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Data as a creative material @CollideHalifax 2014

sebastien
November 05, 2014

Data as a creative material @CollideHalifax 2014

sebastien

November 05, 2014
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  1. Data as a creative material FFunction Data as a Creative

    Material Audrée Lapierre & Sébastien Pierre Collide Halifax, October 23rd 2014
  2. Data as a creative material FFunction Information Design & Data

    Visualization Studio founded in 2008 Leader in Canada
  3. Data as a creative material

  4. Data as a creative material

  5. Data as a creative material

  6. Data as a creative material

  7. Data as a creative material About this talk

  8. Data as a creative material ART COMMUNICATION DESIGN

  9. Data as a creative material THOUGHTS EXPERIENCE &

  10. Data as a creative material PART I Art & Data

  11. Data as a creative material Ellsworth Kelly, The Meschers, 1951

    (oldest reference in Wikipedia's “generative art” entry)
  12. Data as a creative material Frieder Nake, Walk-through-Raster, series 2,

    1-4 See 20-20 digital hindsight. Frieder Nake, Walk-through-Raster, series 2, 1-4, C-type print, Germany, 1966. © artist. Photo: V&A Images.
  13. Data as a creative material Ryoji Ikeda, Datatron, 2008

  14. Data as a creative material THE PROCESS & THE RESULT

    Automation (in art) was a paradigm shift. The result is determined by a process, but unknown to the artist before the process is complete.
  15. Data as a creative material Jared Tarbell, Substrate 2003

  16. Data as a creative material Variations in output from Jared

    Tarbell, Substrate 2003
  17. Data as a creative material Jared Tarbell, Orbitals 2004

  18. Data as a creative material Jared Tarbell, Invader Fractals 2003

  19. Data as a creative material MACHINE CO-CREATION The result is

    the act of co-creation between the artists/programmer and the machine.
  20. Data as a creative material “Set an algorithm and let

    it go” Dextro, http://www.turux.org/
  21. Data as a creative material Subblue, Fractals http://www.subblue.com/

  22. Data as a creative material Robert Hodgin, Stippling, http://vimeo.com/8252908

  23. Data as a creative material RANDOM NUMBERS & ALGORITHMS Randomness,

    complex maths and physical/biological simulations are key materials in generative design
  24. Data as a creative material AESTHETICS OF COMPLEXITY The amount

    of details permitted by computers lead to an aesethetics of complexity.
  25. Data as a creative material Christoph Bader, https://www.flickr.com/photos/deskriptiv

  26. Data as a creative material Nervous Systems, Hyphae Lamp

  27. Data as a creative material Michael Hansmeyer, Digital Grotesque

  28. Data as a creative material MACHINE & ORGANICS Interestingly, some

    works give the impression of being the product of a natural process, reconciling technology & natural life
  29. Data as a creative material SWAPPING RANDOM NUMBERS FOR DATA

    Data is sampled from our environment. Its is a byproduct of human/natural activity.
  30. Data as a creative material Ben Fry, All Streets, 2008

  31. Data as a creative material Visualizing Friendships, Paul Butler, 2010

  32. Data as a creative material

  33. Data as a creative material A MIRROR OF OURSELVES As

    a reflection of ourselves & our complex social fabric, data adds a new dimension to the resulting artwork.
  34. Data as a creative material COMPLEX & MEANINGFUL Data has

    the same complex quality as random numbers do, but there is a potential for meaning & insights
  35. Data as a creative material PART II How the data

    landscape evolved
  36. Data as a creative material 1990 2000 2010 VOLUME OF

    DATA EASE OF WORKING WITH DATA
  37. Data as a creative material 1990 2000 2010 VOLUME OF

    DATA EASE OF WORKING WITH DATA Random Numbers Feeding more numbers in algorithms to increase complexity.
  38. Data as a creative material See it live on http://vimeo.com/72611093

    Design by Numbers John Maeda (MIT) Late 90s Designed by Numbers is an interactive environment for generative art, that later inspired Processing (Ben Fry, Casey Reas)
  39. Data as a creative material 1990 2000 2010 VOLUME OF

    DATA EASE OF WORKING WITH DATA Geographic & Scientific Data Visuals can be used to reveal things about our environment. Actual data makes interesting pictures!
  40. Data as a creative material Line Drops David Endelman 1997

    “The lines in this image are of hundreds of underground and underwater pipelines that draw oil from a reservoir in the Huntington Beach area of California.” From “The Fine Art of GIS Cartography” ESRI proceedings
  41. Data as a creative material 1990 2000 2010 VOLUME OF

    DATA EASE OF WORKING WITH DATA Web 2.0 APIs User-generated is published en-masse. Tagging creates new ways to organize content. RSS & APIs made content machine-accessible.
  42. Data as a creative material Interactive visualizations of a Delicious.com

    bookmark. Revealicious, Sébastien Pierre, 2005
  43. Data as a creative material 1990 2000 2010 VOLUME OF

    DATA EASE OF WORKING WITH DATA Social Networks & Media Data about large-scale communities and conversation is now available.
  44. Data as a creative material Vizster Early social network visualization

    tool Vizster, Jeffrey Heer & Danah Boyd, 2005
  45. Data as a creative material 1990 2000 2010 Open Data

