[Fireside Chat] Jonathan Harris, Aaron Koblin, and Marcos Weskamp (Part 1 of 2)
[Fireside Chats are round table discussions conducted using Campfire.]
The latest chat is with three people who visualize data in fascinating ways…
Jonathan Harris (Daylife, We Feel Fine, etc.)
“My work uses the Internet as a means of studying the human world. It’s one part anthropology, one part computer science, and one part visual art.”
Aaron Koblin (The Sheep Market, Flight Patterns, etc.)
“I’m not a scientist, not a statistician, not a graphic designer…I suppose that makes me an Artist.”
Marcos Weskamp (Flickrgraph, Newsmap, etc.)
“I think the reason why infoviz is so interesting for me is because it gives me a little bit of every world…art, visual problem solving and engineering.”
Moderated by Matt from 37signals.
“Our role is to continue to put out these ideas that are just ahead of what everyone is doing, but which are largely inevitable. Then we move on, and make something else.”
“What I see is an enormous amount of humanity on the web. The humanity is hiding in data. I don’t think enough people have been able to bring data to life, both visually and empathetically.”
“There is so much humanity online but it currently exists in such a visually sterile form.”
“My inspiration comes from really simple questions I ask myself about the world. Like, I wonder if men or women feel heartbroken more often? And then I try to think about ways I can use data to find an answer.”
Read Part 2.