Wo wir grade bei Datenvisualisierung sind: Tolle neue Folge von PBSs Minidoku-Reihe Off Book.
Humans have a powerful capacity to process visual information, skills that date far back in our evolutionary lineage. And since the advent of science, we have employed intricate visual strategies to communicate data, often utilizing design principles that draw on these basic cognitive skills. In a modern world where we have far more data than we can process, the practice of data visualization has gained even more importance. From scientific visualization to pop infographics, designers are increasingly tasked with incorporating data into the media experience. Data has emerged as such a critical part of modern life that it has entered into the realm of art, where data-driven visual experiences challenge viewers to find personal meaning from a sea of information, a task that is increasingly present in every aspect of our information-infused lives.
Großartige Posterserie der Popchart Labs, die den kompletten Katalog der Beatles nach Instrumentierung aufgeschlüsselt und das ganze in drei großformatige Infografik-Prints visualisiert haben. Man sieht in diesen Infografiken sehr genau die vor allem in ihrer mittleren Schaffensphase unheimlich komplex werdenden Instrumentierungen. Toll! Volume 1 gibt’s hier, Vol.2 dort, das dritte Poster da und ein Box-Set mit allen drei Prints kann man hier kaufen.
The complete collection of our Beatles Song Charts, ready to cover a whole wall with the complete discography of the Fab Four.
Volume I covers all original compositions from their very first releases through “Help!” in 1965, showing the group’s progression from simple, catchy singles to complex arrangements like “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.”
Volume II covers their explosively creative middle period, from the release of “Rubber Soul” through “Magical Mystery Tour,” as the band incorporated exotic instruments such as the dilruba and tambura, as well as improvised sounds such as clinking glasses, rattling chains, and more.
Volume III covers their final period, from the “White Album” through “Let It Be,” as the band continued to push the possibilities of recorded music on songs like “Revolution 9″ and “Across the Universe.”
For her master thesis project “The Iranian Internet” at the University of Applied Science in Potsdam, [Maral Pourkazemi] created a beautiful infographic which contains six content panels to explain the complexity of online censorship in Iran. Including information on the general Internet usage, Iran’s national web project, namely the “Halal” Internet and its evasion, the Iranian blogosphere, the cyber police, criminal hackers, and the systems of governance, the six panels decipher the Iranian Internet between freedom and isolation. This thesis has become a much talked about design activist project. Gestalten.tv sat down with Maral Pourkazemi to talk about her infographic vision and how she has made an ugly topic accessible through visual storytelling.
Andrew Barr and Richard Johnson look at a few of the key statistics of two-and-a-half season’s worth of undead mayhem. They find noteworthy – the gradual increase in the body count, the increasingly creative means of Zombie dispatch, and the fact that every character seems to have developed a clear enjoyment for putting the ambulatory cadavers down for good.
Nette Infografik vom Guardian mit den Todesarten aus Edgar Allen Poes Storys: „Dismissed by Aldous Huxley as ‘vulgar’, Edgar Allan Poe is saluted now as a virtuoso of the short story. The grisly deaths he inflicted on his characters helped make him the master of the macabre. Adam Frost, Jim Kynvin and Jamie Lenman investigate how he killed them off.“
This massive taxonomy charts the hundreds of villains who have menaced Gotham City over the past 70 years, breaking down by name everyone from big time baddies like the Joker and Bane to lesser known miscreants like the Walrus and Batzarro. A true rogues gallery of the superstitious and cowardly lot who have taken on the Dark Knight, this print is the definitive guide to Gotham mayhem.
Die New York Times hat die letzten drei Jahre der Crowdfunding-Plattform Kickstarter zu ‘ner faszinierenden Infografik zusammengefasst. Am erfolgreichsten laufen Musik (die meisten umgesetzten Projekte) und Design (höchster durchschnittlicher Finanzierungsbetrag, wobei hier aber die E-Paper-Uhr Pebbles mit unfassbaren 7 Millionen Dollar wohl den Schnitt hebt und ohne die Uhr wahrscheinlich Games die höchsten Summen erzielen).
Wenn ich nicht so ein fauler Sack wäre, würde ich heute ein Blog für die besten Crowdfunding-Projekte aufsetzen. Ich wette meinen Arsch, dass Facebook gegen Kickstarter in ein paar Jahren wie ein netter Witz aussehen wird. Snip von The Verge:
The average successful video project (of which there are over 7,000) takes in around $8,200, while a mere 850 live or successful design projects have made closer to $30,000 apiece — although some of that my be skewed upwards by highly successful projects like the Pebble. It’s also interesting to note which categories aren’t generating as much interest. Both publishing and comics, for example, have relatively few successful projects compared to the juggernauts of music and video, although there’s not much difference in how much the average successful proposal gets. Gaming, meanwhile, seems to have taken off suddenly of late, with several high-profile projects gathering huge support.
The Evolution of the Web: Nette interaktive Infografik von Hyperact: „Each browser’s evolution is illustrated with screen captures of their various versions and many technologies are each linked to extensive definitions, all available in six languages.“ (via Swiss Miss)
Visual.ly | Infographics & Visualizations: Infographics and data visualizations are shifting the way people find and experience stories, creating a new way of seeing the world of data. They help communicate complex ideas in a clear, compact and beautiful way, taking deep data and presenting it in visual shorthand. We’ve collected the best examples on the web and gathered them for you to reference, share, and enjoy.
