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Michael Hansmeyer: Building unimaginable shapes | #algorithms #design

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Inspired by cell division, Michael Hansmeyer writes algorithms that design outrageously fascinating shapes and forms with millions of facets. No person could draft them by hand, but they're buildable -- and they could revolutionize the way we think of architectural form.
Michael Hansmeyer is an architect and programmer who explores the use of algorithms and computation to generate architectural form. Full bio: http://www.ted.com/speakers/michael_h...

 

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Classical architecture is defined by "orders" -- ways to connect a column to a building, to articulate the joining of materials and structural forces. Colloquially, these orders are based on elemental forms: the tree trunk, the plank, the scroll, the leaf. Michael Hansmeyer is adding a new elemental form: the subdivision algorithm. He turns his math and programming skills to making ornate, organic, hyperdetailed columns generated from lines of code and then comped up in cross-sections of cardboard, almost as if they're being 3D printed.

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Collective Intelligence in #Design I #CI

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In their introduction to this issue, Christopher Hight and Chris Perry define the idea of collective intelligence in its relationship to design practice and to broader technological and social formations.


First they suggest a reformulation of practices around networked communication infrastructures as conduits for the new orchestrations of power that Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt detailed in their books Empire and Multitude. They then describe how such practices are often involved in the development of responsive sensing environments as new sites for manifesting the social organisations and communities made possible via telecommunications and the Internet. Lastly, they address how traditional boundaries of design disciplines and knowledge, from architecture to programming, are opening into complex co-minglings of their respective isolated ‘intelligences’ into collectives capable of engaging these new sites, new briefs and new sorts of projects.

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Amaury Van Espen's curator insight, January 21, 2014 9:25 AM

Une approche intéressante et enrichissante de l'Intelligence Collective (en Anglais) qui tranche avec le bricolage ambiant et les pratiques autocratiques des supposés sachant.

COMMON GOOD FORUM's curator insight, January 23, 2014 7:32 AM

Voir en particulier, page 26, sur le langage (comme "bien commun intermédiaire")

See in particular p. 26: on the language (as an intermdediary common good) 

COMMON GOOD FORUM's curator insight, January 23, 2014 7:44 AM

see in particular page 26 on the role and place of the Language (intermediary common good)

 

Voir en particulier page 26 sur le langage, bien commun intermédiaire (comme l'Art, le droit, les médias, les langues..)

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Creating Engaging & Sharable Graphics

Creating Engaging & Sharable Graphics | e-Xploration | Scoop.it

When it comes to creating graphics for visual social networks, there are a few key ideas you should keep in mind to increase your reach and engagement. Your audience wants to be educated. They want to be inspired.

 

Of course, depending on the network in which you are promoting your content, the visual itself may be the entire piece of content, thus making it equally as important as the content it contains. 

This is largely the case when it comes to social networks like Instagram, Pinterest and Vine. While all three allow for the option to link to more information in the comments, caption or description sections, the visual is the content for all intents and purposes since you can’t depend on someone clicking for more information.

When it comes to creating graphics for visual social networks, there are a few key ideas you should keep in mind to increase your reach...


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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, March 12, 2013 3:41 AM

Some great tips to keep in mind when creating graphics.

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Is Data Visualization Art?

Is Data Visualization Art? | e-Xploration | Scoop.it

Data Visualization is driven by data. Its form is often derived from optimizing the efficiency of inputting data (and information about that data) into a human brain. It is a very pragmatic practice, built around numbers and logic.


And yet it is beautiful. It evokes emotions. It can be aesthetically pleasing, or hideous. It communicates complex concepts and provokes thought. It is consumed for enjoyment. Some visualizations even share similarities with poetry.

There are several stages in the life cycle of data visualizations, and while the core of the practice is driven by rational thinking, any number of stages in the process have opportunities for subjective decisions or artistic interpretations...


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Lauren Moss's curator insight, January 24, 2013 7:42 PM

An overview of the creative and artistic processes involved in data visualization...

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Latest Creative Infographic Trends: a visualization gallery

Latest Creative Infographic Trends: a visualization gallery | e-Xploration | Scoop.it

Infographics have become very famous the past years, and there have been have been numerous examples and posts showcasing inspiring and creative infographics related to certain topics across the internet.

