I’ve updated the “World” section with photos from Venice.

Jan 5   world
2016   world
2015   world

Spanish state graphic design 

I will later publish the stories from Barcelona, Tarragona, Valencia and Sitges. Now, several examples of graphic design of Spanish official bodies.

The symbol of Barcelona city hall:

Barcelona city hall symbol

Street prohibition sign with it:

Street prohibition sign in Barcelona

Sometimes it is used on a “big B” label:

“Big B” label in Barcelona

Museum of Picasso:

Museum of Picasso

Red on black looks cool (above the entrance):

Red on black Barcelona city hall symbol

This one is probably a simplified version of the same:

Another sign

The grilled variant of the “big B” is used on everything that has to do with garbage. Garbage can:

Garbage can

Garbage truck:

Garbage truck

Ministry of home affairs and police:

Ministry of Home Affairs

Barcelona city council:

Barcelona city council

The symbols of city halls of Tarragona and Sitges aren’t too interesting (here to complete the picture). The symbol of Tarragona city hall:

Tarragona city hall symbol

The symbol of Sitges city hall:

The symbol of Sitges city hall

The symbol of Valencia city hall:

The symbol of Valencia city hall

On a manhole cover:

The symbol of Valencia city hall on a manhole cover

Government of Valencia is the coolest:

The symbol of the Government of Valencia

Just great:

The symbol of the Government of Valencia

The shield:

The shield

On a beach in Vinaròs:

On a beach in Vinaròs

The government of Catalonia:

The government of Catalonia symbol

On a police car:

The government of Catalonia symbol

On a tax authority building:

The government of Catalonia symbol

With all the symbols of Catalan councils:

The government of Catalonia symbol with all the symbols of Catalan councils
2015   design   Spain   world
2014   world

Europe 2010 and Palermo 

I’ve updated the “World” section with photos and stories from a trip to Europe in 2010. Here is a couple of them:

See and read the stories in this order:

  • Zurich, where road and sidewalk surfaces are level,
  • Milan, where street name plates are gorgeous and trams are adorable,
  • Nice, with a surprising diversity of hatches,
  • Cannes, where you watch fireworks,
  • Monte Carlo, where a street you walk turns out to be a roof of a building,
  • Paris, with transparent plastic bags instead of recycle bins,
  • Roads, signs and tunnels.

And then check out the new one, from a recent trip to Palermo:

2014   world

Sailing Aeolian Islands 

I was lucky enough to take part in sailing Aeolian Islands in the beginning of June. Here they are:

Sailing Aeolian Islands

My mind was blown by the amount of new things I’ve learned. In marinas there are special stubs with electricity and water. This helps when you need to charge your iPhone or swab your deck. This one is in Portorosa where we’ve chartered a boat:


As we arrived at a Vulcano bay, we’ve found that there was no marina. I thought we would have to sail to one of the other islands, but it turned out you could moor without a marina! Special buoys designate points with available mooring lines. You leave your boat a hundred meters into the sea and go to the island on a dinghy. We didn’t actually have to float our dinghy. Giovanni, a local with a motor boat, brought us to Vulcano:


A Vulcano sunset:

A Vulcano sunset

After several hours on the island, Giovanni takes us back “home”:


A Vulcano sunrise:

A Vulcano sunrise

In Lipari, there was a marina with electricity, water and even free Wi-Fi:


The Wi-Fi came in handy: the night at Lipari was the night after WWDC and I was able to watch the Keynote.

Sailing to Salina:

Sailing Aeolian Islands

All the doors have hooks to fix them open:

Sailing Aeolian Islands

Our boat (the closest one) at Santa Marina Salina:

Santa Marina Salina

Clothes-pegs are very useful on a boat:

Sailing Aeolian Islands

Here, two are used to fix my bathing trunks to a jibsheet:

Sailing Aeolian Islands

We were planning to sail next to Stromboli, an active volcano. Unfortunately, there was not only no marina on Stromboli, there weren’t any mooring buoys either. The skipper explained the anchorage theory, but later we decided to change the plan due to unfavourable weather. We booked a hotel and took a ferry to Stromboli.

A Stromboli beach:

A Stromboli beach

The clouds form cute hats above the islands:

Sailing Aeolian Islands

We returned to Sicily having one day of the charter left, so we used it to sail to a nice harbour not far from Portorosa and practice anchorage in a good weather.

I will probably write about the islands themselves sometime later.

2014   sailing   world
2014   London   world

Correcting the capture time of your photos 

I prefer my photos’ metadata to include the correct capture time, regardless of which timezone it was taken in. But I would never spend time to figure out how to adjust the built-in clock on my camera. And even if that was easy, I would always forget to do it anyway.

So when I travel, I just take photos of clocks and then use those to adjust the capture time of the whole set. Usually there are plenty of clocks on transport systems, and, as you know, photos I take mainly have to do with transport. This one is from the London Tube:

Correcting the capture time of your photos

In Lightroom, I select the whole set of photos from some trip, then choose a photo of a clock (this does not void the selection), and then I set the photo’s capture time to whatever the clock displays. This makes Lightroom adjust the capture time of all selected photos accordingly.

This method is great because it does not require any discipline: you can adjust time whenever you want. A couple of days ago I needed a photo from 2005, and it had the wrong capture time. I just found a photo of a clock in that set and corrected the whole set in a matter of seconds.

Sometimes І would notice an accidental clock or watch in some photo and just glance at the capture time. Yep, it is all right with this one from Trafalgar Square:

Obviously, the ideal camera should know the time without any action on my part, as the iPhone does. Or, better, the camera should be just an iPhone dock. But this is unfortunately not the case with my Canon.

2014   lifehack   photo   technology   world

One-legged women and toilets 

The eternal mystery of signage design is that women on the toilet signs often have just one leg. They are all over the world:

2014   wayfinding   world
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