There’s something about the matrix sketch here that I like the look of. Almost like creating a code matrix of some sort. I think she’s just done it to actually organise the patches ready to be sewn for the quilt rather than anything else
The abstract design was prodused using processing with Joshua Davis. Love this merging of handmade and generative art. The more I look the more examples I’m finding!
I feel like I have reached a significant milestone in my project and I want to write a post just to explain that briefly.
I have decided to use the following forms of data:
1/ Nike Fuel Band – Patterns in my daily activity
I have found an ‘automated’ way to keep a record of my daily activities through the Nike fuel band. However how accurate it is is another matter as a blog here revealed, much to my disappointment. However I suppose, accurate or not, it will give me some indication even if it is just an average.
2/ Facebook Analytics – Patterns in the decline of use
I’m still looking to find a simple way to get a record of my facebook activities over the last few years. I would like to plot the ‘decline’ of my use of it. I’d be interested to see the decline…. Read Full Post »
The brain finds it relatively easy to grasp threes — elements, colours and fonts. Push that marginally up to four and the brain gets confused about where to look and what to do, and sends the eye scampering like a frisky puppy on a sunny day.
So why does this happen? For that we might have to go back a little to diaper country. As a child, everything you did and learned seemed to be centered around three — A,B,C; 1,2,3; Three blind mice, Three musketeers, Trinity, Three Stooges and Huey, Louie and Dewey. (Quack! Quack! Quack!)
Then again, maybe these writers, animators and wise men understood the ease with which we understand ‘threes’ and reconstructed their work to fit this paradigm.
The Building Blocks of Visual Communication: Elements, Fonts and Colours
Most visual communication can be reduced to these three features:elements, fonts and colours. Understand how they work and you’ve given yourself the added advantage of a mini design degree.
The polar area diagram is similar to a usual pie chart, except sectors are equal angles and differ rather in how far each sector extends from the center of the circle. The polar area diagram is used to plot cyclic phenomena (e.g., count of deaths by month). For example, if the count of deaths in each month for a year are to be plotted then there will be 12 sectors (one per month) all with the same angle of 30 degrees each. The radius of each sector would be proportional to the square root of the death count for the month, so the area of a sector represents the number of deaths in a month. If the death count in each month is subdivided by cause of death, it is possible to make multiple comparisons on one diagram, as is clearly seen in the form of polar area diagram famously developed by Florence Nightingale.
Unfortunately, other than the books I mentioned above, there are not many other sources from which you can really learn something. But luckily there are some few notable exceptions! Tamara Munzner and Jeff Heer, top-researchers in the field, share the material of their courses freely on the web and you should not miss them for any reason:
The begining part of this video is really useful for my presentation I have to give at work. It gives and insight into research and how best to go about this within the MA. The image below was also explained and I will attempt to use this to explain my process.
Throught this process I’m meant to be analysing the way I’m learning and remembering not to go back and forward without method or purpose as that can be really easy to do, so I’m posting this to remind me of that fact!
A great tool to create a Facebook report!
I found it here amongst other personal informatics collection tools
Shame it loks like I have to go pro to be able to download it to use any time but still very handy to know about.
I don’t use Facebook much anymore and I thought it might be interesting to look back at my usage of it and how and when I did use it at the time it was most popular in my life.
It might be interesting to see what was going on and why I was active when I was.
I might also look into using Facebook again but in another capacity… hmm I doubt it! I just feel I’ve outgrown it… The only use of it might be for family or friends who are abroad but I’d rather call, email or whatsapp those people…
Will investigate. It seems such a rich platform for data that it seems a shame not to use it! LOL! Not a good enough reason!
I’m really interested in tracking my viewing habits because I’d like to watch better TV rather than just what’s on.It’s a potential source of ‘Personal Informatics’ which I’d like to explore.
I’m trying to find a way of creating an archive of TV viewing data, some kind of record of what I’ve been watching. That way I can rate my viewing per week and see patterns develop in my viewing habits OR week on week I can see what kind of viewing worked better for me… which channels provided the best stuff, etc…
This could work in some sort of ‘My channel’ or ‘My Playlist’ capacity with the ability to allow me to see my developing viewing patterns rather than just keeping a calender of what I want to watch in the future…
In an ideal world it would all be hooked up… TED TV, you tube, anywhere where I consumed video content that would be archived but for now I’m just looking to see if there’s anywhere I can get the info from my actual Sky account that shows me exactly what I’ve been watching for the past 6months foe example???