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Posts Tagged ‘computer internetty stuff’

busy bee (and more data visualisation)

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2010 at 11:54 PM

Aye. The blog posts will be few and far between for a bit I think. Busy times, folio month. So much practice, so much study. It’s all so great though. Only wish wish wish I had more funded time to do it in!

Still, I’m still finding awesome things in the course of my uni research and my downtime. Like this great vid about Journalism in the Age of Data. At one hour it might be a bit long (and possibly boring) for anyone who’s not into data visualisation but………..surely you are! 😉 Infographics and all those other sites I mentioned once before are what I’m talking about and they create visual snapshots of our behavioural world that are so beautiful. Anyone who can turn raw and often dull, dry and/or boring data like financial, political or other info into works of graceful, understandable artwork, gets my vote! And most of these people are in this doco talking about the very thing that is their passion. See below the really great in-depth doco on the field of journalism and data visualisation and how all that’s stretching the limits of our investigative imaginations in the changing light of new technology (or our new uses of technology). Pretty cool.

(click on the pic to jump)

(ps. Thank you swissmiss for the original inspiration)

If God were on facebook

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2010 at 9:48 PM

You know, coz I’m not.

facebook

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2010 at 1:22 PM

I just deleted my account from facebook. No massive deal, I do this all the time. But then I just read this National Public Radio (NPR) article via the 99% widget for iGoogle dashboard (GET IT. iGOOGLE DASHBOARD ROCKS). The ironic thing is though, I really want to post it on facebook.

(click below for the article)

(blurgh. Excuse shitty gifs. I can’t edit photos on this computer that I’m on).

Last night.

In Uncategorized on September 14, 2010 at 2:10 PM

You’ll have to excuse the current run of introspective blog posts. It’s not usually my style but I’ve been inspired recently by similar blogging and, since I’m thinking about the possible direction/directions in which I can let this blog organically grow, it seems fair enough to let the inspiration run its course!

Last night I got an excellent grade and feedback for an assignment which in particular meant a massive amount for me in my studies. And I’ve done a WHOLE lot of study throughout my time so that this means a lot means…well, a lot! It was all about identity and our creative process in ultimately representing that. The lecturers really pushed us which was great – you could feel everyone’s minds turning over in great heave-hos of imagination which we had rarely utilised in this way before, or had only used so long ago that our minds were not used to thinking like this all over again. Everyone’s output was so fascinating. Each brought their own persona –  abstracted, distilled and refined (sometimes apparently through quite painful mental processing!) – and laid it out on the table or performed it for the rest of us; bare, exposed but ultimately proud. I thought it was the most fascinating process and I think I will forever in some small or large way, hold it accountable for helping me define and refine my own creative persona and process at quite a synchronistically perfect time.

That said, now it’s time to keep on proving that process. And result! It seems this hardwork, hardcore, work/study/lyf timetable thing is working for me though! It’s amazing how much you can force the physical nature of your brain to start working in a completely different manner. I love it. It’s an amazing process and I can say it feels the same as when I mentally forced myself to start viewing the world differently (and thus changing my reaction to it) a few years back. During that time there were honestly points in the day where I could feel my brain muscle almost physically keel over with the effort. l I don’t know much neurology and neurosciences but I used to imagine I was literally forcing the creation of new synapses in my mind and forcing the electricity within to travel down those new, open pathways instead. It was hardwork and exhilarating in equal measures and, if I’m not completely offtrack in thinking this might have been what was happening, it was totally worth the months of brain-crunching thinking and the physical exhaustion that constantly resulted. It was worth it to move into, quite literally, a different way of being.

Anyways. This current hard work process feels almost the same, except far more productive in a career sense! I LOVE thinking I might end up being like all those friends of mine whom I love and admire and who work their ARSES off every day (and every second within it). I’ve never thought there was anything bad about being a workaholic because everyone I admire and respect has loved their jobs so much that it doesn’t even feel like work anyway. That has always been my driving factor (well, that and a very relaxing trip to the Bahamas). I’m so excited I’m getting closer and closer to that way of being and outcome.

Direction.

