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POI: Abby VanMuijen, drawing her way to a better education

POI: Abby VanMuijen, drawing her way to a better education | VizWorld | Scoop.it
Person of Interest: Far from the lecture halls at Berkeley, on a study-abroad trip, Abby VanMuijen had an education epiphany by way of a set of colored pencils. Drawing her notes, instead of writing them, helped her think — and learn — better.
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Visual note-taking for Abby VanMuijen, as described in this article, came as an evolutionary process. Beginning with simple "doodled" images alongside her written notes, she turned her note taking around completely into using visualizations (colored sketches, diagrams, and more complete drawings) as the primary combination of learning tools and memory aids.


She hasn't kept her visual notes to herself: through the keen eyes of one of her professors, one of her notebooks was published (the "Global Poverty Coloring Book"), developed from the coursework in the #GlobalPOV program from the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley.


Applying more visualization techniques to her skills, nine videos were produced, showing her sketching as well as adding objects treated as visual metaphors.


The takeaway from this story is that individual curiosity and creativity gave her a way to apply visual thinking to her practical desire to improve her learning and memory skills. Then she went further, transforming from student to teacher, now offering classes in visual note taking.


Hopefully, UC Berkeley will widen her teaching, giving more students access to her classes and improving education campus-wide by making visual note taking commonplace both for taking notes and as student output from their learnings.




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How to Tell a Compelling B2B Story Using Comics

How to Tell a Compelling B2B Story Using Comics | VizWorld | Scoop.it
Renewed interest comic books can mean good things for your B2B content marketing: You can stand out when you tell compelling stories using this visual medium. Discover the three things every comic must have to engage readers.
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The article quoted here wisely says that not making a comic strip or book about your company or products as superheroes, but rather portraying real people in real situations, though in this heightened and stylized visual format, can have great impact on potential customers.


Sequential art (comics and cartoons) may be best thought of as about archetypes, but using the frame-by-frame unfolding of a story, adding suspense, success over challenges, and creation of human connection and bonds is the greater, more effective use of this idea.


Single panel cartoons can have an element of surprise or humor. Serial stories with "cliffhanger" non-endings to a set of panels can make the reader want to know more, to go deeper into discovery about your company or products.


There are many ways to tell a story, but, as with theater, one of the most powerful features of using a comic/cartoon format is that readers are willing to suspend disbelief to find out what's going on in this drawing--even when drawn with stick figures or cleverly child-like, as the Peanuts cartoon strip was drawn from it's beginnings.


Comics and cartoons are about possibilities, about "what if?" scenarios, played out very safely, and communicable so easily across many media.


Even B2B can be reached (without seeming condescending) with a simply drawn yet powerfully told story, through comics.


(NOTE: it's great to see a graphic recording about storytelling by @kellykingman included in the article, for that alone it's worth a read.)

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Dean Meyers's curator insight, November 28, 2014 1:43 PM

The article quoted here wisely says that not making a comic strip or book about your company or products as superheroes, but rather portraying real people in real situations, though in this heightened and stylized visual format, can have great impact on potential customers.


Sequential art (comics and cartoons) may be best thought of as about archetypes, but using the frame-by-frame unfolding of a story, adding suspense, success over challenges, and creation of human connection and bonds is the greater, more effective use of this idea.


Single panel cartoons can have an element of surprise or humor. Serial stories with "cliffhanger" non-endings to a set of panels can make the reader want to know more, to go deeper into discovery about your company or products.


There are many ways to tell a story, but, as with theater, one of the most powerful features of using a comic/cartoon format is that readers are willing to suspend disbelief to find out what's going on in this drawing--even when drawn with stick figures or cleverly child-like, as the Peanuts cartoon strip was drawn from it's beginnings.


Comics and cartoons are about possibilities, about "what if?" scenarios, played out very safely, and communicable so easily across many media.


Even B2B can be reached (without seeming condescending) with a simply drawn yet powerfully told story, through comics.


(NOTE: it's great to see a graphic recording about storytelling by @kellykingman included in the article, for that alone it's worth reading in its entiretly.)

