Summer Post #18: Olympic Rings Infographics: Global Issues

More often than not, there is beauty in the simple.

In fact, Leonardo Da Vinci famously commented that 

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”

This summer, as with all Olympic years, we are bombarded the with Olympic logo of the 5 intertwined rings, which debuted at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics.

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You can READ MORE ABOUT THEIR HISTORY AND SYMBOLISM HERE

In the words of the designer and founder of the modern Olympic Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin,

“…the six colours [including the flag’s white background] thus combined reproduce the colours of all the nations, with no exception. The blue and yellow of Sweden, the blue and white of Greece, the tri- colours of France, England and America, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, the yellow and red of Spain next to the novelties of Brazil or Australia, with old Japan and new China. Here is truly an international symbol.”

One extremely clever Brazilian creative director and graphic artist, Gustavo Sousa, decided that it could an important social gesture to manipulate the Olympic logo rings into an animated infographic highlight significant, often dark global issues. The project (which has 16 prints representing the 16 days of the Olympics) is called (simply) oceaniaeuropeamericasafricaasia 

 

His rationale?

“The rings represent healthy competition and union, but we know the world isn’t perfet. Maybe understanding the differences is the first step to try to make things more equal”

BLUE= OCEANA (Australia plus outlaying islands)

GREEN= ASIA

RED= the AMERICAS

BLACK= EUROPE

YELLOW= AFRICA

 

READ ORGINAL ARTICLE (if accessed, you can view the individual 16 stills and try to establish connections and derive “stories” from the data. For example…what might be the relationship, if any, between “Homicides” and “Guns” or “Billionaires” and “Child Mortality”, or “McDonald’s” and “Coca-Cola sales”?

 

 

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Summer Post #16: Twitter, Emotion, and the Olympics

http://www.emoto2012.org/ has been tracking the EMOTIONS of OLYMPICS viewers through tweets.

 “We track twitter for themes related to the Games, analyse the messages for content and emotional expressions, and visualise topics and tone of the conversation.”

REAL TIME DATA VIZ
“Our real-time data visualization shows both the big picture, the world from above, and the intimate and personal. In topics view, we see the big picture, which event, athlete or topic is generating the most attention in the moment, and the mix of positive and negative emotions for each. The anecdotal and ephemeral is seen in the message stream view. An overview on each day shows an even bigger picture, the trends and patterns. This is a whole new way to experience and make sense of the pulse of the Games”

Here’s a screen shot from today:

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See the EMOTO BLOG for more, such as…

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The project requires the use of LEXALYTICS, or a “Sentiment Analysis” through language in Twitter chatter.

To read more about how that works, CLICK HERE.

“After the Olympic Games, the millions of online interactions will be transformed into physical form in a physical artwork. This data art sculpture will serve as an aggregate archive of the collective response to the Olympics.”

READ MORE ABOUT THAT DATA SCULPTURE HERE

Emotion as a Way of Knowing :INTRO

“We think and name in one world, we live and feel in another” – Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

“Emotion” comes from the Latin “movere”, “to move”. In this unit we will refer to emotions as feelings, moods, and passions. We’ll also touch on intuition. We will be exploring ways in which emotions are a source of knowledge, as well as how they can obstruct knowledge. Finally, we’ll examine the relationship between emotion and reason, and how they both affect our decision-making.

How are you feeling right now? Maybe this will help?

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http://smyface.com/


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Now let’s check out how people around the world (at least the bloggers and microbloggers) are feeling.

http://visual.ly/we-feel-fine?view=true

We Feel Fine scans blog posts for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”. This is an approach that was inspired by techniques used in Listening Post, a wonderful project by Ben Rubin andMark Hansen.

Once a sentence containing “I feel” or “I am feeling” is found, the system looks backward to the beginning of the sentence, and forward to the end of the sentence, and then saves the full sentence in a database.

Once saved, the sentence is scanned to see if it includes one of about 5,000 pre-identified “feelings”. This list of valid feelings was constructed by hand, but basically consists of adjectives and some adverbs. The full list of valid feelings, along with the total count of each feeling, and the color assigned to each feeling, ishere.

