Sunday, January 29, 2006

Visual Complexity

One interesting thing about blogging is that it gives the blogger a chance to create a post that might not necessarily have a terribly exciting point to make - or to try out less wellformed ideas.

Of course, one might argue that this blog doesn't have a point.

All joking aside, I've had a lot of fun reading design blogs recently. These don't provide as much food for discussion for me as music and technology blogs, but some of them are visually stunning and (even more exciting) very few of them deal with design, interface, technology, etc in really new ways.

One of my recent favorites is Visual Complexity. This is what Manuel Lima, creator of the blog, has to say about it: intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks. The project's main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web.

Here is a sample of the sort of visual representation that is featured on the site:

We are looking at a representation of the genetic interaction network in the bacteria Escherichia Coli.

The reader is just as likely to come across a representation of bacteria as you would be to see a map of a subway, or of social interaction. It is really neat - check it out!


Anonymous Ben said...

That is a really cool page--kind of reminds me of Koyaaniqatsi, the way it combines images of manmade and natural complexity. Particularly taken with the transportation systems (I've always been fascinated by train time-tables, etc. work--the kind of think I can get lost in for hours if I'm not careful!), and also by the Cod Food Chart. Wow! Anyway, here's a link to Olafur Eliasson, an artist that Stephen and I discovered in the Netherlands. The exhibit we saw involved water and light being refracted off of water--there were parts where the audience interacted both through casting shadows and through opportunitys to disturb the surface of the water. Here the complexity was really in the small scale disturbances being magnified, but the effect was quite impressive.
the extension
will give you some decent pictures of other of his exhibits, but, unfortunately not the one we saw.

1/31/2006 12:09 PM  

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