Archive for the ‘Visualization’ Category

by John Biggs The Panoptic Studio is a new body scanner created by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University that will be used to understand body language in real situations. The scanner, which looks like something Doc Brown would stick Marty in to prevent him from committing fratricide, creates hundreds of videos of participants inside the […]

Multimodal interaction with BIM data in immersive virtual reality. Multimodal interaction with BIM Author: Leandro Alves1, Sara Eloy1,2, Miguel Sales Dias1,2,3, Tiago Pedro1,2, Nuno Almeida3, Filipe Gaspar2,3 Country: Portugal Institution/ Company: 1Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), 2ISTAR-IUL, 3Microsoft Language Development Center 1. INTRODUCTION The use of new computing technologies in architecture design has evolved the […]

The poetics of presenting, or why beautiful metaphors are better than beautiful slides. Data visualization work in journalism has been flourishing over the past few years both to find and analyze data for investigative purposes and to present information to the public. I have spent over a decade in newsrooms, first making interactive graphics myself […]

Researchers used birth and death places of “notable individuals” as a proxy for geographic cultural history. The premise is that if a lot of people move somewhere and live their last days in that place, then that place must have it going on. So it’s not quite just a map with moving bits. Rather the connections […]

Algorithms are a fascinating use case for visualization. To visualize an algorithm, we don’t merely fit data to a chart; there is no primary dataset. Instead there are logical rules that describe behavior. This may be why algorithm visualizations are so unusual, as designers experiment with novel forms to better communicate. This is reason enough […]

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The First Modern Organizational Chart Is a Thing of Beauty With this 1855 chart, Daniel McCallum, general superintendent of the New York and Erie Railroad, tried to define an organizational structure that would allow management of a business that was becoming unwieldy in its size. The document is generally recognized to be the first formal organizational chart. Historian Caitlin Rosenthal, […]

Data as Art


@ To celebrate its anniversary, in 2008 WIRED Magazine commissioned us to create a visualization of its history and culture. We immediately thought of the bold colors the magazine is famous for, and created a visualization of every palette used in 15 years of cover art. The piece depicts every magazine issue before June […]

Understanding Technological Hype Cycles BY ROY WOOD The term “hype cycle” has been around since 1995, and I’m sure that just about every GeekDad reader has heard it and even used it dozens of times over the years. It neatly captures the elements of both human psychology and technical evolution that accompany every innovation we’ve seen […]

The Architect’s Collaborator: Toward Intelligent Tools for Conceptual Design Kimberle Koile AI Technical Report 2001-001 January 2001 massachusetts institute of technology — artificial intelligence laboratory The Architect’s Collaborator: Toward Intelligent Tools for Conceptual Design by Kimberle Koile Submitted to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the […]