Clinical records alone hardly capture the impact the illness of a child has on a family. This is how we used music and art to understand and communicate the information that was missing.
In early August 2017, my friend and collaborator Kaki — acclaimed musician, composer and guitar player — woke up her almost three year old daughter, Cooper, in their house in Brooklyn and saw that she had blood in her mouth. She composedly asked her to stick out her tongue, and on it was a lesion the size of a dime.
In the past months, I have had the huge honor of collaborating with Paola Antonelli and Michelle Millar Fisher — respectively Senior Curator and a Curatorial Assistant in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design, with Antonelli doubling as MoMA’s Director of R&D — and their team on a data-driven artwork that encapsulates the themes of their newest exhibition on fashion at MoMA, called Items: Is Fashion Modern?.
The visualization is magnificently displayed as a closing piece to the exhibition, printed at large scale over three huge 20-foot-high walls in the sixth floor lobby of the original MoMA building on 53rd…
by Giorgia Lupi and Henry Murphy
Last December I’ve had the pleasure to teach a 6 hour-workshop at the Department of Education at the Museum of Modern Art, a class called “Draw your Visit with Data”, where we explored what using data — small and subjective data — as an observational tool and as a creative material could bring to, for example, the way we experience an exhibition.
The workshop was part of my ongoing research on what I call Data Humanism: an approach to the data world…
We’ve reached Peak Infographics. Are you ready for what comes next?
Data is now recognized as one of the founding pillars of our economy, and the notion that the world grows exponentially richer in data every day is already yesterday’s news.
Big Data doesn’t belong to a distant dystopian future; it’s a commodity and an intrinsic and iconic feature of our present — like dollars, concrete, automobiles and Helvetica. The ways we relate to data are evolving more rapidly than we realize, and our minds and bodies are naturally adapting to this new hybrid reality built…
It’s always thrilling to look back on your life and see how often it’s the smallest of interactions that completely change your life’s direction and set you on a new path.
For us, it was a conversation over a beer, where, barely knowing each other, we nervously started dreaming of ways to collaborate. …
When does drawing become design? When does design become a story?
(An edited version of this article appeared on the Data Points blog, National Geographic on July 2014)
The visual representation of information plays an increasingly critical role in every situation where data and quantitative information need to be translated into more digestible stories, both for the general public and for professionals who need to make sense out of numbers.
For many readers, the word “data-visualization” might be associated with heavy programming skills, complex softwares and huge numbers for the most part, but, believe it or not, lots of data…
How Abstract Art Can Help Understanding the Global Brain Drain
Only apparently unrelated, abstract art and data visualization actually have a lot more in common than what one would expect, and can be considered by some means two very close disciplines.
A study on “Early Abstract Art and Experimental Gestalt Psychology” by Crétien van Campen of MIT draws the conclusion that the same theories that are universally recognized as a basis for perception studies to support effective data visualization, have actually also deeply influenced the work of abstract artists such as Kandinsky or Mondrian.
This common root that we can…
Engaging Aesthetics for Data Narratives
Can the aesthetic elements of a data-visualization be considered as important as the data itself in getting readers interested about a topic, leading them to shape an understanding of it and triggering their curiosity to explore more?
Can we start considering and conceiving pure aesthetic features not only as ornamental attributes within a data-driven visual story?
Can we accept and legitimize that, in some cases, a beautiful and functional data-visualization may not necessary take its shape only from the data, but that aesthetic choices play a comparable role in its success?
And ultimately, why should…
Multilayered Storytelling through “Info-spatial” Compositions
Information Design is playing an increasingly critical role in everyday journalism. The movement from word and picture to “words within diagrams” is building a new form of truth-telling and storytelling — and with it, a new journalistic aesthetic.
At Accurat we’ve been working side-by-side with the newsroom of Corriere della Sera for more than 2 years, designing a series of of exploratory data-visualizations originally published for La Lettura, their Sunday cultural supplement.
We aim to deliver rich visual narratives able to maintain the complexity of the data while making this complexity more accessible and understandable…
and learn how simple, yet powerful, human connections can be.
Friends in Space is conceived and designed to build a real-time human connection between people from all over the world and the first Italian woman astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti, who has been launched on the I.S.S. last Sunday, to be part of the Futura42 mission.
It is a proof of concept to investigate how digital connections between people can be aesthetically pleasant and leave room for wonder…
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