This post contains 2 recorded talks from Eric Rodenbeck, founder and creative director of Stamen Design, the visualization design lab known for projects like Trulia Hindsight, Digg Labs, SFMOMA ArtScope and Flickr Clock.
The first talk is titled "Information Visualization is a Medium". Information visualization is becoming more than a set of tools and technologies and techniques to understand large datasets. It is emerging as a medium in its own right, with a wide range of expressive potential. Eric Rodenbeck provides an overview of the studio's recent projects, and insight into the studio's working process. This talk was given last year at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference 2008 in San Diego.
The second talk is titled "Mapping Now: Dynamic Realtime Maps and Other Pictures", and is basically the last part of the previous talk without the speedy fast-forwarding. Maps are never pefect representations of reality, and increasingly they are out of date before they are finished. Complicating matters, mapping of live phenomena (geospatial or otherwise) is becoming more and more prevelant, and even expected. Looking back to earlier representations of movement can help us figure out how to represent the fluid spaces that mapping is moving in to. The talk was given last year at the O'Reilly Where 2.0 Conference, in Burlingame.
Both talks can be watched below.