Monday, January 9, 2012

Illustration Friday: Grounded (and Shipped)

© 2012 Sylvia Liu
OK, it may be a bit of a stretch to use this illustration for "grounded," when it's more about "shipped." But it's interesting to me to think of all the parts of the global shipping system that are grounded: the factories producing the products half-way around the world; the people working in those factories (this is on my mind because I just listened to this week's amazing podcast of This American Life, about a self-described "worshipper in the cult of Mac" who went to a Chinese factory that makes the Apple products and interviewed the workers);* the infrastructure that distributes the products (these cranes, the trains, and highways); the retail stores; the warehouses; and the consumer sitting in front of a computer ordering the product.


*Update 3/20/12: This American Life recently retracted the Apple story because Mike Daisey, the performer who told the story, lied about some key facts. This podcast is well worth listening to.



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9 comments:

  1. I heard about that podcast but haven't had the time to actually listen to it. I shall make it a point to, shortly. I can see where you're coming from with the "grounded" idea too.

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  2. Ground shipping is on my mind too. I'm waiting for my Amazon order. Ground shipping's not too much of a stretch.

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  3. Love it! It's so cool when art and fact come together in a fun way like this :)

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  4. I love THIS AMERICAN LIFE and I LOVED your illustration! I laughed, as our org. has recently shipped containers of books to West Africa (not Liberia, though) as we're setting up children's libraries next month. Thank you for sharing. So glad for the comment challenge because I found your blog.

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  5. I love looking at stuff...especially stuff like this!!!

    I love everything about your blog...trying to follow now!!!

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  6. Love your art work. And what a great way to pull the concept togethr.

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  7. Great! Very complex but interesting take on grounded... :)
    PS. Thanks for your comment too!

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  8. hahahaha! this is really great! :D

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  9. Thank you everyone for these nice comments. I've been trying this new style of "commenting" or adding graffiti to photos.

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