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Geographic smell maps

Kate McLean, a PhD candidate in Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art, is interested in the senses. More specifically, the non-visual ones.…

Drones programmed for light painting in the sky

What do you get when you put LEDs on a system of drones and then program them to fly in formation? Spaxels from the Ars…

Quartet point cloud

This is beautiful to watch. Graham Roberts, Daniel J. Wakin, and others from the New York Times, along with OpenShades, sat down with the Kronos…

Pantone beer cans

Graphic designer Txaber created beer can labeling to match the typical color of each beverage to its Pantone color. I probably wouldn't buy beer with…

Generative book covers

The New York Public Library is developing an eBook-borrowing system, which includes an app that helps you keep track of books, process, and such. One…

Beat Blox

Beat Blox is a student project by Per Holmquist from Beckmans College of Design. Blocks are placed on a turntable, and beats sound accordingly. Super…

Graph-based video game

Last year, Metrico, an infographic-based puzzle game for the PlayStation Vita, was announced for future release. It's out now. I must've been in a pissy…

Face tracking coupled with projection mapping

Projection mapping — the use of projected images onto physical objects to turn them into something else — continues to grow more impressive. Nobumichi Asai…

FuelBand Fibers visualizes daily activities beautifully

Leading up to a Nike women's 10k run, design studio Variable made FuelBand Fibers, an artistic interpretation of a week of activity from seven individuals.…

Wi-Fi strength revealed in physical space

Digital Ethereal is a project that explores wireless, making what's typically invisible visible and tangible. In the piece above, a handheld sensor is used to…

Editing photos as if they were audio files

Masuma Ahuja and Denise Lu for the Washington Post applied a technique called databending to a bunch of photos. The idea is that computer files…

Voter approval rates as butt plugs

From a couple of years ago, but still relevant, I think. Matthew Epler took candidate approval ratings (again, this is from a little while ago),…

Filing cabinet follows people around, like a data trail

Jaap de Maat, a graduate student at the Royal College of Art, rigged a filing cabinet to follow people around for his final project.…

Data Cuisine uses food as the medium

Ditch the computer screen for your data. It's all about the food. Moritz Stefaner and prozessagenten, process by art and design ran a second round…

Bass Shapes visualizes sound in hand-drawn style

Media artist Nick Hardeman's audio visualization app Bass Shapes was rejected by the Mac App Store because "it's not useful." So Hardeman released the software…

Crystal clusters of world data

Artist Scott Kildall generates what he calls World Data Crystals by mapping data on a globe with cubes and clustering them algorithmically. He then produces…

Interactive visualization used as music video

George & Jonathan used an interactive audio visualization for their recent album George & Jonathan III. This is a fun one. You can rotate the…

Audio visualizer made with matrix of fire

The Pyro Board is a matrix of 2,500 flames that have controllable intensity, which can be used as an audio visualizer. Yeah, really. Just watch…

Human heartbeat

Jen Lowe tracks her heart rate with a Basis watch, and she's showing the last 24 hours of that data in One Human Heartbeat. Basis…

Before and after lot vacancy

Justin Blinder used New York's city planning dataset and Google Streetview for a before and after view of vacant lots. Vacated mines and combines different…

An exploration of selfies

Selfiecity, from Lev Manovich, Moritz Stefaner, and a small group of analysts and researchers, is a detailed visual exploration of 3,200 selfies from five major…

What a computer sees while watching movies

Benjamin Grosser visualized how computers "watch" movies through vision algorithms and artificial intelligence in Computers Watching Movies. Computers Watching Movies was computationally produced using…