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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 or music." Yann Pineill and Nicolas…

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 an impressive demonstration of the technology.…

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 tool from an artistic perspective.…

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 of church bells. Using a mathematical…

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. We saw it just recently…

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: part human, part creepy. [via…

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 one. This is part of an…

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 GPS shoes to show you…

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 have to do with the…

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 on reality. The augmentation is typically…

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 designer Luke Twyman turned that…

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 basic, but if you know…

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 River displays a 50-foot elevation…

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 box and shipped it to…

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 Segal represents the amount of…

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 emotions in their school's hallway…

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 funded project The City of…

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 for The New York Times…

Time running parallel

In Waters Re~ artist X├írene Eskandar placed video of the same landscape at different times of day in parallel. They capture the subjective and perceptual qualities of time expressed as…

Evolution of science fiction covers in color

Arthur Buxton plotted the most common colors of Penguin Publishing science fiction colors and arranged them over time. Also available in print. I wonder if there's a good way to…

Slitscanning online videos

Thanks to Sha Hwang, you can now siltscan videos on YouTube and Vimeo with an easy-to-use bookmarklet. Just go to the video and click. In case you're unfamiliar with the…

silenc: Removing the silent letters from a body of text

During a two-week visualization course, Momo Miyazaki, Manas Karambelkar, and Kenneth Aleksander Robertsen imagined what a body of text would be without the the silent letters in silenc. silenc is…