A new documentary that explores the role of process, experimentation and algorithm in creative coding.
The BBC has created a monster infographic illustrating “every attempt to leave Earth’s orbit and reach a destination in extraterrestrial space – be it with probes, orbiters, rovers, or of course manned missions.” The graphic shows successful and failed missions, country of launch origin and type of mission (eg., fly-by, rover, actual landing). Image: Screenshot, detail from Spacial Awareness: Ultimate guide to exploring space, via the BBC.
Sound data visualized.
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This is a phrase that has stuck with me since Tim O’Reilly uttered some form of it two years ago. Tim was talking about online cartography, saying it’s not the maps that matter: it’s getting to our destination. Maps are a half-step short of that goal. And in a world of navigational algorithms and self-driving cars, maps become less useful as tools.
Likewise, data visualization is a halfway house: a stopping place on the path from data to decision.