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Dataesthetic Principles of Networks, Form and Design

The primacy of information in all aspects of life requires a new understanding of aesthetic values.  The nature and scale of this change, from an industrial to information driven world, has deep implications, already reflected in visual design.  New realities have transformed aesthetic systems, so it’s useful to consider a dataesthetic perspective. Form and function […]

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Datacentric Data Collection – Seeing Is Creative

It’s crucial to understand that everything that happens in a dataesthetically designed space is potentially content.  Every user’s click, every author’s decision may have value at some future point in time.  Therefore, care must be taken to collect and categorize data as it’s generated, to facilitate that future use.  This doesn’t mean this data must […]

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Datacentric User-Driven Websites

Sites only get repeat visits with fresh content.  Not just any fresh content, but GREAT content.  Many bands already have a leg up: some have interesting but modestly recorded songs that aren’t really album worthy, but can be offered periodically as gifts to attract users (at strategic times).  Likewise, most rock shows are a terrific […]

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Escape From The Blogosphere

Since the turn of the 21st Century, the text journal, or “web-log” foreshortened to ‘blog, has been a popular format for discussion and even dissemination of news!  Aside from the novelty and joy of knowing 40 other people recognize your handle, the phenomenon differs little in substance from the long-established “vanity press”.  It’s difference in […]

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Micromedia

Not surprisingly the common domains around the term “micromedia” are occupied by microscopic entities unrelated to media in the conventional sense.  Still the concept behind the phrase remains valid: one key to developing the info-economy is development of laser-focused media outlets where the content, the specific information, is the magnet.  Micromedia leverage visibility and access […]

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Database Content and Creative Code

As a form, cinema has always had enormous potential to express rich, interior character perspectives, and deliver emotional content.  Audiences have always been quicker to suspend disbelief in theatrical environments, and realism enhances the experience.  The cool air, acoustic isolation, and darkness of the room, the cushion and contour of the seats, and the sheer […]

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Historic Examples & Cultural Foundations of Dataesthetics

The mechanical, gear driven engine was surely both engine and mediator for the economy and design style best exemplified by the Bauhaus in the early 20th Century.  From that singularity arose an ideal that is best expressed in the phrase “form follows function.”  dataesthetic philosophy is derived from a similar convergence at the dawn of […]

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Connections & Background

dataesthetics goes beyond a “design system” or style, but that paradigm can provide useful design strategies for new media based presentation of information.  Its crucial we recognize a distinction between graphic and visual design and  dataesthetics: new media uses more channels, and the best products invite modification and re-purposing.  Our best tools suggest and support […]

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A Rationale for Database Driven Design & Dataesthetics – a sidenote

One obvious matter in this discussion: Who really needs another philosophical or artistic movement?  In our cut and paste world, it would seem to make more sense to adopt ad hoc strategies that fit current needs than any over-stretched construct.  Upon examination it’s easy to see that dataesthetics presumes the existence of many valid paradigms, […]

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Dataesthetic Design Today

We live in a culture that fully, if unconsciously, reflects our primary tools in our images, products and ideas.  Our politicians reflexively deliver messages with powerfully plastic meaning.  Our entertainment is created and delivered by database.  Our houses, cars and iPods are pseudo-customized and fully modular in form and function.  dataesthetics is no longer a […]

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