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Jonathan Harris's & Sep Kamvar's most recent visualization project "I want you to want me", created for the Design and the Elastic Mind exhibition at MoMA has already previously been blogged. this recent movie, however, gives a better impression about the the aesthetic quality of its interactivity & dynamic animations, while including a verbal description of the creator himself.

one should note that the piece is specifically designed for a 56" high-resolution touch-screen, hanging vertically on the wall.

[link: iwantyoutowantme.org|thnkx thedlab]

see also:
. whale hunt,
. universe,
. love lines,
. we feel fine,
. ten by ten,
. Jonathan Harris TED talk.


I love this project, i spent hours using it at the moma... and want to do a little propaganda here, if i might. It was developed in openframeworks, the open source C++ library being developed by Zach Lieberman and Theo Watson.

Tue 22 Apr 2008 at 3:21 AM

Perhaps there's something missing from this video than what the actual experience is like, but the thing I don't like about this piece is that it doesn't really show details in the larger context. It shows detail on the individual level if you select one person, but it doesn't really show you for instance, how many people "think activities are important" versus "think emotions are important" (i.e. ISO someone who likes to dance vs. ISO someone who is level-headed). I think the nuance of love and dating is where the interest lies. The most they showed at that level was blue/pink = gender and light/dark = age. THen you had to go into individual balloons to get more info.

I do think it's beautiful in the visual design, but the utility and the information conveyed is severely lacking (at lease from this video portrayal).

Tue 22 Apr 2008 at 9:29 AM
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