Truth & Beauty https://truth-and-beauty.net Kirby Sun, 09 Oct 2022 16:22:41 +0000 Truth & Beauty — always chasing the perfect form for information Climate & Conflict Analysis https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/climate-and-conflict https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/climate-and-conflict Fri, 01 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 What is the relation between climate change and violent conflicts? Which role do socio-economic scope conditions play in exacerbating climate impact? How can we allow analysts and policymaker to make better decisions — based on heterogenous, multi-faceted information sources?

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Eurovis keynote 2022 https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/talks/eurovis https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/talks/eurovis Mon, 13 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0000 As invited keynote speaker for the EUROVIS conference, I talked about the iconic power of data visualization, the role of emotions, culture, symbols and how we read "between the lines" of data visualizations.

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WHO Data Design Language https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/who https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/who Wed, 01 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Developed for the data.who.int — the new home for WHO's public health data — the WHO Data Design Language defines building blocks and techniques for creating rich, informative, accessible and equitable information experiences.

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Visual Rhetorics / Data Art for Climate Action https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/talks/daca https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/talks/daca Thu, 24 Feb 2022 00:00:00 +0000 I my keynote at DACA 2022, I presented my perspective on climate visualization — from data sculptures over dashboards for beehives to Ed Hawkins' warming stripes.

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Designing the official German COVID-19 vaccination dashboard https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/talks/encore https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/talks/encore Sun, 14 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000 A concise, remote presentation on the design rationale and process behind the Impfdashboard — the official German COVID-19 vaccination dashboard.

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The dataviz mindset https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/talks/solutions https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/talks/solutions Thu, 02 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0000 This (German language) talk from the Solutions conference summarizes my thoughts on what constitutes the unique dataviz mindset. Enjoy!

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Silver at Malofiej 2021 https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/awards/malofiej-2021 https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/awards/malofiej-2021 Fri, 18 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0000 The Language of Science won a silver medal at the Malofiej awards, the (self-proclaimed) "Pulitzers of infographics". This project visualizes word usage trends over the 175 year history of the Scientific American magazine.

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Interview on Andy Kirk's Explore Explain https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/in-the-media/explore-explain https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/in-the-media/explore-explain Tue, 15 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0000 It was an honour to be featured in Andy Kirk's series "Explore Explain". Together with Scientific American's art director Jen Christiansen, we tell the story how our visualization project of word trends in the rich 175 year history of the magazine came about.

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Zukunftsfragen Interview https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/in-the-media/zukunftsfragen https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/in-the-media/zukunftsfragen Sun, 15 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Goethe Institute Italy invited me to contribute to their German / Italian Zukunftsfragen" interview series.

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Waves of Interest https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/waves-of-interest https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/waves-of-interest Mon, 26 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Which topics capture the attention of Americans during US election years? And how have our interests shifted from one election cycle to the next? This project investigates these questions with the help of Google Search Trends data.

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"It's a process" https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/talks/datavis-lisboa https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/talks/datavis-lisboa Tue, 22 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Here me talk about my design process at Datavis Lisboa.

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Deep Learning UX https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/sf-dlux https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/sf-dlux Thu, 27 Aug 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Einstein Designer is a generative design solution for delivering personalized design at scale. I helped the team at Salesforce to analyze, visualize and synthesize design features like layout, color and typography.

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The Language of Science https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/sciam-175-word-trends https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/sciam-175-word-trends Fri, 21 Aug 2020 00:00:00 +0000 On the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the magazine, Scientific American invited me to explore their archive of 5'107 print issues. The results are a fascinating glimpse into how the language of science reporting has evolved.

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Humanities, Arts and Society Magazine features Multiplicity https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/in-the-media/has https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/in-the-media/has Mon, 01 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0000 "Humanities, Arts and Society Magazine" features the Multiplicity project.

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Impfdashboard https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/impfdashboard https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/impfdashboard Wed, 15 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0000 How can we visualize the progress of COVID-19 vaccinations in Germany in a concise, appealing and accessible way? Our mobile-first solution for the official vaccination dashboard sets a new standard for governmental data communication around the pandemic.

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Perpetual Plastic https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/perpetual-plastic https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/perpetual-plastic Wed, 04 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000 What is the fate of all plastic ever produced? This 14m diameter data art sculpture, made from beach debris, provides the answer.

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Winner at National Geographic Innovation Challenge https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/awards/national-geographic-ocean-plastic-innovation-challenge https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/awards/national-geographic-ocean-plastic-innovation-challenge Wed, 04 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Perpetual Plastic — a 46ft data sculpture made from beach debris, showing the fate of all plastic ever produced — won Gold at the National Geographic Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge 2019. Thanks to my art activist Liina Klauss and marine scientist and designer Skye Morét for the great collaboration!