    Citizens can understand and map how the governments work and perform services.
  46. Data as a creative material DataViva Interactive exploration of Brazil's

    open data. 2014
  47. Data as a creative material More Data! The volume of

    available data grew significantly over the past decade
  48. Data as a creative material Easier to access & use

    Data is more accessible (data portals, APIs) and tools make it easier to use and visualize.
  49. Data as a creative material Data to understand our society

    With social networks, social media and open-data we have immediate access to a lot of information to understand our society.
  50. Data as a creative material Data for everyone With democratization

    of infographics, data- journalism & public datasets, data is not reserved to scientists and specialists anymore.
  51. Data as a creative material PART III Communicating Data

  52. Data as a creative material

  53. Data as a creative material

  54. Data as a creative material Similar diversity, Philipp Steinweber &

    Andreas Koller, 2001
  55. Data as a creative material

  56. Data as a creative material

  57. Data as a creative material Practical Tips What you need

    to know when working with data in (visual) communication #
  58. Data as a creative material #1 Data Is Not Information

    Data needs context to be interpreted and turned to information.
  59. Data as a creative material

  60. Data as a creative material #2 Data calls for (visual)

    Summaries Visuals and statistics allow to make the data digestible.
  61. Data as a creative material

  62. Data as a creative material #3 Data = Fact (for

    a lot of people) Numbers have an authority that words don't have.
  63. Data as a creative material

  64. Data as a creative material #4 Visuals Are The Message

    The way you choose to represent the data defines how people will read it.
  65. Data as a creative material HEADLINE “Obama undid the mess

    left by the previous administration” HEADLINE “Just as many jobs were lost during the Bush yeas as during the Obama years”
  66. Data as a creative material #4 Data May Not Match

    Your Story Data won't necessary tell the story you would like it to tell (but you can always tweak the charts)
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  69. Data as a creative material #6 Data Opens Up Dialogue

    (and criticism) As there's not a single unique way to interpret data, using data means you open up to a conversation.
  70. Data as a creative material Same dataset, Three different interpretations

    Data: Spending of the global middleclass, 2009-2030
  71. Data as a creative material #7 Data Leads to New

    Narrative Forms Showing data means that you won't be able to explain everything, and will let some of the story be written by the reader.
  72. Data as a creative material

  73. Data as a creative material PART IV The Visualization Spectrum

  74. Data as a creative material INFOGRAPHIC DATA VISUALIZATION INTERACTIVE CHART

    DASHBOARD ANNUAL REPORT DATA MINING TOOL MAPPING There are many different approaches we can take to a new data-driven project
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  76. Data as a creative material

  77. Data as a creative material START HERE

  78. Data as a creative material

  79. Data as a creative material EXPLORATION NARRATION

  80. Data as a creative material EXPLORATION NARRATION INFOGRAPHICS

  81. Data as a creative material

  82. Data as a creative material EXPLORATION NARRATION DATA JOURNALISM

  83. Data as a creative material http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/health/how-ebola-spreads/

  84. Data as a creative material EXPLORATION NARRATION DASHBOARDS

  85. Data as a creative material

  86. Data as a creative material EXPLORATION NARRATION DATA VISUALIZATION

  87. Data as a creative material

  88. Data as a creative material Exploration Narration PROS + Discovery

    + Free progression & exploration CONS - Little control - Could miss important things PROS + Controlled experience & messaging + Progressive introduction CONS - Experts might not like it - Reduced opportunity for new insights
  89. Data as a creative material DATA STORY DESIGN Data Visualization

    requires a multi-disciplinary approach
  90. Data as a creative material And that makes it difficult

    to find an individual who is good at everything DATA STORY DESIGN
  91. Data as a creative material At FFunction, we started like

    this DATA STORY DESIGN
  92. Data as a creative material We realized rather quickly the

    importance of storytelling... any thus, even when doing an exploratory visualization DATA STORY DESIGN
  93. Data as a creative material You might start as specialists

    DATA STORY DESIGN
  94. Data as a creative material But quickly, everyone will have

    to learn about the others' fields of expertise DATA STORY DESIGN
  95. Data as a creative material

  96. Data as a creative material PART VI What's Next

  97. Data as a creative material #1 Many devices, Many sizes

    Desktop, laptop, mobile phone, table and interactive screens... How do we create visualizations that work across this wide range of supports?
  98. Data as a creative material

  99. Data as a creative material #2 How do I relate

    to the data, how does it relate to me? With some of the novelty wearing out, how do we make data interesting, and how to we adapt this data to the user? YOU DATA
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  101. Data as a creative material #3 Quantified Self & Internet

    of Things Data The quantity of data available about us, individually, is going to increase significantly with the new breed of devices coming in. This not only raises design questions, but ethical questions as well.
  102. Data as a creative material

  103. Data as a creative material #4 Data For Good With

    Open Data, citizens can get involved and use data to influence and change society. Data can now be use to solve problems... and maybe help expose corruption?
  104. Data as a creative material Burak Arikan, Networks of Dispossession

    http://istanbul-urban-research.blogspot.ca/2014/01/networks-of-dispossession.html
  105. Data as a creative material Thanks! Data As A Creative

    Material FFUNCTION @ffunction www.ffctn.com