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David McCandless: On Data and Beauty

Designer David McCandless gives a TED Talk regarding the power of data and how visualizations can help us process information. He primarily discusses how data visualization focuses our overloaded minds on the information we really need."McCandless' genius is not so much in finding jazzy new ways to show data -- the actual graphics aren't the …

Posted 16 months ago by Danielle Garbouchian

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World That Was

An incredible example of interactive technology, the World That Was Table is a communal learning tool that allows museum guests to access the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust's extensive archives in an engaging way. Detailing the lives of Jewish people and their lives before the Holocaust, LAMH's archive of 25,000 photos was an incredible resource …

Posted 16 months ago by Danielle Garbouchian

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A Visual Timeline: Famous Fiction Predicting the Future

Whether we are capable of warp speed in space, relying on androids or doomed to a barren apocalypse, humans cannot resist predicting their future. In this beautiful timeline, Italian visualization artist Giorgia Lupi takes famous novels of the past and shows how their plots and characters map out our future. Using an incredibly intricate system, Lupi …

Posted 17 months ago by Danielle Garbouchian

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Data Visualization + Learning: 5 Examples from EdLab

How can data be visualized to aid learning? Come check out our newest exhibition on the 3rd floor of the Gottesman Library open January 23 - May 31, 2012. Data visualization + Learning features five pieces by the Library’s design team. They are visual explorations of data related to educational research and practice:  usage patterns …

Posted 30 months ago by Jihii Jolly

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A Techrospective Infographic

Check out this timeline from Udemy called 2011: Techrospective. It's a review of the biggest tech news of 2011, posted on Udemy's blog. It's a fairly simple interactive infographic if compared with others we've reviewed here, but I choose to feature it because it comes from an educational platform and because it's a neat model …

Posted 30 months ago by Jihii Jolly

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Visualizing Paper Genealogy

Justin Matejka is a Research Assistant at Autodesk Research, a firm dedicated to innovation in digital prototyping, visualization, and simulation tools and techniques toward advancing design. As part of the Visualization and Learning projects, Matejka created Citeology, a complex interactive visualization of the relationship between research papers through citations. It is accompanied …

Posted 30 months ago by Jihii Jolly

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Writing Without Words

Stefanie Posavec is a London-based artist (originally from Colorado), who's created a number of fantastically original projects--many related to literature. Especially marvelous is her series, Writing Without Words, in which she visualizes differences in the writing styles of various modern classic authors. Interestingly, she does most of her work by hand. The Project A large portion of …

Posted 30 months ago by Jihii Jolly

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Visualizing the UNDP Human Development Report

On November 2, 2011, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released its newest Human Development Report, which provides a comprehensive data set on the overall well-being of nations. An important focus of the report is that the challenges of sustainability and equity are interlinked and therefore must be addressed together.  It includes …

Posted 31 months ago by Jihii Jolly

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A Year in Review

Well, not quite a whole year. For the past four months we've been reviewing data art projects from around the web. In 2012, we hope to further our discussion on the educational value of data art. Until then, here's an overview of what we've covered so far. We've bookmarked many other interesting projects so look …

Posted 31 months ago by Jihii Jolly

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Envisioning Technology

Michell Zappa has a professional appetite for visualizing the future of technology. This is good for the rest of us, really, because as the world is being overrun by application developments that I personally just can't keep pace with, we're all unavoidably affected by it. The internet, robotics, biotech, energy, space, artificial intelligence--the new technological …

Posted 32 months ago by Jihii Jolly

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Visualizing the Racial Divide

Jim Vallandingham, a software developer who works for Stowers Institute for Medical Research as a Programmer and Data Analyst recently created this thoughtful data art project called Visualizing the Racial Divide. Seeking to visualize the impact of segregation in US cities in a unique way he writes, "I wanted to come up with a more …

Posted 32 months ago by Jihii Jolly

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The Growth of Newspapers Across the United States

At a time when debates about the future of news, changes in press economics and new multimedia and mobile technologies are proliferating, it's easy to forget that newspapers have been (and are still) pretty ubiquitous across the United States. And perhaps especially because of these very debates, it's worth taking a look at the history …

Posted 33 months ago by Jihii Jolly

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Visualizing a Learning Environment

In an educational environment that's rich in technology, regular evaluation of how programs are going is extremely important--as important as staying afloat of new developments in technology. How can design help with these evaluations? Check out this article about how Interactive Things helped the Zurich International School on that very project. The Zurich International School

Posted 33 months ago by Jihii Jolly

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Mapping Words

Check out these word-mapping projects: digital vocabulary development through interactive design! Each project is slightly different from the next, but all highlight the potential of mapping words to facilitate aesthetic learning. A Visual Thesaurus Thinkmap, Inc. develops and markets software that uses visualization to facilitate communication and education. One of their projects is the Visual …

Posted 33 months ago by Jihii Jolly

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World of 100

Even when statistics are clearly represented as visuals, understanding data is difficult. We're not so naturally inclined to to understand statistics in relation to our personal, daily lives. An emerging method of providing people with the tools to achieve that contextual understanding is through interactive graphics, such as the 9/11+ME project (which uses Facebook or …

Posted 33 months ago by Jihii Jolly

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The Vertical Village

How can design adequately address social and cultural issues? Check out this fantastic project by MVRD, a Dutch architectural office that has boldly and beautifully addressed an issue of urbanization in East Asia. In recent years, many cities in East Asia have been experiencing pressure to accomodate the influx of people into cities. In an <a …

Posted 33 months ago by Jihii Jolly

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The Radioactive Orchestra

Visualize how energy moves, specifically, radioactive energy. Difficult? We know that a microwave oven emits radiation (and it's not good for us). We know that atoms decay at different rates. But imagining what these processes look like? Difficult...unless you come up with a really creative audio-visual data art project called the Radioactive Orchestra. Liselotte Herlitz …

Posted 34 months ago by Jihii Jolly

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A Republican Primary Debate Visualized

Organizing and visualizing information is not easy. If you're successful, the data can take on a whole new set of perspectives and reach wider audiences in more colorful ways (quite literally). Or, it can produce a pretty picture that is impossible to extract data from. Gregory Hubacek is a freelance designer in Los Angeles who …

Posted 34 months ago by Jihii Jolly

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Picturing Urban Decay

Derek Watkins is a graduate student of geography at the University of Oregon. Stemming from his research interests in place, culture, representation, technology, and cartography, he has created this intriguing visualization entitled "Picturing Urban Decay...An Exploration of Blight as Depicted Through Online Photography," posted on his blog. The piece is accompanied by an equally intriguing …

Posted 34 months ago by Jihii Jolly

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