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Data Cuisine exhibited in Zürich https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/exhibitions/data-cuisine-zurich https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/exhibitions/data-cuisine-zurich Fri, 20 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Happy to announce that photo and video material from the Data Cuisine workshops will be on display at "Wissen in Bildern – Informationsdesign heute" in Zürich! Opening: Sep 20, 2019.

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Rhythm of Food in Breda https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/exhibitions/rhythm-of-food-at-breda https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/exhibitions/rhythm-of-food-at-breda Fri, 20 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0000 The Rhythm of Food project was selected to be part of the Graphic Matters: Information Superpower exhibition, Sep 20 to Oct 27, 2019.

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GROW Soil Moisture Maps https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/grow https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/grow Mon, 16 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0000 The GROW Observatory is a European-wide project engaging thousands of growers, scientists and others passionate about the land. We developed the Dynamic Soil Moisture Map as a demonstration of an information service which could be used by farmers, scientists and policy makers for applications in agriculture and climate forecasting. These maps use GROW sensor data combined with satellite data to generate a continuous estimation of water content over a terrain.

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dataviz : ecologies https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/talks/eyeo-2019 https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/talks/eyeo-2019 Mon, 03 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0000 At this year’s eyeo festival, I talked about visual strategies for data visualization in the realm of ecology and climate change. Contents may include data sculptures, bee data dashboards, hyperobjects.

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Keynote at VIZBI 2019 https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/talks/keynote-at-vizbi-2019 https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/talks/keynote-at-vizbi-2019 Fri, 15 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0000 I was invited to give a keynote at VIZBI, the scientific conference for visualizing biological data. I talked about "The art and science of data visualization" — reaching from data legibility to data art, and bigger questions in the relation of the arts and the sciences.

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Beyond heatmaps — Data visualization for a warming planet https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/teaching/beyond-heatmaps https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/teaching/beyond-heatmaps Mon, 11 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0000 As it seems, we have hit a wall in the visual rhetorics surrounding climate change. How can data visualization help to make global warming more graspable? We investigated this question in the course "Beyond heatmaps" at HfK Bremen.

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Information is Beautiful Awards 2018 https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/awards/information-is-beautiful-awards-2018 https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/awards/information-is-beautiful-awards-2018 Tue, 04 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 M U L T I P L I C I T Y won Gold in the "Unusual" category at the Information is Beautiful Awards 2018. For me, this marks award number eleven in a winning streak of seven consecutive years. Wow!

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Truth & Beauty for Science! https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/teaching/dataviz-science-workshop https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/teaching/dataviz-science-workshop Tue, 21 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0000 I taught a training course for data visualization for scientists in Utrecht, Netherlands, August 2018. For more information, check out this interview I did with the organizers from Graphic Hunters.

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Food & Drink Infographics https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/in-the-media/food-drink-infographics https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/in-the-media/food-drink-infographics Mon, 09 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0000 "Food & Drink Infographics" (TASCHEN, Simone Klabin, ed. Julius Wiedemann) features my Muesli Ingredient Network.

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Rhythm of Food at Places & Spaces https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/exhibitions/rhythm-of-food-at-places-spaces https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/exhibitions/rhythm-of-food-at-places-spaces Sun, 01 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0000 I am very happy to announce that the Rhythm of Food project was selected to be part of the Places and Spaces exhibition, curated by the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University. I am very excited to bring our work to many young people around the world — so far the exhibit has been shown at over 375 venues in 28 countries on 6 continents!

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World Economic Forum https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/WEF https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/WEF Sun, 01 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0000 I am a long-term consultant for the World Economic Forum. My tasks range from strategic consultations to the design of interactive information visualization and print graphics.

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Under the Sun https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/under-the-sun https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/under-the-sun Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0000 There's exactly one point where the sun is at zenith, right now. A trip around the world in 24 hours — everyday anew, never quite the same. A nod to the beauty of nature, the passing of time, and a heating planet.

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Keynote at OpenVisConf 2018 https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/talks/openvisconf-2018 https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/talks/openvisconf-2018 Mon, 14 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 It was a huge honor for me to keynote the first European edition of one of my favorite conferences: OpenVisConf in Paris, May 14-16, 2018.

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123 data at Fondation EDF, Paris https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/exhibitions/123-data https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/exhibitions/123-data Thu, 03 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 1 2 3 data at Fondation EDF Paris (open May to September 2018) features five of my projects: from Projekt Ukko, On Broadway, Selfiecity to a first-ever physical exhibit of Data Cuisine and finally, a brand new commission specifically for the exhibition: Multiplicity — a collective photographic portrait of the city of Paris, with the help of machine learning techniques.

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Multiplicity https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/multiplicity https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/multiplicity Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Today, we collectively and continuously document our city experience on social media platforms, shaping a virtual city image. Multiplicity reveals a novel view of this photographic landscape of attention and interests. How does Paris look as seen through the lens of thousands of photographers? What are the hotspots of attraction, what are the neglected corners? What are recurring poses and tropes? And how well do the published pictures reflect your personal view of the city?

