Welcome + Posting Guidelines

Welcome to our class blog for Foundations of Art, Design, and Digital Culture! You will be expected to post on here once a week before each Monday’s class. Your posts should relate to something we are talking about in class. They can range anywhere from design, painting, photography, sculpture, performance, composition, fashion, video, architecture, and theory….

The Animation Process of Klaus!

While discussing different animation softwares today in class, I was reminded of a YouTube video that I had watched on the Netflix movie “Klaus” and how the animators used different techniques to create the beautiful end product. Instead of using CGI to create 3-dimensional characters, the characters were hand drawn and then lighting elements were…

Physics Engines and Visual Effects

As we move onto exploring the intersection of code and design through processing, I was reminded of a lecture I once attended about the advances in physics engines used for generating visual effects. This article provides a fun overview of the topic! I think the most interesting part of the physics engines is the shift…

Ramble Maps Turns Geographic Data Into Wall Art

This artist takes the data collected from parks and mountains he skis on and turns it into three dimensional wall art. Although his artworks may be a little less abstract than what we are doing for the data portrait, the three dimensional sculptures of the mountains are derived from online data sets. You can find…

Interactive, Digital Art Museum Opens in Tokyo

A two summers ago I had the opportunity to go to Japan and visit a museum that combines technology, science, and art through interactive art exhibits. They use over 520 computers to create natural digital landscapes that change and evolve with your movements. Created by TeamLab Borderless, the group of artists and technologists aim to…

Meet 6 Artists Who Have Swept Data Art into the Digital Age

We generate 2.5 quintillion – or 2.5 million trillion – bytes of data that record our online activity each day: an inconceivable amount. With recent advances in technology and over 4.2 billion people using the World Wide Web today, the volume of data being produced, collected and stored has never been greater.  As a raw…

PLACEHOLDER – Brand Design Studio

These designs are so striking but in a seemingly simple way. It appears they have found the perfect permutation with the use of text and color. Their designs rely on large bold text to deliver the message and give character. Although it is not always paid as much attention as images are, font can gives…

Data Visualization

Thinking about our upcoming project regarding collecting and representing data, I found this article that talks about different ways to represent data. Although the article is kind of long, I found the “Style” section in the middle the most helpful , where it talks about how using colors and shapes can be used to represent…

Nathalie Miebach | Using Storm Data to Make Art

Artist Nathalie Miebach uses data that she collects (as well as some data from the internet) from storms to create intricate sculptures that represent the data. In her TED Talk, Natalie explains that her sculptures “reveal behavioral relationships that may not come across through a two-dimensional graph.” After making the sculptures, she then uses the…

Artists Who Turn Data Into Art

On Medium, I found an article that listed six artists who are turning data into art projects: Golan Levin, David McCandless, Natalie Miebach, Aaron Koblin, Chris Jordan, and Oscar Sharp and Ross Goodwin. Of the six, I particularly liked Natalie Miebach’s artwork and thought that it was really relevant to our data portrait project. This…