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Data Art

Paintings as pie charts

Expanding on his Vincent van Gogh pie charts, Arthur Buxton minimalized famous paintings from ten artists into more of everyone's favorite chart type. The color…

Celebrating the joy of metering

Meters, by Berlin-based designers Patrick Kochlik and Monika Hoinkis, celebrates the joy of measuring for the sake of measuring. The pieces include a compass brooch…

Short film imagines life with data and constant digital

In the what-happens-when-technology-takes-over-our-lives genre, Sight by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo, imagines a world where we wear contacts that augment our reality at such a…

Olympic rings as data symbols

Artist Gustavo Sousa used the Olympic rings as data indicators for statistics like obesity, homicides, and number of billionaires. Each ring represents a continent, and…

What planets would look like if they replaced our moon

Artist Brad Goodspeed imagined what the planets would look like if they were to orbit Earth, in place of the moon. His math is iffy,…

Worldwide mood around London 2012

No doubt there is going to be a lot of tweeting about the Olympics during the next couple of weeks, but sometimes it's hard to…

Charts describe love and relationships

Love is complicated. It twists, it turns, and sometimes it smacks you in the face so hard you lose track of where and when you…

Sonification of Stanley Cup goals

Artist Bard Edlund sonified the goals during the 2012 Stanley Cup. The goals tally cumulative scoring for each team (rather than goals against). When…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…