Tag: visualization


I created this project, in collaboration with PhD Hadi Mehrpouya, as the final piece of my master thesis.

Please have a look at our WEBSITE to have more informations about the project.
Everyday we get bombarded with data and information from all over the world. Often we feel helpless about our abilities to do things while being trapped in the dilemma of knowing the consequences of our consumptions and choices. Playing on these feelings, SAAD, from Afrikaans meaning Seed, is visualising human deaths as a direct and indirect result of the mining industry and conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), used to build smart-phones and computers. The project is constructed on different layers which all recall the idea of being on the edge, the border between life and death, and emphasise the complexity of nothing being either totally positive or negative. SAAD is composed of two complementary installations: a seed dispenser and a plant, visualising deaths due to the mining industry in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It aims to push the reflexion of the responsibility Western consumer users of smartphones and computers have towards these workers. It plays on the feeling of being helpless towards the different issues our societies are facing. The project is constructed on different layers which all recall the idea of being on the edge, the border between life and death, and emphasise the complexity of nothing being either totally positive or negative. It aims to symbolise the complexity of today’s world and the difficulty to position the self and the ethic in it. We choose to focus on the partial perspective we have of our electronic devices nowadays, as it is something most Europeans possessed and use everyday without questioning the impact it can have on other human beings and the natural environment.

Time Flies

time flies


I finally made visual and analysis the results I got from the research I made with 27 participants with he cards TIME FLIES. Thanks a lot to you all.
The purpose was to get information on how people occupy their time nowadays, and questioned our habits and routines… I wanted to find out if there is still time for reflection, and where are these in-between moments.

I created these little cards where people are asked for 2 consecutive days to colours their time line, and where they the action. For each day they can propose an alternative day. Asking the question at the end of the day what I would have done differently.




The back of the cards were made with data from the evolution of the planet. I wanted to see if quantitative information would have questioned the participant and if they would have make either a comment about it or if it would have influenced the results for the alternative day.

Moreover, I wanted to compare if the fact of asking an alternative day, influenced the second day.



Analysis of the results

– most people don’t have any moment when they do nothing. Also the action of reading appears in what they wish to do, but almost anyone find the time to read anymore, or they favour another activity.

– in the comments, some people pointed out that it was interesting to get the opportunity to reflect and think about what we actually do in our days and that is it hard to change bad habits. Someone said that it is difficult to track what we do, but also remember. We are so much in the flow of our day that we don’t even realise what we do.

– the fact of thinking of an alternative day doesn’t seem to affect the second day.

– the data I put at the back doesn’t seems to affect the alternative days, as I didn’t get any comment on that. To know if it has an effect or not, I should have give to half the participant a card with information on the back and to the other half a blank back. I could have compare both set of result and see if there is an impact. A smaller and more target study would have been necessary as well. With this amount of result: 19 categories, 2 days divided in 12 minutes + 2 preferred days divided the same way; it would be difficult to analyse the difference between 2 set of participants.

– what is considered as activities in a day is different from one participant to another. For some participants, the action of eating, sanitation, travel are not evoked; while some others tell precisely when they were on toilette or have sex. Few people had inactivity. We all have some time in a day where we do noting, but this study show that we don’t really realise it. Another possibility would be that we are ashamed to say it. I believe that these ‘in between’ moment are great, to escape, thinking or simply rest. However there is still the possibility that I am wrong and they didn’t miss to talk about this moment on the card, because there is no moment to do nothing nowadays.

– people with a job have more routine days than students. Is the fact to have commitment only for ourselves and not for an employer, would make us ‘students’ less well-behaved ? Do we need to get paid to have discipline ? Or maybe the routine dictated by company work is not equal to productivity, and a student can be as productive, or more productive than a worker without a routine ?

– I could divided the participant in 2 categories when looking on alternative days: half would like to do more shopping and leisure and the other half more sport or reading. It suggest that half of my sample would be more in a consumption way of living, while the other half would be more concerned by the mental and physical well being. I think it is quite representative of today’s society.




