Data is one of the most recent topics now, because we all produce so many data, numbers, that we need to organize them. Visual part those graphs is essential. This is four weeks project where we have been introduced to the beauty of these mysterious data visualizations. From the first week, we had to think and research what is data visualization mean for us.
The first week I spent most of the time over thinking my initial idea depends on the research what I have done and the tutorials what we had. More I know about data vis is getting be more and more interesting for me. Especially, where I put all if mine data.
Firs week of research and tutorials
One of the most interesting topics and history background of the data visualization, in my opinion, is Edward Tufte. Back in Canada I’ve read the whole book and research him more deeply what actually data visualization is. In general, we used to visualize everything since ancient time, from the weather forecast to timetables. For me, one of the most interesting examples of data vis is a painting of birches in the different era but from the same place. He is explaining in his books what is fundamental and what should be rather avoided.
In the same time, I had to think about those Tufte’s rules. It is critical to know those rules; however, I’m not quite sure if its would working for me. Especially if I don’t want to start making my job very accurate and go more about the conceptual project rather than almost mathematical accuracy.
I believe this guy is almost well known for his data visualization as Tufte, but the difference from him and Tufte are – he is more interesting for me. He’s talking about data like something that is surrounded all the time. How data is important for us and how the data is annoying actually, unless who give them the interesting story. The story is more important than the numbers itself. And if we know the story why not to share it?
Your random numbers – getting started with processing and data visualization
Future of Data Visualization
History of Data Visualization
Example of interesting DataVis
tutorial of Data Vis with processing
Arduino and DataVis
Rules of Chaos
SECOND WEEK getting along with the concept and ideas
Because we suppose to choose a theme and creatively to compose it somehow what I’d been interested the most and maybe continue in my final year.
CCTV – real time visualization of surveillance cameras
Because what interested me the most this year is working with Arduino, smart fabrics but a public inspection I’d like to implement all those elements together. For me, the best option is keep working and perfection my previous mobile application and connect Arduino or any other small wifi or Bluetooth device/chip together. So I’d be able to sew a collar with a light with another tracking elements – how may cameras you put into an app this week, month, year.
Unfortunately, the idea was not fitting into a brief, so I had to think about some other ideas, which was quite difficult to find any motivation for it because I was so excited about it.
3D Studio time sculpture in a fish tank
Since I had to re-think my real-time idea and I knew from the beginning I’d like to work with Arduino or any other kind of this type device. For me, the best option was do something with 3D print whereas I’ll use Arduino as well.
The idea was to create a movement or vibration of the studio in a small fish tank – it would almost perfectly fit into my idea. I would use Arduino with piezo, 3D print and processing to fit those small pieces into my fish tank. It would be a small representation and its thoughts and representation of small fishes and close space where anyone else from the outside doesn’t have any access. I would call it – A day in the studio.
Arduino – Piezo – Data Vis
However; I found that Peizo with a simple analog code creating fantastic shapes in processing so I started working on this idea.
It took a quite some time to work on the Arduino side even though I spoke and consult my project with Jen who gave a lot new energy in my project and helped me a lot with the SD card shield.
So I could go outside from studio without my laptop and start taking my notes and get numbers and milliseconds. However; the example code what Jen gave me was very simple, and I won’t be able to go outside without my laptop because that information what was in the SDcard was one great never-ending example of – for me – completely random values.
This week was mostly about complete Arduino code and get exactly what I wanted. In my opinion, is this time worth me to spending on this code because I’m learning from this a lot.
How to represent my concept
A book of processing sketches with places where I’ve been and stuff what I’ve been recording.
A poster of my final sketches with comments under.
A video of blending my sketches into each other
The magical output what I’ve got from the piezo sketches, is for me, breathtaking. First of all, from “random” numbers or at least numbers which don’t make any sense for me I’ve got reasonable unique visuals. I believe this is exactly what I wanted. It was something that I could play in the future, and those visuals are critical.
I’d like to call this project as the most experimental what I’ve done so far here. Feeling the nature and knowing it could be represented onto values what would make sense any of people. Those vibrations are important because whole life is alive and this small piece of metal is able to transform it into something. I’m not quite sure what is it.
This is why I wanted to take data over some places without any words because now everything is treated as a bar code. Even human beings. But population is not a number.
I’d like to show the absurdity of the world that is just full of numbers – because it is easier for a computer to work on it?
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