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Entire movies compressed into single barcodes

Choice of color in a movie can say a lot about what's going on in a scene. It sets the mood, changes the tone, indicates…

Vincent van Gogh paintings as pie charts

Arthur Buxton breaks down van Gogh paintings for a view of color schemes. My instincts tell me you are either loving this or hating it…

Lego cartograms show immigration and migration

LEGOs were my favorite toy growing up. This was back when the pieces came in buckets rather than the instruction-filled Star Wars sets that we…

Painting with light to show WiFi networks

WiFi is everywhere, floating and whirling around us somehow, but where is it really? In Immaterials: Light painting WiFi, Timo Arnall, Jørn Knutsen and Einar…

Data visualization meets game design to explore your digital life

The list of one-off applications that visualize your digital life, whether it be your Twitter feed, Facebook updates, or Foursquare checkins, has been growing for…

Data in a physical context

We've seen this sort of thing before, but it doesn't ever seem to get old. Peter Ørntoft takes some data and puts it into physical…

Reading the face of IBM’s Watson

Tonight on Jeopardy, the first day of the IBM Watson challenge, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter will go up against IBM's super computer in the…

Looking for other livable planets

Jer Thorp, who has a knack for creating stuff that's both useful and beautiful, continues his string of impressive work with this visualization for Boing…

Visualizing deletion discussions on Wikipedia

Fact is not always clear cut. Sometimes fact is driven by opinion. People might have conflicting points of view or maybe the truth is simply…

Dynamic sculpture brings weather into airport

eCLOUD, conceived by Aaron Koblin, Nik Hafermaas, and Dan Goods, displays weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) via specialized liquid crystal…

Minimalised consumer products

Antrepo wonders what it might be like if the labels on consumer products were stripped of all their flare and were to go semi-minimal and…

Growth in visual culture via science magazine pages

William Huber, Tara Zepel, and Lev Manovich compare magazine pages of Science and Popular Science. In the first three decades of its publication, Popular Science…

Superheroes minimalized

Fabian Gonzalez goes minimalistic on superheroes. I like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I used to pretend I was Donatello, the smart inventer one.…

Picturing social order

Gareth Holt designed several charts and graphs for Rank: picturing the social order 1516-2009 at the Leeds Art Gallery. Above is a divided shirt that…

Algorithmic architecture with balls

Geometric Death Frequency-141 by Federico Diaz is an algorithm-based sculpture at MASS MoCA, made up of 420,000 robotically-placed black spheres. "Federico is the ultimate shape-shifter,…

History of the Iraq War through Wikipedia edits

Through high school and sometimes beyond we're taught history as absolute fact. It's in the books so it happened. A lot of it is true,…

A house that knows when you’re happy and sad

Auger Loizeau, in collaboration with Reyer Zwiggelaar and Bashar Al-Rjoub, describe their smart-home project Happylife. It monitors facial expressions and movements to estimate a family's…

Two-minute journey through the history of cinema

35mm, a short film by Sarah Biermann, Torsten Strer, Felix Meyer, and Pascal Monaco, strips 35 movies to their simplest form and cleverly strings them…

Military budget contextualized with CGI tanks

It's no secret. The US military gets a lot of funding for manpower, weapons, equipment, security, so and so forth. Do you know how much…

Field guide to typographic moustaches

Sure, why not, let's make it a hairy Friday. From Tor Weeks: a series of moustaches styled by their typographic counterpart, aka typestaches. The big…

Augmented reality taken to the extreme

Augmented reality, a computer trick to place the virtual within the real world, has barely cracked its way into most of our lives, but it's…

Facts and figures of London life

Field Design takes a look at a day in London: LDN24 is a new public art installation for the Museum of London. It draws filmic…