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[Weekender] Visual thinking pioneer stresses the power of drawing

[Weekender] Visual thinking pioneer stresses the power of drawing | VizWorld | Scoop.it

On Eun-ju, CEO of Social Frog, a South Korean start-up, was quick to name names that could help explain her specialty: Einstein, Da Vinci, Picasso and Jobs. She told The Korea Herald that she grouped these figures together because they represent the power of drawing. Though how much drawing played a part is arguable, it is widely thought that Einstein used visualization to come up with his theory of relativity....

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In this article written by Jeong Hunny (hj257@heraldcorp.com), he notes that, "On likes to think of herself as the Christopher Columbus of visual thinking in Korea."


On's company, Social Frog, aims to “propagate the hidden wisdom” in visual thinking across Korea, offering classes in visual thinking in schools, corporations and other individual members interested in the much-coveted skills in the age of digital convergence and creativity-led business startups. 


Visual thinking transcends language, culture and generational differences. Considering the amazing amount and quality of technology created and produced in South Korea (Samsung and LG being the first to come to mind), it's good to see that this startup openly focuses on using the "soft skill" of drawing to  "“propagate the hidden wisdom” in visual thinking across Korea, offering classes in visual thinking in schools, corporations and other individual members interested in the much-coveted skills in the age of digital convergence and creativity-led business startups. 


It would be interesting to see if she develops techniques that be delivered everywhere to help people use visual thinking in every field.



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Dean Meyers's curator insight, November 14, 2014 10:28 PM

In this article written by Jeong Hunny (hj257@heraldcorp.com), he notes that, "On likes to think of herself as the Christopher Columbus of visual thinking in Korea."


On's company, Social Frog, aims to “propagate the hidden wisdom” in visual thinking across Korea, offering classes in visual thinking in schools, corporations and other individual members interested in the much-coveted skills in the age of digital convergence and creativity-led business startups. 


Visual thinking transcends language, culture and generational differences. Considering the amazing amount and quality of technology created and produced in South Korea (Samsung and LG being the first to come to mind), it's good to see that this startup openly focuses on using the "soft skill" of drawing to  "“propagate the hidden wisdom” in visual thinking across Korea, offering classes in visual thinking in schools, corporations and other individual members interested in the much-coveted skills in the age of digital convergence and creativity-led business startups. 


It would be interesting to see if she develops techniques that be delivered everywhere to help people use visual thinking in every field.

Christopher Malapitan's curator insight, November 18, 2014 5:20 AM

Pushing visual thinking in Asia

 

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3ders.org - Interview with futurist Christopher Barnatt on his book '3D Printing: Second Edition' | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News

3ders.org - Interview with futurist Christopher Barnatt on his book '3D Printing: Second Edition' | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News | VizWorld | Scoop.it
Christopher Barnatt is a well-known 3D printing academic, videographer and pundit. On 7th November, an update of his book called '3D Printing: Second Edition' was published.
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For a complete overview of 3D printing, starting with the core  uses, from rapid prototyping through high-end additive technology applications, this book, written in plain english that doesn't talk down to the technologist, designer, maker or engineer, is a "must have" on your shelf. 


Innovation demands visual thinking, and this book can be a valuable resource for thinking about innovation even if you think you'll never produce a 3D object before you start reading the book.

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Ebola outbreaks interactive map released | GISuser.com

Ebola outbreaks interactive map released | GISuser.com | VizWorld | Scoop.it
Ebola outbreaks interactive map released
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With a combination of mapping, photography and written editorial content, Esri UK has released an interactive map, detailing the history of the world's Ebola outbreaks, including ones in 2014 in  Dallas, Texas (US) and in Spain.


Click here to access the Ebola Outbreaks map


The map uses the Esri Story map platform, which is a non-code based platform allowing users to build these timeline or geographically-based interactive stories, heavily relying on Esri's mapping libraries while additional content from other sources can be added to enrich the story. 


For more details on how to create your own Story maps, visit the link here:

Six Steps to Publishing Your Story Map

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Six fresh ideas for news design from a #SNDMakes designathon

Six fresh ideas for news design from a #SNDMakes designathon | VizWorld | Scoop.it
New media and legacy media came together at the second weekend-long "hackathon" hosted by the Society for News Design.
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Nieman Lab reports this as more of a "designathon" rather than a hackathon, where about 40 attendees from stalwarts of traditional media (Boston Globe, ESPN, Washington Post, New York Times) and new media groups (Vox Media and Slate) came to the Society for News Design's #SNDMakes Boston to prototype a news product over the weekend.


