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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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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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Persistent Memory Encouraged by Retroactive Analysis

One useful and powerful tool is retroactive analysis and mining of historic data.  There are enormous libraries, which heretofore were maintained solely by expensive, explicit effort.  Most of the film shot, printed and used by mankind is now in landfills.  What remains will only be preserved through digitization, functional metadata for authentication and sourcing, and […]

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Data Transcodes Imagination as Reality

Information, through transcoding, can take almost any form.  Sounds can be mapped to screens any number of ways.  Telecom and networks have transformed our relationship to the world around us.  Our cell phones now handle graphics, text and motion, and provide relatively robust, dense connections to the internet.  Text messaging has transcended the computer screen, […]

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Emergent Aesthetics of Data

We don’t have to look far to find examples of an emerging aesthetic.  New representational techniques are everywhere.  Celebrity playlists at the iTunes music store are one example.  Applications like Acid and Garageband are examples of database-driven music/sound.  Modernist techniques are fashionable because they rely upon an industrial plug-n-play paradigm from which the basic qualities […]

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Dataesthetic – A Fresh Perspective on Aesthetics and Cultural Change

Definition: dataesthetic da·ta n (takes a singular or plural verb) 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) information, for example, numbers, text, images, and sounds, in a form that is suitable for storage in or processing by […]

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