Rare Specimen No. 4
With The SPD Digital Competition right around the corner, I thought I'd share a Rare Specimen that bridges print and online: Flickr Flow---an experiment whose materials are color and time.
Fernanda ViÃ©gas and Martin Wattenberg used this technique in a March 2009 Boston magazine piece, called "Flickr of Hope."
From their web site: "The two of us see the world as a stream of color, and in 2009 we finally had a chance to draw the river in our heads. We began with a collection of photographs of the Boston Common taken from Flickr. Using an algorithm developed for the WIRED Anniversary visualization, our software calculated the relative proportions of different colors seen in photos taken in each month of the year, and plotted them on a wheel. The image below is an early sketch from the piece. Summer is at the top, with time proceeding clockwise."
You read more about Fernanda ViÃ©gas and Martin Wattenberg's Boston magazine piece here and see more of their work here.
We've expanded the Digital categories to 12. All entries can be e-mailed directly to SPD: email@example.com, but the deadline is Friday, April 2, 2010. If you already submitted entries for the Pub 45 deadline in January you are all set--this is when your work will be judged.