SND's intent is "providing a vehicle to facilitate discussions about real problems all news organizations face," according to SND digital director Kyle Ellis.


Six teams were formed, and came up with interesting concepts, all strongly journalist/publisher focused. By this I mean that users (consumers of news) aren't forgotten, but for example, one of the teams created a search tool for journalists called Anglr that helps to identify a unique perspective on a story by searching keywords in Google News, Twitter and Facebook social rankings for the results and related keywords. 


Other concepts coming from other teams included creating more flexible homepage design (Hmpgr), making fact-checking processes more integrated into a journalist's workflow (Legit), and a tool called Pre-Post that could become a standalone tool that would allow content creators and editors to check how their content would look or be seen on a wide variety of platforms, from CMS to Twitter to Facebook.


All of the projects take into account the mutiple platforms, services and devices that are used for finding, sourcing, creating, publishing and distributing news. There was even one team thinking about audio first, as in podcasts or audio stories, and how they could be made more visually stimulating.


While the goal wasn't to build prototypes meant to go into production, some of these may have life after the weekend, or become incorporated into a news site you might read... or listen to.


How you look at news, and how news looks to you, is being thought about by the new generation of journalists who directly use the technology that previous generations of journalists would never touch. Hackathons for news design should become a regular event, all over the world.

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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Why Do We Need Data Science when We’ve Had Statistics for Centuries?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Why Do We Need Data Science when We’ve Had Statistics for Centuries? | VizWorld | Scoop.it
Data Science is emerging as as one of the hottest new professions and academic disciplines in these early years of the 21st century. A number of articles have noted that the demand for data scientists is racing ahead of supply....
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Understanding of predictive analytics, potential subject matter expertise, a curious nature and a healthy dose of coding skills would seem to be part of the requirements for becoming a Data Scientist. Irving Wladawsky-Berger's post, which includes some autobiography on his own career trajectory, attempts to clarify what this new discipline means.


I would say that it's the combination of skills, knowledge, and interest in exploration that would make a successful Data Scientist. The first two qualities can be gained through study and practice. The last, I believe, would come from the nature of the individual.


I'd also like to posit that this description might fit the title of Data Journalist, to a certain degree. In new programs showing up at universities (such as the Beekman Center in Harvard) there is a lot of coding, photography and video making, and massaging of big data going on to produce a next generation of journalists.


All told, many new fields are opening for curious people who are looking for answers, all kinds of answers, whether for social good, better communication, scientific and medical solutions, or artistic expression.


The explosion of readily available technology, data, and visualization tools has created new fields of study, arts, crafts and science.


Being a "rocket scientist" became sexy about two generations ago; perhaps being a "data scientist", or even better, a "data visualization scientist" might become the next great profession.



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Pinterest is courting an audience of professional designers with its latest acquisition

Pinterest is courting an audience of professional designers with its latest acquisition | VizWorld | Scoop.it

Pinterest is acquiring visual organization tool Icebergs. Pinterest will discontinue the Icebergs service in September, according to Icebergs’ website.

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Will this make Adobe concerned about building Behance's network? Or suggest a re-design to their site and community?


I think not. Designers will have an opportunity to participate in multiple communities. Let the culture shake out who decides to spend the most time in one or the other, and let's see if Pinterest will turn its curating platform even more directly into a marketing platform through this acquisition.

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Autodesk acquires NYC design studio The Living

Autodesk acquires NYC design studio The Living | VizWorld | Scoop.it
High tech meets green in projects like having mussels “vocalize” changes in water quality.
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Autodesk is bigger than you think...and not the only company in the graphics/design/cad/animation/3D space with big reach, wide reach, and big ideas that have threads that link together.


The interesting choice is finding a company that seems to have a good grasp on Biomimicry, along with 3D printing and robotics.


Read the article, and tell us what you think...

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Oculus suspends Rift sales in China after "extreme" reselling

Oculus suspends Rift sales in China after "extreme" reselling | VizWorld | Scoop.it
Oculus has suspended sales of its Rift virtual reality headset in China because people are reselling it.
Oculus recently began shipping the latest version…
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From a Kickstarter campaign to a Facebook purchase, the Oculus Rift story is probably the biggest news in Augmented Reality since... well, ever! 


But the device is still only available "for development", as that's the agreement you'll have to sign when you purchase units from their site. 


