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8 years ago
On November 2, 2011, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released its newest Human Development Report, which provides a comprehensive data set on the overall well-being of nations. An important focus of the report is that the challenges of sustainability and equity are interlinked and therefore must be addressed together.  It includes a call for new approaches to global...
8 years ago
Well, not quite a whole year. For the past four months we've been reviewing data art projects from around the web. In 2012, we hope to further our discussion on the educational value of data art. Until then, here's an overview of what we've covered so far. We've bookmarked many other interesting projects so look out for more reviews in the near future! Happy New Year! Plotting the Past, Predicting the Future As technology changes communication and science on multiple fronts at the same time, it's worth studying the history of a medium to better direct debates on its futu...
8 years ago
Michell Zappa has a professional appetite for visualizing the future of technology. This is good for the rest of us, really, because as the world is being overrun by application developments that I personally just can't keep pace with, we're all unavoidably affected by it. The internet, robotics, biotech, energy, space, artificial intelligence--the new technological ecosystem must be interconnected in the way every other system has been leading up to the mega-industries we're buried under today. But I don't ...
8 years ago
Jim Vallandingham, a software developer who works for Stowers Institute for Medical Research as a Programmer and Data Analyst recently created this thoughtful data art project called Visualizing the Racial Divide. Seeking to visualize the impact of segregation in US cities in a unique way he writes, "I wanted to come up with a more visual and perhaps more viscer...
8 years ago
At a time when debates about the future of news, changes in press economics and new multimedia and mobile technologies are proliferating, it's easy to forget that newspapers have been (and are still) pretty ubiquitous across the United States. And perhaps especially because of these very debates, it's worth taking a look at the history of American newspapers. The Project In order to do just that, Stanford University's Rural West Initiative at the Bill Lane Center for the American West pl...
8 years ago
In an educational environment that's rich in technology, regular evaluation of how programs are going is extremely important--as important as staying afloat of new developments in technology. How can design help with these evaluations? Check out this article about how Interactive Things helped the Zurich International School on that very project. The Zurich International School The
8 years ago
Check out these word-mapping projects: digital vocabulary development through interactive design! Each project is slightly different from the next, but all highlight the potential of mapping words to facilitate aesthetic learning. A Visual Thesaurus Thinkmap, Inc. develops and markets software that uses visualization to facilitate communication and education. One of their projects is the Visual Thesaurus, an interactive online dictionary ...
8 years ago
Even when statistics are clearly represented as visuals, understanding data is difficult. We're not so naturally inclined to to understand statistics in relation to our personal, daily lives. An emerging method of providing people with the tools to achieve that contextual understanding is through interactive graphics, such as the 9/11+ME project (which uses Facebook or survey data to personalize information). But what about other data sets that are vital to understand ...
8 years ago
How can design adequately address social and cultural issues? Check out this fantastic project by MVRD, a Dutch architectural office that has boldly and beautifully addressed an issue of urbanization in East Asia. In recent years, many cities in East Asia have been experiencing pressure to accomodate the influx of people into cities. In an 
8 years ago
Visualize how energy moves, specifically, radioactive energy. Difficult? We know that a microwave oven emits radiation (and it's not good for us). We know that atoms decay at different rates. But imagining what these processes look like? Difficult...unless you come up with a really creative audio-visual data art project called the Radioactive Orchestra. Liselotte Herlitz of a nuclear safety team in Swed...