoprire quanto può essere strana la cacca dei neonati e per rendervi conto che non c’è niente di sbagliato se esce nera … 🙂

Some women believe it’s ok / Alcune donne pensano sia ok

Unicef Monitoring the Situation of Women
Unicef Monitoring the Situation of Women

[EN] I was wondering if this infographic was too strong to start the season after summer break. But I spent the summer reading Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson and if you are one of the 9 million people who read it too, you’ll see the connection.

The graph, taken from  Global Health Magazine and made from Unicef data, shows the percentage of women aged 15–49 responding that a husband or partner is justified in hitting or beating his wife under certain circumstances.

I checked if I could find some reports on Europe too and I found Wave Networks reports (a network of European women’s non-governmental organisations working in  the field of combating violence against women and children): take a look at their activities!


[IT] Mi chiedevo se questa infografica fosse un po’ troppo forte per iniziare la stagione dopo la pausa estiva. Ma ho passato l’estate immersa in Millennium, la trilogia di Stieg Larsson e se sei uno/a dei 9 milioni che l’ha letto,  capirai la connessione.

Il grafico, prodotto da Global Health Magazine con dati dell’Unicef,  mostra la percentuale di donne tra i 15 e i 49 anni che giustificano mariti e compagni che picchiano la propria partner in determinate circostanze.

Ho cercato info sulla situazione in Europa e ho trovato i report di Wave Networks (network delle associazioni non governative che combattono la violenza sulle donne e bambini): dai un’occhiata alle loro attività.

Pinky Show in Slovenia

(EN) Pinky and friends visited Slovenia to participate in a series of debates and an art exhibition on radical education. They also went to ROG, the former bycicle factory that became a social center.


(IT) Pinky e i suoi amici hanno visitato la Sloveinia per partecipare a una serie di dibattiti e a una mostra sul tema dell’educazione radicale. Sono anche stati al ROG, l’ex fabbrica di biciclette diventato un centro sociale.

Infographics is out/ E’ uscito Infographics

infographics magazine
infographics magazine

(EN) The first magazine devoted to infographics has come out in may with its first issue. 60 pages in two mixed languages, dutch and english, that you can read also online. The magazine is published in Holland and contains and interesting interview to Nigel Holmes, former director of Time Magazine for 16 years, who tells us what it takes to be an information designer.


(IT) La prima rivista dedicata interamente all’infografica è uscita con il suo primo numero proprio il mese scorso,  a maggio. 60 pagine consultabili anche online e con contenuti  in lingua mista,  olandese e inglese.  La rivista è infatti edita in Olanda e in questo numero contiene una bella intervista a Nigel Holmes, ex capo del dipartimento di infografica di Time Magazine, che ci racconta cosa ci vuole per essere un buon infodesigner.


Online friendship spectrum / Lo spettro dell’amicizia online

 Spectrum of Online Friendship
Spectrum of Online Friendship - click to enlarge

(EN) Mike Arauz published an infographics to express the fluidity of friendship in digital technology and described also each stage in detail, from passive interest to mutual investment.


(IT) Mike Arauz ha realizzato un infografica per rappresentare lo spettro delle relazioni che si possono instaurare online con i propri contatti a partire dall’interesse passivo alla vera e propria capacità di creare una relazione solida di scambio e supporto. Ci sono già dei feedback dall’infosfera italiana.

Italy stuck at 1% with solar / L’Italia ferma all’1% con il solare

La lunga strada del solare
La lunga strada del solare

(EN) Spain and Germany are leaders in Europe with investments on solar. Grid parity is getting closer and Italy is not prepared as you can see with this clear infographics published on ILsole24ore magazine, and designed by Francesco Franchi.


(IT) Spagna e Germania sono leader in Europa nell’investimento sul solare. La grid parity (il momento in cui l’energia solare costerà come produrre energia da fonti tradizionali) si avvicina sempre più e l’Italia è impreparata come si vede chiaramente da questa infografica pubblicata su IL, magazine del sole 24ore, e realizzata da Francesco Franchi.