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Information is Beautiful Awards 2017 https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/awards/information-is-beautiful-awards-2017 https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/awards/information-is-beautiful-awards-2017 Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0000 I won Gold for Rhythm of Food and Bronze for Peak Spotting at the Information is Beautiful Awards 2017.

This marks awards number 9 and 10 from a winning streak of 6 consecutive years(!). It's an incredible honor to receive such amazing ongoing support and recognition. Huge thanks and hi-fives also to my numerous collaborators on these projects!

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"The Data Viz That’s Helping Transform A $45 Billion Company" https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/in-the-media/fastco-peakspotting https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/in-the-media/fastco-peakspotting Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Fast Company features our work for Deutsche Bahn, describing it as "Not only is it pretty to look at, but it’s affecting change in ways that are easy to measure, but also profound."

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Wahl 2Q17 https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/wahl-2q17 https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/wahl-2q17 Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000 How do people search for candidates and political topics? And what are they really interested in? Wahl 2Q17 uses Google Trends data to visualize the Google Search interest in the top candidates of the seven most searched political parties in the German general election 2017. From near real-time to long-term search interest, the project provides a rich overview over the search activity of millions of people.

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Peak Spotting https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/peakspotting https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/peakspotting Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0000 More and more people travel by train in Germany. How can we combine machine learning and visual analytics methods to help manage the passenger loads?

Peak Spotting provides yield and capacity managers with rich visual tools to identify potential bottlenecks early on and react through price management, communications or logistic solutions.

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There be dragons: dataviz in the industry https://truth-and-beauty.net/_3-writing/there-be-dragons https://truth-and-beauty.net/_3-writing/there-be-dragons Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 There be dragons: dataviz in the industry https://truth-and-beauty.net/texts/there-be-dragons https://truth-and-beauty.net/texts/there-be-dragons Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 The Rhythm of Food https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/the-rhythm-of-food https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/the-rhythm-of-food Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000 What can we learn about food culture by looking at Google search data? When do people search for smoothies, soup, or fruit salad? The Rhythm of Food, a visualization project in collaboration with Google News Lab, sheds light on the many facets of food seasonality, based on twelve years of Google search data.

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EPFL Data Monolith https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/epfl-data-monolith https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/epfl-data-monolith Fri, 04 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000 The EPFL Data Monolith presents an immersive data perspective on the complex microcosmos that constitutes university life. It is on display at the Data Square exhibition in the ArtLab building at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Structured along three main themes, visitors can explore the university “superorganism” from a variety of data angles in an interactive data experience.

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Information is Beautiful Awards 2016 https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/awards/information-is-beautiful-awards-2016 https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/awards/information-is-beautiful-awards-2016 Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000 I am thrilled to have been awarded three Information is Beautiful Awards 2016.

  • Dataviz Project Gold for Data Cuisine
  • Data Visualization Silver for Projekt Ukko
  • Special price for Outstanding Individual
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Data Cuisine talk at eyeo 2016 https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/talks/eyeo-2016 https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/talks/eyeo-2016 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Can we use food as a medium for information? This talk from eyeo 2016 presents the Data Cuisine project, which turns abstract data into delicious experiences.

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Project Ukko exhibitions https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/exhibitions/ukko https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/exhibitions/ukko Sun, 01 May 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Project Ukko was exhibited at Future Everything, Manchester, 2016 (Multitouch installation and ambient loop) as well as Information+ exhibition, Vancouver, 2016.

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Project Ukko https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/ukko https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/ukko Fri, 15 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Project Ukko presents a novel way to spot patterns in seasonal wind prediction data. Understanding future wind conditions can become a crucial component block in supporting clean energy sources and climate change resilience.

Our visualization allows energy traders, wind farm managers and others to spot global patterns and trends in future wind conditions, and drill into detailed prediction breakdowns on a regional level.

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Little boxes https://truth-and-beauty.net/_3-writing/little-boxes https://truth-and-beauty.net/_3-writing/little-boxes Tue, 12 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Little boxes https://truth-and-beauty.net/texts/little-boxes https://truth-and-beauty.net/texts/little-boxes Tue, 12 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000 -ach, -ingen, -zell https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/achingenzell https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/achingenzell Mon, 11 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Open Systems Wall Display https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/open-systems-wall-display https://truth-and-beauty.net/projects/open-systems-wall-display Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0000 How do you keep track of security situations on thousands of servers world-wide? The leading enterprise ICT security provider Open Systems commissioned me to produce an ambient, large scale, real-time visualization of security incidents, server statuses and support activities for their offices.

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Information is Beautiful Award 2015 https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/awards/iib-2015 https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/awards/iib-2015 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Selfiecity London https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/exhibitions/big-bang-data https://truth-and-beauty.net/appearances/exhibitions/big-bang-data Tue, 01 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0000 We created a special London version of the Selfiecity project for the Big Bang Data exhibition at Somerset House, London. The installation is up 03 Dec 2015 — 28 Feb 2016.

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