“A composer who hears sounds will try to find a notation for sounds. One who has ideas will find one that expresses his ideas, leaving their interpretation free, in confidence that his ideas have been accurately and concisely notated.” Super interesting article from Jason Forrest about Cornelius Cardew’s graphic score "Treatsie".


“We are often sold a similar bill of goods: big tech companies talk incessantly about how ‘AI’ and digitization will bring a better future. In the present tense, however, putting computers everywhere is bad for most people. It enables advertisers, employers and cops to exercise more control over us – in addition to helping heat the planet.”


Watched Gary Hustwit's documentary about legendary designer Dieter Rams. His philosophy is more relevant than ever - not just for designers, but for everyone who lives with design.

Read more: hustwit.com/rams

Rent online for 5$: hustwit.vhx.tv/products/rams (subtitled)

If you have a Vimeo account, you can rent it there as well: vimeo.com/ondemand/ramsfilm

The super sweet melody theme of The Pi Waltz is based on the first 12 digits of pi. Video explaining:

Composer Jim Zamerski's website with piano sheet music and chord chart: bit.ly/2lpuVuz

Beauty In Numbers: an absolutely gorgeous animated film exploring the number pi. The visuals are based on true mathematical concepts, and the music is based on pi (more in thread). By Norwegian motion designer Rebecka Taule. Music by Jim Zamerski.


Some of the visuals from the film are on Taule's Behance:


Did an exercise in the student book for Linda Liukas' Love Letters for Computers. After I had coloured the computer, I decided to make a CSS version of it so I had some code to add on the exercise page.
Code on bit.ly/2kIU6b3

Love Letters for Computers is a great free resource for teachers who want to learn more about computer science so they can incorporate it in their teaching. There's a webpage with videos and links, plus teacher and student workbooks.

From the Collection: The Complete Commercial Artist (現代商業美術全集) – Letterform Archive

Coming up in Oslo in November: a (free!) half-day data vis conference!
📊 A group of scientists will present their research project and book "Data Visualization In Society", and there will be talks by @andykirk & others plus an exhibition of Norwegian data vis.

More info + sign-up:


Just paid US$55 for another month of vis.social hosting. I'd love more small, ongoing support here:


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The Köln Concert was recorded live, and was improvised in the concert hall. And the concert almost didn't happen! Here's the super inspiring story that lies behind it (there's also a transcript of the talk)


Data vis inspiration: Gunther Kleinert's drawings of music. Different parameters like frequency curves, sound levels, dynamics etc. are extracted, mapped and drawn on paper. These are of Keith Jarrett's legendary live recording Köln Concert.

If you like jazz, this is a must-have record, by the way. Make sure you get the original with Jarrett himself playing, because of the magical story behind the concert.
(see comments section for more info)

Kleinert's website: bit.ly/2kmW7tc

“In fashion, there is a quote widely attributed to Coco Chanel. Paraphrasing, it’s something like 'Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.' I think of this before publishing a viz: what ‘accessory’ (gridline, outline, label, cool-but-unnecessary chart or graphic…) can I remove?”

Data vis read on elegance in data visualisation, based on a discussion in The Data Viz Society on Slack.

By @andykirk


The non-profit organisation Tech Women Norway is organising a mini conference in Oslo on Ada Lovelace Day 8. October. I designed their logo (with code), and it's being made into stickers and T-shirts, which is pretty exciting for a non-designer like me.



What are your favorite tiny tools when working with data?

Here are three examples:
ucbvislab.github.io/d3-deconst to get the data out of d3 visualizations
shancarter.github.io/mr-data-c convert CSV to JSON
countries.zeto.io input country name, output country codes (by @zeto@twitter.com)

@giorgialupi just shared a sneak peek of some *super goodlooking* data vis made from fabric and thread. 😍 I can't wait to see the rest!


RT @MatthewBattles@twitter.com

As a juror, I'm excited to see and learn from state-of-the-art visualizations of climate change from around the world. Join the call at uclab.fh-potsdam.de/vff/

🐦🔗: twitter.com/MatthewBattles/sta

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