New visual work

New visual work by Prairieform's John Kamp
Third of four.
New visual work by John Kamp of Prairieform
Second of four.
New visual work by John Kamp of Prairieform
Fourth of four.
Cover for new DJ set by Prairieform's DJ alter-ego, Johnnycakes.
First of four. Cover for new DJ set by Prairieform’s DJ alter-ego, Johnnycakes.

A few examples of the visual work I have been working on. I’ve made a conscious decision to push the work away from collage – a medium I’ve become too comfortable with, and, well, a medium that has just become too ubiquitous in this day and age. These new compositions are the result of a combination of chance and intention – perhaps reflecting the subconscious and the conscious experiences of the world. DJ set for the one just above in the works.

John Kamp

Transportation design and its failure to consider user experience

The caged-in walkway from Coliseum BART to the Amtrak station as experienced by John Kamp and Ian Griffiths
The caged-in walkway from Coliseum BART to the Amtrak station

See our recent video/blog collaboration with Ian Griffiths of Seamless Bay Area on the abysmal experience of making connections between transportation systems and lines within the Bay Area. In this case, we profiled the experience of transferring from Coliseum BART to the Coliseum Amtrak station. Mild spoiler alert: the transfer experience is beyond lousy – and, frankly, unsafe. Watch the video and read more HERE.

Voilà le grid!

The final grid for the #ButterflyRedux landscape - where the colors indicate plant species, the squares location, and the number plant quantity (one square = 1 plant unless otherwise noted)
The final grid for the #ButterflyRedux landscape – where the colors indicate plant species, the squares location, and the number plant quantity (one square = one plant unless otherwise noted)

Everything’s been tallied, noted, filled in: 28 plant species in total within the #ButterflyRedux landscape, and 138 plants in total. The most dominant species thus far is the Zizea aurea, while the least dominant so far are Asclepias speciosa, Betula poulifolia ‘White Spire’, Hylotelephium spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’, Liatris aspera, Liatris pychostachya, Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’, Pycnanthemum verticillatum var. pilosum, Schizachyrium scoparium, Silene regia, and Vernonia fasciculata (all are thus far single plants within the landscape).

Come May of next year, we will be repeating the process all over again – laying down the grid, noting the species, location, and quantity. More likely than not, a new grid of a different composition will emerge, as the landscape will undoubtedly have already evolved – some plants multiplying, some staying in place, and some perhaps saying, “So long.” Anyway, stay tuned for more updates on the project.

-John Kamp

We’ve signed a book contract!

Prairieform's John Kamp and James Rojas of Place It! have just signed a book contract with Island Press!
Prairieform’s John Kamp and James Rojas of Place It! have just signed a book contract with Island Press!

Yep, it’s official: we’re writing a book – along with James Rojas of Place it! The book’s topic will, in a nutshell, be about creative, hands-on, and sensory-based ways of doing community engagement for urban design, landscape, and planning projects. We’re at an all-hands-on-deck moment with so many issues in our country and world at this point and time, so engaging everyone in the process – regardless of background, language ability, culture – is critical. More details as they come.

-John Kamp