Eric Rodenbeck – Information visualization as a medium

A presentation given at Web Directions North, Vancouver Canada, January 31 2008.

Session description

Information visualization is becoming more than a set of tools and technologies and techniques to understand large data sets. It is emerging as a medium in its own right, with a wide range of expressive potential.

Stamen’s work in visualization and mapping is among the most high profile online today, with the live dynamic displays at Digg Labs and Cabspotting being just two of many examples. The studio’s approach is deeply pragmatic, always starting with real data and aiming to work with graphics on screen as soon as possible. Though all analysis is a work in progress, a project is usually finished when it shows something nobody has seen before, or builds a vocabulary for describing a system, or offers more questions than answers. And then the process begins again.

Rodenbeck will provide an overview of the studio’s recent projects, and insight into the studio’s working process.

About Eric Rodenbeck

Eric Rodenbeck Portrait

Eric Rodenbeck is founder and creative director of Stamen Design. He is a 10-year veteran of the interactive design field, and has spent this time working to extend the boundaries of online media and live information visualization.

Eric led the interactive storytelling and data-driven narrative effort at Quokka Sports, illustrated and designed at Wired and Wired Books, and was a co-founder of the design collective Umwow. He has lectured and spoken at Yale University, the University of Southern California, numerous O’Reilly technology conferences, Esther Dyson’s PC Forum, and South by Southwest, among others. Eric studied architecture at Cooper Union in New York City and received a B.A. in the History and Philosophy of Technology from The New School for Social Research.

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    • By: jive
    • May 5th, 2008

    Without slides its hard to follow this video, because I have to imagine what the visualizations look like that he is mentioning.

    • By: sincerity77
    • November 18th, 2008

    I agree! I listened to the audio only version first and I was very frustrated. Fortunately there is a video of the talk online too at these places:

    hope this helps!