democratizing visualization



communication interfaces

art & design


  Wind Map
with Martin Wattenberg
An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us. Eenergy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future. The Wind Map shows the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US.
  Art of Reproduction
with Martin Wattenberg
What does it mean to reproduce a work of art? As it turns out, it means to have one of many framings of reality. Art of Reproduction explores these discrepancies online. The discontinuities of color, texture and frame tell the story of the inaccuracies in reproduction, forming a tapestry of beautiful half-truths.
with Martin Wattenberg
Luscious is a celebration of the play of color. The piece pays homage to fashion designers and photographers, those who compose rousing images of light and color that fill the pages of glossy fashion magazines. The project distill their visions into abstract compositions.
  Web Seer
with Martin Wattenberg
Web Seer is a visualization of Google Suggest, a tool that lets you see what others are asking when they search the web. From the existential to the mundane, the questions form a portrait of human curiosity.
  Flickr Flow
with Martin Wattenberg
Flickr Flow is an experiment whose materials are color and time. We began with a collection of photographs of the Boston Common taken from Flickr. We calculated the relative proportions of different colors seen in photos taken in each month of the year, and plotted them on a yearly wheel.
  Body Electric
with Martin Wattenberg
Body Electric is a poetic animation of literary works that celebrate physicality and sensuality. Kinetic type and photographic imagery come together to convey the energy and rhythm of three classic texts: verse 9 of Whitman's "I Sing the Body Electric," the "Song of Solomon" from the King James Bible, and the passage "On Kissing" from the Kama Sutra.
with Martin Wattenberg
Fleshmap is an inquiry into human desire, its collective shape and individual expressions. In a series of artistic studies, we explore the relationship between the body and its visual and verbal representation. Touch investigates the collective perception of erogenous zones. Look explores individuality and the hidden surprises that each body reveals when bared. Listen investigates the relationship between language and the body.
  Wired Magazine anniversary splash page
with Martin Wattenberg
For its 15th anniversary, Wired wanted a piece  that celebrated its history by referencing some aspect of the magazine's culture. We immediately thought about the bold colors that distinguish Wired covers and based our visualization on that. The piece shows 15 years of covers in chronological order, with each circle displaying the main colors of the cover it represents.
  Artifacts of the Presence Era
with Ethan Perry, Ethan Howe, and Judith DonathAs the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston was finalizing plans for a new building, they commissioned a piece that would capture visitor activity in their existing location. Artifacts of the Presence Era recorded the images and sounds produced in the ICA gallery and visualized them as a growing, organic landscape that served as a historical record. The piece revealed long-term patterns in the museum (the rhythm of night and day, periods of great activity or empty silence), while retaining occasionally serendipitous samples of the passage of life.
   Artifacts of the Presence Era: Using Information Visualization to Create an Evocative Souvenir
  Artifacts of the Presence Era: Visualizing Presence for Posterity
  Poster for Gary Baseman
Gary Baseman gave a Distinguished Lecture at the University of Kansas and I was in charge of creating the announcement for his talk. The poster was based on a series of illustrations he sent me and my impression of his artistic personality. I decided the piece needed to be bold and cartoony, very much like his work. The poster was a big hit, ending up in the Illustration Annual of Communication Arts.
  Book cover: Pampa Pernambucano
Pampa Pernambucano is a book that celebrates a writer's fascination for an artist's paintings; poetry inspired by visual form. Written by Brazilian author Beatriz Viegas-Faria, each poem creates a dialogue with one of Gil Vicente's paintings and drawings. Keeping this duality of media in mind, the cover highlights the close relationship between words and images.

Exhibits   Design and the Elastic Mind
Museum of Modern Art, New York
February 24–May 12, 2008
Exhibited History Flow

Estética dos Mapas
Centro Universitário SENAC, São Paulo, Brazil
June, 2006
Exhibited History Flow

Places & Spaces: Cartography of the Physical and Abstract
Travelling Exhibit
2005 to present
Exhibiting History Flow

Social Capital: Forms of Interaction
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
May 20-June 26 2004
Independent Study Program Exhibition.
Exhibited Newsgroup Crowds and PostHistory

Boston CyberArts Festival
April 2003
Exhibited Artifacts of the Presence Era

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
January-April 2003
Exhibited Artifacts of the Presence Era

Artists Space Gallery, Soho New York.
June-July 2002
Exhibited PostHistory

SIGGRAPH 99: The Millenium Motel, Los Angeles, CA
August 1999
Exhibited Visiphone