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Eyes Can Hear | design mind   Leave a comment


Jared Ficklin in this blog article states : ” Making sound visible is a hobby of mine. After years pursuing real-time sound visualization, I became intrigued by the idea of eliminating time and allowing listeners to take in an entire song as a single visual impression. The result reveals an unseen beauty. “

Eyes Can Hear | design mind.

Storytelling with Big Data: Thoughts on VISUALIZED | @ScientificAmerican, Scientific American Blog Network   Leave a comment

As told by Jen Christiansen :

“As an attendee at the inaugural VISUALIZED conference last week in New York City, I was ready to experience, as the website described, “an inspiring two-day gathering with the brightest minds and social innovators from around the world who are changing how we understand and interact with data; and gain insight into designing data-driven narratives that connect with audiences and visualize the human experience.”

The event certainly delivered on that promise. With a rapid-fire lineup of 32 speakers over two days, things skewed interestingly—but perhaps not surprisingly—towards the experimental. Or perhaps those are the presentations that made the biggest impact on me among several days of maps, network diagrams, dynamic charts and bubble diagrams.

On second thought, I should use the word “experiential” instead of “experimental.” It’s a term that came up many times as the presenters emphasized a need to engage with the audience in order to inform them. Cartogram wall sculptures as prompts for storytelling, generative sound sculptures, personalized place-based network jewelry, and sound from scribbles certainly engaged me. But I’m not sure how much they informed me. I can’t deny that these more abstract examples of data visualization do tell stories—as does art, poetry, dance, and music. Inspirational? Most definitely. But several steps away from data journalism, and outside of my world as the art director of information graphics at Scientific American. And yet these are the examples I’m compelled to share.

Other themes and examples were more directly connected to the sort of work I do every day. Presenter after presenter spoke of the need for context. Simon Rogers, data journalist and editor at the Guardian, summarized that need succinctly: “Numbers without context are just numbers.” And as Amber Case, cyborg anthropologist and the founder of Geoloqi, and others emphasized, it’s our job to make the invisible visible.”

AN : Jen Christiansen blogs for Scientific American here re a recent                ” Visualization ” conference in NYC. Grappling with numbers and data is made easier through visual means including infographics but we are reminded that context and analytics of data are not precluded by the mere exercise of visualization. What we need in all of this  demystifying of the murkiness is to ” make the invisible visible ” ! I am reminded of the Biblical scriptural refernce in Proverbs ch.4 : 7 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding. ” . We should not just gather information and then portray it…we need also to realize its implications , interpertations and its power to and for us.

via Storytelling with Big Data: Thoughts on VISUALIZED | @ScientificAmerican, Scientific American Blog Network.

London’s Raucous Babble of Languages -The Atlantic Cities   Leave a comment

“Attention, London residents: If your Malay is feeling rusty and in need of conversational oil, try heading to the neighborhood just north of Kensington Gardens. That’s where Austronesians are chatting up a storm, according to this fascinating map of London’s languages.

The clamorous cartography is the result of nifty computer analysis by Ed Manley and James Cheshire, both students at the University College London. (You might recall Cheshire from his map of London last names.) They used a tweaked Google Chrome algorithm to examine more than 3 million tweets sent by London inhabitants this summer. By the end of their dogged data-sifting, they had detected more than 60 languages including Tamil, Maltese, Tibetan, Urdu and Afrikaans.

With the help of geolocation, they then plotted the 10 most frequently spoken languages to create the colorful and informative metropolis you see below (interactive version here):

AN : an interesting application …. how do we see cities ? Depending on what overlay of criteria , you might be quite surprised what you find.

via London’s Raucous Babble of Languages – Neighborhoods – The Atlantic Cities.

Posted November 5, 2012 by arnoneumann in Cities, Language, London, Mapping

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Colossal | A blog about art and visual ingenuity.   Leave a comment

“Korean artist Lee Kyu-Hak creates beautiful mixed-media paintings (mosaics?) by wrapping small wooden wedges with colored newsprint that mimic the brushstrokes of famous artists. Lee’s artworks appear mostly to be reinterpretations of pieces by Vincent van Gogh, but I think I see a few original compositions as well. See much more over at Yesong gallery.”

AN : a plethora of imagination. Re-creation of some well known art pieces in a very innovative fashion…for that matter, the entire blog that this comes from has a vast canvas of artistic creativity….

via Colossal | A blog about art and visual ingenuity..

Posted August 18, 2012 by arnoneumann in art, Arts & Culture, creativity, Innovation

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