Posts Tagged ‘info graphics’

Frame That Spam! Data-Crunching Artists Transform the World of Information (Wired)

Monday, March 10th, 2008

wired logoTim McKeough posted an interactive piece on the Feb 29th edition of Wired magazine showcasing artists who muse on new media (from his intro):

Blog posts, traffic patterns, government reports, digital video, email—a new crop of data-crunching artists are using data in much the same way Picasso applied paint to transform the world of information into mesmerizing abstractions.

Their tools are programs like Processing, an open-source electronic sketchbook (flickr pool), and VVVV, which can merge audio, video, and 3-D models (flicker pool).

The results are sweet, but they’re not just eye candy: They deliver a fresh perspective on the digital detritus we hums shed–or acquire–as we inhabit the virtual world.

Read more at…

You might find some cool desktop pictures in the flickr pools linked above. Here are a couple to get you started: Image 1. Image 2. Image 3. Image 4. Thanks Laris.

Image below: Jason Salavon for the US Census Bureau, “US Population by County, 1790-2000”

jason salavon census

“Flight thru Instruments” and the Fine Art of Instructional Illustration

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Telstar Logistics has a fantastic post about “Flight thru Instruments”, a pilot training manual published by the US Navy in 1945 that teaches proper aeronautical navigation techniques through the use of elaborate illustrations – the kind of stuff that today might be called “info-graphics.” Perhaps these will inspire my father to finish his kit plane and fly cross country to visit me in DC? Hmm. Read more there.

Flight thru instiments