it’s a good idea

What does it mean for a painter to… actually imitate someone else? What’s wrong with that? On the contrary, it’s a good idea. You should constantly try to paint like someone else. But the thing is, you can’t!

– Pablo Picasso

Speak Visual

This is a perfect, coincidental continuation from the last post.
Speak Visual from NVIDIA. The ‘hide-away’ navigation on the spotlight page is smart and the transitions from section to section are also really smooth.
I will admit that I actually clicked on a banner ad to get to the microsite. Reason? There was a funny shot of a great digital artist, Joshua Davis.

What’s that, Professor X?

Hybrids that can fluidly cross the chasm between technology and the arts are the mutations in the academic system. Traditionally, universities create technology students or art students—but never mix the two sides of the equation in the same person. During the 1990’s the mutants that managed to defy the norm would either seek me out, or else I would reach out to find them myself.

Data Visualization for ME

A big part of my job at Roundarch is working with and visualizing data and taking it beyond bars and pies. I don’t have much experience with data viz and as much as I appreciate and work with data visualizations, I haven’t found my ‘entry point’ into it yet.
Then I came across Nicholas Felton’s portfolio and I found my in.
Felton has done what I’ve always recommended to people who don’t have enough work in their portfolios – make stuff up.
He’s created annual reports of himself for 2007, 2006 and 2005.
Top tracks in iTunes listened to, miles traveled (and how far that is from the moon), digital photos taken, photos per country, books read, food eaten – the sum of Felton’s parts.
Brilliant idea.
His work has inspired me to not only visualize data in my own life, but how to do it for client work, how to find new connections with existing data.
Doing something something new with something old – this is the essence of innovation.
Once you ‘get it’, the world starts to look like visualizations, like Neo in the Matrix (but in a much more interesting way, no so numbery and greeny).
update: Victor tipped me off to this post at Cool Hunting, Andrew Kuo: No Lifeguard on Duty