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by Andreas Wolter, Jens Weber.

As the year marking the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Bauhaus, 2009 is an appropriate year for an exhibition dedicated to the examination of the social networks of the Bauhaus movement. In preparation for this project, biographical details of all of the members of the Bauhaus will be systematically structured and entered into an online database. The impressive volume of information resulting from this effort will then be presented within an illuminated 4x4meter cube at the Bauhaus University in Weimar.

The exhibition then becomes an immersive yet highly-structured digital archive rich with historical details. Complex interrelationships will be made more accessible through the implementation of an innovative graphical interface. All visualizations of the complex network are drawn directly from the research database and presented in an intuitive computer-generated form. At an interactive digital tabletop, spectators can furthermore examine individual parts of the greater network in more detail.

Arab spring: an interactive timeline of Middle East protests. from Guardian
Ever since a man in Tunisia burnt himself to death in December 2010 in protest at his treatment by police, pro-democracy rebellions have erupted across the Middle East. The interactive timeline traces key events


from here.

Within the Sabin+Jones LabStudio, architects, mathematicians, materials scientists and cell biologists are actively collaborating to develop, analyze and abstract dynamic, biological systems through the generation and design of new tools. These new approaches for modeling complexity and visualizing large datasets are subsequently applied to both architectural and biomedical research and design.

there will be 2 sets of workshops at sabanci university in july on how to visualize scientific data and information.

How can we make sense of the information that surrounds us in today’s complex world? How can we make explanations of the natural and the man-made world; give visual expression to otherwise invisible information; help ease complex tasks; or help people find their way. How can we bring order to rich databases as well as the built environment using elements of visual communication?

Designers achieve these tasks by exploring the nature of information. They interpret and communicate information using the same elements they use in creating aesthetic pleasure, that is, lines, shapes, and colors — but with their added knowledge of the processes that help human cognition.

please check the workshop website for further information. any scientist who has an idea to visualize in any subject (computer science, mechanics, biology, chemistry, physics, etc..) or any designer who likes to work on information design, information visualization and infographics are welcome. this will be a collaborated event so there will be lots of group work and hopefully lots of nice outcomes.

Great site for info-vis:


Celestial Mechanics is a planetarium-based installation that visualizes the statistics, data, and protocols of man-made aerial technologies — a graphic display of the paths and functions of the machines hovering, flying, and drifting above our planet. The sky is filled with aircraft that transport people from place to place, perform utilitarian duties, assist in communications, enact military missions, or wander above us as debris. Celestial Mechanics combines science, statistical display, and contemporary art by presenting these mechanical patterns and behaviors as a dynamic visual experience. The artwork is intended to be viewed in a planetarium dome, and as time permits the authors, it is updated. [CM-Labs]

Communication Satellites and Geostationary Ring

LAX airport sound patterns

LAPD helicopters

This java based application transforms a simple product bar code into a unique tree in the garden of globalization. Taking advantage of this rich pool of information Barcode Plantage creates a series of visualizations based on a set of default bar codes. Once a bar code is keyed or scanned in, the program sends a request to the database, which returns a master file data. This master file data is then analyzed to define positions, curves and colors of Bezier curves of the tree structure. The number of these curves will vary correspondence to the number of figures in the code. Simultaneously, the user will hear a melody, which is based on the figures of the bar code. To complete the visualized information details of the country of origin, manufacturer, product number and sum – each on a single black bar connected by fine lines ? are displayed. Since all data is being interpreted by an algorithm that works completely without any random aspect each product is represented by a characteristic and singular tree. [Visual Complexity]

I didn’t have a chance to look at the content of the book but seems like a nice collection of recent visualizations.

The World as Flatland – Report 1
Designing universal knowledge
Gerlinde Schuller

Lars Müller Publishers, 2009
17 x 24 cm, 304 pages, English
Hardcover, with a large amount of images
ISBN 978-3-03778-149-4