Never mind that, apparently the number of "developers" in China is so overwhelming, Oculus has decided to suspend selling units to China for now, as they fear the massive resale of these very same development units and the profits generated (not to the Oculus people, of course).


A consumer unit is in the works for later in the year, but in the meantime, sales are for developers only in (undeclared) moderate quantities, please. But not to China.

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In Depth: Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 Plug-in Compatibility & Resources

In Depth: Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 Plug-in Compatibility & Resources | VizWorld | Scoop.it
Here is information on Adobe Video Apps and it’s plug-ins. We’ll update this list as we have new information, so bookmark this page!
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Toolfarm.com has made a pretty complete list of plugins for Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 (with particular attention to After Effects CC 2014  version 13) and gives us the news on what works, what's about to be updated, and what's not working yet.


They suggest checking back on their page, as they promise to update it with changes as they happen.


Please note, I don't see the FX Factory Plugins listed or FXHOME's HITFILM plugins either.


The list can be found here: http://www.toolfarm.com/blog/entry/adobe_creative_cloud_2014_compatibility_list

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Movie-Going Decline: Challenge or Opportunity for Theaters? | Compete Pulse

Movie-Going Decline: Challenge or Opportunity for Theaters? | Compete Pulse | VizWorld | Scoop.it
Movie theaters/online ticketing sites have been forced to find creative ways to reach consumers online.
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Big screen, digital projection in high resolution, 3D... what will save movie theaters from more empty seats? 


As sound in movies has been polished to multichannel surround (and often near-deafening volume levels), visual effects and CGI dominating blockbuster movies (AVATAR comes to mind), and James Cameron is filming in high-speed rates that surpass what the eye (brain) can follow.


On the home front, 4K and curved screens to pack in better pictures (higher clarity, richer blacks, and wider viewing angles), combined with OTT, on-demand, binge-watching is probably the strongest pull away from theaters... not to mention high-priced tickets and having to go out and catch the movie on the theater's schedule.


It could be said that the decline has been going on for a long time: few VizWorld.com readers will remember going to the Drive-In theater, an American habit that sprung with the growth of the 1950's suburban sprawl that seemed to peak by the mid-1960's. Color television, Cable TV: these have all been attributed with the continuing decline. 


I believe the more relevant question becomes "how can we best tell stories visually, in a compelling and memorable way? Is one venue better than another for the story? And what do I need to do to tell that story through that medium in the most effective way?" 



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Tableau Software Helping Data Become More Visual

Tableau Software Helping Data Become More Visual | VizWorld | Scoop.it
When data stops being slowly written into rows and columns and starts moving quickly online from sensors, Internet browsers and smartphones, other things change too. We are starting to see the information in more dynamic ways.
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Covering Tableau's forthcoming update to their flagship data visualization software, the key features for Tableau 8.2 will drive users to build more dynamic displays: Time, in particular change in data over time, always a difficult factor to add in data visualization, will be shown through interactivity more prominently accessable—and, hopefully, in a friendly and intuitive way. 


Clickable narrative boxes that course the trajectory of change over time above a chart is the particular method described in the article. Having not seen the new software, I'm hoping there's more interactivity offered in different ways, such as movable bars that, when pushed or pulled will show data changes over time, or clickable hot spots that allow for deep diving in and out of content for greater exploration.


I also haven't heard about a Mac OS X desktop version of Tableau, which was on the horizon months ago, but remains to be seen (supposedly in Q2 along with this Tableau 8.2 release).

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Corcoran, Olesen to present projects at Cross Video Days

Corcoran, Olesen to present projects at Cross Video Days | VizWorld | Scoop.it
Cross-media project market and conference unfolds June 19-20.
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This 5 year old event, Cross Video Days, which takes place June 19th and 20th in Paris, will feature 59 transmedia projects, out of the 350 submissions from 40 countries.


Representatives from major players in distribution will be pitched, including Channel 4, Arte, Rai, Tribeca Film Institute, IDFA, YouTube/Google, IDFA DocLab and Power to the Pixel (PttP).


Interesting to note that there are a wide variety of documentary subjects, including Korean filmmaker Jero Yun's ongoing transmedia project with various self-contained pieces with the North and South Korea divide as their subject: Mrs. B. a Woman, The Smuggler (a web documentary), and Secret of My Father, and  Adrift, a multi-platform project revolving around Italian adventurer Alex Bellini’s attempt to survive on an iceberg for 12 months as part of a campaign to draw attention to climate change. 


