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Published on May 9, 2013

Humans have a powerful capacity to process visual information, skills that date far back in our evolutionary lineage. And since the advent of science, we have employed intricate visual strategies to communicate data, often utilizing design principles that draw on these basic cognitive skills. In a modern world where we have far more data than we can process, the practice of data visualization has gained even more importance. From scientific visualization to pop infographics, designers are increasingly tasked with incorporating data into the media experience. Data has emerged as such a critical part of modern life that it has entered into the realm of art, where data-driven visual experiences challenge viewers to find personal meaning from a sea of information, a task that is increasingly present in every aspect of our information-infused lives.

Edward Tufte, Yale University
Julie Steele, O'Reilly Media
Josh Smith, Hyperakt
Jer Thorp, Office for Creative Research

Office of Creative Research:
"Gate Change" by Ben Rubin w/ Mark Hansen & Jer Thorp
"And That's The Way It Is" by Ben Rubin w/ Mark Hansen & Jer Thorp
"Shakespeare Machine" by Ben Rubin w/ Mark Hansen & Jer Thorp
"Moveable Type" by Ben Rubin & Mark Hansen
"Listening Post" by Ben Rubin & Mark Hansen

Facebook World Map - Produced by Facebook intern, Paul Butler. http://gigaom.com/2010/12/14/facebook...
Paris Subway Activity - Eric Fisher - http://www.flickr.com/photos/walkingsf/
Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks - http://www.richblockspoorblocks.com/
"Hurricanes since 1851" - by John Nelson, http://uxblog.idvsolutions.com/
"Flight Patterns" by Aaron Koblin - http://www.aaronkoblin.com/work/fligh...
"We Feel Fine Project" by Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar - http://wefeelfine.org/
"Every McDonald's in the US" by Stephen Von Worley - http://www.datapointed.net/2009/09/di...
"Colours in Culture" by informationisbeautiful.net - http://www.informationisbeautiful.net...

"The Blue Cathedral" by Talvihorros - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Tal...
"Sad Cyclops" by Podington Bear - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Pod...
"Between Stations" by Rescue - http://archive.org/details/one026
"Tomie's Bubbles" by Candlegravity
"Earth Breath" by Human Terminal - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hum...
"Unreal (Album Version)" by Garmisch - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Gar...

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