40 ways to visualise

Lauren Manning has taken the same data (her personal food consumption) and visualised it in 40 different ways. Here are some of my favourites:

This simple idea of representing quantities by line weight communicates well.

The use of photography brings the subject to life.

This typographic version told me pretty much everything I need to know.

This one made me smile 🙂

It’s great to see the variety of ideas for representing the same information, and it reminds me to keep trying different angles for projects.


New Musical Notation?

As someone who has studied classical music I was intriqued by Laia Clos of Mot Studio in Barcelona creating a new musical notation system consisting of coloured dots.

Above is her version of Vivaldi’s primavera (Spring), part of his Four Season’s concerto. I can imagine the classical music world scoffing with contempt at the suggestion that musical notation has been re-visualised (tradition, tradition, tradition…) so I can’t see this taking off. From what I can see this graphic lacks one of the key parts of musical notation that I think are vital for reading – the notes here do not go up and down! If anything that must be the most important thing to indicate how to play, especially when you are presented with the sheet music the day before opening night, which is often the case. Innovative notation techniques would be more suited to, and have been used for experimental music, but in the precise world of classical music needs something more instantly recognisable. I feel this is a place for the phrase, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’!

38 million deaths in 25 conflicts

100 Years of World Cuisine have created a 3D data visualisation showing the number of deaths in different conflicts around the world in the last 97 years.

The piece is informative and the red jam(?) illustrates the bloody concept. A striking piece. The three graphs in the top right (which admittedly, I failed to notice at first glance) put the numbers further into perspective.

The Gift Of Life

US student, Stephanie Kuga has created a range of unique ‘gifts’ to raise awareness of organ donation. I think it is great to see other students producing beautifully finished, well-designed work – it inspires me to push my projects further.

The gifts are 3D fabric hearts in boxes printed with information about the organ and reasons to join the donor register. They make their point well and I think it is a worthy cause as apparently only 30% of Americans are on the register!

YesYesNo – Nike – Run with your feet

YesYesNo developed software for Nike to promote their Run Free+ 2 City Pack (see the project here). The software recorded the speed, consistency and style of participants running and created ‘paintings’ which could be edited in terms of colour etc.

One of the ‘paintings’ with the participants name and details in the corner.

A screen shot of the editing process

Some of the imagery was also used on limited edition shoeboxes.

I think it is an interesting project and the resulting images look impressive, althougth they are really just abstract images rather than being informative.