More information about the Cross Video Days can be found at their website, http://www.crossvideodays.com

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How to Tell a Compelling B2B Story Using Comics

How to Tell a Compelling B2B Story Using Comics | VizWorld | Scoop.it
Renewed interest comic books can mean good things for your B2B content marketing: You can stand out when you tell compelling stories using this visual medium. Discover the three things every comic must have to engage readers.
Dean Meyers's insight:

The article quoted here wisely says that not making a comic strip or book about your company or products as superheroes, but rather portraying real people in real situations, though in this heightened and stylized visual format, can have great impact on potential customers.


Sequential art (comics and cartoons) may be best thought of as about archetypes, but using the frame-by-frame unfolding of a story, adding suspense, success over challenges, and creation of human connection and bonds is the greater, more effective use of this idea.


Single panel cartoons can have an element of surprise or humor. Serial stories with "cliffhanger" non-endings to a set of panels can make the reader want to know more, to go deeper into discovery about your company or products.


There are many ways to tell a story, but, as with theater, one of the most powerful features of using a comic/cartoon format is that readers are willing to suspend disbelief to find out what's going on in this drawing--even when drawn with stick figures or cleverly child-like, as the Peanuts cartoon strip was drawn from it's beginnings.


Comics and cartoons are about possibilities, about "what if?" scenarios, played out very safely, and communicable so easily across many media.


Even B2B can be reached (without seeming condescending) with a simply drawn yet powerfully told story, through comics.


(NOTE: it's great to see a graphic recording about storytelling by @kellykingman included in the article, for that alone it's worth reading in its entiretly.)

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Dean Meyers's curator insight, November 29, 2014 10:40 AM

The article quoted here wisely says that not making a comic strip or book about your company or products as superheroes, but rather portraying real people in real situations, though in this heightened and stylized visual format, can have great impact on potential customers.


Sequential art (comics and cartoons) may be best thought of as about archetypes, but using the frame-by-frame unfolding of a story, adding suspense, success over challenges, and creation of human connection and bonds is the greater, more effective use of this idea.


Single panel cartoons can have an element of surprise or humor. Serial stories with "cliffhanger" non-endings to a set of panels can make the reader want to know more, to go deeper into discovery about your company or products.


There are many ways to tell a story, but, as with theater, one of the most powerful features of using a comic/cartoon format is that readers are willing to suspend disbelief to find out what's going on in this drawing--even when drawn with stick figures or cleverly child-like, as the Peanuts cartoon strip was drawn from it's beginnings.


Comics and cartoons are about possibilities, about "what if?" scenarios, played out very safely, and communicable so easily across many media.


Even B2B can be reached (without seeming condescending) with a simply drawn yet powerfully told story, through comics.


(NOTE: it's great to see a graphic recording about storytelling by @kellykingman included in the article, for that alone it's worth a read.)

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Your Long Wait For A (Two-Second) Longer Vine Video Is Over

Your Long Wait For A (Two-Second) Longer Vine Video Is Over | VizWorld | Scoop.it
When 6 seconds is too short and 15 seconds is too long.
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Ocho's co-founder Jourdan Urbach says research indicates the average person's attention span is eight seconds long... therefore, Ocho offers eight-second videos that run on their own social network, all for iOS users.


But there's more: you can actually upload longer footage, and then apply a timelapse tool to sqeeze your visual story back into the 8-second slot. You can also give it that Instagram feeling with filters, and just for good measure, practice your studio voice by recording voice overs to finish off the edit.


Commenting is apparently video only, but if you love texting, you can #hashtag or tag other users.


Android users will just have to wait for the extra 2 seconds... or stick with Instagram.

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Discovery and Caption Editing on Instagram

Discovery and Caption Editing on Instagram | VizWorld | Scoop.it
Today, we’re pleased to announce a bundle of updates and improvements designed to help you discover more on Instagram.
In this update, we’re continuing to improve the Explore page on Instagram by...
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Do little things matter? Certainly when it comes to a favorite social media platform! Have you been frustrated by not being able to fix that clever caption? Want to stumble through and discover great images and videos with a better idea of who's behind it? 


