Monkhouse Traffic Profiles, 2006

“Monkhouse Traffic Profiles”, 2006

Monkhouse and Wilkenson were graphic design/ mapmakers, producing textbooks for universities as well as commercial projects in the late 1960’s and 70’s.
These prints are an exercise, using a method of theirs to display information in relation to averages. Originally used for displaying hours of sunlight the technique is here used to display density in traffic flow. Information is collected via automatic counters at one point on a national road, and an average is calculated every 15 minutes. If a given day is above average it will be present as black and if below will simply be absent.
(installationview at Buro Friedrich Berlin)

James Beckett, Monkhouse Traffic Profiles, 2006
drawings marker and pencil on Ivory Carton(detail)