Student Project

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Portland Camera Locations

This project locates surveillance cameras around Portland Oregon. The camera categories include Federal, Trimet, Traffic, Highway and Private cameras. It also shows and highlights various routes you can take in order to avoid being seen; also routes that you can always be seen from.

What makes this project unique is the interactivity and control the user has. The users control extends past the general off and on commands and reaches a true user defined infographic. By supplying over 40 buttons on the application you can focus in your interests and create a categories relevant to you.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Finally. brians Congestion infographic

Congestion Tax Infograph

after seeing many sunrises it finally works. its a bit pixelated as i have not mastered the compression factors between programs. so the cloud represents clean nice air, where when you click on a city, the cloud mutilates into an oily toxic stained jagged structure. and then data animates out. thats pretty much it. the bar graph next to the cities was an attempt at trying to give the viewer a total representation of the data. to get a better visual picture of how they all compare to eachother. i think next time ill foucus more on the visual representation of the data, rather than an "artsy" approach. i think just more of a straight forward look with all the data showing at the same time would be nice. but im glad i suffered through this to figure out how to get it to work.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pill-Box Infographic Sculpture

White Stag "Side Effects"

This project was inspired by my experiences thus far in school at the White Stag building. Since it as a separate program carries a considerable amount of mythology about it, I thought it would be fitting to produce a piece based on the White Stag facade, that cast a spotlight on the unexpected realities of the program in spite of the expectations often associated with it. Along with the prescribed purpose of a particular method, remedy, institution, et al, there are often unintended side effects. This thought informed my use of the construction reminiscent of a pill box, with laser-cut acrylic icons take the place of different types of medication. These icons are supplements to the descriptions engraved on the front of each of the cells, all of which are designed to further emphasize their quantitative elements. Along with the prescribed purpose of 

Updated Infographic

Here is an updated version of my original infographic showcasing details of Portland's markets for both veganism and carnivorial gastronomy. The Portland food scene is considered to be at the forefront of both the vegan and the meat-centric culinary movements. I found the coexistence of these two powerful presences to be worth investigating.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Portland Food Cart Table

The food cart table was built off of my first infographic. The idea of the coffee table came from were one would typicaly eat take out food at home, and as a nice answer to "hummm where should I/we eat lunch today?" That and I thought it would look really cool as a coffee table.

here are some pics I took along the way:

ply wood with the corners cut for the legs and the holes for the dowels CNC-ed
the dowels sanded and tapered to fit in to the holes
the dowels put in to the plywood
with the glass on top

In full Table-y glory
and a side view

....... ok ok so it is not completely finished... but you thought it was!!!! still have structural issues with the legs and I have to paint the ends of the dowels and stain the wood.... but not a bad go for only my second attempt at a piece of furniture in my whole life.....

Infographics Final Map

This infographic map is based on my experience living in Portland for the past 6 months. I've highlighted routes and places that I've frequented, as well as a few memorable experiences. The images were painted to give it a more hand-done/first-hand experience feel, although I actually used Google Street View to reference a number of locations. This also cites back to my use of Google Maps whenever I need directions to get from one place to another. It would be interesting to keep adding more places as time goes on and my experience in Portland expands.


Portland is nationally renowned for our use of light-rail transit, adding to our reputation as one of the "greenest" cities in America. With the praise we receive for our light-rail infrastructure, we continue to expand MAX lines to provide greater access to the Portland-area community. However, when one examines the data of transit ridership over time we discover that the increase in ridership is not keeping up with population growth. While the numbers of riders are consistently increasing, the percentage of commuters in relation to the population is actually slightly decreasing. In 1980 9.8% of Portland-area commuters used public transit, today that number is only 7.5%. If we expect to continue touting our city as the progressive model for light-rail use, then it is important that we do more than expand MAX lines and find solutions to increase the percentage of the population that use MAX.

Where I go

Here is my final project one as well. Somewhat revised.


SkyLine is a visualization of what it means to be a "big" city. Portland is known as a little big city and i was curious as to what that meant. I researched 16 cities and collected data on their tallest buildings, population, and area.

Through my data collection I created a skyline of America. The cities i chose all came to mind when i thought about big cities in America.

Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City Austin, Houston, Oklahoma City, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, New York City, Wshington DC and Miami.

To start I collected the top 9 tallest buildings from each city and phyisically combined them to create a SkyScraper for each city.

This is a digital model showing these SkyScrapers arranged by city area, population and Building height.

I also created a 3D visualization of SkyLine out of lazer cut MDF showing the SkyScrapers placed acording to location across a plane of the united states. The ground plane is meant to disappear as the SkyScrapers jut out of it. The circles around the each SkyScraper are a scaled representation of the city area, combined with the height of the buildings it gives an idea of densisty and urban sprawl. You will notice that Oklahoma City has one of the shortest SkyScrapers but the largest city area.

This image is looking West from the East Coast and is focused on Portland.
This is looking up the west coast from what would be Mexico. Portland and Seattle are the focal points.
The SkyLine from the South East

Constructing the SkyScrapers
Assembly and area indicator detail

Interactive Portland Neighborhood Map

Basically, for my final infographic I wanted to use interactivity to convey more information about the neighborhoods in Portland. The print version color coded and rated Portland's neighborhoods in order of house value and cost of living, but I also wanted to reveal who lives in each of the neighborhoods to see if it there was any correlations. The new information gives total population, percentage of college grads and their median income. I couldn't figure out how I could upload the swf to the blog so here are a few screen shots of some of the features.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Dean's Final Project

This project was a visualization of the difference between a West Coast and an East Coast NBA team. The red lines represent distance traveled by the Portland Trailblazers and the Green lines represent the distance traveled by the Boston Celtics. Both teams are located in the Northern hemisphere of the United States, however, because teams are packed in closer on the Eastern conference, Eastern teams have much less distance to travel. This is one of the reasons why players prefer playing on the East Coast.

Final Project

This project was all about documenting my trips around Portland as I took photographs. The dates span from November of 2010 to March of 2011. I drew the map by hand and only marked streets relevant to where I went and what I took photos of so it acts as more of a "treasure map" for me and less of a google map. The corresponding contact sheet of photos is chronologically ordered so you can somewhat trace photographs to location on the map.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Information Graphics Final

I cut an old door into 486 pieces then glued the pieces back together to represent historical buildings located in Portland's alphabet district. The amount of buildings on the streets are represented by the z axis the larger blocks representing two buildings and the smaller block representing one. On the top of each is stamped with a date that shows the year the buildings were built. The link listed below a stop motion animation of the entire process.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

YouTube "Map My Summer" Project

YouTube experiment that asks “what does an Australian summer really look like?”. Users are encouraged to upload clips of their many and varied summer experiences. The clips are located on a (initially) blank map, building up an abstract representation of Australia’s geography based on an emerging canvas of summer experiences.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Resume Infographic

thought this was pretty awesome

Week 8 Note

Monday Individual meetings: the 12 meetings I had with you were very productive and many of you are developing truly promising and exciting projects.

Wednesday class session: Present your project for class progress review and critique. You may also continue to share your inspirations.

Here is one from me that I want to share, mostly the idea of "Life is Art" where we take real life measurement as the element of artwork, like many of you are doing in this class:

Roman Ondák discusses Performance 4, Measuring the Universe, at MoMA