|Data Portraits Sketches
Last Update: January 2006
Sketch 3 (Spatial
Portraiture: Space as Content and Medium):
At this point, I started to look more closely
|Sketch 1 (Temporal Distribution):
This is an initial foray into understanding the perception of time in sociable media. I am using phone call logs (which provide the place, call time and duration information) for three different users to capture their communication activity in a period of three months from July 2005 to September 2005.
The main objective at the first sketch is to see the rythm of the data (more precisely, when did which place is called and how long was the conversation) in time, and understand if this information can provide any clues about what kind of a relatioship the user forms with the distant one.
I am assuming that In every single call to the same place, one can interpret a sense of proximal closure and a personal significance attributed to the place.
The two main aspects of this sketch is to make use of the circular notion of time (such as one day, week or month) and the use of images as a kind of visual memory recalling these places.
Two different colors represent two different users.
More images for sketch1.
|Sketch 2 (Spatial
As a second attempt, I wanted to shift my focus from the temporal dimension to a spatial distribution to reflect more on the scale-importance relationship of the places to users. The graphic shows the representation of the cities for each user based on how many times they were called and the total amount of time spent on during the conversations.
I also changed the way I use images. Mainly each place is now represented with a stream of images(sequence of frames) associated to the place. Although the phone call information currently does not come with any image data, the overall study take into account the possibility of using more audio-visual information (i. e. images captured via the cell phone, or the recording of the calls themselves) to portray a variety of relations in these portraits. For the time being, the photographs are retrieved from Flickr.
Varios images for sketch2.
See hi-res images for sketch 2.
This design is exhibited at InfoVis Art Show in 2006. See video (~60MB).