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Data Art

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…

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 Boing (video below). It shows…

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 unknown. We can see this…

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 displays, suspended from the ceilings…

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 completely minimal. Obviously some of…

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 used very few images. In…

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. Although in retrospect I'm probably more…

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 depicts the social classes. I…

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.…

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, but there are often disagreements,…

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 mood, displayed via four glowing…

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 together in a set of…

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 money they'll have received come…

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 and bold typefaces like Federal…

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 easy to see how such…

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 impressions and the facts and…

Music animation machine

Anyone can listen to music, but how can you see it? The Music Animation Machine plays music (ancient MIDI files) and displays it in real-time. On the vertical are notes…

Taxonomy of the iPhone

Ben Millen diagrams the reach of the iPhone in our everyday lives: These are not maps in any conventional sense, but rather diagramatic representations of the interconnected space of technology,…

Graphical data fiction

We like to talk about the stories in data. They are the information and meaning in the numbers, and are meant to represent truth. Artist Kim Asendorf turns this around…

Twitter parade in your honor

This is completely useless in the good sort of way. Twitter parade, by KDDI, takes your followers and throws a parade for you. You can also enter a keyword instead…