March 8, 2014 § Leave a comment
In 2011, Norway suffered one of the worst days in it’s modern history. To commemorate the attacks and the 77 people that lost their lives, Norway held a competition for architects and artists to design a memorial.
Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg was picked as the winner with his proposal named Memory Wound. His design is focuses on the Island of Utøya, where the shootings took place, and features an 11 foot cut through the headland at Tyriforden, separating it from the mainland. The cut will symbolise the loss of life by literally removing a part of Norway, leaving the rest as a reminder.
Visitors to the memorial will by guided down a pathway through the island’s forest into a tunnel that leads to the cutting. The tunnel ends abruptly at the cut, where visitors will be able to see to the other side from a viewing platform. On the other side will be written the names of all those who lost their lives on July 22nd. “The names will be close enough to see and read clearly,” explains Dahlberg, “yet ultimately out of reach. This cut is an acknowledgement of what is forever irreplaceable.”
The earth, plants, and trees removed through excavating the cut will be transferred to Oslo, where it will act as the foundation for the city’s memorial. The Oslo tribute comprises a contemplative path situated alongside an existing busy walkway. The memorial will take visitors off their regular path but ultimately lead them in the right direction. It speaks to the massive impact the attacks had on the everyday lives of Norwegians, but concludes that although we should take time to remember what happened, life must carry on.
May 13, 2013 § Leave a comment
Data visualisation genius Nicholas Felton, a man who is likely best known for his work designing the Facebook Timeline, recently announced that he was leaving Team Zuckerberg. Rather than revere over the timeline however – something conceptually brilliant but executed averagely in my mind – i’d like to introduce Felton’s annual reports; an amazing infographic representation of a person’s life and a real insight into the future of measured social metrics. Take a look at some of these beautiful HQ images!
Nicholas Felton spends much of his time thinking about data, charts and our daily routines. He is the author of several Personal Annual Reports that weave numerous measurements into a tapestry of graphs, maps and statistics that reflect the year’s activities. He is the co-founder of Daytum.com, and currently a member of the product design team at Facebook. His work has been profiled in publications including the Wall Street Journal, Wired and Good Magazine and has been recognized as one of the 50 most influential designers in America by Fast Company.
I find social metrics a really interesting aspect of the future. Take your smartphone; when you’re not using the device it just sits in your pocket. But think about all the information it could be recording: your location, time and day, speed, temperature, height, who you’re with, who’s contacting you, the event you’re going to… Now imagine a future where all devices are connected to the internet and talking to each other. Add to that list, your heart rate, what you’re eating and drinking, what you’re watching, what you’re wearing, your purchases, your photos, sleep patterns… literally everything! The idea of so much recorded information will scare a lot of people, but to me it’s exciting. Shoes that tell you when you need to buy new ones, a shirt that lets you know when more exercise would be a good idea, a fridge that suggests more water and less pizza…
Felton tracked the crazy amount of data using a custom iPhone app, which you can download and use yourselves, either by searching ‘daytum’ in the app store or at daytum.com – learn more about it from this slightly awkward web chat here. I have been using the app myself for the past month with the aim of using the data for a new infographic cv design.
April 11, 2013 § Leave a comment
Brandseen is a simple website that tests your knowledge of the world’s major brands by removing the colour and asking you to replace it with the aid of a colour wheel. Your score is based on how close your response matches the original brand. Try it out at http://brandseenapp.com
Editors note: I was quite proud of my 69%…
March 25, 2013 § Leave a comment
These images are the work of ‘Carna Botnet’ – the pseudonym of an anonymous hacker, who has mapped the millions of internet connected devices around the world. The full report has been released to the public for further research here. The images section in particular contains beautiful and high-resolution graphics and animations of the data. I’d try to explain how these maps were created but it’s way over my head, so instead here’s the abstract from the report:
”While playing around with the Nmap Scripting Engine (NSE) we discovered an amazing number of open embedded devices on the Internet. Many of them are based on Linux and allow login to standard BusyBox with empty or default credentials. We used these devices to build a distributed port scanner to scan all IPv4 addresses. These scans include service probes for the most common ports, ICMP ping, reverse DNS and SYN scans. We analyzed some of the data to get an estimation of the IP address usage.”
This animated GIF above shows the geolocated devices that responded during a 24 hour period: click the image to see the animation. What you can see are the millions of devices that are turned off and the further millions that are left on.
January 24, 2013 § Leave a comment
As data visualisation permeates more of our everyday lives and ‘The Internet of Things’ steps ever closer, Audi has looked at new concepts for lighting on their cars.
The most exciting of which I think is called ‘the swarm’. An LED display creates thousands of individual lights that flow across the back of the car, which can be used to inform other drivers about any number of things. The rear lights shine laser beams to the ground, which can be used to ‘read’ the ground and cut through low-visability conditions such as fog. Audi also explores OLED technology, which could be used as an exterior coating for their cars. This would transform the entire exterior surface into one big infographic and turn future Audio vehicles into real sci-fi creations.
Check out these concept images and especially ‘the swarm’ in the video below!
January 24, 2013 § Leave a comment
How did architectural firm MVRDV build a modern glass structure at the very heart of a traditional dutch town and get away with it? They enlisted a photographer and designers to screen-print images of a traditional Dutch farmhouse onto each glass panel. This design has taken over 33 years to gain approval from the local residents of Schijndel after six previously rejected attempts at building on the town’s common.
I love the idea of modern and traditional mixing together but I have never seen it done in this way; it reminds me of a simple CAD model before rendering… Photographer Frank van der Salm was commissioned to capture the farmhouse images from several local examples and then these images were assembled by MVRDV into sleek structure standing today.
See more information from MVRDV’s really rather annoying website here.