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A Single Day on the London Tube Condensed Into a 2-minute Visualization

A Single Day on the London Tube Condensed Into a 2-minute Visualization | visual data | Scoop.it

Everyday an average of 3.5 million people ride the London tube. Where is everyone going, and when are the busiest times? 

Developer Will Gallia was curious to see it visualized, so he gathered a day’s worth of data and created a timelapse visualization...

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Movie: digital art is "starting to be taken seriously"

Movie: digital art is "starting to be taken seriously" | visual data | Scoop.it

Leading artists and curators discuss the increasing significance of digital art and the new opportunities open to artists working "in a digital age."

"Digital art has been around since the 1950s," claims writer and curator Conrad Bodman. "But not many museums and galleries have focused on it as a serious subject matter."

"In the last ten years that's really changed. Many venues around the world are now having a serious look at this area and the artists that are working in it."

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The YouTube Of Data Visualization Is Here

The YouTube Of Data Visualization Is Here | visual data | Scoop.it
A new site called Dadaviz aims to make quality visualizations just as social and discoverable on the web as video or music.

Where do you go on the web if you want to see great data visualizations? With a few exceptions, like Reddit's Data Is Beautiful subforum, there is no one-stop destination for quality data viz on the web.

But Dadaviz aims to change all of that. Aiming to be a portal for the best visualization content on the web, it also want to teach big advertisers to harness the power of data to sell their brands...

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[Video] Visualizing The Hidden Cosmos | The Making Of "Dark Universe"

[Video] Visualizing The Hidden Cosmos | The Making Of "Dark Universe" | visual data | Scoop.it

An in-depth look at how scientists are visualizing dark matter.


Though the Hayden Planetarium has been bringing visitors on visual voyages for years, its most recent space show celebrates both the known and unknown corners of life—from the matter that surrounds us to the anti-matter, or dark matter (matter that doesn't emit or absorb light, yet still has a gravitational force), which we're just beginning to understand. The program brings viewers from 3D-renderings of space crafts and the Milky Way, all the way into space 100 million light years away—the place where the Hubble Telescope first noticed that the universe is expanding due to dark matter. Dark Universe then offers viewers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dive into the dark energy responsible for the cosmic growth of everything.

To see inside this (literally) universe-expanding work of art and science, The Creators Project took a look behind-the-scenes of Dark Universe, and interviewed the production specialists at at GOTO Inc, the 3D-modelers at HiFi 3D, and even celeb-scientists Neil deGrasse Tyson and Modecai-Mark Mac Low.

More at the link.

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Watch Iconic Skylines Emerge Before Your Eyes

Watch Iconic Skylines Emerge Before Your Eyes | visual data | Scoop.it

Corporate real estate data offers unexpectedly riveting views into the past.


Calgary-based real estate company Cube Cities has put together a series of 3-D animations that offer a mesmerizing look at the development of the modern cityscapes of New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Calgary, and Toronto. The videos overlay developer-reported data on construction dates on 3-D mapping technology from Google Earth.

Cube Cities is a new company focused on combining commercial real estate listings with Google Earth visualizations, in an effort to provide customers with a better idea of how prospective office space fits into a city's landscape. After signing up, you can zoom around and get a sense of, say, the views overlooking the Chicago River from the 40th floor of a specific skyscraper.

Developers used the video project to play around with representation models, so each of the videos use slightly different methods to indicate new buildings. In a particularly cool effect, the San Francisco animation begins with clear outlines of the current skyline, and viewers watch as the phantom city turns solid as time moves forward.

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Francois Brosseau's curator insight, August 13, 2014 4:42 PM

Demand for office space by corporate tenants and businesses have fueled the growth of cities and their changing skylines.  We can indeed give credit to visionary developers taking on the development risk, but at the very root of development is demand which arises from the success of corporate and business tenants.

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A Remarkable Animation Of The History Of The Universe

A Remarkable Animation Of The History Of The Universe | visual data | Scoop.it
There’s so much we know that we’ll never see. We can extrapolate the concept of the Big Bang--the explosion of everything in the universe from a focused point.
So projects like Beginning, an animation by Grzegorz Nowiński from Novina Studio, are remarkably important. It tells a sort of good parts version of the history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the rise of humankind. Not only is the piece pure visual delight filled with stark textures and fine particle effects that look particularly stunning when projected on water, Beginning is a grounding piece of context--somewhat imagined, sure--but the sort of imagined thing that very much centers our perspective of reality. The average person sort of knows what the Big Bang looked like because of projects like this one, even if Beginning is far more stylized than photoreal.
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This project is an intriguing visualization incorporating sound, photography, and projection- view the animation at the link (FastCompany) and read more on the process involved in creating this 4.5 minute history of the universe...

