Jonathan Harris makes datavisualisation sexy

On May 6, Jonathan Harris (°1979), winner of three Webby Awards, will be lecturing at WebDox about datavisualisation. This concept may evoke dusty lists and complicated diagrams, but data can be visualised quite creatively actually.

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Jonathan studied photography (with Emmet Gowin) and computer science (with Brian Kernighan) at Princeton University. Nowadays he makes versatile projects that reimagine how humans relate to technology and to each other. Therefore he creates a fascinating hodge-podge of computer science, anthropology, visual art and storytelling.

One of his many interesting projects is We feel fine which continuously measures the emotional temperature of the human world through large-scale blog analysis. But he also made other projects about online dating, modern mythology, happiness, anonymity, news, and language. His latest project is Cowbird, a community of storytellers working to build a public library of human experience.

His work has gained international recognition by many magazines and has been exhibited in museums all over the world. It also has been featured on CNN, NPR, BBC, and Bhutanese television. Jonathan Harris already lectured at Princeton and Stanford Universities, Google, at least two hippy forest gatherings and at the TED Conference. You can watch the video of his inspiring lecture at the TED Conference.


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