The Final Image: This film blog is a collection of screenshots of the final thought, le mise-en-scene finale, or the final shot of films I've seen.
Study Shows Parrot Parents Name Their Children | Geekosystem: Each parrot has its own signature call that others use to address it, which is the parrot equivalent of having a name. But where do these “names” come from? New research has shown that just like with human babies, parrot parents name their offspring, even before the babies can communicate themselves.
Study: why bother to remember when you can just use Google?: In the age of Google and Wikipedia, an almost unlimited amount of information is available at our fingertips, and with the rise of smartphones, many of us have nonstop access. The potential to find almost any piece of information in seconds is beneficial, but is this ability actually negatively impacting our memory? The authors of a paper that is being released by Science Express describe four experiments testing this. Based on their results, people are recalling information less, and instead can remember where to find the information they have forgotten.
Let’s take back the Internet! – YouTube: In this powerful talk from TEDGlobal, Rebecca MacKinnon describes the expanding struggle for freedom and control in cyberspace, and asks: How do we design the next phase of the Internet with accountability and freedom at its core, rather than control? She believes the internet is headed for a "Magna Charta" moment when citizens around the world demand that their governments protect free speech and their right to connection.
Online Schools | State of the Internet 2011: Like any classic hero, the Internet grew from humble beginnings as a tiny speck to become the legend that it is today. The very first “instant message” wasn’t even a whole word before it broke the entire system, but it sparked a fantastic fire of possibilities. Now, we can IM friends from our phones while we browse Facebook and send a few tweets about our indigestion from last night’s cheesesteak, perhaps while taking care of that indigestion. We can email our friends in Paris and Tokyo from the MoMA and even send photos to Mom and Dad, too.<br />
Thirty-something years ago, this was stuff for sci-fi nerds.
David Byrne’s 1987 Predictions for the Computers of 2007: I don't think computers will have any important effect on the arts in 2007. When it comes to the arts they're just big or small adding machines. And if they can't "think," that's all they'll ever be. They may help creative people with their bookkeeping, but they won't help in the creative process.<br />
The video revolution, however, will have some real impact on the arts in the next 20 years. It already has. Because people's attention spans are getting shorter, more fiction and drama will be done by television, a perfect medium for them. But I don't think anything will be wiped out; books will always be there; everything will find its place.
The Secret History of Donkey Kong: Donkey Kong is perhaps the greatest outsider game of all time. It broke all the rules because its creator, the now-legendary Shigeru Miyamoto, didn't know them to begin with. It not only launched the career of gaming's most celebrated creative mind, it gave birth to the jump-and-run platform genre as we know it, and established Nintendo as perhaps the industry's longest standing superpower.
PAS House – A House made for Skating: Imagine a city of the future where skateboards are used as the primary form of transportation and recreation – in and out of your home. A utopia city for skateboarders would mean that a skateable path, like a ribbon connecting everything together, links each building in an unending ability to keep in motion on your board. The PAS House takes this concept and brings it to life through an architectural project mixing a modern single family home with a skateboard ramp structure – all from an environmentally-driven perspective.
Tweet to Metal « PRINTERESTING: Last week, to mark the 125th anniversary of the linotype machine, Portland’s Stumptown Printers (with the help of some friends at the C.C. Stern Type Foundry) celebrated with a twitter-based letterpress project.
6 Ways to Bring Civility Online | The Art of Manliness: 1. Remember that there are real people on the other side of the computer. 2. Never say something to someone online that you wouldn’t say to the person’s face. 3. Use your real name. 4. Sit on it. 5. Or don’t respond at all. 6. Say something positive.
Stream Torrents in Your Web Browser With Magic Player | TorrentFreak: Torrent Stream Magic Player is a brand new add-on that allows users to stream video and music torrents directly in their browser. The Magic Player works with Chrome, Firefox, Opera and supports dozens of popular torrent sites including The Pirate Bay, isoHunt, BTjunkie and EZTV. It’s one of the first solutions to create a true video-on-demand experience directly in the browser.
Roger Ailes’ Secret Nixon-Era Blueprint for Fox News: Republican media strategist Roger Ailes launched Fox News Channel in 1996, ostensibly as a "fair and balanced" counterpoint to what he regarded as the liberal establishment media. But according to a remarkable document buried deep within the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, the intellectual forerunner for Fox News was a nakedly partisan 1970 plot by Ailes and other Nixon aides to circumvent the "prejudices of network news" and deliver "pro-administration" stories to heartland television viewers.
Behind the scenes at Abbey Road Studios | Geek Gestalt – CNET News: Abbey Road Studios was started in November 1931. And that means that it is turning 80 years old this fall. Yet the place shows no signs of slowing down. These days, it's used all the time by the likes of Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, and many of the top names in classical music, and it's where the music is scored for a wide range of movies, including most of the "Harry Potter" series, the "Lord of the Rings" series, all but the original "Star Wars" films, and many others.