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#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 public tweets tagged with #thankyousteve…

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 actual human beings using the…

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 data in real-time, such as…

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 the trace remains as the…

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 you are, what you do,…

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 life histories with which to…

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 adorned with a complex lattice…

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. Conclusions – This was just…

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). Even if you don't know…

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 show in The Art of…

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 25 major conflicts in 100…

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 where water falls and where…

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 garbled mess of nonsense. This…

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 its own. Nancy McCabe's maps,…

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]…

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 a change in point of…

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 like the black plague. [Arthur…

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 see nowadays, so it was…

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 Sneve Martinussen use a rod…

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 a short while. Ben Cerveny…

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 context: The project deals with…

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 historic match of man versus…