Definition: dataesthetic

da·ta n (takes a singular or plural verb)

  1. information, often in the form of facts or figures obtained from experiments or surveys, used as a basis for making calculations or drawing conclusions (n)
  2. information, for example, numbers, text, images, and sounds, in a form that is suitable for storage in or processing by a computer (n)

aes·thet·ic n

  1. a set of defining principles (n)
  2. relating to the philosophical principles of aesthetics (adj)
  3. sensitive to or appreciative of art or beauty (adj)
  4. pleasing in appearance (adj)

da-taes-thet-ic n

  1. a set of principles dealing with the study of aesthetic values in the design, presentation and delivery of data. (n)
  2. the study of the rules and principles of efficient and effective data design and delivery. (n)
  3. a particular theory or measure of how clearly or directly information is delivered. (n)

Data is at the core of our social, political, mental and physical worlds.  It shapes experience, memory and physical reality through it’s manipulation and control. Form and function follow data.

Computers are no longer generic information appliances, but part of every machine and device we use.  Fast, cheap digital logic on integrated circuits encourage mass-customization and micro-applications.  These devices are increasingly connected to us and each other by networks (wired and wireless). There is a large and expanding demand for rational, natural systems to display, manipulate and deliver data.

Time and attention are valuable commodities in data-driven culture: ever-more channels, websites and numbers voraciously consume both.  Industrialization required new techniques for expressing ideas and designing and manufacturing new kinds of products with brand new materials.  Communications and transportation advances shrunk the world and globalized markets, requiring universally clear ways to exchange information.

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