Monthly Archives: October 2011

My Professional Blog, Data-Literacy.com

FYI, I thought I’d mention that I have another blog that I’m working on but this one is purely professional. It’s called Data-Literacy.com and it’s designed to provide information and resources on — you’ll never believe it! — data literacy, or the ability to understand and work with data. (For a little more information on what data literacy is, you can also see a blog post on Wired.com entitled “Clive Thompson on Why We Should Learn the Language of Data” or an excellent report on the related field of data science from the O’Reilly Radar.)

Anyhow, as I’m trying to be professional and authoritative, here’s a screenshot of my very clean and orderly web page:

Anyhow, it should be fun in its own little way (if you’re in to that sort of thing, you know).

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Personal Logo, Take 2

Earlier, I showed Take 1 for a personal logo, which was supposed to be modeled after a Chinese chop (although it looked more like a baby block). After some consideration, I decided that I needed something cleaner. I needed a slogan, too, especially as that was part of the assignment for my Computers and the Arts class (FA2000). As my “chop” looked a little sloppy, I decided to go with just typography. After all, lots of companies has excellent, type-only logos:

See? Works just fine. Also, I thought the forest green that I used on the last try would work well so I decided to go with a bright, flat orange with gray accents. I also needed a nifty slogan. As I decided to do something with data science (which is, after all, one of the reasons I’m here at the U of u) and as I’m trying to be arty and accessible, I tried “The Art of Data Science.” Has a nice ring, doesn’t it? Also, that phrase has not been copyrighted or used very much, so it can be distinctive.

Soooo, after much hand kerning, here are four variations on the same theme, from simple to complex. (The “BP.c” is short for BartonPoulson.com, by the way. Also, the light gray boxes around all of these is something that WordPress puts on there so you know it’s an image file and you can click on it. Those are not part of the logo but the darker gray boxes are.)

Oooh, nice! Personally, I like the third one best because of the way it highlights elements in the slogan. On the other hand, the BP.c could use some explanation, so the fourth is a good one.

I’m pretty happy with these. Next, I get to design an actual web site that uses my fancy new logo. Exciting!

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Processing & Baba Yaga: Part 6

This sketch uses a custom “babaHouse” function to draw the house. (You can try it here at OpenProcessing.org.) Here are shots of the original code and the function:

And two versions of the output:

It may not look so different from earlier version, but the mechanics are different. Whee!

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Repertory Dance Theatre: Vanguard

 

 

 

As a public service announcement, I wanted to let every single one of you know that Repertory Dance Theatre, one of Utah’s three major professional dance companies, is having its season opener this weekend (6-8 October 2011). RDT is a modern dance company that, in addition to creating new works, also has the unique mission of preserving the history of modern dance.

In this spirit, their first performance, called “Vanguard,” features several historically significant works: Scramble by Merce Cunningham (1968, and with sets by Frank Stella!), and Trio A (1966) and Chair Pillows (1969) by Yvonne Rainer. The concert also features a new composition by the RDT dancers themselves.

My wife, Jacque Bell, is a modern dance choreographer and dancer who has long time connections with RDT. Also, I have been on the company’s board of trustees for several years. (As part of that responsibility, I have been pursuing a pet project to have the US Congress declare RDT a Living National Treasure! We’ll see how that goes.)

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Goodbye Steve

I mentioned just a little while ago that Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Computers and, in my estimation (and that of many others), the greatest living champion of quality design, had stepped down from his post at the head of Apple. Well, today he died and we have all lost a tremendous inspiration. As a lifelong Mac owner and Industrial Design follower, this is particularly poignant for me. We’ll all miss you, Steve.

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