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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]…

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.…