data S T R A I N
Generating Form from Raw Data
The goal of data S T R A N D was to understand how a designer might use numbers to create designs specific to a particular data set. Below, I used the precipitation data for New Buffalo, MI, found at www.wuunderground.com, for a four year period and then devised a way to visualize that data spatially, in three dimensions. The first image shows the data that was gathered, analyzed, and then acted upon. Each of the forms generated becomes a visual means of communicating the raw, or boring, data in a way that is more interesting and spatial. The applications of the type of design are quite numerous and there are more than a handful of artist using this methodology as the primary source of inspiration for their design work. The final output of data S T R A N D was a three dimensional model designed in Rhino 3D and then exported into Autodesk's 3DS MAX software to do the colored clay renderings. Finally, I used Adobe Photoshop to bring the images to presentation quality and give some cohesion to the project.