Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Beautiful Loosers: Art of the contemporary - art/context/content = it's all about DOING

We;re going to watch the film  "Beautiful Loosers"

the work of:

Margret Kilgallen

Barry McGee


Thomas Cambell


Jo Jackson

Shepard Fairey

Chris Johnson


Geoff Mcfetridge

Mike Mills

Harmony Korine

Stephen Powers

Ed Templeton
.......  and more

Monday, March 21, 2011

Visual Information (mapping)

visual info


Maps as we know them:

how does the brain lean to see???

Gary Flake: is Pivot a turning point for web exploration?

Some helpful sites and other examples




David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization




Taken from Ted Talks 

 His website:  http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/


The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia [Paperback]

David McCandless
Information is Beautiful

Information is Beautiful [Hardcover]

David McCandless




Bio taken from:  http://www.ted.com/speakers/david_mccandless.html

David McCandless: Data journalist

David McCandless makes infographics -- simple, elegant ways to see information that might be too complex or too big, small, abstract or scattered to otherwise be grasped. In his new book, Information Is Beautiful (in the US, it's being called The Visual Miscellaneum), McCandless and his cadre of info designers take a spin through the world of visualized data, from hard stats on politics and climate to daffy but no less important trends in pop music.
McCandless' genius is not so much in finding jazzy new ways to show data -- the actual graphics aren't the real innovation here -- as in finding fresh ways to combine datasets to let them ping and prod each other. Reporting the number of drug deaths in the UK every year is interesting; but mapping that data onto the number of drug deaths reported by the UK press, broken down by drug, is utterly fascinating (more deaths by marijuana were reported than in fact occurred, by a factor of 484%). McCandless contributes a monthly big-think graphic to the Guardian's Data Blog, and makes viral graphics for his blog Information Is Beautiful.
"It's not just the sheer variety of topics covered -- though knowing the relative effect of rising sea levels or the prime vintage years for red and white wines by country will come in handy someday soon, I'm certain -- but the way in which, for many of these charts, there's considerably more than meets the eye."
Chris Bilton, Eye Weekly review of The Visual Miscellaneum"

Information is Beautiful

Visual-Mapping.com: Mind-Mapping, Design and Social Media


David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization

For these experiments - you will:
-       Work together in an assigned pairs

-       Complete the visual information mapp before the end of class & present to the class.

-  As a team, you will develop your “mental map” by comparing visually 2 or 3 concepts or facts in relationship to each other of your choice. Think of this as visually tracking some kind of information (and their relationship to each other) and create a (2-D) visual of this representation of their connections between them and relationship between them

For example:
   The amount of white space around an art piece in relationship to its value?
   The separation between the wealthy and middle class related to economic crashes?
  The ratio between Marshmallows, colors, and nutritional value (3 factors) – to sales?
Hit albums in relation to song length, album art, and market they are aimed at?
Relationship between the MIA, the Walker, and the Midway and its financial support
Ect ect

-        (Avoid the cliché and often less interesting or graphic ‘floor plan’ map, but think more in the vein of graphic, mapping, and visualizing information)

Some helpful sites and other examples

•  Read Chapter 4:  Barrett “Interpreting Art”
 • Take Notes
•  Be prepared for in-class discussion.
•  Find items to post in your visual resource journal
•  Arrange a ride *(diving or passengers)
To meet at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for class next week.  We will not meet at CVA – but at the M.I.A.)
12:20 group C
3:25 group B

Different types of maps – mapping:
Bubble mapping
Brackets / Braces / Tree - Etc


From students of mine:

john kozak said...
I made a map of where my object has traveled and wrote a short story about the situation involved with my object being in each location.

linear history

Entertaining / mapping fictional information
xcellent Excellent Excellent infographic on sharks by designer Stephen Taubman (http://staubman.com/blog/)  who perfectly blends my inner desire for visualizing data, statistics and research with sheer badassness. I’m seriously in love with this guy! 
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