Posts Tagged ‘Data Vizualization’

CIID on infosthetics

April 30, 2009


Kevin and Marcin have written a really nice article on  The article is a sum up of the data visualization class we took at CIID back in November taught by Shawn Allen.

” Under supervision of Shawn Allen from Stamen Design, the students were given a two week long class in data visualisation. Many students had no previous experience in programming or data visualization but managed to create a wide range of applications that used different approaches to deal with large amount of information. They got a crash course in Actionscript 3, lectures in how to approach Data Visualization as a discipline and details on how to connect and parse information from the UN Data site.” Read the whole article here.


January 7, 2009

Over the past few days we have been collecting examples of work we like and can take inspiration from…

A great presentation giving examples on ubiquitous technology and personal informatics.

0aabypullg“Ticker Tape is an internet radio for people who suffer from Euphobia, “a persistent, abnormal and unwanted fear of hearing good news.  Using RSS feeds, Ticker Tape scans for light-hearted news stories from around the world broadcasting them to the listener” Via Design Corner


5f_somo2_hands_lores“Social Mobiles is an exploration into mobile phone behavior. Rather than create a set of phones that addressed aesthetic concerns of mobile phones, designer and artist Crispin Jones worked as a research associate with IDEO to create five working mobile telephones that in different ways modify their users’ behavior to make it less disruptive. The intent is to provoke discussion about the social impact of mobile phones” Via Ideo

barometer“The Local Barometer seeks to provide people with a sense of the sociocultural texture around their homes. Information is culled from the web depending on the local wind direction and speed, so that want-ads, news items, or images seem to waft through the home, displayed on purpose-designed small-screen displays designed to appear as a new sort of appliance for the home” Via Goldsmiths

key_table“The Key Table gets a sense of people’s emotions from the way they dump their stuff onto it. Much as slamming doors is a crude measure of mental state, so the table uses the transient onset of a new weight to gauge mood. Reactions to emotional entrances are triggered as mechanised frames swing pictures off-center to warn other inhabitants to tread carefully” via Equator website

image06“large scale visualisation of the energy used in Helsinki, Finland, by projecting a laserbeam on the exhaust of a power station” Via

Also a great quote to by Alexander Manu’s ToolToys:

“The… urge to handle goods is an important learning experience. As in play, tactile
feedback increases the impact of the learning”

data vizualization 2

December 12, 2008

For the last 5 days we have been working on a data visualization project with guidance from shawn and david. The aim of the project was to choose a UNdata set and develop it into  visual representation using flash. We wanted to create a program that would allow us to explore the data, learn from it and raise questions that we could research further.

Myself and Sid (my partner for the project) decided to choose two sets of data to compare…these were the use of internet (per 100) and the use of personal computers (per 100) we narrowed our data set down to ten counties across 15 years.  We represented our data using very visual icons, that we felt people could relate to and familiar with. We created two filters so you could either sort by specific countries or by different levels of computer/internet usage….The design was fully programed using actionscript and working…but her are some screen shots of our visualization. (i’m not sure how to get a swf on wordpress!!)


each man representing 1% of population





symbols scaling depending on internet/computer usage


6different symbols for filters

By being able to play around and see the data vizualy it was amazing to see the data come to life and see patterns and unexpected occurances. A few very important points that we learnt from our critique were……. always remember the usability of your interface, how will people understand it if is there first time using it….Being able to compare different sets of data on one page is great for comparisons……….always remember to display all the basic information before going deeper.

The last week has been  great…….i am really happy that we were given this opportunity to learn flash…it felt very worthwhile. Flash seems like a very powerful tool especially when it comes to design interactive screen based designs.

data vizualization

December 2, 2008

picture-1 Today we started a 2 week data vizualization module, which will be taught by Shawn Allen (Stamen) and Dave Mellis (CIID)

“Each day the world produces untold amounts of information. interactive data vizualizations is a practice that aims to distill and communicate that information to people in visual forms that are easy and fun to explore, understand and use. In this two week module, students will investigate the roles of intuitive user interfaces in data vizualization.

They will learn how metaphors are used to convey unfamiliar information, and how mental models aid in the interpretation of complex visual displays.  They will then use a bottom-up interative process to create interactive displays of UN data using adobe flash” Course Syllabus

Today  we were given a fantastic overview of some of the world’s most well known and successful data visualization projects and started to learn flash! It has a complex interface compared to programming platforms such as processing that i am used to, but i can see it has huge potential, so i can’t wait for the next two weeks!

i’l keep you posted 🙂