• Entire movies compressed into single barcodes

    March 7, 2011  |  Data Art

    The Matrix compressed

    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 view, so on and so forth, which is why moviebarcode is so fun to click through. The concept is simple. Take every frame in a movie and compress it into a sliver, and put them next to each other. Voilá. Movie barcode.
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  • Vincent van Gogh paintings as pie charts

    March 4, 2011  |  Data Art

    Vincent van Gogh as pie

    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 Buxton via Flavorwire | Thanks, Elise]

  • Lego cartograms show immigration and migration

    March 3, 2011  |  Data Art

    Immigrants to the United States via LEGO

    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 more about building whatever popped into your head. Good memories. In any case, Samuel Granados took a big ol' bucket of LEGOs and made some cartograms showing immigration and emigration in the Americas. Each piece represents 10,000 people.
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  • Painting with light to show WiFi networks

    February 27, 2011  |  Data Art

    Light painting

    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 of blinking lights to visualize signal strength in their college town.

    In order to study the spatial and material qualities of wireless networks, we built a WiFi measuring rod that visualises WiFi signal strength as a bar of lights. When moved through space the rod displays changes in the WiFi signal. Long-exposure photographs of the moving rod reveal cross sections of a network’s signal strength.

    The stronger the signal strength, the more lights that illuminate in that specific spot, updating as the walker/carrier moves. Then using long-exposure photographs, the lights are recorded for beautiful results. Super simple concept, yet very effective. See the device in action in the video below.
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  • Data visualization meets game design to explore your digital life

    February 23, 2011  |  Data Art

    Fizz

    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 and Tom Carden, both Stamen Design alumni, aim to take this idea to the next level with Bloom, with elements of game design.
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  • Data in a physical context

    February 16, 2011  |  Data Art

    Pie yamaca

    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 data from a list of the social related interests of the Danish people. The list is the result of an opinion poll from a major consultancy company in Denmark. I have used the context of specific opinion polls within each interest to shape and design diagrams. By doing so the receiver understands more layers of information about the data.

    The graphics above and below show Danish opinion on whether it's ethical to wear religious symbols in public professions. At their core, they're just pie charts. Embed them on clothing relevant to the topic though, and somehow they become more than that.
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  • Reading the face of IBM’s Watson

    February 14, 2011  |  Data Art

    Face of Waston

    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 machine. In place of a person, a computer screen with an animated graphic will stand representing Watson, but it's not just some random icon.

    The avatar is actually a work of generative art designed by Joshua Davis and implemented by Automata Studios. The avatar changes based on a number of factors such as confidence in an answer and question type for a total of 27 states. For example, when Watson enters an answer correctly, the swarm around the sphere flows to the top and turns green. When Watson answers incorrectly, the swarm turns orange and flows to the bottom.

    Get the full description and a sense of the process in the video below.
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  • Looking for other livable planets

    February 9, 2011  |  Data Art

    Kepler exoplanet candidates

    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 Boing (video below). It shows possibly habitable planets, according to Kepler data. For those unfamiliar, the Kepler mission is to find possible habitable planets, or more precisely:

    The challenge now is to find terrestrial planets (i.e., those one half to twice the size of the Earth), especially those in the habitable zone of their stars where liquid water and possibly life might exist.

    The visualization imagines if all the exoplanets were orbiting a single star, which is physically impossible, but allows for comparisons for size, temperature, and path. There are a few views, starting with the exoplanets orbiting and then the animation transitions to something that sort of looks like an exoplanet mountain and then into a bubble plot.
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  • Visualizing deletion discussions on Wikipedia

    January 11, 2011  |  Data Art

    Visualizing Wikipedia deletions

    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 unknown. We can see this via Wikipedia, where anyone can edit and create documents. Sometimes people propose that articles should be taken down, and if the proposal is approved, people can discuss. Dario Taraborelli, Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia, and Moritz Stefaner have a look at the most active of these discussions.
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  • Dynamic sculpture brings weather into airport

    December 27, 2010  |  Data Art

    ecloud in the 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 displays, suspended from the ceilings of the San Jose International Airport.
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  • Minimalised consumer products

    December 23, 2010  |  Data Art

    nutella brand minimalist

    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 completely minimal.

    Obviously some of them wouldn't work from a practical perspective, because well, customers would have no idea what the product was, but from an information design and visualization perspective, it's fun to think about. Strip out the extraneous until you can strip no more.

    [Antrepo via theusrus]

  • Growth in visual culture via science magazine pages

    December 15, 2010  |  Data Art

    Popular science magazine

    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 used very few images. In fact, if we compare Science and Popular Science in the 1880s, we discover that the latter was at first more “scientific.” While photographs and illustrations accompanied Science articles, Popular Science used only occasional graphs. Over time the two magazines reverse their visual strategies. Science banishes photographs and illustrations as they come to be considered inappropriate for proper scientific discourse. Popular Science moves in reverse direction becoming highly visual.

    Above are pages from Popular Science from 1872 to 2007.
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  • Superheroes minimalized

    December 10, 2010  |  Data Art

    minimalism heroes

    Fabian Gonzalez goes minimalistic on superheroes. I like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I used to pretend I was Donatello, the smart inventer one. Although in retrospect I'm probably more like Raphael, the moody and irritable one. Available in print and shirt form. [Society6 via Data Pointed]

  • Picturing social order

    December 9, 2010  |  Data Art

    Shirt of 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 depicts the social classes. I guess you could call it a stacked shirt chart. There's another that uses forks. I call it picture with forks. [Gareth Holt via We Love Datavis]

  • Algorithmic architecture with balls

    November 12, 2010  |  Data Art

    Algorithmic architecture

    Geometric Death Frequency-141 by Federico Diaz is an algorithm-based sculpture at MASS MoCA, made up of 420,000 robotically-placed black spheres.
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  • History of the Iraq War through Wikipedia edits

    September 16, 2010  |  Data Art

    Iraq Wikipedia edits in book form

    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, but there are often disagreements, as history can look different depending on your point of view. In The Iraq War: A Historiography of Wikipedia Changelogs, James Bridle places 12,000 changes and almost 7,000 pages for the corresponding Wikipedia entry in book form. Sometimes history isn't so straightforward. [booktwo]

  • A house that knows when you’re happy and sad

    August 30, 2010  |  Data Art, Self-surveillance

    Happylife by Auger Loizeau

    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 mood, displayed via four glowing orbs on the wall, one for each member.
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  • Two-minute journey through the history of cinema

    July 29, 2010  |  Data Art

    Motion graphic on the history of film

    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 together in a set of motion graphics. From Singin' in the Rain, Titanic, and Jaws to Fight Club, Star Wars, and Terminator.

    Can you figure out all the movies portrayed? Test your movie wits in the video below. I only recognized two the first time around. I suck.
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  • Military budget contextualized with CGI tanks

    July 27, 2010  |  Data Art

    Cost of war through 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 money they'll have received come end of this year? I could tell you how many billions of dollars they get, or go the other way, and contextualize it by telling you what you could buy with that money - like the number of mosquito nets or pounds of food for the homeless.

    Moustache, a design and direction studio, goes with the context option in their short CGI video Softwar. Thousands of tanks are piled on top of each other to show just how much the military budget can buy.
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  • Field guide to typographic moustaches

    July 23, 2010  |  Data Art

    Typestaches infographic

    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 and bold typefaces like Federal and Wide Latin get thick and burly moustaches, while the more delicate typefaces, get thin and curvy.

    If only facial hair were as easy to select as fonts. I'd get myself a 24pt Mr. Century Ultra.

    Grab a print for yourself here.

    [via kottke]

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