Instagram has bundles a group of updates to improve findability, editing, and straightforward navigation, by adding tabs and labels on their Explore page and fixing those crazy spelling errors that have been locked for ever once you've add your original caption.


You can find out more of the specifics at help.instagram.com. Or just open Instagram and play--who needs a manual anyway?



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3T produces Pure Copper Heat Exchanger using metal 3D Printing

3T produces Pure Copper Heat Exchanger using metal 3D Printing | VizWorld | Scoop.it
3T produces Pure Copper Heat Exchanger using metal 3D Printing
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This is reportedly the first pure copper part created through 3D printing using the Direct Metal Laser Sintering technology (additive manufacturing), created by the Research and Development team at 3T RPD , based in the UK.


The part illustrated is a concept heat exchanger: imagine pipes within pipes created through 3Dprinting to conduct heat/cool, using copper. Copper has traditionally been used in the last century for it's electrical conductivity; imagine prototyping with copper in 3D printed parts.


Copper, as a soft metal, has unique challenges in this process, and 3T is reporting that there is more to go in terms of the surface finish and material properties to get from the beta material stage to the fully functional production-ready material.


But to move this process forward, 3T's R+D manager, Dr. Mark Beard is inviting engineers working with copper components that might benefit from additive manufacture to become a develpment partner.


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Data Visualization for Optimization and Lightweighting

Data Visualization for Optimization and Lightweighting | VizWorld | Scoop.it
The use of simulation in engineering is shifting from sequential (one at a time) to parallel (ma...
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Kenneth Wong reports on simulation in engineering, which is now shifting into a parallel process (creating many versions), thanks to the use of high-performance computing systems and "lightweighting", which he says requires "evaluating a  series of design options or families of designs to identify the best candidates". 


Turning Design Thinking and Agile into visible results, and when the MVP can be chosen from a host of possibilities (this goes beyond A/B testing into testing many options, if you so choose), you need a lot of processing power AND the computational tools that can handle it. 


He mentions a handful of programs meant to do that, but focuses mainly on Origin (from OriginLab), which is used heavily in research institutions and has over 100 types of built in graphs, plotting numbers as ternary surfaces (see this Wikipedia reference to response surface methodology), and the higher-end version, OriginPro with advanced statistical handling.



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Little Women of YouTube: Ryerson students create new interactive web series

Little Women of YouTube: Ryerson students create new interactive web series | VizWorld | Scoop.it
Classic gets a digital treatment and brings characters to life in interactive webseries
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Louisa May Alcott's story, written as a serial published in newsprint before it become the book we are familiar with, get's a transmedia makeover, called "The March Family Letters" 


How fitting that it comes from women exploring storytelling in new forms, as did Alcott in her day.


The YouTube Q&A videos for MFL (March Family Letters) can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/marchfamilyletters and currently has nearly 1000 subscribers, anticipating the December release of the series.

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Comics, Dataviz, and a More Authentic Transmedia: The Ethics of Transmedia Fatigue

Comics, Dataviz, and a More Authentic Transmedia: The Ethics of Transmedia Fatigue | VizWorld | Scoop.it
Sometimes, as Stuart Moore writes in Wolverine: Under the Boardwalk, you just gotta disappear.
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Where does cyber security analysis connect to comics? Article author shathley Q (@uuizardry on Twitter), in his attempt to step away from ComicCon, apparently stepped right back into the world of comics while watching a TEDx talk by cyber security analyst Cris Domas.


Domas, overwhelmed at looking through the massive quantities of binary code, discovered that the visual patterns this non-visual data creates could  surface regular patterns...images... shapes.. 


Furthermore, like comics, which depends on images that build on everything from visual symbols to symbolic (iconographic) imagery, it's possible to use the "sequential" side of the sequential art to further understand and recognize patterns, particularly, for the case of security, where regular, or expected patterns are broken. 


Shathley Q may, in this article, want to step back a little from comics, but the ethos seems to be everywhere he looks. As should we.

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4K TV channels on the way as DVB-UHDTV standard is approved

4K TV channels on the way as DVB-UHDTV standard is approved | VizWorld | Scoop.it
New TV broadcasting standard will unlock Ultra HD TV broadcasts from BBC and Sky.
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Although this news specifically pertains to UK and European broadcasters, the key element in the story is the standardization of the HEVC compression codec for over-the-air transmission, the same codec currently being used by Netflix for their 4K Ultra HD internet streams.


