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Posts tagged "visualization"
Feb 16, 2013
From Random Polygon to Ellipse
Draw some random points on a piece of paper and join them up to make a random polygon. Find all the midpoints and connecting them up to give a new shape, and repeat. The resulting shape will get smaller and smaller, and will tend towards an ellipse! [code] [more] [bigger version]
Dear Unthinkable Mind Class,
This looks like a picture of how a cohesive idea slowly makes itself present. It reminds me of how memories prompted by any random word will always generate a story once we focus on them.
I filled at least half a dozen notebook pages on a plane recently trying to recreate this. Maybe the best illustration of how a book or a project comes together, too…
Aug 28, 2011
Aug 26, 2011
A page from John Cage’s “Aria”
Cage wanted the piece to be singable by any male or female vocalist, and he wanted them to freely choose 10 different singing styles that could be rapidly alternated. Each style is represented by a different color and the shape of the squiggles indicates the general melodic contour.
Link: Scoring Outside the Lines - NYTimes.com
Aug 11, 2011
Apr 03, 2011
The purpose of visualization is insight, not pictures.
Jan 16, 2011
Drummer Gene Krupa performing at Gjon Mili’s studio. NYC, 1941
*Amazing* photographs from LIFE Magazine’s photo archives. Originally featured in the July 9th, 1941 article, “GENE KRUPA SHOWS HOW TO PLAY DRUM IN THESE FANTASTIC SOUND PICTURES.”
In these unusual shots Krupa illustrates some rudiments of drumming. They were taken by Gjon Mili’s multiple-exposure camera so you could follow the track of Krupa’s drumsticks whizzing through the air. But they are interesting also as impressionistic portraits of sound, suggesting the rhythmic pandemonium of a Krupa jam session.
….As a drum historian, he likes to tell how Napoleon Bonaparte was once defeated by Russians who were roused to a fighting frenzy by Cossack drummers. Says Krupa proudly, “I have Cossack blood myself.”
Also, be sure to follow the LIFE Tumblr.
Nov 03, 2010
Oct 28, 2010
Oct 12, 2010
Game Controller Family Tree
by Steve Cable
Whilst playing my Super Nintendo the other day I noticed there were a lot of similarities between it’s controller and the latest xbox 360 controller. I wondered how these interfaces, that so many people use, have developed over time. So I did a bit of research and created an infographic that illustrates the key design changes and innovation
Oct 01, 2010
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