News Flowing Through Moveable Type at The New York Times Building

Posted to Data Art  |  Nathan Yau

Every day during the summer I walked past “Moveable Type” in The New York Times lobby. Since my adviser was one of the people working on it, I had the privilege to see it up close before the actual opening.

The picture is nice, but it’s nothing like standing there and experiencing the news. It’s especially nice to be in the middle of the two walls of panels (there’s a panel behind the photographer) and you get bits and pieces of the day’s paper and archive coming at you visually and um, auditorily. These bits and pieces are coming parsed from the paper in an intelligent (statistical) way. Listen to the NPR clip below to find out more. There’s also a video on The Times page.

Really, really great. Or as my adviser would say, “so sexy.” If you’re ever in the area, you should definitely take a look.

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