Keyword: History

Resources

The Shape of History

„But what would it mean if we took a different view of what visualization could do? What would it mean if a visualization was designed to be difficult and abstract? If it was intended to send us back to the original source of the data in order to make sense of the image we encountered? What if the goal of visualization was to allow each person, individually, to interpret the image for herself?

This was the aim of Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, the nineteenth-century writer, editor, and educator. Inspired by a system developed in Poland earlier in the century, she devised a method of translating historical events into shape and color. In her textbook, she explained her desire to appeal to the „mind’s eye“ so that each student could create a personal account of the past.“

http://www.shapeofhistory.net

Back to the Futures I & II / Chris Woebken

Collection of videos of corporate future visions.

https://chriswoebken.com/Back-to-the-Futures
https://chriswoebken.com/Back-to-the-Futures-II

Below the Surface – The Archaeological Finds of the North / Southline

A collection of more than 11,000 objects (of 700,000 total) found during excavations in the dried river bed of the Amstel. Photographed and sorted by date of origin (going back until 124,000 BC).

https://belowthesurface.amsterdam/

Umberto Eco on Macintosh vs. DOS

https://jowett.web.cern.ch/jowett/EcoMACDOS.htm

CCamera / Marco Land

„With 657 billion digital images per year being captured and pushed to the web, it is likely that at some point in your life you’ve taken a photo that already exists. And you will continue to do so with the help of this app.

CCamera is the first camera app that takes images that have already been uploaded to the internet. It brings your photos to the next level — because they’re not yours.“

http://ccamera.org

Design for an Entrance to the Internet / Ted Hunt

„A workshop and ongoing research project which uses Sir John Soane’s unrealised architectural speculation ‚Design for an Entrance to London‘ (c 1805) as a means to reimagine how we directly access and perceive the internet as the modern equivalent to the living organism of a city. The workshop questions how we might do this in a way that more critically considers the role access to the internet plays in authoring our interpretation of reality, our shared values, our social potential and human evolution.“

http://designforanentrancetotheinternet.com

Hamlet / Doug 50

Group project to develop a new software system based on Doug Engelbart’s ideas for the 50th anniversary of the demo of 1968.

http://ualr.edu/jdberleant/URLtable-DB.html
http://dkr.space
http://doug-50.info
http://timebrowser.info

Iller / Benjamin Maus & Prokop Bartonicek

„It is an apparatus, that sorts pebbles from a specific river by their geologic age.“

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/
http://www.prokopbartonicek.com/

VisiCalc

Early spreadsheet software, to be considered the first „killer app“ for Personal Computing and the first application that convinced people to invest in whole systems (the Apple II). First software that went through a whole software career cycle, until its decline fueled by competitor „Lotus 1-2-3“. Also notable for its good documentation at that time.

http://www.bricklin.com/history/sai.htm

Ted Nelson / Concepts & Prototypes


1965, Side-by-side connected comparison of parallel documents


1972, Transpointing windows


1999, PYXI viewer by Ka-Ping Yee


2014, OpenXanadu by Ted Nelson and Nicholas Levin

Key concepts
Xanalogical structure
Parallel documents / Transpointing windows
Annotation
Deep links
Deep versioning and re-use (transclusion)
Xanalinks
Stretchtext
Intertwingledness

Links
http://ted.hyperland.net
http://xanadu.com/xUniverse-D6
http://xanadu.com.au/ted/XUsurvey/xuDation.html
http://xanadu.com/XUarchive/htn8.tif
JS implementation of Stretchtext
ZigZag database system

Bravo & Gypsy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bravo_(software)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gypsy_(software)

Milestones in the History of Thematic Cartography, Statistical Graphics, and Data Visualization

http://datavis.ca/milestones/

Lost Formats / Experimental Jetset

http://www.experimentaljetset.nl/
http://lostformats.tumblr.com