Sunday, 8 July 2012

Final Project: Visualisations

It's been mentioned already but in order to give my project a good level momentum and public visibility, I'm linking up with LV21's International Light Vessel Weekend where a number of ships dotted around the globe will communicate with each other using Morse code and radio. Website here:

Projections work well on small spaces when they're simple and eye-catching as opposed to being densely layered and textured. With this in mind, Morse Code can be symbolised and broken down as a series of dots and dashes. Attendees at the event will no doubt have an interest in the code so the obvious thing to do is base the projections around creating messages through this system. This is the easiest part, plenty of translators exist out there. The challenge will come from presenting this information in stimulating and exciting way. 

I really love the aesthetics of word clouds. This one is based on the opening Wikipedia entry for Light Vessels. Having something akin to this in code and animated to could work well.

Simple but very graphical. Morse code visualisation by Ryan Dixon. Each letter is assigned it's own colour. It says ‘If the presence of electricity can be made visible in any part of the circuit, I see no reason why intelligence may not be transmitted instantaneously by electricity’. Samuel Morse

I really like these faux scientific diagrams by Peter Buwert. "Illustrations created as part of my dissertation to complement text on a spatial theory of cognitive mapping. The illustrations are not accurate representations of the theory, but are created with a slightly tongue in cheek humourous aspect intended. The theory is dense and hard work at times, and so I decided to use a textbook diagram aesthetic to create faux scientific diagrams to subtly mock myself and my own attempts to analyse culture scientifically." Website here:

More to come.