So we apparently have a built-in, unconscious tendency to perceive visual attention as pokey eye beams
”Here we show that when people judge the mechanical forces acting on an object, their judgments are biased by another person gazing at the object.” https://www.pnas.org/content/116/1/328.long
Fascinating: the first book with photographs was made by one Anna Atkins in 1843 with cyanotypes of algae, as she though these more accurate than drawings. Thus she is also a pioneer of scientific information visualization; interesting w/ regards to ideas about the “technical image”
Very good article on small multiples and how they are lused by Pew Research Center https://medium.com/pew-research-center-decoded/how-pew-research-center-uses-small-multiple-charts-2531bfc06419
If you ever wondered how much of the Earth a geostationary satellite can “see”. Source: http://www.planetary.org/multimedia/space-images/charts/coverage-of-a-geostationary.html
Apple has some ambition with their new map updates, but as an European it also feels odd that they are adding pools in the US, while generalization errors like this in Isafjörður, Iceland remain for years.
Aalto Uni #infodesign Master students have done an exhibition of infographics for the Design Museum in Helsinki. Instead of looking at indivitual works, it visualizes the collections in their entirety. Until Feb 2nd 2019. http://www.designmuseum.fi/en/exhibitions/utopia-now-the-story-of-finnish-design/
”They realized, however, that “anti-pinhole” (or “pinspeck”) cameras, consisting of any small, light-blocking object, form images all over the place.”
eg. comparing the different intensity of light when something is blocking it versus when it is not allows for reconstructions of scenes. Fascinating.
Cartographic artwork designed by me and Juuso Koponen was chosen as one of 11 to be installed in the Helsinki metro stations. Ours is a strip map along the length of the metro line visualizing the bedrock it passes over or through.
Made with #opendata from Geological Survey of Finland.
Here’s a selection of student projects from the Information Design II course in Aalto University that I teach with Juuso Koponen, @email@example.com
The level is pretty high, even if I say so myself! The course is part of the Information Design track of the Masters program in Visual Communication Design.
Next-level digital steganography:
”FontCode creates font perturbations, using them to encode a message that can later be decoded to recover the message. The method works with most fonts and, unlike other text and document methods that hide embedded information, works with most document types, even maintaining the hidden information when the document is printed on paper or converted to another file type”
One personal top takeaway from #VisualizingKnowledge was @firstname.lastname@example.org ’s talk about a Uni Potsdam project called Senses, with many interesting work-in-progress visualizations. It is about creating #explorable climate change scenarios for mitigation & adaptation. More details promised online soonish. uclab.fh-potsdam.de/projects/sense…
Me and @email@example.com will be live-tweeting, I’ll repost some highlights here also.
Here’s the sterling line-up for this year: http://vizknowledge.aalto.fi/conference/
Appreciating the on point #Isotype / Gerd Arntz reference in the cover design for this edition of the Handmaid’s tale. Also 1/4th in, the novel is fantastic. Atwood expertly avoids clunky exposition.
Information designer from Helsinki. Co-founder of Koponen+Hildén
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