infographics + data visualization at the adobe museum of digital media (AMDM)
sep 13, 2011
infographics + data visualization at the adobe museum of digital media (AMDM)


‘inform: turning data into meaning’, curated by wired magazine editor thomas goetz, is the latest exhibition of the free online adobe museum of digital media

inform: turning data into meaning‘ is an exhibition on infographics and the quantification and visualization of data
from the digital world. curated by thomas goetz, executive editor of wired magazine, the exhibition is the most recent
addition to the adobe museum of digital media (AMDM), and represents the inaugural show of the online museum’s
‘curator in residence’ initiative.

the AMDM is an exclusively web-based gallery, accessible free of charge and focusing on how digital media
influences culture and society. the ‘inform’ exhibition presents ten compelling visualizations– across the range of static,
video, and interactive pieces– all explorable by visitors in greater detail. information about the project and text commentary
by goetz are easily accessible via icons on each project page, from which users may also engage in discussion
with other museumgoers in a comments section.

works include ‘317‘, a graphic visualization by carolina andreoli in which she charts the relationship she has
with each of the 317 people she met between 1987 and 2009; ‘we feel fine‘, the iconic web-scraping visualization
by jonathan harris and sep kamvar that offers and illustration and search for how the world is feeling
based on searches of personal blogs for the phrases ‘I feel’ and ‘I am feeling’; and ‘amsterdam SMS messages
on new year’s eve’ by aaron koblin, an animation that tracks the number of text messages sent over the days
leading up to and following january 1st, 2008.


‘amsterdam SMS messages on new year’s eve’ by aaron koblin, one of the works on exhibition in ‘inform: turning data into meaning’


‘we feel fine’ interface by jonathan harris and sep kamvar


‘inform:
turning data into meaning’, curated by wired magazine editor thomas
goetz, is the latest exhibition of the free online adobe museum of
digital media
above, ‘twitter reputations’ by kunal anand


‘skype visualization’ by onformative studio (cedric kiefer and julia laub)

exhibition curator thomas goetz:

for many of us, the digital world is where our lives take form. we quantify our friends on facebook, earn fans on flickr
and count followers on twitter. our every action is logged and cookied and crunched. this world may be invisible,
but it is demonstrably real. it is where ideas spread, communities emerge, passions flare, and news travels.

this exhibit celebrates a new generation of visual pioneers—part graphic designers, part statisticians, part artists—
who have a faculty for turning data into meaning, often with beauty and urgency we don’t expect from data.
[...] strictly speaking, these are simply visual displays of quantitative information. but [...] these visualizations
don’t just tell us about our world, on- and off-line; they tell us about ourselves, through and through.


exploring ‘we feel fine’ in the adobe museum of digital media gallery

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library