Data Design at Goldsmiths BA Design Show 2011

Among my graduating year group was a great breath and variety of work across disciplines. Of the fellow projects from the show here are some innovative examples of representing information in interesting ways.

Rosann Ling – “Ink Stained Verses”:

Rosann Ling‘s project “Ink-stained Verses” used chromotography to express time in an alternative measurement (see film). Inspired by abstract philosophies of time in literature Ling aims to, “break the boundaries of standard units of Time. Merging the barriers separating past, present and future, and allow the mind to wander and take you to another moment in time.”

Over time, the paper absorbs the water and the ink runs – to symbolise the passing of that moment. “It is beautiful, and very symbolic of things being over, destroyed, almost of the death of time. The finished pieces of ink stained paper are works of art in themselves; a momento of a piece of time that can never be reclaimed.” I think this is a fascinating way to visualise time, producing really beautiful results, each different and unique.

Danny Morgan – “Give Data”:

Danny Morgan explored visualising data from the NHS blood stock to communicate the desperate demand for donors. Green representing a ‘good’ supply, fading to orange when supplies were low. Morgan created this visualisation to help “build an understanding that enables the user to attach emotions to the data.

This will raise an awareness to the urgency of blood donations and gives the user the opportunity to discover when their blood is most needed.” I think this is a great way to engage people with the data, linking them personally through blood type and allowing them to identify particular times when their blood group is low.

Chris Ibbit – “Mining for emotion”:

Something a little more unusual, Chris Ibbit programmed balloons to follow news channels through RSS feeds to physically show how positive or negative the news at that moment was. Every ten minutes the feeds would be scanned and the balloons inflated or deflated accordingly.

There were times during the show that the news was so negative it caused several to pop! I think this is a great installation, acting as a physically reacting device visualising temporary and unpredictable patterns of news stories.

Mor Bakal – “Sonic Sketch”:

Visualising gestures was a really interesting part of Mor Bakal‘s project. The pendulum drawing device made really intricate line drawings which she later translated into beautifully detailed 3D prints.


Daiki Ichikawa – “Phantom”:

On a more intangible note, Daiki Ichikawa‘s project about saving data in physical space was a very interesting way of documenting previous events. Ichikawa names these phantoms, he explains his aim to cause “the boundary between digital and physical environments is becoming increasingly blurred. Global Positioning Systems (GPS) allow us to digitally create phantoms in a physical space, for those who are deceased. While watching his short films the effect is surprisingly powerful, walking up to a spot and knowing that here, at one time, someone had died in a car accident.