by Joanne Jacobs on 28 March 2014

Brian Williams raps to ‘Rapper’s Delight’ on Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’

Brian Williams and Lester Holt (NBC Newsmen) performing Sugar Hill Gang’s 1979 classic “Rappers Delight…. well , not really ‘performing’?

http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/segments/1401

Fallon first started creating videos of Brian Williams “rapping” while hosting Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Past mashups include Warren G's “Regulate,” N.W.A.'s “Straight Outta Compton,” and Snoop Dogg's “Nuthin But A G Thang.” But “Rapper's Delight” might top them all.

Read more: http://www.usmagazine.com article 

I’ll be playing this video as an introduction to my MashUp lecture this week.

Although I am primarily interested a newish kind of interactive mashup… multiple data sources + compelling UI … I couldn’t resist posting this as a reminder of the origins of the mashup community. 

Thanks to https://twitter.com/Mic_K for the find!

Normally I open with The Strangerhood Machinima by Rooster Teeth and was a big fan of their earlier  Red vs Blue Halo Machinima series.

A fav machinima from way back (2006) is the 1K Project II, a mashup of 100 cars from the Trackmania game by BlackShark.

From Todays ‘Interface Design’ Lecture. The very first of the semester.
This is yet another pairing of images to illustrate my obsession with SciFi worlds and DesFi experiments.
Reflections on the past and fantasies of the future can tell us a lot about how to design user interfaces in the here-and-now.

From Todays ‘Interface Design’ Lecture. The very first of the semester.

This is yet another pairing of images to illustrate my obsession with SciFi worlds and DesFi experiments.

Reflections on the past and fantasies of the future can tell us a lot about how to design user interfaces in the here-and-now.

data.path 
solo exhibition | new large-scale audiovisual installation

SEP 26, 2013 - JAN 5, 2014 Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, ES

data.path is a 20-metre-long tunnel whose walls are giant video screens. You can walk through it and immerse yourself in a cascade of electronic sounds and images produced by mathematics and programming.

http://www.esmadrid.com/en

Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda focuses on the essential characteristics of sound itself and that of visuals as light by means of both mathematical precision and mathematical aesthetics.

http://www.ryojiikeda.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ryoji-ikeda-official/165850716815574

Ryoji next exhibition (Nov 1 - Dec 21, 2013) http://www.gallerykoyanagi.com/

Apparently I am destined to live in California!?
Which State Matches Your Personality?
Using personality test data from over one million people, researchers have identified three distinct personality regions in the country. Here, each state is colored by the region it belongs to and shaded according to how strongly its personality matches that profile.
Read more: http://science.time.com/2013/10/22/the-united-states-of-attitude-an-interactive-guide-to-americas-moods/#ixzz2izoo5oK9

Apparently I am destined to live in California!?

Which State Matches Your Personality?

Using personality test data from over one million people, researchers have identified three distinct personality regions in the country. Here, each state is colored by the region it belongs to and shaded according to how strongly its personality matches that profile.

Read more: http://science.time.com/2013/10/22/the-united-states-of-attitude-an-interactive-guide-to-americas-moods/#ixzz2izoo5oK9

For my Advanced Web Design students

The little decisions reflect my values as a designer. 
Tim Brown Dec. 11, 2012.

This talk is from the Ready to Inspire Conference which was held on 11th December 2012 at the “Stadsgehoorzaal” in Leiden, The Netherlands

By focusing on traditional typographic principles, embracing progressive enhancement, and understanding how fonts, CSS, web-enabled devices, and user contexts coexist, we can reevaluate what it means to successfully set type — and inform the decisions we make about typefaces, font sizes, and white space. Let’s practice future-friendly, responsive typography.

http://nicewebtype.com/

http://webtypography.net/

mr-dalliard
Another infographic
Mapping ‘time travel’ in film.
I dont mind that he misses a few critical films in this genre, but I do find it curious/awkward how he refers to to himself in third person?
mr-dalliard:

Mr. Dalliard used OpenOffice Draw to make the chart itself and Photoshop to add a background and do some additional editing.

