Friday, June 08, 2007

[Fireside Chat] Jonathan Harris, Aaron Koblin, and Marcos Weskamp (Part 1 of 2)

Interview about Bascamp but with wider application ...

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.

Matt to get started, why don’t you guys each describe for our readers what you do.

Jonathan 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.
Jonathan A good example of these ideas is We Feel Fine.

It’s a study of human emotion, using large scale blog analysis
Jonathan It scans blogs to try to understand how different populations of people around the world are feeling.

Aaron Sometimes it’s tricky to describe what I do concisely. Last year I received an award from the National Science Foundation titled first place in “non-interactive media” It surprised me that the category was more well-defined by what it wasn’t than what it was. Sometimes it seems like that method of describing my work is more appropriate. I’m not a scientist, not a statistician, not a graphic designer, ... I suppose that makes me an Artist.

Marcos well, I’m an Interaction Designer with a really strong interest in information visualization. My background is basically in Graphic Design and Architecture. 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.

Jonathan Yes, I think the nature of this space is that it’s difficult to describe to people, as it blends many disciplines."    (Continued via 37signals)    [Usability Resources]

We Feel Fine - Usability, User Interface Design

We Feel Fine

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