Christian Ferrera and Jon McTaggart turn complex online data into a real-time lo-fi graph

Posted by Rob Alderson,

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but there’s LOADS of information online, most of which swirls around the digital hurly-burly without a by or leave. But fortunately ether are designers out there like Christian Ferrera and Jon McTaggart who have created Pulse, a project which turns digital information into a snazzy red graph using computre-programmed motors, small metal arms and some chord.

Pulse uses the open-source Gadgeteer site to read the data given out by websites and social networks and visualises it by way of a simple graph, a perfect combination of high-tech input and low-fi output. Users can switch between different pre-programmed sites simply by titling it in different ways and the duo hope their device can help cut through the cultural clutter of the internet age.

“With an overload of electronic gadgets and social media platforms, the online generation is being bombarded by information that is irrelevant to their daily needs.,” they said. “Facebook and Twitter feeds consume our focus, when in reality, the majority of the data we are being fed does not affect us. Pulse filters out the blur, leaving the user with a clear, pure visual representation of the information they seek.”

Take that information overload!

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Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.