Watch: The Art of Data Visualization

by Scott Hoffman on May 15, 2013

A good data visualization communicates ideas instantly, but designing one can be a complex task—it’s more than just throwing together colors and shapes. A well-designed graphic can completely change how we perceive information, and how data should always trump style. “Aesthetics cannot rescue failed content,” says data visualization pioneer Ed Tufte. “There are enormously beautiful visualizations, but that’s a byproduct of the truth and goodness of the information.” Careful information design is paramount to pulling it off.

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.

The amazing video features: Edward Tufte, Yale University, Julie Steele, O’Reilly Media, Josh Smith, Hyperakt, & Jer Thorp, Office for Creative Research

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Austrian-bred producer, composer and musician Patrick Pulsinger. He is a really awesome nerd when it comes to modular synthesizers. Here, he demonstrates patching his bespoke modular synth at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York. Watch how rapt the room full of people are in his explanations.

Enjoy

A quick History lesson about the Modular Synth:

The earliest commercial modular synthesizers were developed, in parallel, by R.A. Moog Co., and Buchla in 1963. The synthesizer both broadened the spectrum, and greatly eased the creation of electronic music, which before was made via tape splicing, use of primitive electronic oscillators, and earlier electronic or electromechanical instruments. In 1976, the Japanese company Roland came out with the Roland System 100.

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Watch: Amazing Video of Melbourne Australia (Tilt-Shift & Time Lapse)

May 11, 2013

Tweet This short tilt-shift time-lapse film, entitled “Miniature Melbourne” was created by Nathan Kaso and creates the illusion that the city of Melbourne, Australia is actually a toy. According to the description this short took 10 months to making and features a range of different events and festivals held in the city throughout the year. […]

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The Future of Data – how it will be Useful – Video

November 19, 2011

Tweet Watch how future technology will help people make better use of their time, focus their attention, and strengthen relationships while getting things done at work, home, and on the go. enjoy.

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Presentation at the NY Angels Eductional Series on 9/19

September 12, 2011
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Tweet My friends Jeff Silverman, Geoff Judge, and I will be presenting on Monday morning at the NY Angels Educational Series on the Online Ad Ecosystem. Click here to join us. The event is called: “Online advertising eco-system – who makes money and how” We have been working on the content all summer to create […]

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Data & Technology are change agents for the Golden Age of Digital Advertising

July 21, 2011
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Tweet Why is this the Golden Age of Digital Advertising Technology? We are in the midst of a Golden Age of Digital Advertising Technology. There are literally hundreds of smart companies that are now engaged actively in streamlining the process of digital media buying, selling, optimization, etc. So why is this happening now? Did everyone […]

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Not understanding your own technology is one way to damage your ad technology companies reputation

July 7, 2011
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Tweet Not understanding your own technology is one way to damage your ad technology companies reputation. In the ad technology business, sales people who represent new emerging technology sometimes have no idea how it really works, and are just selling marketing speak. These salespeople present a deck, promotional material, perhaps even deliver a demonstration of […]

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What Happens on the Internet in 60 Seconds [Infographic]

June 17, 2011

Tweet In 60 Seconds: 98,000+ Tweets 695,000+ Facebook Status Updates 6,600+ new Pictures on Flickr 600+ new Videos on Youtube 13,000+ iPhone Apps Downloaded 20,000+ new post on Tumblr Hat tip to Fred Wilson who posted this picture on his Tumblr and the Folks at go-globe.com who created the infographic.

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New 2011 Video “Social Media Revolution” by Erik Qualman

June 14, 2011

Tweet Hat Tip to my friend Jon Lawrence at Arjent for sending this to me.

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15 keys facts and conclusions to know the future of the Internet in 2015

June 7, 2011
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Tweet Today I came across this video infographic that projects digital life statistics out to the year 2015. It is from NeoLabs, and you can click here for more information. Based on their research they have put together some little snack bite information snippets like: More consumers will access the Internet by mobile devices than […]

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