Skype visualization
Skype visualization poster
Let´s call it onformative

2011
For the first anniversary of »onformative« we, co-founders Julia and Cedric, have designed a poster that visualizes our Skype correspondence over the last three years. We first met via Skype on 08.08.2008 and since then have been sharing virtually everything the same way: from the development of our book „Generative Gestaltung“ to our first projects as a team, to the establishment of our studio and even the creation of this poster.
We love Skype and we love data graphics. What, then, makes more sense than designing a data graphic of our Skype communication? All our Skype conversations and sent files from our first meeting in 2008 to our last conversation on New Year’s Eve 2010 are visualized in these data graphics. To sum it up we wrote over three years a total of 62,676 messages consisting of 2,531,434 chars.
All our Skype conversations and sent files from our first meeting in 2008 to our last conversation on New Year’s Eve 2010 are visualized in these data graphics.
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Adobe Museum of Digital Media
Our poster is featured in the exhibition »InForm – turning data into meaning« in The Adobe Museum of Digital Media curated by Thomas Goetz, executive director of Wired Magazine. For several years he explored how data could come to live and be visualized in ways that help us to understand our actions and environments. In this exhibition he has selected works that exemplify this potential of data to render meaning. The exhibition showcases a range of projects by different visual pioneers who convert raw data into compelling visualizations and beautiful displays. We are proud that our poster is part of that fantastic selection of projects by artists like Aaron Koblin, Moritz Stefaner and Eric Fischer, just to mention some.

Tim Leong, art director at Wired magazine about the exhibition:
This exhibit celebrates a new generation of visual pioneers—part graphic designers, part statisticians, part artists—who have a faculty for turning data into meaning, often with beauty and urgency we don’t expect from data. In this exhibit, we have asked them to turn their talents to help us see what we do when we log on. Strictly speaking, these are simply visual displays of quantitative information. But in their beauty, clarity, and urgency, these visualizations don’t just tell us about our world, on- and off-line; they tell us about ourselves, through and through.



Adobe Museum of Digital Media


very detailed view of the poster
Feature »Data visualization«
Data Visualization
The poster was also featured in the 2012 released book »Data visualization – Convey, clarify, construct« published by do\work publishing, a newly-born publishing house based in Hong Kong. It´s a nice well-structered look book about data visualization similar to the »Data Flow« books published by Gestalten Verlag. Sérgio Ribeiro, whose project was also featured in the book has some nice photos of the book. If you speak Chinese you´ll maybe manage to order it here.