Data Visualization as Art: I Want You to Want Me

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On February 14, 2008, Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar unveiled “I Want You To Want Me“, an interactive art installation, commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, for their “Design and the Elastic Mind” exhibition. Using data collected from dating sites every few hours, the project explored the search for love and identity in the world of online dating. ¬†Using balloons to represent individuals, the piece is divided into movements, each expressing a different elements of a user’s profile, translated into a balloon’s path of travel and grouping. While this exhibit has long left the halls of the MOMA, you can still enjoy a bit of the magic captured here. This interactive work reaches a level that most data visualization strives for: beauty and clear expression of the underlying data.

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