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So You Say

So You Say is the project I produced for the Winter 2012 ITP show. It is a visualization produced live during the two day event based on feedback from the show’s guests.

 

I asked people three questions:

  1. Why did you come to the show?
  2. Where are you from (where did you grow up)?
  3. What is your favorite project in the show?

For the first question, I had 8 potential answers to choose from. Each of these were color-c0ded to a piece of string.

  • Red: “I’m supporting a friend/family member.”
  • Green: “I’m looking for inspiration/ something new.”
  • Orange: “I’m looking to hire ITP students.”
  • Dark blue: “I’m an ITP alumnus.”
  • Yellow: “I’m with the press.”
  • Purple: “I’m a student/ teacher/ work in education.”
  • Light blue: “For fun!”
  • Pink: “I’m cruising for ladies/ guys.”

I had two separate clips positioned, one for all the string from the first day of the show on Sunday and another for Monday’s data. Visitors first chose their color of string, put a pin on the map for their home town, then connected that point with their favorite project.

After the show was complete, I very delicately took the project down and recorded the data. I got most of the points recorded, although a few of the strings came loose in the process. I also have gathered data from our show project database. This gives information about each project like students involved, what class it was for, keywords and some other metadata. My hope is to return to this project in the future and create another visualization (this time screen-based) where we can see and understand data about the show by category.

Understanding Networks: Trace Routes

Our assignment this week for Understanding Networks class was to use the traceroute service at http://www.yougetsignal.com/tools/visual-tracert/ and follow the trail to several of our most visited sites. This allows us to determine the major tier 1 providers essential to our lives.

Here are a few of my results, generated by using both the site’s “Host Trace” and “Proxy Trace” methods, connecting both from my home and from NYU.

NYTimes

Proxy trace from NYU

Host trace from my home

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ITP / PComp – “Talk to Me” @ MoMA

This week marked the start of my first term at NYU’s ITP. For my class Introduction to Physical Computing (PComp), our homework included a visit to the “Talk to Me” exhibit at MoMA.

“Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects explores the communication between people and things… Whether openly and actively, or in subtle, subliminal ways, things talk to us, and designers help us develop and improvise the dialogue. The exhibition focuses on objects that involve a direct interaction, such as interfaces, information systems, visualization design, and communication devices, and on projects that establish an emotional, sensual, or intellectual connection with their users. ” – MoMA

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Why We Get Fat

I recently finished Gary Taubes’ new book, Why We Get Fat. The book makes several interesting points about diet and nutrition. Most importantly, he claims that it is carbohydrates and not calories or fat that are the cause of the obesity epidemic and the related spike in chronic diseases.

Why We Get Fat

"Carbohydrate is driving insulin is driving fat."

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