When my husband and I were exploring our new neighborhood and the surrounding area by foot a couple of weeks ago, we came across something exciting: a Blue Bottle Coffee inside a ceramic shop. The ceramic shop in question was Heath, which I've since learned is a long-standing San Francisco institution, renown for their mid-century design. The original factory in Sausalito is where the iconic tableware and tiles are still made today.
I've been finding data viz inspiration recently in physical design, so (caffeine in hand), the bright colors, orderly arrangement, and interesting shapes in the retail space intrigued me. As did the wall art in the sitting area of the coffee shop (pictured above; with views of the open facility where they'll start making tile later this year): eight giant panels painted on the wall forming a timeline of Heath's ceramic products from its inception in 1948 to today. Simple, functional, and thoughtfully designed - just like the ceramics.
Are there any interesting places or disciplines from which you draw data viz inspiration? Leave a comment to inspire the rest of us!