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Art and the API 7 Aug 2013 | 12:28 am

In 1968, in his seminal essay Systems Esthetics, Jack Burnham wrote: The specific function of modern didactic art has been to show that art does not reside in material entities, but in relations betw...

New Year, New Company: Introducing The Office for Creative Research 2 Jan 2013 | 03:53 am

In the fall of 2010, my friend Mike Young invited me to come to the New York Times R&D Lab, to discuss a new visualization project that was just starting to get off of the ground. That project became ...

Before Us is the Salesman’s House 2 Dec 2012 | 03:59 am

When the dust settles on the 21st century, and all of the GIFs have finished animating, the most important cultural artifacts left from the digital age may very well be databases. How will the societi...

Infinite Weft @ Bridge Gallery until October 18th 23 Sep 2012 | 11:28 pm

Since early in the year, I have been working with my mother Diane Thorp to produce hand-woven textiles that contain non-repeating patterns. Weaving Information Files (WIFs) are produced via a custom-w...

Avengers, Assembled (and Visualized) – Part 2 7 May 2012 | 01:35 pm

Last week I shared a set of visualizations I made, exploring the history of The Avengers – the Marvel comic series which first appeared in 1963, and was last week released as a bombastic, blockbuster ...

Avengers, Assembled (and Visualized) – Part 1 4 May 2012 | 01:01 pm

This post is about comics. It’s also about superheroes, robots, Norse gods, shrinking men, and women made of light – so it makes sense that it was inspired in the first place by a 10 year-old. Last w...

Infinite Weft (Exploring the Old Aesthetic) 9 Apr 2012 | 06:17 pm

How can a textile function as a digital object? This is a central question of Infinite Weft, a project that I’ve been working on for a the last few months. The project is a collaboration with my mothe...

Data in an Alien Context: Kepler Visualization Source Code 28 Mar 2012 | 06:29 pm

Last year, I released a video visualization of the 1236 exoplanets identified by the NASA’s Kepler mission. Since then, there have been another 1091 candidates identified, and I thought it’d be a good...

TEDxVancouver: The Weight of Data 5 Mar 2012 | 12:50 pm

In November, I was asked to come back to my hometown and give a talk at TEDxVancouver. The overarching theme of the event was ‘The Frontier’ – along with me, there would be talking about space, deep-s...

Eyeo Festival 2011 – New York, New York 24 Jan 2012 | 01:18 pm

Last year at Eyeo, I gave a talk about the work that I had done in my first year in New York City, including Cascade (a social network visualization tool), OpenPaths (a secure personal location data p...

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