 

This particular collection of designs includes 10 infographics that are not all focused on a specific niche subject, though they can all serve as examples of creative visualizations and innovative ways to convey information. Hopefully they will help inform or provide inspiration for any potential new and developing data visualization projects you may be working on...


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MIT Invents A Shapeshifting Display You Can Reach Through And Touch | #design #telepresence

The Tangible Media Group at MIT's Media Lab has unveiled a futuristic display made of atoms, not pixels.
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At the MIT Media Lab, the Tangible Media Group believes the future of computing is tactile. Unveiled today, the inFORM is MIT's new scrying pool for imagining the interfaces of tomorrow. Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that's only the beginning.

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Under the Radar: Keeping Ads from Ruining a Great Infographic...

Under the Radar: Keeping Ads from Ruining a Great Infographic... | e-Xploration | Scoop.it

There’s no mystery here: companies want to sell things. Increasingly, they’re turning to infographics to do it. But overt advertising undermines everything infographics do best. Instead of informing and delighting the viewer with valuable data portrayed with graphical verve, ads cheapen and annoy. More often than not, they land the project deep in the Internet’s vast wasteland of unshared content.


Infographics aren’t just ads dressed up in new shoes, they’re something else: a refreshing, informative, fun, and shareable tool for communication that we can actually enjoy consuming. Also, when done right, infographics can still help bolster a company or product’s public image.

Here are some oh so subtly advertorial infographics that show you how to get the balance right...


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Aurélia-Claire Jaeger's curator insight, March 21, 2013 12:52 PM

Il n'y a aucun mystère: les entreprises veulent vendre. De plus en plus, elles se tournent vers l'infographie pour le faire. 
Mais l'intention publicitaire trop clairement affichée couplée avec une réalisation à l'économie nuit souvent à ce que l'infographie peut faire de mieux. Au lieu d'informer et de ravir le "spectateur" avec des données précieuses dépeintes avec brio, de nombreuses publications ennuyeuses ou banales vont simplement rejoindre la vaste friche de contenus non partagés sur internet.

Nous sommes inondés de publicité tous les jours, partout où nous regardons. Les annonces sont si répandues qu'elles ont perdu beaucoup de leur pouvoir. Les Infographies ne sont pas simplement des publicités habillées de nouveaux costumes, elles sont quelque chose d'autre: un outil informatif, rafraîchissant, amusant et partageable. 
Lorsqu'elles sont bien faites, les infographies peuvent encore contribuer à renforcer une image ou un produit. Voici quelques exemples qui vous montrent comment obtenir le bon équilibre.

(Traduction faite maison)

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11 Infographics About Infographics

11 Infographics About Infographics | e-Xploration | Scoop.it

People who create infographics do their work partly because they believe infographics are a great way to communicate information.


Since the people in this field also need to communicate information about their work, it was inevitable that infographics about infographics would eventually be created. Here are 11 of those meta infographics.


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Ignasi Alcalde's curator insight, February 25, 2013 10:49 AM

Buenas bases inforgráficas.

Berengere Promerat's curator insight, February 27, 2013 3:46 AM

Infographics about... infographics

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Colours In #Cultures | Information is Beautiful | #dataviz #design

Colours In #Cultures | Information is Beautiful | #dataviz #design | e-Xploration | Scoop.it

On the cover of "Information is Beautiful", a look at emotions, qualities and traits that affect cultures and displayed by color.


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The top 20 data visualisation tools

The top 20 data visualisation tools | e-Xploration | Scoop.it

From simple charts to complex maps and infographics, Brian Suda's round-up of the best – and mostly free – tools has everything you need to bring your data to life...

A common question is how to get started with data visualisations. Beyond following blogs, you need to practice – and to practice, you need to understand the tools available. In this article, get introduced to 20 different tools for creating visualisations: from simple charts to complex graphs, maps and infographics. Almost everything here is available for free, and \you may have installed already...


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Randy Rebman's curator insight, January 28, 2013 12:33 PM

This looks like it might be a good source for integrating infographics into the classroom.

Caroline Matet's curator insight, April 22, 2013 4:08 PM

Le top 20 des outils pour faire ses propres data visualisations

National Microscope Exchange's comment, February 18, 12:00 AM
Superb Article