Big data art

To make sense from data around you makes sense. Expressing your findings with warm, familiar materials like wood, paper, wool, leather and glass can make to a form of art. And there is a vast amount of data around us, in fact we live in it. Laurie Frick is an artist who is driven to tell her story.

She collects the data herself with a variety of as she calls rigorous methods and with that come to hand-made patterned wall-arts. The physicality of her expressions leads in Frick’s conviction and philosophy to a better understanding what our bodies and behaviour tell us, make the vast amounts of numeric data from abstract to tangible, because people can understand the patterns intuitively. Colours play an important role.

The image above has been taken from lauriefrick.com. It is worth visiting, because it inspires, it is a beautiful bouquet of works and it gives you the opportunity to acquire one of these professionally hand-made unique masterpieces.

Business models

Jack Kruf

To choose, implement and communicate a business model is challenging. It can at the same time be inspirational, strategic and for business continuity necessary, with the eye on the market, the client and of course the competition. I collected some frequently used models and main techniques used at board rooms in government, business and non-profit.

In the office you can express and communicate your core philosophy and business approach with your clients, customers and guests. With that you can make a statement. All models are designed for view on trends and developments and act accordingly. Showing them will brand your company as alert and professional.

Colour management

The Pantone® colours in our design are hand-picked, corresponding with the biomes, for accurate colour management and print reproduction. Note: the colours in the slides shown here may differ from those of the actual prints.

Delivery

One of the most relevant cycles in business is that of delivery, the cycle of Production-Service-Check-Improvement. It is where the place where all strategies, policies  and investments lead to the actual services. “`Customer satisfaction has to be checked and, based on this, improvements need to be made. It is the cycle where businesses are at the closest to the clients and governments to the citizens they serve. Delivery counts. It is perceived as one of the most critical ones for business continuity and customer satisfaction.

Risk

The ISO 31000 guideline is about risk management. The major steps in the process are Identify-Analyse-Evaluate-Treat. International Organization for Standardization in Geneva underlines for the long-term success of an organisation, the reliance on many things, from continually assessing and updating their offering to optimising their processes. Addressing operational continuity is key, providing a level of reassurance in terms of economic resilience, professional reputation and environmental and safety outcomes. The cycle has many variants, and depends on the school of philosophy or commercial approach.

Steering in dynamics

The Observe-Orient-Decide-Act loop shows that all decisions are based on observations of the evolving situation tempered with implicit filtering of the problem being addressed. It is about steering in, sometimes high, dynamics. The concept of OODA was developed by military strategist and United States Air Force Colonel John Boyd. He applied the concept to the combat operations process, often at the operational level during military campaigns. It is now also often applied to understand commercial operations and learning processes. The approach explains how agility can overcome raw power in dealing with human opponents.

Control and improvement

The Plan-Do-Check-Act loop is an iterative four-step management method used in business for the control and continual improvement of processes and products. The concept of PDCA is based on the scientific method. A fundamental principle here is iteration – once a hypothesis is confirmed (or negated), executing the cycle again will extend the knowledge further. Repeating the PDCA cycle can bring its users closer to the goal, usually a perfect operation and output.

Performance

Performance management is working in the cycle Plan-Develop-Perform-Review. It is an ongoing process of open communication in support of accomplishing the strategic objectives of the organisation, team or person. The communication process includes clarifying expectations, setting objectives, identifying goals, providing feedback, and reviewing results.

Public finance

The cycle of public finance, that of Tax-Budget-Spending-Accountability in fact is a simple one, but one of the most crucial ones in present approach of major social and economical challenges. Government needs tax as its basis, decides how to budget their plans, products and services, then spend the money for production, implementation and delivery and at the take accountability for this to its voters, clients and citizens. It is a cycle, that repeats itself every year, on all levels of government.

