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Daily Design Workout – DONE by Jonas Buntenbruch

DONE is a sketching project by Jonas Buntenbruch. He takes 30-60 minutes per day and puts his design skills to work. He began at the beginning of this year on…

Doodle Your Way Through the News – DoodleBuzz

I feel like I've been seeing and writing a lot about artistic visualization lately. Maybe it's because summer's ending and all the designers are finishing up their side projects. I…

Visualization Workshop in Madrid – Database City

It's hard to believe that it's been almost a year since I was in Madrid at the Medialab-Prado for the Visualizar workshop. It was a two-week event where designers from…

Beautiful Generative Computer Art – Metamorphosis

Glenn Marshall has released his finished version of Metamorphosis, a beautiful piece of computer generative art programmed in Processing. I wish I knew a bit more about what I was…

Art of Mathematics – Visualization of Dynamical Systems

Dynamical systems are mathematical models used to describe the time-dependent position of a point's position in ambient space. For example, a dynamical system could be used to describe the movement…

Fleshmap: Studies of Desire – Touch, Look, and Listen

Fleshmap is a new project by Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viégas that explores human desire from three points of view - touch, look, and listen.…

Physical Graphs as Critique on American Culture

These wooden graphs by Joshua Callaghan show uh, something on the left and military spending on the right. While I wouldn't call them any type of spectacular representation of data,…

Many Eyes Adds Wordle to its Extensive Visualization Toolbox

I'm sure you've seen Wordle by now, which puts an artistic spin on the traditional tag cloud. An application by Jonathan Feinberg, Wordle lets you put any text or RSS/atom…

What Kind of Information is Hidden in Barcodes?

Barcodes. We all know what they look like. They're the black stripes that vary in thickness with numbers that indicate something or another, but what is that something? Every product…

Martin Wattenberg On Visualizing Large Textual Data

Martin Wattenberg, one of the creators of Many Eyes, in reply to "Why is a numbers guy like you so interested in large textual data sets?" The entire literary canon…

Radiohead Music Video by Capturing and Rendering 3D Data

Radiohead's most recent music video, House of Cards, was made entirely without cameras. Instead the setup involved a rotating scanner, lasers, and lots of 3D data. The music video is…

Hacking the Coffee Maker – Caffeine Viewer

The colmeia group recently installed their Caffeine Viewer project where they hacked their coffee maker to log their "insane coffee consumption" in real-time. Every time a person presses a button…

An Experiment in Organic Software Visualization

This organic visualization, code_swarm by Michael Ogawa from UC Davis, has been making the rounds on the Web lately, and rightfully so. The data: history of commits to a software…

Personal Visualization for the Obsessive Compulsive

Ash Spurr, in a project to try to understand Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, took inventory of and categorized every distinguishable object in his bedroom - books, DVDs, CDs, documents, storage bins...…

Watch TED Talks in Sphere Form – TEDSphere

The Bestiario design group seems to have been busy lately. Their latest project, TEDSphere, unsurprisingly, places the ever-so-popular TED talks series in a spherical space. You can watch TED talks…

Flickr Tags and Pictures as a Universe – Tag Galaxy

Steven Wood's thesis project, Tag Galaxy is a beautiful piece of work to visualize Flickr tags and pictures. Type whatever tag you want, and the results are organized with your…

Love, Hate, Think, Believe, Feel and Wish on Twitter

Inspired by Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar's We Feel Fine, and using data from summize, twistori shows what people love, hate, think, believe, feel, and wish for on Twitter. Given…

Personal Transactions as a Network Graph Over Time

Transactions Graph, by Burak Arikan, is a piece placing personal transactions in network graph. Each node represents a transaction while connections (or edges) shows a relationship between transactions based on…

Regularities and Patterns Within a Literary Space

Stefanie Posavec, maps literary works at the Sheffield Galleries On the Map exhibit. There are several parts to Stefanie's piece mapping sentence length, writing style, and structure. From the looks…

A Little Bit of Design Goes a Long Way With Infographics

If I've learned anything about designing information graphics, it's that attention to detail and small changes make a mediocre graphic into a really useful and usually more attractive one. It's…

Interact With the Atlas of Electromagnetic Space

Jose Luis Vicente and Irma Vilà, in collaboration with Bestiario, have created an interactive installation in Flash that allows you to explore the radio spectrum - the electromagnetic space…

A World of Information in Data-driven Art – Not Your Grandma’s Dashboard

Wired Magazine recently did a feature on data-driven art. The above image is Jason Salavon's work that shows U.S. population by county. The technically-minded readers might be thinking, "I don't…