1. Infographic guru Nicholas Felton sets the pace for today’s data visual narratives through his ultra-detailed Personal Annual Reports and a substantial contribution to the Facebook timeline redesign. In the recent Gestalten workshop, participants were able to pick his brain and explore the fundamental methods of data gathering along with visual storytelling techniques. Here with Gestalten.tv, Felton shares his wisdom on data visualization, articulates the history and catalyst effect of his “Feltron” reports, and of course, reveals the appeal of working at Facebook.

    Upcoming Gestalten workshops: news.gestalten.com/space/workshop
    More on Gestalten.tv: vimeo.com/gestalten

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  2. This video is based on the poster "The 892 unique ways to partition a 3x4 grid" which can be found at :
    http://www.dubberly.com/concept-maps/3x4grid.html

    The poster illustrates a change in design practice. Computation-based design—that is, the use of algorithms to compute options—is becoming more practical and more common. Design tools are becoming more computation-based; designers are working more closely with programmers; and designers are taking up programming.

    Above, you see the 892 unique ways to partition a 3 × 4 grid into unit rectangles. For many years, designers have used grids to unify diverse sets of content in books, magazines, screens, and other environments. The 3 × 4 grid is a com-mon example. Yet even in this simple case, generating all the options has—until now—been almost impossible.

    Patch Kessler designed algorithms to generate all the possible variations, identify unique ones, and sort them—not only for 3 × 4 grids but also for any n × m grid. He instantiated the algorithms in a MATLAB program, which output PDFs, which Thomas Gaskin imported into Adobe Illustrator to design the poster.

    Rules for generating variations
    The rule system that generated the variations in the poster was suggested by Bill Drenttel and Jessica Helfand who noted its relationship to the tatami mat system used in Japanese buildings for 1300 years or more. In 2006, Drenttel and Helfand obtained U.S. Patent 7124360 on this grid system—“Method and system for computer screen lay-out based on recombinant geometric modular structure”.

    The tatami system uses 1 × 2 rectangles. Within a 3 × 4 grid, 1 × 2 rectangles can be arranged in 5 ways. They appear at the end of section 6.

    Unit rectangles (1 × 1, 1 × 2, 1 × 3, 1 × 4; 2 × 2, 2 × 3, 2 × 4; 3 × 3, 3 × 4) can be arranged in a 3 × 4 grid in 3,164 ways. Many are almost the same—mirrored or rotated versions of the same configuration. The poster includes only unique variations—one version from each mirror or rotation group. Colors indicate the type and number of related non-unique variations. The variations shown in black have 3 related versions; blue, green, and orange have 1 related version; and magenta variations are unique, because mirroring and rotating yields the original, thus no other versions. (See the table to the right for examples.)

    Rules for sorting
    The poster groups variations according to the number of non-overlapping rectangles. The large figures indicate the beginning of each group. The sequence begins in the upper left and proceeds from left to right and top to bottom. Each group is further divided into sub-groups sharing the same set of elements. The sub-groups are arranged according to the size of their largest element from largest to smallest. Squares precede rectangles of the same area; horizontals precede verticals of the same dimensions. Within sub-groups, variations are arranged according to the position of the largest element, preceding from left to right and top to bottom. Variations themselves are oriented so that the largest rectangle is in the top left. Black dots separate groups by size. Gray dots separate groups by orientation.

    Where to learn more
    Grids have been described in design literature for at least 50 years. French architect Le Corbusier describes grid systems in his 1946 book, Le Modulor. Swiss graphic designer Karl Gerstner describes a number of grid systems or “programmes” in his 1964 book, Designing Programmes. The classic work on grids for graphic designers is Josef Muller-Brockman’s 1981 book, Grid Systems.

    Patch Kessler explores the mathematical underpinnings of grid generation in his paper “Arranging Rectangles”. http://www.mechanicaldust.com/Documents/Partitions_05.pdf

    Thomas Gaskin has created an interactive tool for viewing variations and generating HTML. http://www.3x4grid.com

    Design: Thomas Gaskin
    Creative Direction: Hugh Dubberly
    Algorithms: Patrick Kessler
    Patent: William Drenttel + Jessica Helfand

    Copyright © 2011
    Dubberly Design Office
    2501 Harrison Street, #7
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    415 648 9799

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  3. radically condensed demonstration of oblong's g-speak spatial operating environment

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  4. OBJECT 10 is the second printed publication with works by Kilian Eng / DW Design.
    Out late spring/early summer 2013

    Published by Portland based Floating World Comics, http://www.floatingworldcomics.com

    A special thanks to the Swedish producer Boerd for contibuting with the music in the clip.

    Track title: Mantra
    http://www.boerd.se

    Taken from the album Cerebrum, Released January 2013 trough
    Comorbid Records http://www.comorbidrecords.com

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  5. Writer / Director / VFX Supervisor: Marc Rienzo
    Producer: Lisa Zusmer DelPrete
    CG Supervisor: Eric Sanford
    Lead Compositor: Gianni Aliotti
    Lighting Lead: Mark De La Garza
    Sound Designer: Ren Klyce
    Sound Mix: Lime Studios
    Music Composer: Craig Palmer

    'Heads-Up Display' can be seen in Anaglyph Stereo 3D here:
    vimeo.com/67907954

    VFX Breakdown:
    vimeo.com/54817877

    Additional Mets spots:

    "The Ball Unleashed"
    vimeo.com/marcrienzo/theballunleashed

    Amazin'
    vimeo.com/25774046

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