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25 JUN
the experience 

of information 

and materiality 

of data
Indexical Design
Fenway Center
Northeastern University
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Peircean Semiology revisited
iconic
symbolic
indexical
Peirce, Charles Sanders. "What is a sign." (1894).
symbolic
indexical
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Information design and visual analytics
How can images, visualizations, visual languages, diagrams … help us
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#1. The kinship between indexical phenomena and
languages of visualization
we can read certain traces like data visualizations
http://imgur.com/Fz3TKfE
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The seismograph shows the dual role of the trace as symbol (linechart) and index
Kamel Makhloufi, “function”, 2010
indexical relationship in the digital domain -
1 pixel = 1 casualty (chart with defined r...
#2. Implicit causality: traces and visual evidence
“Seven” (1995), Dir. David Fincher
• Public Lab, Brooklyn NY. Balloon Mapping of
the Gowanus Canal. Photo Josh Weinstein
establishing physical evidence as a ...
Galton, Francis. 1892. Finger Prints. Macmillan and Company.
traces are the result of the method of measurement.
they may ...
to see tree rings, we have to cut a tree
#3 Experience: traces do not explain, they show
Adrian Pratt
Router
we can read symbolic representations like traces
(router LEDs as ambient display)
Subvisual Subway, Craig Ward, 2016
problems of representation across scales - Biology / micro biome projects
Design principles of indexical design:
framing, not mapping a phenomenon
Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Orkan Telhan. 2015. “Ind...
Wilks, Kiesl, Moser, 2007, Garden of Eden, air quality display, Ars Electronica 2007
Lorenzo Scarpelli, Xiaxin Chen, Sound Identity 2015
"Is reading traces an ancient relic of “wild knowledge,” or is it present
in all developed symbolic, epistemic, and interp...
Pedro Cruz & Tom Starr - conference program
Cyanometer - Horace-Bénédict de Saussure and Alexander von Humboldt, 1789
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The symposium explores the physical trace and its role for making sense of the world. We will investigate the different scientific, aesthetic, and rhetoric techniques for making traces “speak.”

Organized by the MFA program in Information Design and Visualization


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introduction to indexical design conference 2016

  1. 1. 25 JUN the experience 
 of information 
 and materiality 
 of data Indexical Design Fenway Center Northeastern University 77 St. Stephen Street Boston, MA Organized by the MFA program in Information Design and Visualization Department of Art + Design
  2. 2. Peircean Semiology revisited iconic symbolic indexical Peirce, Charles Sanders. "What is a sign." (1894).
  3. 3. symbolic indexical 0 25 50 75 100 April May June July 0 25 50 75 100 April May June July 0 7.5 15 22.5 30 0 4 8 12 16 7% 8% 10% 11% 29% 35% iconic ?
  4. 4. Information design and visual analytics How can images, visualizations, visual languages, diagrams … help us build knowledge? What makes a good research question? Ursus Wehrli – Tidying up Art - http://www.kunstaufraeumen.ch/en is data visualization really all about symbolic operations? three reasons why we do not think so.
  5. 5. #1. The kinship between indexical phenomena and languages of visualization
  6. 6. we can read certain traces like data visualizations
  7. 7. http://imgur.com/Fz3TKfE 0 25 50 75 100 April May June July
  8. 8. The seismograph shows the dual role of the trace as symbol (linechart) and index
  9. 9. Kamel Makhloufi, “function”, 2010 indexical relationship in the digital domain - 1 pixel = 1 casualty (chart with defined resolution)
  10. 10. #2. Implicit causality: traces and visual evidence
  11. 11. “Seven” (1995), Dir. David Fincher
  12. 12. • Public Lab, Brooklyn NY. Balloon Mapping of the Gowanus Canal. Photo Josh Weinstein establishing physical evidence as a central concern also in citizen science
  13. 13. Galton, Francis. 1892. Finger Prints. Macmillan and Company. traces are the result of the method of measurement. they may be (literally) objective but are not necessarily neutral
  14. 14. to see tree rings, we have to cut a tree
  15. 15. #3 Experience: traces do not explain, they show
  16. 16. Adrian Pratt Router we can read symbolic representations like traces (router LEDs as ambient display)
  17. 17. Subvisual Subway, Craig Ward, 2016 problems of representation across scales - Biology / micro biome projects
  18. 18. Design principles of indexical design: framing, not mapping a phenomenon Offenhuber, Dietmar, and Orkan Telhan. 2015. “Indexical Visualization – the Data-Less Information Display.” In Ubiquitous Computing, Complexity and Culture, edited by Ulrik Ekman, Jay David Bolter, and Lily Diaz. New York: Crc Press.
  19. 19. Wilks, Kiesl, Moser, 2007, Garden of Eden, air quality display, Ars Electronica 2007
  20. 20. Lorenzo Scarpelli, Xiaxin Chen, Sound Identity 2015
  21. 21. "Is reading traces an ancient relic of “wild knowledge,” or is it present in all developed symbolic, epistemic, and interpretative practices? How can we differentiate reading traces from reading text, and from interpreting linguistic and visual signs? Are traces the seam where the meaningless becomes meaningful? Do they connect our representational practices with the tangibility, physicality, and materiality of the world? Are traces discovered or are they constructed in the act of reading?" translated from: Krämer, Sybille, Gernot Grube, and Werner Kogge. 2007. Spur: Spurenlesen Als Orientierungstechnik Und Wissenskunst. 1st ed. Suhrkamp.
  22. 22. Pedro Cruz & Tom Starr - conference program Cyanometer - Horace-Bénédict de Saussure and Alexander von Humboldt, 1789

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