Archive–building might not initially spring to mind as a data project. But record–keeping and cataloguing methods are often held together by numbers–based logic. Think of the Dewey Decimal System: A numerical series that categorizes books and organizes libraries.
We have helped a number of organizations build digital hubs from analogue archives as well as 21st–century technology. All place emphasis on form and function and encourage rabbit hole–like exploration by design. The Triennale Museum’s archives are a good example.
Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, have confirmed that spikes in hormonal activity are correlated to seasonality—or, as they put it in a peer–reviewed article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA:
The gland masses grow with a timescale of months due to trophic effects of the hormones, generating a feedback circuit with a natural frequency of about a year that can entrain to the seasons. Thus, humans may show coordinated seasonal set-points with a winter−spring peak in the growth, stress, metabolism, and reproduction axes.
Many Accurat interns graduate to full–time status. In a new series, we interview colleagues who began working at Accurat as students. First up are developers Stefano Gallo (who joined May 2018), Ilaria Venturini (September, 2018) and Ivan Rossi (February, 2019). All came to Accurat from the University of Milan.
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Ilaria Venturini: We develop data visualizations and web apps with a focus on usability and aesthetics. …
Two years ago this month, we were commissioned to create a piece for the Triennale Milano XXII. Titled Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, the 2019 edition showcased imaginative solutions for navigating a new world affected by climate change. Our contribution — The Room of Change — was a 100–foot long data visualization “tapestry” that covered the walls of the gallery. In the same space, two large screens projected NASA photography of endangered environments.
Though The Room of Change immersed people into its worldview, the perspective remained incomplete for visitors unless they engaged with a third component: the work’s…
The Mondrian-esque composition above more than just resembles an abstract work of art. Its neat lines and symmetry belie grand ideas and microscopic details—in this case, of LEGO sets inspired by architecture.
The data visualization effectively color–codes kits from 2008 through 2020 to show hues present in models of landmarks like the Guggenheim Museum, as well as cityscapes such as Trafalgar square and Tokyo.
Design intern Jacopo Poletto dreamt up the idea in response to a special assignment. This spring, we’re hosting a course on data visualization in partnership with Feltrinelli education. …
Last Saturday –March 11th– I had the opportunity to talk on behalf of Accurat at the Visualized conference in Milan about the relationship and dialogue between designers and developers in our projects.
As the dust settled, I wanted to write down a couple of things about the relationship and dialogue in designing things and also, more generally, about the experience of the speech.
Speaking in public is not easy, at least the first few times, when you still have to build the confidence needed to feel at ease on stage.
This was by far the biggest audience I’ve spoken to…
On March 11th we had the chance to give a speech on a subject we are really passionate about, the struggling — but sometimes loving — relationship between Designers and Developers in data visualisation projects.
It’s something that we think needs an improvement, and the two don’t have to be isolated from the other but instead what we think works best is a continuous cooperation of the two.
This speech was written and delivered by Marco Bernardi, cesare soldini and Tommaso Zennaro (me), with the help of giorgia lupi. …
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…
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