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Infographic essay on the meaning of life

Information video designer Marco Bagni abstracted the meaning of life in his short video, Getting Lost. It doesn't show real data, placing it in the genre of Chad Hagen's nonsensical…

857 empty desks on National Mall used to represent high school drop-outs

As part of their campaign to prioritize education and get presidential candidates talking about it, the College Board setup 857 empty desks on the National Mall to represent the estimated…

Art using inlaid maps

Matthew Cusick uses maps as his brush and palette in a series of portraits and landscapes. Pretty.…

River flow simulation

In Newcastle, there's a floating tide mill building on the River Tyne. The mill turns to generate power for the building, and in that flow of water are four sensors…

Tasty Tweets makes smoothies based on trending fruits

During a one-week visualization course at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, Kat Zorina, Ruben van der Vleuten, and Kostantinos Frantzis put together a working prototype that makes smoothies based…

Typewriter installation remembers killed journalists

Julian Koschwitz uses a typewriter linked to data from the Committee to Protect Journalists to generate stories about those who have fallen doing their jobs. The typewriter installation On Journalism…

Meshu makes physical objects with your location

Location data typically stays within the realm of online maps and digital check-ins, but in many ways it's the most personal data that you can find. It represents where you…

Relational ornaments

Gundega Strautmane, a Latvian textile artist and designer, visualizes social and physical networks in a show called Relational Ornaments. The networks are created using various sized pins to depict nodes…

The Descriptive Camera

The unassuming little Descriptive Camera made me rethink data. This project by Matt Richardson was on display at the ITP Spring Show. The basic premise is that you take a…

Stop motion music video

Music visualization with stop motion board games. You can't go wrong. [via @jcukier]…

Mad Men as thousands download via bittorrent

The BitTorrent protocol lets groups of people download parts of a single file from each other, so instead of one file from a single source, you get multiple bits from…

Generative art portrays beauty in movement

Heading towards the 2012 Olympics in London, Quayola and Memo Aktenvia translate athletic movement, which in itself is often considered beautiful, to generative animations. Collectively, the piece is called Forms,…

Geographic news coverage visualized

Kitchen Budapest explores local news coverage in Hungary with sound and a bubbling map. Ebullition visualises and sonificates data pulled from one of the biggest news sites of Hungary, origo.hu.…

Your personal networks visualized as microbiological cells in Biologic

Data exists in digital form, on our computers and spreadsheets, but the exciting part about data is what it represents in the real world. Bits are people, places, and things.…

Data in a human context

Jer Thorp, a data artist in residence at The New York Times, shows off some of his work (like this and this) and speaks about the connection between the real…

Tracking the grizzly bear in emotional interactive documentary

In a blend of data and storytelling, Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Allison dig into surveillance logs generated by a monitored grizzly bear between 2001 and 2009. The final work is…

Cinemetrics creates a visual fingerprint for movies

As we saw with movie barcodes, each film has a uniqueness that can be broken into bits of data. Cinemetrics, by Frederic Brodbeck, provides a different view.…

Bach Cello Suites visualized

As a resident at Eyebeam, Alexander Chen visualizes the first Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suites: Using the mathematics behind string length and pitch, it came from a simple idea: what…

Smiley installation shows the mood of a city

Project Stimmungsgasometer (say what?) is a giant smiley face that changes based on the mood of Berlin citizens. When they are collectively "happy" the light is a smile, and when…

Google Streetview stop motion

Address is Approximate by Tom Jenkins tells the story of a lonely desk toy who goes on a road trip with Google streetview. I've watched this multiple times, and can't…

History of the sky

Ken Murphy installed a camera on top of the Exploratorium in San Francisco and set it to take a picture every ten seconds for a year. A History of the…

24 hours of Flickr photos printed to fill a room

People upload thousands of pictures to Flickr every day, but the numbers and rates don't give the picture count justice. For the Future of Photography Museum in Amsterdam, Erik Kessels…