The world’s largest megalopolis is currently the TaiheiyŨ Belt (the Pacific or Honshu megalopolis). It is located on the southeastern Japanese island of Honshu. Part of the archipelago that forms the country of Japan. Its population as of 2005 is 103 million people living in an area of 88,996 sq miles (230,500 kmĀ²) which is roughly about the size in square miles of Michigan or Minnesota.
Map image of Japan/East Asia Highlighting Honshu

Map northeast Asia highlighting Honshu in the Japanese archipelago.

The TaiheiyŨ Belt (also known as the Tokaido corridor) consists of the metropolitan areas of Tokyo, Kawasaki, Yokohama, Shizuoka, Hamamatsu, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Okayama, Hiroshima, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka and their surrounding cities and towns extending from Ibaraki Prefecture in the north all the way to Fukuoka Prefecture in the south, running for almost 1,200 km (750 mi). The population of this megalopolis is considered to be as high as 83 million people, depending on where one draws its boundaries.

Satellite shot of TaiheiyŨ Belt at night
Satellite image of Japan at night. The brightest areas from right to left are Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka.
via: Blue Marble Navigator.


Guangdong Province’s Pearl River Delta is a megalopolis with a population of 48 million that extends from Hong Kong and Shenzhen to Guangzhou, approximately 39,380 km2 (15,200 sq mi). Some projections assume that by 2030 up to 1 billion people will live in China’s urban areas. Even rather conservative projections predict an urban population of up to 800 million people. In its most recent assessment, the UN Population Division estimated an urban population of 1 billion in 2050.

Map China's Pearl River Valley.

Map of China’s Pearl River Delta.


Illustration of China’s Pearl River Delta.


By comparison:

The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area, the official title designated by the United States Office of Management and Budget, encompasses 12 counties within the U.S. state of Texas. The area is divided into two distinct metropolitan divisions: Dallasā€“Planoā€“Irving and Fort Worthā€“Arlington. Residents of the area informally refer to it as the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, DFW, or The Metroplex. It is the economic and cultural hub of the region commonly called North Texas or North Central Texas and is the largest land-locked metropolitan area in the United States.

Downtown Dallas, Texas

Downtown Dallas, Texas

Downtown Fort Worth, Texas

Downtown Fort Worth, Texas

Downtown Arlington, Texas

Downtown Arlington, Texas

The 2011 official estimate U.S. Census has the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex at 6,526,548, making it the largest metropolitan area in the South. During the 12-month period from July 2008 to July 2009, the Dallasā€“Fort Worthā€“Arlington metropolitan area gained 146,530 new residents, more than any other metropolitan area in the United States. The area’s population has grown by about one million since the last census was administered in 2000. The Dallasā€“Fort Worthā€“Arlington MSA is, by population, the largest metropolitan area in Texas, the largest in the South, the fourth-largest in the United States, and the tenth-largest in the Americas. The metroplex encompasses 9,286 square miles (24,100 km2) of total area: 8,991 sq mi (23,290 km2) is land, while 295 sq mi (760 km2) is water, making it larger in area than the U.S. states of Rhode Island and Connecticut combined. It is also the sixth largest gross metropolitan product (GMP) in the United States, and approximately tenth largest by GMP in the world.
United States Megapolitan areas
Megapolitan areas compete globally

Alien 2: Wired and half a bottle…

You have to click the pic for the flick:)Alien2





Adobe CS6 Iris Blur Sneak Peek

Here’s a peek from Photoshop Product Manager Stephen Nielsen of a tool that will add blur to any image without masks, layers or depth maps.

CS6 Iris Blur/Blur Gallery

Letter Press Past and Future

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Upside Down, Left To Right: A Letterpress Film from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.

We found a special guest star sleeping on the job today.

Goodwill Industries Website Launched

Goodwill Industries Website

badwood is happy to announce the launch of another succesful website. We spent more than a year building and reorganizing goodwill’s website. Along with the update to their internal forms and their client donor system badwood helped integrate and all of these parts into the new whole which we and the client are delighted with. badwood continues to host and maintain the site and we hope this is the beginning of a long relationship with the well thought of and highly green brand of Goodwill Industries.

Pantone updates it’s colors but did you know?

Many designers and artists use Pantone products to help deliver and coordinate color between vendors and on projects but recently after updating our PMS books to the new Color Bridge Plus books we ran across a not to well know fact that we would like to share. Read this article from shutter and you will be surprised what you find. On a recent job we just happen to pick 466c for the main color of a product. We use pantone more and more for web work and so purchased the new web print process color bridge version about a year ago but it seems yesterdays PMS 466 is not today’s PMS 466. We were somewhat surprised about the lack of coverage this had on the web as well as good information from Pantone. This could be a source of great confusion for many designer’s printer’s, programmer’s and artisit’s. It was quite a surprise to us and our clients.

badwood digital launches beta site

Today we launched our new website in beta. The addition of so many new features brought us to the realization that we had an opportunity to test the site in new ways as well as motivate ourselves to do continued updates and test all the way up and down the stack.We will be updating the site continuously from today forward and we should be out of beta in about two weeks. All status updates and additions will be logged in the web log.