TRACKING EMOTIONS USING DATA MINING + DATA VIZ

TWITTEROLOGY: A New Science? http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/opinion/sunday/twitterology-a-new-science.html?_r=1

TWITTER STUDY TRACKS WHEN WE ARE_____ http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/30/science/30twitter.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1333739064-ZTQv/a8pL7VyCmCSUSaFOg

WHY WOULD COMPANIES WANT EMOTION-READING SOFTWARE? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-14061369

FACE-RECOGNITION SOFTWARE + THEGUARDIAN’s PHOTOS= “Today’s Emotional Breakdown” Infographic http://visual.ly/today%E2%80%99s-emotional-breakdown?view=true

The EMOTIONALLY VAGUE PROJECT: (ANGER/ JOY/ FEAR/ SADNESS/ LOVE)

Process

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Results

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2o Feelings and Situations Everybody Hates: http://thoughtcatalog.com/2012/20-feelings-and-situations-that-everybody-hates/

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What if you were functionally unaware of your emotions? http://www.damninteresting.com/the-emotional-bankruptcy-of-alexithymia/

 

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Is Your Face Giving You Away?

The JAMES-LANGE THEORY (named after the 2 psychologists who came up with it), suggests that emotions are essentially PHYSICAL in nature, closely tied to our bodies, and that bodily changes come before and even cause emotional changes.

– If you remove the physical symptoms of an emotion does the emotion disappear?

– If you mimic the corresponding physical symptoms can you generate an emotion?

– If you talk with someone experiencing a particular emotion, do you yourself unconsciously mimic the physical expressions of his mood, leading to EMPATHY? (we call this “picking up on moods”)

– Can moods then be “infectious”?

However – this theory doesn’t address the role of our minds. Our beliefs can affect our emotions, and our emotions can affect our beliefs!

HOW A MOOD MUSIC MACHINE CAN READ AND HELP WITH YOUR EMOTIONS:

 

Emotion Categorization Links

Contrasting and Categorization of Emotions

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Wikipedia: Emotion (includes theories)

Vocabulary of Emotions (Extensive List)

List of “Feeling” Words (by category)

Emotion and Memory (Wikipedia)

Plutchik Wheel of Emotions

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DIY Infographics – Remix, Ideate, Create

Now that we’ve explored the science, history, and future of Infographics, it is time for some real-world investigation and application. Keep in mind that this is about how we CREATE KNOWLEDGE by MAKING SENSE of DATA and INFORMATION through SENSE PERCEPTION (in this case, visuals, or sight, and text, or language).

Infographic creation goes back to Early Man (click here for more)

Step 1: Peruse WIRED MAGAZINE for a real-life example of a non-interactive, print-based infographic. 

Step 2: REMIX the exisiting Infographic. You will trasnform it and give it new life by taking the data available and changing up how it is presented. Be adventurous, and use the tools in the links provided below.

Step 3: D.I.Y. Infographic. You will be telling an original story with data and visuals/text. If you choose to do this by hand, you’ll need to scan or take a photo of it for your blog.

This link has a lovely infographic chart which spells out the process.

It involves BRAINSTORMING, IDEA SELECTION, CURATING DATA (research and editing), and CONCEPTUAL VISUALIZATION

Here is a SCRIBD slideshow which highlights your basic goals

***Be sure to work on something that interests you. You might even want to tie it to another project such as CAS, EE, or something you are doing in another DP course. Or, it might be something to do with a hobby or other interest you have. OR you might want to create your own resume- type infographic like the ones found HERE

SOURCES TO HELP:

Livebinder on Infographics (the tab called “Creating Infographics”)

TOK blog – scroll to “Creating Infographics” pink title and search the sources below

Vuvox.com – this would be a unique tool to use, especially if you choose to incorporate photography

Free Word Cloud generators

BUT WAIT..THERE’s MORE!

Top 2011 Infographics (very cool) My personal fav is this flow chart on the History of Science Fiction

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Here’s a close-up

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Here are 2011 Infographics that are Still Relevant Today. One of my favorites is the Apple Tree:

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This website offers a look into the sketching phases and ideation of a data viz team. I like the one called “Arrested Development“, about the #OccupyWallStreet Tweets and arrests

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If you click HERE their process is explained in detail

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