It is difficult to change the habits of people and intervene in there everyday life. If I want to make refection on our action on the ‘planet’ it is not on work time: the mind is not receptive, and working tasks are prioritised. Moreover, I want to keep the in-between moments, as I believe that they are important and already very little.
I found that the best place to foster reflection seems to be at home. It would allow me to infer a message on the everyday life, not something intrusive like the quantify self, but something more subtle: ‘it’ would be here to remember ‘something’ about the planet but also. ‘It’ would be ‘present-absent’ like a painting or a sculpture. It would seems passive but would be poetically active.

Happiness in the affluent West

On a BBC article Happiness dips in midlife in the affluent West it is argued that “in countries such as the UK and the US, life satisfaction followed a U-shape, dipping to a low in midlife.”

For this research, the data set is coming from the Gallup World Poll in more than 160 countries covering more than 98% of the world’s population. As well as physical health and pain, they considered three measures of wellbeing:

  • evaluative – how satisfied people were with their lives
  • hedonic – feelings or moods such as happiness, sadness and anger
  • eudemonic – judgements about the meaning and purpose of life


The work by MoveHub is related to this topic. He ask the question : Which country is the happiest in the world? And made an infographics out of the result of the research. It is a visualisation of the data of Happy Planet Index (HPI), which shows to what extent 151 countries across the globe produce long, happy, and sustainable lives for their citizens. The index measures three components:

  • life expectancy
  • experience well-being
  • Ecological Footprint




Scott Sona Snibbe – Boundary functions

Scott Snibbe is a pioneering digital artist and entrepreneur whose work includes apps, video, and interactive installations.

His statement

The purpose of my work is to bring meaning and joy to people’s lives. My work is frequently interactive, requiring viewers to physically engage with diverse media that include mobile devices, digital projections, and electromechanical sculpture. By using interactivity, I hope to promote an understanding of the world as interdependent; destroying the illusion that each of us, or any phenomenon, exists in isolation from the rest of reality.

Humans often think of themselves as embodied beings acting separately from their environment and other people. However, when we examine the object most of us take to be “me”—the body—we find it composed entirely of non-self elements: skin, cells, our parents’ genes, food, water, atoms originating from ancient stellar explosions, and these, as far as we know today, made up of pure energy. Furthermore, our bodies’ parts are in constant exchange with our environment and with others’ bodies through eating, respiration, immunology, and genetics. Similarly, the contents of our human minds are dependent: language, thoughts, memories, and preferences only emerge from our interactions with others. Even while alone, the imprints of our lifetime’s interactions propel our thoughts and memories. Such a view of interdependence has long been central to Buddhist philosophy, and has recently gained widespread validation from neuroscientists, social psychologists, and philosophers of emergence, chaos, and complexity theories.

Boundary Functions

We think of personal space as something that belongs entirely to ourselves. However, Boundary Functions shows us that personal space exists only in relation to others and changes without our control.

Boundary Functions is a set of lines projected from overhead onto the floor, dividing people in the gallery from one another. When there is one person on its floor, there is no response. When two are present, a single line cuts between them bisecting the floor, and dynamically changing as they move. With more than two people, the floor divides into cellular regions, each with the quality that all space within it is closer to the person inside than any one else.

The regions surrounding each person are referred to as Voronoi diagrams. These diagrams are widely used in diverse fields and spontaneously occur at all scales of nature. In anthropology and geography they describe patterns of human settlement; in biology, the patterns of animal dominance and plant competition; in chemistry the packing of atoms into crystals; in astronomy the influence of gravity on stars; in marketing the strategic placement of chain stores; in robotics path planning; and in computer science the solution to closest-point problems. The diagrams represent as strong a connection between mathematics and nature as the constants e or pi.