And his response to some feedback: http://mr-dalliard.tumblr.com/post/48112327449/foremostly-mr-dalliard-wishes-to-thank-all-the

Mr. Dalliard appreciates the criticism as well, and is painfully aware that he might have failed to include your favourite motion picture into his flow diagram, although the comprehensiveness of that diagram has never been a goal of this humble man

And an article in Co.DESIGN: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672395/infographic-a-flowchart-maps-time-travel-in-the-movies#0

Another infographic

Mapping ‘time travel’ in film.

I dont mind that he misses a few critical films in this genre, but I do find it curious/awkward how he refers to to himself in third person?

mr-dalliard:

Mr. Dalliard used OpenOffice Draw to make the chart itself and Photoshop to add a background and do some additional editing.

And his response to some feedback: http://mr-dalliard.tumblr.com/post/48112327449/foremostly-mr-dalliard-wishes-to-thank-all-the

Mr. Dalliard appreciates the criticism as well, and is painfully aware that he might have failed to include your favourite motion picture into his flow diagram, although the comprehensiveness of that diagram has never been a goal of this humble man

And an article in Co.DESIGN: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672395/infographic-a-flowchart-maps-time-travel-in-the-movies#0

Some designers stop you in your spinning tracks and delight you for hours…
http://moebio.com/

I invent and develop algorithms, visualization methods, interactive narratives and new ideas for internet. I help organizations with the analysis and communication strategy of their information. Santiago Ortiz. 

Thanks to Geoff http://www.geoffgoddard.com.au for the find…

Some designers stop you in your spinning tracks and delight you for hours…

http://moebio.com/

I invent and develop algorithms, visualization methods, interactive narratives and new ideas for internet. I help organizations with the analysis and communication strategy of their information. Santiago Ortiz. 

Thanks to Geoff http://www.geoffgoddard.com.au for the find…


Great advice on how to maintain a cre-active practice.
Yes… I did just make that up… mostly because I have been asked a number of times just this year already, to discuss ‘what is creativity?' 
This is a question that quite irritates me. It is one that may deserve some attention and contemplation… but an actual definitive answer should never be attempted. As soon as some fool asks it of me… my brain goes into overdrive… making brash statements that seem to be profound answers for a millisecond… until my very same brain completely contradicts itself… and suggests I slap my own face.
Some things should remain in the inconceivable yumminess of the sublime.
However, articulating, and in this case visualising, how to maintain a creative practice… seems well worth sharing.
Infographic by Islam Abudaoud of Jordan.

Great advice on how to maintain a cre-active practice.

Yes… I did just make that up… mostly because I have been asked a number of times just this year already, to discuss ‘what is creativity?

This is a question that quite irritates me. It is one that may deserve some attention and contemplation… but an actual definitive answer should never be attempted. As soon as some fool asks it of me… my brain goes into overdrive… making brash statements that seem to be profound answers for a millisecond… until my very same brain completely contradicts itself… and suggests I slap my own face.

Some things should remain in the inconceivable yumminess of the sublime.

However, articulating, and in this case visualising, how to maintain a creative practice… seems well worth sharing.

Infographic by Islam Abudaoud of Jordan.

InMaps by LinkedIn Labs
http://inmaps.linkedinlabs.com/network
Above is a screen image of my LinkedIn network visualised using InMaps… It shows how I have labelled the colour codes… and have clicked on one of the largest nodes (connections) which happens to be my friend and colleague, Colleen Morgan. By doing so, I can see how Colleen sits in my network. 
This doesn’t necessarily provide any new information to me, as I am aware of most of the networks within my networks… and this visualisation may not alter any of my LinkedIn habits and interactions… but it is a unique way to witness part of your life.

