Lesson 2 with Nick and Ross

Today we discussed more what the project actually was about and how we would be going about it. We were also should several artists who all used data visualisation in their work.

  • Katie Paterson

An artist who created a sculpture using sections from every single tree on earth. She also translated Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata into Morse code and reflected it off the moon. Sections of the music were lost by the time it was returned and Paterson had a piano play the returned music.

  • Addie Wagenknecht

Wagenknecht has programmed robots and drones to create art, like painting.

  • Laurie Frick

Frick does a lot of work to do with sleep, and the sleep patterns people have.

  • David Mccandles

Mccandless is a designer who does a lot of work with infographics and data visualisation. Whereas some of the artists above have more scientific backgrounds, Mccandless is purely design oriented but is very invested in data and information. His website is even called ‘Information is Beautiful’.

I was quite interested in Laurie Frick’s work about sleep and how it affects people’s moods. So I’ve decided to do a similar subject, laziness and procrastination. So far it’s only an idea and I have no idea how I’m going to collect this data or present it. So those ideas will have to come over the next few weeks.

Animated Alphabets, part 2

Our lesson on the 9th October was more of a workshop to develop our ideas and work on what we would be doing. I made some more detailed sketches of the shape I would be using and how removing certain matches would work.

Here are the designs I did.

Over the past few days, I have been thinking to add another 4 matchsticks so that some of the letters don’t look so similar. In this design on the left, the letters, ‘D’ and ‘O’ look identical and ‘V’ just looks odd.

On the left is the new design of the shape, with this, I can have more angles to show the letter with. This week I plan to film a few letters, even if it’s just with my phone, to see how it looks.

I have also been thinking about when I will be putting the letters together to show the phrase, “Program, or be programmed”, and I had the idea that whichever music I choose it will have some kind of beat to it and the letter will appear as at random to form the sentence.



Advanced Digital Practice, the start

On the 6th October was our first Digital Practice lesson of the year. Over the next few weeks, we will be learning and experimenting with interactive posters and videos. The aim of this is to use code to create these images and then if they need it, some touch ups in Photoshop or After Effects.

To do this we will be using a software called Programming, to create a video which we can screen shot to get different results each time. As an example to show us the kind of thing we will be able to do, we copied out some code which just created 4 balls in random locations, with random colours over and over again. This created a different shape with different colours everytime you pressed play.

Lesson 1 with Nick and Ross

On the 5th October, we had our first ID1 lesson with Nick and Ross, where we discussed the subject of our project presentation. In this module, we would be looking into Data Visualization. Now, this is a subject I only know a little bit about and so will need to do quite a bit of research on it before I start my work.

We will also be making a presentation to show the work we have done as well as the research we’ve done on our subjects, and data collection/visualisation as a whole. We do have the option to just do the presentation, but I would rather do the presentation and a practical piece as well, using data I have collected.