I found the work of Matthew Porter on FFFFound last week. For those of you for don’t know what FFFFound is, it’s porn for designers.
Then I ran into his work again today at the Morning News.
His shots of these classic cars are great, I’ve already added them as wallpapers to my iPhone.
It’s unfortunate his website is so small. 🙁
So my geeky ass was interviewed on Level3 Hosting’s Red Couch at this year’s Phizzpop competition in Chicago in which the company I work for, Roundarch, was one of the competing teams.
Ok, so I need more practice with my speaking skills (Pound a beer every time I say ‘ya know’).
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
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.
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.
- John Maeda aka Professor X
from the book, Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists
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.
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