LinkedIn Labs are experimental, low-maintenance features that were created for use with LinkedIn. http://engineering.linkedin.com/linkedinlabs/


InMaps examines all the connections on your LinkedIn profile and comes up with a map showing the extensive, intertwining links that have been created through your account. Each person is shown as a dot on the map and is linked with a line. They add some color to identify different networks, make it more organized, and visually appealing. There is also a function that enables people’s personalized labeling of networks. Zooming in and out of the different connections is both entertaining and informative in seeing how many people you are able to reach through one website.
http://www.myinspiredmedia.com

InMaps by LinkedIn Labs

http://inmaps.linkedinlabs.com/network

Above is a screen image of my LinkedIn network visualised using InMaps… It shows how I have labelled the colour codes… and have clicked on one of the largest nodes (connections) which happens to be my friend and colleague, Colleen Morgan. By doing so, I can see how Colleen sits in my network. 

This doesn’t necessarily provide any new information to me, as I am aware of most of the networks within my networks… and this visualisation may not alter any of my LinkedIn habits and interactions… but it is a unique way to witness part of your life.

LinkedIn Labs are experimental, low-maintenance features that were created for use with LinkedIn. http://engineering.linkedin.com/linkedinlabs/

InMaps examines all the connections on your LinkedIn profile and comes up with a map showing the extensive, intertwining links that have been created through your account. Each person is shown as a dot on the map and is linked with a line. They add some color to identify different networks, make it more organized, and visually appealing. There is also a function that enables people’s personalized labeling of networks. Zooming in and out of the different connections is both entertaining and informative in seeing how many people you are able to reach through one website.

http://www.myinspiredmedia.com

U.S. GUN MURDERS IN 2010
An Examination of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report
This is a beautiful example of data visualisation. But more significant, and unlike my previous post example, this work provides an important service… that is, access and insight to the data presented. Insight, that may be difficult to recognise, understand and articulate without this work.
From the makers of http://guns.periscopic.com/

Our data comes from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, which include voluntarily-reported data from police precincts across the country. 

As an interested user, I am compelled to experiment with the data and find my own stories and conclusions within the presentation, and by using the various sorting and filtering such as specific gun types and regions, and the ethnicity, sex and age of the victims of gun crime… but the creators also offer some important interpretations from their own insights such as:

69% OF THESE VICTIMS WERE KILLED WITH A HANDGUN

According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), 69% of all gun murders in 2010 were committed with a handgun. This figure is especially poignant as we debate the effect of banning assault rifles. 

U.S. GUN MURDERS IN 2010

An Examination of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report

This is a beautiful example of data visualisation. But more significant, and unlike my previous post example, this work provides an important service… that is, access and insight to the data presented. Insight, that may be difficult to recognise, understand and articulate without this work.

From the makers of http://guns.periscopic.com/

Our data comes from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, which include voluntarily-reported data from police precincts across the country. 

As an interested user, I am compelled to experiment with the data and find my own stories and conclusions within the presentation, and by using the various sorting and filtering such as specific gun types and regions, and the ethnicity, sex and age of the victims of gun crime… but the creators also offer some important interpretations from their own insights such as:

69% OF THESE VICTIMS WERE KILLED WITH A HANDGUN

According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), 69% of all gun murders in 2010 were committed with a handgun. This figure is especially poignant as we debate the effect of banning assault rifles. 

Tweetping
"Check out the Twitter activity in realtime"
It is definitely data, visualised.
However… apart from ‘presenting’ the data (in a very pretty way), Im not convinced it provides any real insight into the ‘realtime’ activity on Twitter… 
From an article by Mark Wilson at fastcodesign.com :


Tweetping scoffs in the face of simplicity and legibility, opting instead to celebrate what Twitter is: the shouting of every connected human being on Earth. By Franck Ernewein, Tweetping is a map that shows where everyone in the whole world is tweeting from in real time.



oh… and Australia, doesn’t rate a mention?

Tweetping

"Check out the Twitter activity in realtime"

It is definitely data, visualised.

However… apart from ‘presenting’ the data (in a very pretty way), Im not convinced it provides any real insight into the ‘realtime’ activity on Twitter… 

From an article by Mark Wilson at fastcodesign.com :

Tweetping scoffs in the face of simplicity and legibility, opting instead to celebrate what Twitter is: the shouting of every connected human being on Earth. By Franck Ernewein, Tweetping is a map that shows where everyone in the whole world is tweeting from in real time.

oh… and Australia, doesn’t rate a mention?