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Olivier Vandelaer's curator insight, December 18, 2012 3:37 AM

This project is an intriguing visualization incorporating sound, photography, and projection- view the animation at the link (FastCompany) and read more on the process involved in creating this 4.5 minute history of the universe...

cafonso's curator insight, December 19, 2012 6:53 AM

A história do Universo em 4,5' 

Jean-Michel Bayle's curator insight, December 29, 2012 11:57 AM

A voir absolument avant la fin de l'année 2012 ... Bonne Année 2013

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40 must-see vídeos about data visualization and infographics

40 must-see vídeos about data visualization and infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Visual Loop's selection of keynotes, TED Talks, and interviews by some of the top names in the field:


From Visualoop.com:

  • After the success of our collection of data visualization presentations a few weeks ago, we decided to push even further our research of multimedia resources and take the risk of selecting some videos. And we say risk, because the abundance of data visualization videos on the Internet is simply mind-blowing.
  • Just think about it: How many events are there about information visualization? Dozens, maybe hundreds every year. Then, add the documentaries, interviews and educational videos, and soon you’ll realize, like we did, that this list could easily be up to one hundred or more.
  • That means that a lot of good stuff was left behind, so apologies for that – but feel free to leave your recommendations in the comments section. Also, please note that some of these videos are over one hour long.
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5 Underutilized Applications for Infographics

5 Underutilized Applications for Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
The use of infographics has grown significantly over the past few years.

Today, they are used to both inform and engage audiences in many different industries and settings. There are still a few areas, however, where there is a great opportunity to improve and transform communication through information design. Here are five areas I believe could benefit greatly from the use of infographics and data visualization...

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The Value of Data Visualization [infographic video]

The Value of Data Visualization [infographic video] | visual data | Scoop.it
How do you make knowledge powerful? This cool Motion Graphic describes the value of data visualization.


It looks at the challenge of communicating information and how it becomes especially difficult when trying to convey a message full of complex data, which is often difficult to interpret quickly and clearly to the naked eye.

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Infographics as a Creative Assessment

Kathy Schrock's ISTE presentation...

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words: Infographics as a Creative Assessment.


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Why “Infographic Thinking” Is The Future, Not A Fad

Why “Infographic Thinking” Is The Future, Not A Fad | visual data | Scoop.it
We get a lot of infographic pitches. Almost all of them suck. Why?

Because while they may well be "information plus graphics," they often lack what designer Francesco Franchi calls "infographic thinking." This isn’t just "how to make some numbers and vector graphics look clever together." It’s a narrative language--it’s "representation plus interpretation to develop an idea," to quote Franchi. He’s the art director of IL (Intelligence in Lifestyle), the monthly magazine of Il Sole 24 ORE, one of Italy’s top financial newspapers, and if you look at his work, you quickly get the sense that he knows what the #*(@ he’s talking about. He lays out his thoughts on "infographic thinking" in this video podcast from Gestalten...

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Stefanie Posavec on Her Obsessive Analog Data Visualization

Stefanie Posavec on Her Obsessive Analog Data Visualization | visual data | Scoop.it
Inside the brain of one of today's most creative information patternists.

In the age of computational data visualization, part of what makes Posavec’s work so remarkable is that so much of it is code-free, done entirely by hand, with pencil and paper, extracting fascinating data patterns from ordinary subjects. A wonderful short film offers a rare glimpse of Posavec’s creative process and a priceless tour of the wonderland that is her mind...

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Poetic NASA Visualization Shows How Everything Is Connected

Poetic NASA Visualization Shows How Everything Is Connected | visual data | Scoop.it
NASA visualizes the 22,000 tons of life-giving dust that flows between Africa and South America.
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Solarium: Enter the Sun in New NASA Video Installation

Inside the Solarium, a video installation by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), you can enter the belly of the sun without worrying about frying to a crisp. In fact, the dynamic visuals of the giant star’s turbulent gas atmosphere exploding and erupting on the walls of the Goddard Space Flight Center's Visitor Center are surprisingly serene.

Since Feb 11, 2010, SDO has been watching the sun, taking one picture a second, and collecting data to trace how materials enter into the layers of the corona, the massive aura that surrounds the sun. Paired with audio crafted from 40 days of data from the now-defunct Michelson Doppler Imager, the creators adjusted SDO’s vast collection of solar images to “elicit a calming, soothing and mesmerizing experience,” with each minute of footage taking around 10 hours to complete. 

From records of images as binary code, through computer translations of the data into black-and-white pictures, a coloring process that highlights different wavelengths of ultraviolet light, and finally motion graphics and video softwares, bringing the Sun to the Earth was no easy feat—but Solarium was well the effort.

