Monday, 31 January 2011

My Fry App

I love this app from Stefanie Posavec and Dare Digital. She is to be featured in Visualisation Magazine Vol 4 Handmade with her equally beautiful Literary Organisms work.

These projects are great as they examine the accessibility of information and try to make complex narratives of words easier to read by opening up the multi-linear reading of data, see blu-comic or typographic nuance. Giving it a new pattern which is just as brilliant achieved in this app, what apps i think should be made for: easier to access information, but also she & dare digital bring with it beauty in form too.

From Stefanie's site:

'MyFry is the iPhone app edition of The Fry Chronicles, Stephen Fry's latest autobiography.

This project was initiated by Jeremy Ettinghausen at Penguin. I designed the 'visual index' graphics, and Dare Digital made it interactive and created everything else (ie the most important parts).

This iPhone app functions as a 'visual index' of key theme tags within the book, all of which have been divided into 4 major groups: People, Subjects, Emotions, and 'Fryisms'.

The entirety of the book is represented by a circular wheel of 'spines', each of which represents a section of text. The arcs around the outside of the wheel connect sections that are tagged with the same theme.

Through interacting with the scroll wheel, the user can explore the text and read sections in chronological order, by theme, or in any order he or she chooses. As Stephen Fry's autobiography was written in a style that was suited to splitting the text into separate moments in Fry's life, the visual index offers the reader a different way of engaging with this book.'

Really would love websites to take on this persona, of multi linear reading, interactive, where information is represented as a node, see concept map.

MyFry in the iTunes store

Video: Stephen Fry explaining how the app works

Stephen Fry's website Dare Digital

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Nam June Paik

Video artist, performance artist, composer and visionary: Nam June Paik (1932-2006) was one of the most innovative artists of the 20th century. Tate Liverpool, in collaboration with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) present the first major retrospective since the artist’s death, and the first exhibition of Paik’s work in the UK since 1988.

Visit: Tate Liverpool

Friday, 28 January 2011


Record and publish an image a day at BlipPhoto

Future Everything

FutureEverything is an art, technology and social innovation organisation that runs year-round innovation labs and an annual festival of art, music and ideas - bringing the future into the present.

FutureEverything continues to offer a pioneering approach to contemporary art and the digital world. It features inspirational approaches to visualising data, urban interventions by leading figures in visual culture, and light sculptures toying with architectural form.

Showing 11 - 14 May in Manchester Visit -

Monday, 24 January 2011

SixthSense - Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry

Computer anywhere using wireless internet, phone and a projector. play about halfway through to see it in action.

A Brief History of Communication by Kristofer Strom

Saw it and thought I do like the sketched animation look. always draws my attention. A Brief History of Communication, the new ad for The Carphone Warehouse, is a charming stop motion animation by Kristofer Strom, the Swedish artist behind You Tube hit Minilogue (equally as creatively brilliant).

There is a wonderful sequence of the development of the phone from the circular dial, to seperate buttons and then a quaint cultural script of the old 'brick' mobile phones. Then its decrease in size sequenced wonderfully in a clockwise twist from phone, to Ipod/Mp3, to mouse (with quirky/surreal ear phones as its wire) & to RSS symbol (blogging/feeds).

Still with more shifting directions/perspectives it continues fast and sharp until back to mobile with GPS mapping technology into a laptop finishing with the future technology of flying engine subtly anchoring that Chitty Bang Bang idea of flying automobiles.

If it was stop motion, there must have been a thousand photos, but it was worth every last one.

Facebook Map

Paul Butler mined through some of the data held by the social networking firm on its 500m members.

The map above is the result of his attempts to visualise where people live relative to their Facebook friends. Each line connects cities with pairs of friends. The brighter the line, the more friends between those cities. After tweaking the graphic and data set it produced a "surprisingly detailed map of the world," he said in a blog post.

"Not only were continents visible, certain international borders were apparent as well," he wrote."What really struck me, though, was knowing that the lines didn't represent coasts or rivers or political borders, but real human relationships.

"However, large chunks of the world are missing, such as China and central Africa, which is the maps strength as it highlights the political influence in those countries/continents as Facebook, as too Google, have struggled to function there with rules and as so have a small presence.

Laurie Anderson - O Superman

Electronic synphociser, light, answering machine messages. You know the typical mobile phone message alert tone is sms in morse code.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

My Bag | My Flow Chart

To start this blog we thought we'd share some ways that people have visualised their digital world. They might not have set out in the intention of capturing, photographing, documenting their digital world, but it still intriguing what aspects they capture and how it relates to their digital world.

Below is from the site, are probably many more sites like this).

Interestingly this person did a further project (below) called 'My Digtial Life'.

from the site:

Two very interesting ways to visually represent my digital world.