In Uncategorized on September 13, 2010 at 10:51 PM

I’ve been wondering recently about what direction this blog should have. I mean, it has to have one, it WILL have to have one (I believe in modernism, I believe in themes) and I think it will have one whether I think about it or not. Thinking about it though would make it much more cohesive. Still, I want to let it grow organically and see what natural themes emerge and where those themes might take me.

Trouble is, I also have this nasty habit of being interested in everything. Quite literally, everything. You could sit a sports fanatic down in front of me (generally my idea of hell) and if he or she has the right amount of passion to make listening worthwhile, I’ll sit there and listen. It’s amazing how much pure energy and knowledge is conveyed by people and their passions.

So just as I started to wonder about all this I had a quick peak at all my blogs (quick because I’m not supposed to be on them this week. Just like facebook. Just like twitter). And turns out, finding direction and your own way of thinking regarding blogs is in the air. There’s links and blog posts about it all over the place! Some are about personal aesthetics and specialising, some are about seeing everything still but through your own, personal ‘lens’ (love this idea). Am still not fully decided yet as to how I might end up ‘theming’ this blog but these are just a few of the links and articles that have propelled me to start thinking about it. Particularly love the Steve Jobs vid. You gotta love a man who finds his perfect fashion style and sticks with it;)

Neo-luddite heaven

In Uncategorized on September 12, 2010 at 12:20 AM

Beauty in data (not as crazy as it sounds)

In Uncategorized on September 7, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Am in love with data visualisation at the moment. It seems like the most beautiful, intuitive and intelligent way to translate raw and other data for the other half of the world that doesn’t think in pure text and figures. There’s several blogs and sites which document this stuff, amongst them;

Information Is Beautiful

The Infographics Showcase and

Cool Infographics

But check out this talk on TED.com by David McCandless. McCandless founded and runs the Information is Beautiful site I listed above. He offers an intro to data visualisation which will probably make you fall in love with it too. And I’m SURE it’s not just his velvety chocolate voice which is somehow reminiscent of Jarvis Cocker’s (oh Jarvis..)

Oh wow…

In Uncategorized on September 6, 2010 at 12:02 AM

Data visualising 30 years worth of asteroid discovery. Cool Infographics has more here about how the video ‘map’ was done and how to read it. So cool.

Planners and strategists

In Uncategorized on September 4, 2010 at 8:24 PM

PSFK rocks my world. It’s informative about a massive range of topics but always on the most innovative and interesting level. I’ve found music innovation, art insights, design info, current affairs discussions, experimental developments (in many, many things!) and so much more. One of those things though is strategy and planning in the field of design – people focusing on knowledge and creative sourcing (and then sharing and directing that) in order to create cohesive and excellent design/advertising/marketing/consumer oriented campaigns. And not just for the profit market. This could also be applied to not-for-profits in a whole host of creative and beneficial ways. Love this idea (as do many creatives!). This video of a PSFK conference is about this very topic. About planners and strategists (or creative directors, creative planners, creative strategists or whatever you might call them) in design and other creative industries, as spoken by some of the industries best

Click on the vid or follow this link.

And another link here on the same topic which is great – eleven skills that a design strategist should/could require. Great stuff.

Beautiful website zen bliss

In Uncategorized on September 2, 2010 at 11:49 PM

There’s something about watching goldfish and slowly careening bouncy balls make their way around their respective environs that make you just chiiiiill…and relax. I just found such bliss tonight with the bouncy balls at least via the new(ish) Olga Berg website thanks to Paper Stone Scissors, my new heroes of graphic design and branding in Melbourne (and China). Along with other gorgeously designed products (branding, identities, print, web design, styling, images, exhibition design plus loads more), they obviously have a cute, quirky sense of humour judging by their blog blurbs and choice of subject matter (finding a Queen Lizzie doppelgänger in Melbourne to fake a secret penchant for skateboarding for a Peter Alexander shoot?). And I’m totally enamoured with this Olga Berg site too. It’s so simple and so reflective of the company’s style without forfeiting the clean, fresh, sophisticated playfulness that is obviously PSS’s style too. Great identity re-haul by PSS and for those people like me who are definitely caught and distracted by weird, internetty, gadgety things, greaaaaaat use of interactive devices with those bouncy balls. I could stay playing with those slow bouncy balls on the homepage forever….

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