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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…

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…

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…

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…

Manual data design from Stefanie Posavec

Designer Stefanie Posavec talks about her process of data collection, analysis, and design. There's a lot of advantages to knowing how to program, but…

Microsoft envisions the near future in technology and interaction

In a follow-up to last year's visions of the future, Microsoft imagines interacting with data and information in 2020. It is the land of…

Facebook connections displayed in physical space

For Facebook's F8 developer conference, creative agency Obscura Digital delivered the Connections installation. People could log in and see how they related to others through…

#thankyousteve

Twitter engineer Miguel Rios pays tribute to the man, the legend. Zoomed out you see the portrait of Steve Jobs. Zoom in, and you see…

Twitter users as organisms, Tweetures

Twitter is a bustling place of tweets, retweets, and replies, and the growth and spread of news can be very organic. After all, there are…

Live data wall and immersive film at THINK exhibit

The THINK exhibit from IBM just opened up at Lincoln Center in New York, complete with data wall and immersive film. The former visualizes surrounding…

Musical spectrum analysis

Jon-Kyle Mohr visualizes the musical spectrum of a song in this mesmerizing video. As the song plays, frequencies bubble up in the 6-o-clock position, and…

You Are What You Eat

The phrase "you are what you eat" usually refers to health and weight, but the food in your fridge can say a lot about who…

Elements of Happiness: A happy life depicted in diagrams

For several decades, Harvard Laboratory of Adult Development has chronicled the lives of hundreds of men from adolescence through adulthood for "an unprecedented database of…

Yacht design inspired by Voronoi diagram

Industrial architect Hyun-Seok Kim, known for eccentric yacht designs, uses Voronoi diagrams as his latest inspiration: Still at the design stage, the 125-meter vessel is…

Keyboard with keys raised by frequency of use

Mike Knuepfel, a student in NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, uses key frequency, according to Wikipedia, to build a keyboard sculpture. Taller keys equals higher frequency.…

Aaron Koblin on visualizing humanity

Aaron Koblin, Creative Director of Google's Data Arts team, shares some of the many projects that he's worked on his recent TED talk (video below).…

Art reproduction incongruencies

When you think art reproduction, you probably think of something that looks almost identical to the original piece, but as Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas…

A century of deaths and a lot of fake blood

Rather than bars, bubbles, and dots, Clara Kayser-Bril, Nicolas Kayser-Bril, and Marion Kotlarski use jars, bottles, and bowls of fake blood to show deaths from…

Where the water resources are and where they go

Designer David Wicks compares rainfall against water consumption in his thesis project Drawing Water: Drawing Water is a constructed landscape shaped by the relationship between…

Straight lines are surprisingly hard to draw with a mouse

Remember when you played Telephone as a kid? No matter how simple the message seemed to be in the beginning, the end result was a…

Typographic world map and water colors

Typographic maps are all the rage these days. Instead of drawing well-defined boundary lines, you substitute words or names, and the landscape shows up on…

History and origins of science fiction

Artist Ward Shelley maps the history of science fiction in painstaking detail. See the way big version here. Accurate? [Boing Boing via @brianboyer]…