By projecting the diagram, the invisible relationships between individuals and the space between them become visible and dynamic. The intangible notion of personal space and the line that always exists between you and another becomes concrete. The installation doesn’t function at all with one person, as it requires a physical relationship to someone else. In this way Boundary Functions is a reversal of the lonely self-reflection of virtual reality, or the frustration of virtual communities: here is a virtual space that can only exist with more than one person, and in physical space.

The title, Boundary Functions, refers to Theodore Kaczynski’s 1967 University of Michigan PhD thesis. Better known as the Unabomber, Kaczynski is a pathological example of the conflict between the individual and society: engaging with an imperfect world versus an individual solitude uncompromised by the presence of others. The thesis itself is an example of the implicit antisocial quality of some scientific discourse, mired in language and symbols that are impenetrable to the vast majority of society. In this installation, a mathematical abstraction is made instantly knowable by dynamic visual representation.


6 examples of Data visualisation

Some great data visualisation. Some are not conventional, other are interactives…, one thing that have in common is that they allow to understand and visualise the information very clearly and in a beautiful way.

Data Paris

Visualisation of the data about Paris and Parisians, organise around the subway network. Very well done, interactive and reliable sources. It gives a understanding of how the goods, humans, propriety are spread in the french capital.


The global flow of people

Explore new estimates of migration flows between and within regions for five-year periods, 1990 to 2010. Click on a region to discover flows country-by-country. It can help to visualise the ‘reality’ and transform some ‘stereotypes’.



Where does my money go

Where Does My Money Go? aims to promote transparency and citizen engagement through the analysis and visualisation of information about UK public spending.



Spending Stories

Spending Stories is a project by the Open Knowledge Foundation aiming at improving fiscal literacy and providing greater awareness of budget data worldwide.



Humans of New York

Creation of an exhaustive catalogue of New York City’s inhabitants. He set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map, then he started collecting quotes and short stories from the people he met, and began including these snippets alongside the photographs. Taken together, these portraits and captions became the subject of a vibrant blog and collection of data. 

Information is beautiful

Finally, this website is dedicated to distilling the world’s data, information and knowledge into beautiful, interesting and, above all, useful visualizations, infographics and diagrams.


Growing Data


Growing Data
data visualization research project
by onformative a studio for generative design

Growing Data is a research project that examines how real processes and structures can be used to create an alternative form of data visualization to traditional statistical diagrams. Formal aspects of the most diverse natural phenomena are translated into visual systems. Generative strategies in particular lend themselves to creating visual patterns and structures, while the human brain is a master at quickly interpreting such structures and assembling these into an overall picture. Both of these characteristics are used to depict data in a different way. Rather than using the same abstract forms of data visualization over and over again, the main objective hereby is to allow new images to emerge that are not committed to the precision of the data but that tell a story and provide a quick overview.

The main objective is to allow new images to emerge that are not committed to the precision of the data but that tell a story and provide a quick overview.

The project Growing Data is a part of this series and, using virtual plant growth, examines the possibilities of visualizing the air quality in various large cities. If one considers using plants or other growing life forms for this, the most obvious thing is to use the growth itself as the indicator for the changing data. Just as properties of the plants’ growth are determined by external influences, various data can control different aspects of digital growth. This data is assigned to different variables, which, for example, are responsible for life span, density and speed of growth. In order to relay information more directly and to reinforce its message, an additional information level is added in which names, words and symbols are gradually created from the growing structures.
Connected to various data interface and data bases, both the current data of various large cities and the reference values from other years can be visualized. The program is based primarily on a complex version of the “agent model” in which various agents are controlled by Brownian motion and are influenced in their movement by various variables.

Interpretation vs. representation


“Between Forms of Representation and Interpretation” by Andres Ramirez Gaviria.

An artistic data visualization & sonification installation that translates, encodes & visualizes the textual description of the project in a series of immersive light & sound patterns. the installation consists of a multi-segmented plexiglass grid with 480 LEDs, mounted from the ceiling of an exhibition hall. each individual light turns on or off at different intervals in a pre-programmed order determined on the textual dataset.