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Poster, FD-1: Flocking Diplomats NYC 1999-2002 // Violations / Hour

This is a Poster. It was graphic design by Joris Maltha and Daniel Gross and printed by Plaats Maken and firm: Catalogtree. It is dated designed January 2008 and we acquired it in 2009. Its medium is offset lithograph on white wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This is one of six posters in the Flocking Diplomats series. In each poster, data is translated into a graphic that maps the parking violations of diplomats in New York City. The posters are grounded in humor, both in the concept of tracking the diplomats’ transgressions and in the visual presentation of the information. Infographics—quantitative information that is visually displayed through graphs, charts, and other formats—highlight the immense volume of data available to us today as well as the subjective nature of its representation.
Catalogtree, the design team behind the Flocking Diplomats series, took their name from a technical term for the organizational structure of files within folders. In 1999, Joris Maltha and Daniel Gross founded Catalogtree while enrolled in Werkplaats Typographie, a two-year graphic design program in Arnhem, Netherlands. Their systematic approach to organizing information produces data that is graphic and imagery that is information. The designers are drawn to large data sets, which lend themselves to myriad interpretations.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Parking Pattern Posters.

This object was donated by Joris Maltha and Daniel Gross. It is credited Gift of Joris Maltha and Daniel Gross.

Its dimensions are

100.2 x 68.9 cm (39 7/16 x 27 1/8 in.)

It is inscribed

Across bottom of sheet: Parking Violations by Diplomats / Hour in 1999 to 2002 in New York City. The Violations are plotted in relation to the sun positions as seen from Central Park (Lattitude 40(degrees) 47 (minutes) N/ Longitude 73 (degrees) / 58)minutes) W). Annual Totals (Year: Total (Max/Date) 1999: 42, 542 (65/09-24)--Security Council / Fifty-fourth year, 4048th meeting, Samll Arms Friday, 24 September 1999, 9:30 a.m. 2000: 38, 338 (62 /02-24) Security Cuncil/ fifty-fifth year; 4104th Meeting. The Situation Concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Thursday, 24 February 2000, 11:30 a.m. 2001: 25, 390 (56 / 02-12)--Security Council / Fifty-sixth year, 4276th Meeting, The Situation along the border of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone. Monday, 12 February 2001, 3 p.m. 2002: 12, 703 (33 /04-23)--Security Council / Fifty-seventh year, 4517th Meeting, The Situation in Angola. Tuesday, 23 April 2002, 10:30 a.m.

Cite this object as

Poster, FD-1: Flocking Diplomats NYC 1999-2002 // Violations / Hour; Graphic design by Joris Maltha (Dutch, b. 1974), Daniel Gross (German, b. 1973); Printed by Plaats Maken; Firm: Catalogtree; offset lithograph on white wove paper; 100.2 x 68.9 cm (39 7/16 x 27 1/8 in.); Gift of Joris Maltha and Daniel Gross; 2009-30-1

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