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Minimalist projection mapping & real-time graphics

Minimalist projection mapping & real-time graphics | visual data | Scoop.it

Portal 1.0 is a low-key-yet-awesome experiment in real-time graphics.

A new video by Raven Kwon called Portal 1.0 is an experiment in real-time graphics getting projected on to the surfaces of four cardboard boxes. The project was made using Processing and is an updated version of the artist's prior test work, which can be watched at the link.

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Explore the Big Data Universe

Explore the Big Data Universe | visual data | Scoop.it

What is Big Data? Why is Big Data so important? Who are your Big Data key players? How do you lead with Big Data? Which Big Data solutions do you need? When do you start with Big Data?


Explore the Universe of Big Data.


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NoahData's curator insight, January 3, 2014 12:41 AM

Galaxy of Big Data!!!

Mark P's curator insight, January 3, 2014 3:02 PM

Foundational overview of Big Data universe 

Ignasi Alcalde's curator insight, January 3, 2014 4:58 PM

Big Data basics. 

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Top 10 Video Infographics of 2012

Top 10 Video Infographics of 2012 | visual data | Scoop.it

In the great tradition of end of year blog posts, here's a feature on the top 10 video infographics of 2012.


Over the year, I’ve curated 222 videos on this site [videoinfographics.net], and reviewed hundreds more. As part of my process of watching and curating so many infographic videos, I started to keep my own 3-star ranking system of these videos in a spreadsheet to help me keep track of those that I think are the most outstanding. The result was about 60 3-star videos in 2012. That’s too many to feature in a top X list so I turned to the Likes and Comments of my top ranked videos (and in doing so eliminated videos only featured on YouTube since YouTube comments are pretty much trash). This resulted in a list of 10 videos that had triple digit Likes on their Vimeo pages.

Voila! A top 10 list. So, in a ascending order, here are the top 10 most liked animated video infographics featured here in 2012, including number of Likes and Comments for each (as of December 30, 2012).

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Video Infographics: An example of animated data in charts and graphs

Video Infographics: An example of animated data in charts and graphs | visual data | Scoop.it

This promotional infographics video animation for the social video advertising company Ebuzzing is what I think of as a ‘dataviz’ style of animated video in that it essentially just animated various data in chart and graph form without much in the way of narrative story structure. Nice, clean illustration style, fun and engaging animations. Nice energy and pacing.

Visit the link to watch the video infographic...

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The Ultimate Guide To Infographics

The Ultimate Guide To Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. These graphics present complex information quickly and clearly, such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and education. With an information graphic, computer scientists, mathematicians, and statisticians develop and communicate concepts using a single symbol to process information.


View three examples of visualizations defining what infographics are, and gain a better understanding of the value of an infographic in education with a video that demonstrates how their potential when used effectively in an educational setting.


Visit the article link for the video, 'The Value of Visualization', as well as more details on the science behind infographics and it's potential  for educational applications.

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12 Creative Examples of Video Infographics | Design Inspiration

12 Creative Examples of Video Infographics | Design Inspiration | visual data | Scoop.it

An infographic is one of the best tools to present data about anything. Not only are they attractive for viewers but also include large amounts of data.

Many think that an infographic is just a graphic design created using photoshop but you can also present data using video software. Video infographics can be very eye-catching and useful for people.
Today we bring together video infographics which are all easy to understand and some of them are presented with amazing songs...

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Data Visualization in Motion: Animated Infographics

Dataveyes is a start-up focused on interactive data visualization.

Data visualization turns large volumes of raw data into a meaningful piece. It creates a visual, esthetic and kinetic interaction, which directly reaches out to the user's intelligence.

At Dataveyes, we want to create a new visual grammar, a new way of telling stories with datas. We think this appears as necessary, for complex information is better memorized by the human brain through a visual form than words could ever be...

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Antoine Couret's curator insight, April 9, 2013 5:34 PM

Data : the 21st century oil !

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Aaron Koblin: Artfully visualizing our humanity | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Artist Aaron Koblin takes vast amounts of data -- and at times vast numbers of people -- and weaves them into stunning visualizations.
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YouTube Website: One Hour Per Second, Is The Future Of Infographics

YouTube Website: One Hour Per Second, Is The Future Of Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

We've posted a lot of great infographics over the years. The format, which typically combines statistical information in a fun animated layout, is very popular. People enjoy learning important statistics, but no one wants to feel like their in school. Infographics are a way for the reader to feel like they're learning while also feeding their need for entertainment.
And now YouTube has gone and blown up the traditional infographic with a new form of animated information sharing that I can only assume will come to be known as the "video infographic." It has video elements, but is also clearly inspired by the infographic format. And it may just be the perfect marriage...

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Animation: Word as Image

Challenge! Create an image out of a word, using only the letters in the word itself. Use only the graphic elements of the letters without adding outside parts.


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