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Bird flight paths

Dennis Hlynsky, an artist and a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, recorded videos of flying birds and in post-processing shows previous flight…

Highway traffic reorganized by color

In the video above, filmmaker Cy Kuckenbaker reorganized midday traffic by color. No computer-generated elements required. In this new video I took a four…

Your life in jellybeans

Using the effective jellybean method, Ze Frank describes the finite time we have. Each bean represents a day in the life of an average person.…

Roomba traces

We've seen what happens when you turn on a Roomba and track its vacuum path with long-exposure photography. The LED on top provides a point…

Beauty of mathematics

Betrand Russell: "Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting…

Impressive exploration of projection mapping

Projection mapping is the art of using physical objects as display surfaces and turning them into something else visually. This video of Box is…

Treemap art

Ben Shneiderman invented the treemap in the 1990s to visualize the hierarchical contents of his hard drive. In the Treemap Art Project, Sheiderman approaches the…

Beach Boys vocals visualized

Alexander Chen visualized "You Still Believe in Me" by the Beach Boys. This is a visualization of Beach Boys vocals inspired by the physics…

Listening to Zen-like Wikipedia edits

It's easy to think of online activity as a whirlwind of chatter and battles for loudest voice, because, well, a lot of it is that.…

A study of quantified emotion

Mike Pelletier experimented with quantified emotion in his piece Parametric Expression. This is what you get when you break facial expressions and mannerisms into bits:…

Physics of love

Louise Ma, along with Chris Parker and Lola Kalman, started a six-part short video series on what love looks like. Above is the first…

GPS shoes show you the way home

Inspired by The Wizard of Oz, where Dorothy clicks her heels to get home, artist Dominic Wilcox created "No Place Like Home," a pair of…

Movie sounds

Moviesound is a goofy yet charming look at sounds in movies. Imagine sound waves visualized and then replace some of the spikes with illustrations that…

Sensory augmentation device

We've seen plenty of augmented reality where you put on some digitally-enabled glasses or point your camera phone on something and visuals are overlaid…

Putting today into perspective

When you focus on all the small events and decisions that happen throughout a single day, those 24 hours can seem like an eternity. Graphic…

Color signatures for classic novels

Jaz Parkinson made color signatures for classic novels. Basically, mentions of colors were tabulated and the results are shown as stacked bars, so it's fairly…

Glowing landscape shows river history

The poster by Daniel E. Coe shows the life-like historical flows of the Willamette River in Oregon. This lidar-derived digital elevation model of the Willamette…

Time-lapse: Package shipped with a hidden camera

Designer Ruben van der Vleuten was curious about the shipping process, so he did what anyone would do. He installed a camera in a cardboard…

Wall shelf represents water in snowpack

Melting snowpacks feed into streams and rivers and serve as a source of water for nearby communities. The Snow Water Equivalent Cabinet by artist Adrien…

A visualization of pi for high school math students

On Kickstarter: A project that uses a visualization of pi to connect Brooklyn high school students to their community. They've already made a histogram of…

The world as one city

When we build models of the world, we often think of it broken down into pieces, such as cities, counties, and countries. In their newly…

Pope face composite

With Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, 116 cardinals from various regions have to come a consensus on who will be next. Amanda Cox and Graham Roberts…
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