1st Edition

Making with Data Physical Design and Craft in a Data-Driven World

Edited By Samuel Huron, Till Nagel, Lora Oehlberg, Wesley Willett Copyright 2023
    392 Pages 363 Color & 30 B/W Illustrations
    by A K Peters/CRC Press

    392 Pages 363 Color & 30 B/W Illustrations
    by A K Peters/CRC Press

    392 Pages 363 Color & 30 B/W Illustrations
    by A K Peters/CRC Press

    How can we give data physical form?

    And how might those creations change the ways we experience data and the stories it can tell?

    Making with Data: Physical Design and Craft in a Data-Driven World provides a snapshot of the diverse practices contemporary creators are using to produce objects, spaces, and experiences imbued with data. Across 25+ beautifully-illustrated chapters, international artists, designers, and scientists each explain the process of creating a specific data-driven piece—illustrating their practice with candid sketches, photos, and design artifacts from their own studios.
    The author website, featuring updates and more information about the projects behind the book, can be found here: https://makingwithdata.org/.
    Featuring influential voices in computer science, data science, graphic design, art, craft, and architecture, Making with Data is accessible and inspiring for enthusiasts and experts alike.

    1. Handcraft - Introduction

    by Sheelagh Carpendale and Lora Oehlberg.

    1.1 Snow Water Equivalent

    by Adrien Segal.

    1.2 Life in Clay

    by Alice Thudt.

    1.3 V-Pleat Data Origami

    by Sarah Hayes.

    1.4 Anthropocene Footprints

    by Mieka West.

    1.5 Endings

    by Loren Madsen.

    2. Participation - Introduction

    by Georgia Panagiotidou and Andrew Vande Moere.

    2.1 Cairn

    by Pauline Gourlet and Thierry Dassé.

    2.2 SeeBoat

    by Laura Perovich.

    2.3 Let's Play with Data

    by Jose Duarte and EasyDataViz.

    2.4 100% [City]

    by Rimini Protokoll (Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, and Daniel Wetzel).

    2.5 Data Strings

    by Daniel Pearson, Pau Garcia, and Alexandra de Requesens.

    3. Digital Production - Introduction

    by Yvonne Jansen.

    3.1 Chemo Singing Bowl

    by Stephen Barrass.

    3.2 Wage Islands

    by Ekene Ijeoma.

    3.2 Data That Feels Gravity

    by Volker Schweisfurth.

    3.4 Orbacles

    by MINN_LAB Design Collective (Daniel F. Keefe, Ross Altheimer, Andrea J. Johnson, Mahdieh Mahmoudi, Patrick Moe, Maura Rockcastle, Marc Swackhamer, and Aaron Wittkamper).

    3.5 Dataseeds

    by Nick Dulake and Ian Gwilt.

    4. Actuation - Introduction

    by Pierre Dragicevic.

    4.1 Tenison Road Charts

    by David Sweeney, Alex Taylor, and Siân Lindley.

    4.2 LOOP

    by Kim Sauvé and Steven Houben.

    4.3 AirFIELD

    by Nik Hafermaas, Dan Goods, and Jamie Barlow.

    4.4 EMERGE

    by Jason Alexander, Faisal Taher, John Hardy, and John Vidler.

    4.5 Zooids

    by Mathieu Le Goc, Charles Perin, Sean Follmer, Jean-Daniel Fekete, and Pierre Dragicevic.

    5. Environment - Introduction

    by Dietmar Offenhuber.

    5.1 Perpetual Plastic

    by Liina Klauss, Moritz Stefaner, and Skye Morét.

    5.2 Dataponics: Human-Vegetal Play

    by Robert Cercós.

    5.3 Solar Totems

    by Charles Sowers.

    5.4 Staubmarke (Dustmark)

    by Dietmar Offenhuber.


    Samuel Huron, Till Nagel, Lora Oehlberg, Wesley Willett

    "A mind-blowing collection! With the rich visual process descriptions, the creators invite us into their workshops and let us look over their shoulders. You will discover both an exhibition of wonderful data-inspired works as well as the backstories of each of these pieces. Whether hand-made, machine-controlled, or through natural processes, all the chapters show fascinating and bespoke creations of data objects. A much needed collection highlighting what is happening at the frontiers of art and sciences in this new field of data design."

    -- Giorgia Lupi, partner at Pentagram and author of Dear Data

    "What a much-needed book! Till, Sam, Lora, and Wes show us that data communication can be so much more than just visualization. There is a whole exciting world of data physicalization waiting to be explored, and the authors open the door for us and lead us through it with intelligent commentary. The book takes us to visit different artists, who explain their approaches and tools – from copper pipes to paper, from wood to electronics. It's a hugely inspiring tour. Reading this book will make you want to experiment with data in the realm of the physical."

    -- Lisa Charlotte Muth, data vis designer and writer at Datawrapper

     "This book has fresh inspirations from innovative artist-inventors who open up new possibilities for anyone who has data that tells a story. The screen is no longer the goal or the limit; freeing designers to explore more dimensions and shape deeper experiences to reach people with important messages about their health, communities, and climate. Data physicalizations break free into new dimensions where playful imaginations can use water, plastic, wood, or stone to fabricate data stories for public installations and private reflections. This book makes me want to turn on the laser cutter and restart the 3D printer to fabricate something startling, informative, and eye opening."

    -- Ben Shneiderman, Professor, Computer science, University of Maryland, USA

    "A collection of recent and diverse data-driven physical artifacts and sensorial experiences. Projects are beautifully illustrated and described in jargon-free language packed with practical information elucidating the design process, from the tools used to the context of their conception. Making with Data is an invaluable resource for educators and practitioners alike. It broadens our perspective of representing data by engaging all our senses."

    -- Isabel Meirelles, Professor, Faculty of Design, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

    "“Designing with Data” is one of today’s key mantras. What next? Perhaps “Making with Data”, as argued by professors Huron, Nagel, Oehlberg and Willett. This timely book explores new ways data is penetrating our living environment and is crossing the boundary between the physical and the digital. Innovative fabrication methods lend materiality to data, as designers experiment with the use of laser cutters and 3D printers to transform maps and charts into tactile models and artworks. A compelling read for any data enthusiast!"

    -- Carlo Ratti, Director, MIT Senseable City Lab, USA