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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.…

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…

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…

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…

Review: Data Flow 2, Visualizing Information in Graphic Design

Note: The review copy I received is in French. Unfortunately, I only understand English. So this review is actually my impression of Data Flow: Design…

Twitwee the Twitter cuckoo clock

I love it when data, or in this case, tweets, finds itself in physical objects. There's no reason data needs to stay plastered on our…

Design of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece

In 1934, American architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed Fallingwater, a house built partly over a waterfall. A couple of years ago, Smithsonian Magazine listed Fallingwater…

Dreaming in numbers

Cristobal Vila, inspired by, well, numbers and nature, Vila animates the natural existence of Fibonacci sequences, the golden ratio, and Delaunay triangulation. Watch it. Even if you don't know what those three things are, the video will rock your socks off.

Planets make sweet music together

SolarBeat is an audiolization by Whitevinyl that makes music with the planets. Each planet is assigned a note. As the planets orbit, a note is…

Cultural colors of emotion and character

Some colors represent different things in different parts of the world, while others are universal. For example, in movies, villains are almost always portrayed in…

Connections among Twitter employees

Because you can never get enough Twitter visualizations, Jason Stirman takes a look at the tweets among Twitter's first 140 employees. It's called 140 Characters…

Clothing color palette

Jacobo Zanella makes a color palette every day, based on the clothes he's wearing. I observe the colors of the shoes and clothes I wear…

Crowdsourcing Johnny Cash

Aaron Koblin (along with Chris Milk) is up to his crowdsourcing mischief again. It started with sheep, then the dollar bill, to a bicycle built…

Wear the weather as a bracelet

We all know that data is the new sexy, so it's only natural for data to find its way into jewelry. This weather bracelet represents…

Review: We Feel Fine (the book) by Kamvar and Harris

We Feel Fine, by Sep Kamvar and Jonathan Harris, is a selection of some of the best entries from the database of 12 million emotions, along with some insights into the growing dataset.

Math Functions in the Real World

RIT student Nikki Graziano photographs math functions in the real world. Some are a stretch but others are dead on. [via O'Reilly Radar | Thanks,…

Save pens. Use Garamond font

Designers Matt Robinson and Tom Wrigglesworth looked at ink usage of some commonly-used typefaces, by hand-drawing them with ballpoint pens. Scribble, scribble, scribble, and they…

Data Visualization Christmas Ornaments

It's funny how data is finding it's way into everyday objects. There was jewelry a few months ago and coins last month. Now we've got…

The Decline of Maritime Empires

This experiment (below) by graduate student Pedro Miguel Cruz shows the decline of Maritime empires during the 19th and 20th centuries . Pedro explains: I…

When Twitter Says Good Morning Around the World

Jer Thorp, an artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada, visualizes when people "wake up" on Twitter, or when they say good morning, rather. Here it…

The S&P 500 as a Planetary System

The Stock Ticker Orbital Comparison, or STOC for short, from media student James Grant, uses a planetary system metaphor to display activity with the S&P…

2009 MTV VMA Twitter Tracker Live

The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards are on right now (and I'm sure all of you are watching). Check out the live VMA Twitter tracker…