In my dream last night (I know, not the most promising start to a post), I went into a comic shop on a backstreet of the Big Imaginary City of My Mind, and bought some incredible WWII ephemera. It was basically a bunch of four-page newspapers, each contatining a day's worth of statistics and facts about the war. The centre-spread was a map showing all the latest troop movements and conflicts. Although in my my dream the design was credited to Disney, they didn't look Disneyish. They were mostly black on white, with touches of red. Imagine Nick Felton setting up a blind date for magCulture and TeuxDeux – that's what they looked like.
Now, I realise that this is basically my mind processing a weekend viewing of Inception, a discussion on Friday about the latest map-happy issue of Eye (specifically the lovely Dutch atlases of 010), and the fact I recently read about Disney's creative input into the war. But I'm also rather proud of the fact that I designed something elegant and useful without even being awake. It also taps into things I've been thinking whilst watching the terrifying footage from Japan – getting information to the people using non-electronic forms is still vital. As much as we love having everything accessible from our pocket gadgets, batteries die, transmitters fail. Sometimes a good old fashioned pamphlet-airdrop is the solution.
One day we'll hopefully be able to tap into the creative power of our subconscious, processing problems and stimuli in unexpected ways, and it'll completely change how we go about designing things, learning things, doing things. This blows my mind a little bit.
I also dreamt the new Spider-Man movie. It was so-so.