Entries in design (421)
A couple months ago (April 18th), the See Conference #4 was held in Wiesbaden, Germany. This one-day event had a great lineup of speakers: Aaron Koblin (Google Creative Lab), Julian Oliver (software artist), Gijs Joosen (ONL), Eric Rodenbeck (Stamen Design) and Prof. Dr. Gerhard Roth (University of Bremen). The event was organized by Scholz & Volkmer (www.s-v.de).
The best part is that videos of the entire day of speakers are now available online from the event website at www.see-conference.com. Some of the videos are in German, but Eric Rodenbeck, Julian Oliver, Gijs Joosen and Aaron Koblin are speaking English for their presentations.
The great team at InformationArchitects.com released their updated version of the Web Trend Map 4. (They should call it 4.0) You can buy it as a poster for $49 from their website, or they have also made a high-resolution version available.
iA's Web Trend Map plots the leading Internet names onto the Tokyo Metro system.
Paying attention to the intersections, we grouped associated websites and ensured every domain is on a line that suits it. As a result, the map produces a web of associations: some provocative, some curious, others ironically accurate.
Why Tokyo Metro? Because it works.
I'm not sure I understand what Wolfram|Alpha is yet, but so far it's pretty impressive. Developed by Stephen Wolfram and his team, it claims to be a "computational knowledge engine". The input box looks like a search engine, but it is definitely NOT a search engine.
When you type in a question, it attempts to show you all of the relevant data it can find. It is actually calculating and charting this information real-time in order to present it to you. Because its built on top of the Mathematica Engine, it can also handle math problems.
I think this will be an important tool for many designers of infographics, because you can get some of your raw data directly from Wolfram|Alpha. As they add more data into the system over time, this will become one of your best resources for information. They have a pretty extensive page of examples by category that is a great place to start. Also watch the short video by Stephen Wolfram showing what the system can do.
From The Odeus Skate Blog comes this timeline infographic showing the history of skateboard design. I got my first skateboard in the 70's, so it already had the kicktail, but it was still really narrow.
This is from Food & Wine magazine (Sep 2005), and I’ve kept the hardcopy of this issue for the last four years because of this illustration. I came across this magazine again today, so I thought I would share. Apparently I eat sushi completely incorrectly, so I refer back occasionally to remind myself how to eat properly. (I love mixing the wasabi into my soy sauce!)
Mmmm, fatty tuna is one of the best!
Quub.com is an interesting service that facilitates updating your status often to create "ambient communication". This is a form of micro-presence, that helps you keep your status up to date, which keeps it relevant to your followers. Quub.com created three infographic videos to help explain their service.
Currently the service in in Beta, but there are still many slots available if you want to join the Beta program. You can use their service with many different social networks: Twitter, Facebook, Plaxo, LinkedIN, MySpace, Hi5, Tumblr, Plurk, etc.
Even though the ambient model has established itself as a popular form of communication, it requires you to continuously update your status in order to work effectively. This is a problem. Coming up with new status updates requires time, effort and creativity. Additionally, you are forced to consider a number of complex factors before updating. Is your update appropriate? What should you type in? Who is your audience? Does anyone care? Is your message even relevant? Because of this, many people neglect to update their status and it's value decreases. Without consistent updates, the ambient model falters.Found the link Information Aesthetics and on Twitter!
"Effing Hail" is a cool web game you play in your browser from Intuition Games! The isometric animation is very reminiscent of the Royskopp video for "Remind Me". You control the wind to hold the hail in the air so it continues to grow in size before releasing it to crush the objects below.
Found on Information Aesthetics and a bunch of Tweets on Twitter!
Awesome sphere that you step into and become completely immersed in visual data! I can't wait for one of these to be available for the public to experience. Great TEDTalks video.
JoAnn Kuchera-Morin demos the AlloSphere, a new way to see, hear and interpret scientific data. Dive into the brain, feel electron spin, hear the music of the elements ... and detect previously unseen patterns that could lead to new discoveries.
The History of Beer was published on Manolith.com. I like the twist on a timeline infographic. First, it's vertical instead of horizontal. Then, it's actually four timelines in one highlighting different events in Science, Religion, Literature and Facts using the four colored tracks.
Check out some of the original sketches and story on Dan's blog.