Quality

The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is about the connection of Leadership-Resource-Process-Result. It is use as the European quality management instrument for the public sector. It is there to assist its organisations to improve their performance. This quality framework helps the organisations to perform a self-assessment, to develop an improvement plan based on this and to implement the improvement actions. The model is based on the premise that excellent results in organisational performance, citizens/customers, people and society are achieved through leadership, driving strategy and planning, people, partnerships, resources and processes.

Strategy

One of the most heard and used terms in the public sector is the word strategy. In times of change it is considered as the model which shares light on the path towards the future. One of the cycles is Diagnosis-Course-Policy-Implementation. It is about the process of defining a new course, based on proper diagnosis and with the explicit purpose or at least intention to elaborate the course into policy (read: planning) and at the end implementation. Strategy can be considered as a cycle – as it has done here – but is often is used as stand-alone step on its own. The cycle has many variants, and depends on the school of philosophy.

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On location

Every design is available for print. The models are designed in a consistent way, for a broad use and applicability in a wide range of dimensions, from postcard to ‘museum’ dimensions. Here you find a selection of the collection for gallery, hall, home, office, outdoor and public space. Showcasing them in rooms where clients or guests meet raises the awareness of the richness of concepts, thoughts and wisdoms.

Biome

Jack Kruf

A biome can be defined (Campbell, 1996) as” a major community on earth with a predominant vegetation and adapted organisms to that particular environment.” In fact the biomes of the present world can be considered as our major natural habitats. It is where biotic and abiotic elements of the ecosystems meet. It is in fact the place where biodiversity and resilience are made and engineered (by nature).

I designed – with the golden ratio in mind – these set of biomic landscapes. The Pantone® colours are hand-picked, corresponding with the biomes, for accurate colour management and print reproduction.

For home and office

The biomes are designed for a broad use and can be printed in a wide range of dimensions, from postcard to ‘museum’ dimensions. Here you fine a selection for the application for gallery, hall, home, office, outdoor and public space. Showcasing them in rooms where people meet, raises the awareness of the treasuries of Mother Earth.

In the office you can express and communicate your core philosophy and business approach with your clients and customers. You can make a true statement with your wall-art.

My motto: “A wisdom on the wall is a window to the world”. Knowing where you are, is the first step towards proper navigation. Note: The colours in the slides may differ from those of the actual prints. Every design is available as an open edition print.

Arctic biome

The Arctic and Antarctic stretch out in the polar regions, consisting of frozen land and seas. It are unique area’s among Earth’s ecosystems, because of their cold and extreme conditions. Life includes organisms living in the ice, zooplankton and phytoplankton, fish and marine mammals, birds, land animals, plants and at the arctic also human societies. They belong to the arctic biome.

Coral reef (biome)

Coral reefs are in fact part of the marine biome, often called “rainforests of the sea”, and form some of Earth’s most diverse ecosystems. They occupy less than 0.1% of the world’s ocean area (half the area of France), yet provide a home for at least 25% of all marine species.

Desert biome

The desert is a region so arid because of little rainfall that it supports only sparse and widely spaced vegetation or no vegetation at all. It belongs to the desert biome.

Forest biome

This is a biological community that is dominated by trees and other woody vegetation. More than one half of tropical forests have already been destroyed. Only scattered remnants of original temperate forests remain. Current extensive logging in boreal forests may soon cause their disappearance. There are three major types of forests; tropical rainforest, temperate forest and boreal forest (taiga).

Freshwater biome

3% of earth’s water is freshwater and about 70% of that is sequestered in polar ice. There are wetlands inundated with water, streams and rivers with running water and ponds and lakes with accumulating water.

Grassland biome

Grasslands are characterized as lands dominated by grasses. Continental climate (hot and dry) is favourable for grasses rather than for large shrubs or trees. There are savannas, prairies and steppes.

Marine biome

The marine biome dominates the surface of the Earth, covering about three-quarters of the Earth’s surface area. The world’s oceans contain the richest diversity of species of any space on Earth. Rainwater for land areas is supplied by the evaporation of ocean waters. There are oceans, coral reefs, and estuaries.

