Thomas Goetz, Executive Editor of Wired Magazine has been exploring how data can come to life and can be visualized to help us better understand our actions and environments. In this exhibit he's selected work to render meaning. He says this "range of visual pioneers transform raw data into compelling information and beautiful displays".
Goetz calls these visual pioneers "part graphic designers, part statisticians, part artists". They create beautiful meaning in ways we don't usually expect from raw data. They are simply displays of quantitative information.
The exhibit includes illustrations about data compiled from Ecloud, Wiki communities, Amsterdam SMS messages, deletion discussions on wikipedia, Skype, map of earthquake tweets and others.
By far, this is one of the most compelling exhibits in digital media that i've seen since my undergraduate studies at the University of Detroit Mercy in my Electronic Critique (Digital Media Studies) program. My former director and professor Marcel O'Gorman would love this! I think this is a great project for the Digital Media Studies program and wish we had done something like this as a class. Each student creates their own project that comes together as a live digital exhibit. Follow the link below to reach the exhibit. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
Adobe Museum of Digital Media | InForm :: Turning Data into Meaning