HEVC (H.265)  is a next-step up from MPEG-4/H.264 compression, but comes with a (licensing) cost: encoders and decoders will have a royalty fee imposed on them. Content producers don't have to worry about those fees, but box and software producers/vendors do, which most certainly will be incorporated into costs to the consumer. 


There is an open-source alternative, VP9, from Google. Open-source/free sounds good, but reports are that the quality of the compression results aren't as good as HEVC (see a good report on these codecs along with comparisions at  http://www.streamingmedia.com/Articles/Editorial/Featured-Articles/The-Codecs-That-Make-UHD-Video-Possible-HEVC-Vs.-VP9-96926.aspx).


There are other codecs appearing, but it looks like we're in for another VHS vs. Betamax battle over standards. Betamax famously lost in the consumer market, finding its home in studios long after home units disappeared. But the dividing line isn't so clear this time, particularly with Internet streaming of both commercial content and billions of hours of Google-owned YouTube content, some of which is already being offered in 4K.


So keep downloading Flash or Quicktime or something else to play your AVI files, and start making 4K content.


Europe, show us the way to get that beautiful UHD video onto our big screens. 

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YouTube Creator Blog: Look ahead: creator features coming to YouTube

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Are you ready to post 60FPS video on YouTube? more music to choose from in your editing? new features for YouTube look like it's meant for videomakers to get new things unheard of in broadcast.


There's more attention to mobile platforms and community as well, engaging co-creators through clickable credits, Fan Funding, and Subtitles added by fans.

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Meet Niice, a hip site that spouts images for the designer in you

Meet Niice, a hip site that spouts images for the designer in you | VizWorld | Scoop.it
With moodboards, upload capability, and other new features, Niice becomes more than just a fun search tool. It can become a professional necessity.
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Should Getty images take a look at this for inspiration...or to buy, in order to plug in their massive visual libraries? 


It would be interesting to know more about the engine that's driving the results of searches, as well as the sources.


Venturebeat.com reports that there are over 500,000 users, and received 11,000 requests for access to its beta version. 


It might not beat out Pinterest for curating images, but it seems to have designers in mind first and foremost offering a highly updated version of mood boards. 


We'll keep an eye on it, and potentially have our own report as the platform matures.

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The Wall Street Journal goes augmented reality and publishes a bar chart (with actual bars) for 3D printers

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The Wall Street Journal ran a review of a 3D printer, the MakerBot Replicator Mini, yesterday. Nothing too unusual there, at least for 2014. But the paper went a few steps beyond the norm in presenting it.

First, it made a two-minute explainer video. De rigueur at this point.

Then it used a 3…
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3D bar charts, often scourged by dataviz creators who follow Tufte's advice regarding clarity of design and avoiding creating chart junk, get a new twist in the Wall Street Journal's review of the MakerBot Replicator Mini.


This article shows the generation of the chart, from 3D modeling on screen to the printing of the chart with the MakerBot unit.


The model was also loaded to MakerBot's Thinkiverse for others to print.


Finally, the WSJ also used the augmented reality app Augment to embed the bar chart in the newspaper.

 

Joshua Benton, author of the article, does comment that it seems to be a gimmick, but it's an interesting exercise, and could be considered another way to approach creating #transmedia.

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RedShark News - Lightworks for Apple OS X is here: public beta is available now!

RedShark News - Lightworks for Apple OS X is here: public beta is available now! | VizWorld | Scoop.it
This is the big one. Lightworks for the Mac. Available for everyone to try today There's a new, industrial-strength editing system for the Mac. It's t
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Exciting news for #transmedia producers, videographers, and other visual creators:


Lightworks, a high-end NLE, is now available in open beta for the Mac OS X.


This product has been a heavy hitter on the industrial side, but locked into Linux/Windows systems. They have rewritten it completely to maintain its look and feel (and power) on a Mac OSX device.


I have just downloaded it and haven't started using it yet to check on the speed of file transfer, effects, etc, and the biggest bottleneck of all, transcoding to popular formats once finished editing, but it does show the value attached to the Mac OS for editing.


RedSharkNews.com, which is owned by the same parent company that released the product,  Editshare, was the first with the announcement,but you can download the new Lightworks Beta for OS X Here

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