Tundra biome

The tundra is characterized as lands with shrubby vegetation, composed of dwarf shrubs, sedges and grasses, mosses, and lichens, which is adapted to harsh conditions with an extremely cold climate. The biodiversity is low, there is poor nutrients availability and little precipitation with a short season (the Arctic summer) of growth and reproduction. There are alpine and arctic tundras.

Bibliography

Campbell, N. (1996) Biology 3th edn. California Menlo Park: The Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Company

My Word

This matrix links the internal and external drive to that of the language domain, often used in communication within the world of politics and government. Of course it is also applicable to the world of the private and business as well as the personal domain. Our words used often share a light behind the scenes. This diagram brings drives and words together.

Bron: De Graaf en Kunst (2009). Design My Word (2020) ©Jack Kruf

The maximum of both worlds is want, and if the external drive is higher than the internal one must is used, vice versa that is may. If both are low then can is used. In the middle of the matrix the word dare is positioned, to cross over or break through the boundaries from a quadrant. The matrix is often used in communication, co-creation and design sessions within groups.

The spoken language can tell us a lot about the internal drive of those who use the word in relation to the need to act. Many present policy plans use the word must. The context here is the need for change, innovation, development, transition and transformation related for example to climate, energy, water, cyber, circular, social care, finance, resilience, ecosystem protection. Migrate to want would give a lot of power. Is this possible mayby seduction and education?

My word can be considered as indicator where I am in the diagramFrom there navigation can start.

Bibliography

Graaf, A. de en Kunst, K (2009) Einstein en de kunst van het zeilen: Praktijkboek over leiderschap en communicatie. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij SWP. link

Wild life

Ladybugs, dogs, owls, otters: Charley Harper’s geometric illustrations are more than a source of delight. With a never-ending curiosity for the natural world, especially for wildlife and flora, Harper developed a unique style that influenced generations of artists and designers.

Wild Life: the life and work of Charley Harper, published by Gestalten, celebrates the centenary and legacy of Charley Harper, a master of midcentury American illustration: a vast collection of works originally created as posters, magazine covers, murals, and more.

Compiled by design writer Margaret Rhodes and the artist’s son, Brett Harper, this definitive monograph offers a glimpse into Harper’s creative universe and considers him anew in different contexts: as a student, a professional artist, a husband, an honorary naturalist, and a conservationist.

Telling the story of his life and of his masterpieces, Wild Life is essential for enthusiasts of the American master and for anyone interested in midcentury visual culture.

Value creation

© Jack Kruf (2018) Value creation [fine art print, 1/1, sold]. Breda: Private collection.

Establishing public values is a key process in society. This is most of the time driven by non-profit organisations (orange). It is about the art of clear navigation between the system world (black) and the living world (white). Investment power (grey) is crucial, a starting point for good public governance and the creation of values.

Freedom

Jack Kruf (2018) Freedom [fine art print, 1/1, sold]. Poppel, Belgium: Private collection.

Freedom is one of the highest personal values. It finds its build-up (among others) in the feeling of walking in the pristine snow (white), the cloud illusions (grey), the ability to sport, dance, travel and recreate (brown) and the expression in music art and culture (yellow). A personal expression.

Wind of change

© Jack Kruf (2022) Wind of Change [fine art print]. Breda.

The wind of change can just start at one place on the chess board. It from there can influence the course and level playing field of the complete canvas of society. The chess board as a metaphor of society. The spade is formally associated with spear, leaf and shovel. We need all three.

All systemic changes started like this, with just one idea or one action at one place. This thought empowers hope for a better world. Hope is intrinsic and is about direct personal involvement (Cornel West) and “Hope is the thing with feathers” (Emily Dickinson). True change starts always somewhere.

In present times, from today on, we need change more than ever, because the direction in which we walk is not right one. UN Secretary General António Guterres even talked about hell, on the 27th (!) climate top. It is good to know “we all can make a difference”, as Obama stated several days ago.

We need all to turn the tide of loss and injustice (among others) and to keep democracy and our natural ecosystems alive and kicking. We need the spade more than ever against upcoming autocracy, populism, racism, fascism, greed and the world of denial and fake. The spade it is. A personal expression.

