Tag Archives: design

Social Media as Art Form

At our next meet-up we will experiment with creative uses of social media.  Register for this free workshop on Tuesday January 26, 7-9pm at OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Lambert Lounge:  Continue reading


Feb. 24: Diagramming with Rigour and Vigour

Process Flow Notation, by Alana Boltwood, 2013. Acrylic on canvas, 16

Process Flow Notation, by Alana Boltwood, 2013. Acrylic on canvas, 16″x20″.

At our February 24th meet-up, Alana Boltwood will show some diagramming notations with the rigour required for designing information technology (as she does in her consulting practice). Alana is also an emerging artist, so we will discuss how to apply the principles of graphic design to technical diagrams.

You will get to try inventing a rigorous diagramming notation, to create a vigorous design that expresses lots of information! Bring your logical and creative talents to ask questions and share ideas with other visual thinkers.

Each Visual Thinkers meeting starts with “Show and Tell”. Anyone can share an image or idea, a toy or tool, for the group to discuss for 5 minutes. (We have a laptop, projector and Internet. Bring your image on a USB stick if required.)

Join us on February 24, 2015, from 7-9pm, at OCADU Lambert Lounge, 1st floor, 100 McCaul St., Toronto. Free to attend, and wheelchair accessible.

Links from “Visualizing Science” meet-up

Last night we had a great gathering of new & familiar faces to hear digital artist Ron Wild talk about Visualizing Science.  He showed us OncoMap, his collaboration with cancer researcher Joseph Geraci, among other massive and colourful collages of scientific images.  Ron also introduced us to GigaPan, a website for exploring the world by zooming into very high-resolution images.

Cassandra Pollack shared her two paintings of string theory concepts.   Alana Boltwood invited everyone to her Meta-Diagrams art open house.  Along with Ron’s work, these inspired lots of  discussion about conveying scientific and academic concepts through artistic approaches.  We concluded that each artist may choose a different balance between faithfully conveying academic concepts, and aesthetic concerns such as composition.

It’s not just visualization that can convey scientific concepts.  By applying rules to data from the Large Hadron Collider, CERN created LHChamber Music, an example of sonification.

Gregory showed us his prototype of a video game about genetics, created at the ROM Game Jam.  We heard that design jams and charettes are similar types of events.  Maybe we will do one soon!

Somehow this led to conversation about tetrachromats, people who see unusually more colour in the world.  And at the pub, we passed around our phones to share things like Alex Grey’s spiritual artwork.  It was quite the evening!  Here are some notes and ideas from Patricia Kambitsch:

Visual Thinkers 2014-10-28 notes