Wall street data as sculpture

I came across this interesting idea for taking data visualization into the physical world. Sculptor Luke Jerram  has taken wall street performance data graphs, rotated them around their x axis, and using wood molds casts them in glass.

 

 

 

It’s an interesting design concept, and a way of thinking about sort of the next step of data visualization. I could easily see this approach to interpreting data become a element in  architectural design.

Complete article

Mapping America: every city, every block.

Browse local data from the Census Bureau’s american Community Survey, based on samples from 2005 to 2009. Because these figures are based on samples, they are subject to a margin  of error, particularly in places with low population, and are best regarded as estimates.

chek it out here!

Arduino Helps Create Customized Tools for Simple Everyday Functions

This article talks about the growing use arduino chips in creative ways in everyday life. In case of the bakery in the article, it automatically sends off tweets everytime there is a fresh batch coming out of the oven. I found the idea of swiping a credit card and getting different music even better. Arduino registers the numbers unique to each card and plays off a sound for each number. When played together, it creates great music.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8063975.stm

Select Media Festival

The festival is organized by Public Media Institute, a group of artists, technologists, and community members.  As described on the site their “mission is to promote art, technology and social activism in order to transform people – socially and intellectually – through the production of festivals, events, exhibitions, community projects, artifacts and other media.”  This year’s festival is called “Infoporn” and is focused on information design and data visualization. 

 

http://www.selectmediafestival.org/where.html