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Lego New York

I'm not sure what these digitally rendered Lego blocks by JR Schmidt represent, other than the geography of New York, but the image sure is pretty. This may or may…

Data visualization as cultural phenomenon

In 1979, Joy Division released their album Unknown Pleasures, and the cover was an image of readings from a pulsar. That image grew into a cultural phenomenon. With the kick…

Beauty in movement

For the Made by Humans exhibit at the Hyundai Vision Hall in South Korea, Universal Everything turns basic movements into a visual spectacle. Pretty. From the Creators Project: As the…

ReConstitution recreates debates through transcripts and language processing

ReConstitution 2012, a fun experiment by Sosolimited, processes transcripts from the presidential debates, and recreates them with animated words and charts. Part data visualization, part experimental typography, ReConstitution 2012 is…

Data sculpture shows emotional response to Olympics

During the Olympics, Studio NAND, Moritz Stefaner, and Drew Hemment tracked Twitter sentiment with Emoto. This interactive installation and data sculpture is the last leg of the project. The emoto…

Make cool images with emergent algorithm

I'm not sure what I'd do with Ablaze.js, a JavaScript library by Patrick Gunderson, but the results are sexy. Play around with the app here. [via @jeffclark]…

RGB Colorspace Atlas shows every shade in a cubic book

The 8-inch cube RGB Colorspace Atlas by artist Tauba Auerbach shows every color in said colorspace. Cubic rainbow. What does it mean? [Colossal via @periscopic]…

Long-exposure fireworks photos

Photographer David Johnson took long-exposure shots of fireworks. Fireworks already leave trails when they go off, the long-exposure versions create a spiky ball effect. Pretty. [via]…

Water Light Graffiti

Water Light Graffiti is an installation by Antonin Fourneau that lets you use water and light as your painting medium. The "Water Light Graffiti" is a surface made of thousands…

Disney Research makes plants interactive

Botanicus Interacticus from Disney Research turns plants into multi-touch surfaces, simply by placing an electrode in the soil. Botanicus Interacticus has a number of unique properties. This instrumentation of living…

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 distribution of each pie represents…

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 and a bubble level that…

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 high level that digital becomes…

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 the larger the ring, the…

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, but the video is fun…

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 get a sense of what…

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 are. Artist Louise Ma diagrams…

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 a puck crosses the goal line,…

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…