Design for ecological harmony

Dror is a New York-based design firm, creating the future of cities. Building comprehensive visions & systems at every scale. Connecting people with nature through the built environment. (picture © Dror for Parkorman Istanbul: designing a love story between people and nature in a city with no central park.

The well-being of humans and the planet are interconnected, and Dror’s Supernature Labs focus on the research, development and invention of new ways to build better with nature and like nature. A global initiative, the labs are rolling out to locations around the world and empowering the local community to innovate and build a better future.

Established by Dror, SuperNature Labs is a holistic, practical framework to design with nature, like nature, to measurably improve the wellbeing of all life. From the scale of products to new cities, SuperNature takes us from Sustainability to Ecological Harmony: a shift in the way we design environments that enables communities, economies, and ecologies to grow in support of each other.

SuperNature Labs is a design company that pioneers innovative architecture, planning, and media products to offer a multi-scale development platform based on a new integration of nature and the built environment.

Crossroads

© Jack Kruf (2019) Crossroads [fine art print, open edition] Breda: Personal collection .

For the most of us (red) it is relevant to be able to discover our way in the world of laws, rules and regulations (taupe). It can be a dense wood where finding the forest for the trees can actually be quite challenging. Understanding the canvas is key. Having the means a constraint.

Some have a short walk in the network of paths (white), some will have a long walk needing to make the right decision at every crossroad to get access to the core of our legal system (black) that in fact rules society in general and our life in particular. A walk to just know, be informed. maybe to survive or even to be free. An art impression.

Quadruple Helix

Jack Kruf

Was het niet James Watson die ontdekte dat ons DNA in een dubbele spiraal ‘door het leven’ gaat. Spiraal in het Grieks betekent έλιξ, helix.

Een helix kan in de wereld van publieke sturing ook uit vier spiralen bestaan, op een veel hoger niveau dan dat van ons DNA. Het bestaat in de hoofden van  politici, bestuurders managers en strategen. Het is een metafoor voor optimale samenwerking tussen families van organisaties, zijnde overheid, wetenschap, onderwijs en bedrijfsleven.

© Jack Kruf (2019). Quadruple Helix [Hahnemühle certified fine art print, limited edition]. Breda: CINETONE.
Een quadruple samenwerking kan tot meerwaarde leiden in de sociale en economische ontwikkeling van steden en regio’s, zo is de gedachte. De talloze verbindingen tussen die organisaties vormen de spiralen en zorgen voor de stevigheid en samenhang. Je hebt elkaar immers nodig – op  alle niveaus en vanuit diverse geledingen – om tot succes te komen.
De organisaties in deze specifieke regio op het gebied van economische samenwerking (hét voorliggende thema in deze regio) zijn weergegeven als vlakken op een schaakbord, het canvas van gebied. Het zijn projecties van hun invloed, afgeleid van een dwarsdoorsnede (transect). De betrokkene zijn ingekleurd: overheid (blauw), bedrijfsleven (geel), onderwijs (rood) en wetenschap (groen). Wit zijn de organisaties (in dit geval 7 van de 64), die zich niet hebben gemeld voor deze samenwerking, maar een eigen koers varen.

Leaf ’68’

Can this leaf of a Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’ L.) tell the story of a stage, a feeling, an age? Can it be a metaphor for actual fitness, vitality, resilience while representing the signs of life?

I found this leaf near the sacred burial place of my grandparents, where the high slender trees touch the heaven. I spend some time with it. My pencils found their way.

’68’ is a number to be respected and to be remembered. It’s delta shaped form indicates that keep learning is an important implicit message. Its fine geometric architecture also reflects the basic forms of the trees carrying the branches and leafs. In fact it showcases how nature masters its morphogenetic and physiologic plan for growth and development. A wise leaf it is.

Bibliography

Kruf, J.P. (2022) Leaf ’68’ [fine art print]. Breda: Private collection.