"The very first generation of the web was still fairly passive. There was interaction, but it was at the level of a Choose Your Own Adventure book. Ultimately the experience is what we prepared for you. But what has become especially exciting and daunting and a little scary is how data has begun to change everything."
Data surrounds us. It’s everywhere, in the most micro sense (small gadgets that track calories we’ve burned, or how much water our plants need) to the most macro (analytics companies that can monitor, for instance, the health of entire populations). But there are precious few companies actively working on helping us make sense of all that data. One of them is Tableau, a software company that turns heaps of data into visualizations for the common man: teachers, doctors, journalists, you name it. To make those tools clearer and cleaner, they recently partnered with Stamen Design, to release three new map templates, which anyone can play around with by downloading Tableau’s free software.
Stamen is something of a brand-name in this area, having created a wealth of data visualizations that have been endlessly lauded and studied by those in the field. And that’s for a simple reason: While there are myriad tools for creating static infographics, designing an interactive map requires far more development expertise, and the tools are hairier to use. Maps in particular get knotty: as Eric Rodenbeck, Stamen’s founder, points out, we’re likely most accustomed to Google Maps. It’s a great looking design, but it’s just used for wayfinding. Maps can can be useful for other kinds of storytelling, but adding a layer of data to a map creates a logistical problem: if graphics or content goes on top of a map, then the map is obscured.
Shepherdstown Chronicle 'Hollow' shared at Capitol Building Shepherdstown Chronicle The interactive documentary, "Hollow," that was launched June 20, 2013 , examines the future of rural America through the eyes and voices of those living in...
Out at the Harvard Depository in Southborough, Massachusetts there are many stories to tell. How do the books come to and from campus nearly an hour away?
Our upcoming documentary, Cold Storage, uncovers an ecosystem of laser scanners, UV fly zappers, cherry pickers and a mezzanine of machinery. It shows a place where books are sorted not by the methods of Dewey or those of the Library of Congress but by size. In this trailer, take a peek inside the expansive interiors where our story begins and stay tuned for the debut of our film, which this summer will be incorporate the work of metaLAB alongside the projects of students from this past Spring’s Humanities Studio 1.
Coming soon is an experimental and interactive documentary to explore the HD as an offsite lens by which to examine the cultural and technical dimensions of libraries.
WTOP Illness and ash: Documentary of dying West Virginia towns gets day on Capitol Hill WTOP The interactive documentary, funded through a Kickstarter campaign, profiles the stories of 30 residents and the ups and downs of their daily life to tell...
To mark the 100 year anniversary of the first world war, the Guardian today launches an interactive documentary - First World War: the story of a global conflict - which explores the global impact of the conflict through a unique, immersive approach to digital storytelling. 'The project has been produced with the support of Imperial War Museums, who provided archival support and consultancy
The upcoming interactive documentary asks 30 couples of all ages, backgrounds and genders to be honest about sex, money, power and more. Director Topaz Adizes and creative director of marketing agency "Noise" Nathan Phillips join the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts to discuss the documentary. For more, visit www.theand.us.
Real-time, massively-branching multiplayer interactive fiction: available on the App Store: http://appstore.com/80days (It's release day! Available at midnight in your country)
1872, with a steampunk twist. Phileas Fogg has wagered he can circumnavigate the world in just eighty days. Choose your own route around a 3D globe, travelling by airship, submarine, mechanical camel, steam-train and more...
150 cities to explore. Detailed research and techno-fantasy combine in an 1872 of tensions, inventions and exploration. Climb the Burmese mountains, trek the Zulu Federation, sail up the Amazon and disappear under the Indian Ocean - but don't fall behind the time!
i-Docs's insight: TUESDAY EVENING UNTIL THURSDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 28 – 30, 2014The renowned Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and DOK Leipzig cooperate for this innovative workshop-event focusing on interactive storytelling and exploring new tools and...
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, Senator Joe Manchin hosted more than 250 guests in the United States Capitol Building for a special viewing of the award-winning “Hollow” documentary with filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon. The film, which has been nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award and was awarded a 2013 Peabody Award, is an interactive documentary that features the stories of individuals living in McDowell County. It merges cinematic techniques with web-based storytelling to encourage a dialogue about the issues that small-town America faces.
The art of fighting sexual harassment Daily News Egypt Since more than 82% of the sexual harassment cases in Egypt happen in public transport, according to the study, “Shout Art Loud” producers chose the metro as a platform for their interactive...
'Merapi: Stories from the Volcano' is an interactive documentary exploring the 2010 eruption of Indonesia's Mount Merapi. This project travels to different locations around the volcano to hear personal experiences from the local community.
From 9/11 to horse meat scares, scenarios of risk surround our lives. But how good are we calculating risk? ‘The Risk Taker's Survival Guide’ is a short interactive documentary that takes you on a journey to explore your engagement with day-to-day risk.
CLOUDS is an interactive documentary that presents a conversation among 40 artists, designers, and hackers who use code, and collaborate on open source tool kits. It explores themes of creativity and invention, interactive art, simulation, computational design, data visualization, and the future of storytelling.