Information Landscapes in 1994 (MIT Prof Muriel Cooper)

Back in 1994, Muriel Cooper, one of the co-founders of the MIT Media Lab where she taught interactive media design as the head of the Visible Language Workshop, presented her work at the TED5 conference in Monterey, CA.

Her presentation would initiate a new era of data visualization, and it changed the way designers thought of the possibilities of electronic media. (Maybe quite similar to how David Small’s dynamic renditions of text changed my way of thinking about 3D visualization). Her work was revolutionary as it pushed typography into the 3 spatial dimensions, and augmented it with dynamics, animation and interactivity. Tragically, it was just after this event that she passed away.

Since many years, David Young has carried around an old VHS tape that demonstrated this work, to show it to students as an example of Muriel’s vision and as an inspiration to push creative boundaries (or, as told in the film: “We must reexamine the current stultifying interface standards and metaphors. We must define a rich vocabulary, tools and design strategies that are applicable to any information domain and to this multidimensional world“). He has finally digitized the tape and has posted it online for all to see (see the movie below).

Note: Image above taken from the Talmud Project by David Small, and Financial Viewpoints, by Lisa Strausfeld.

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[History]: De Volharding Building, 1929, The Hague

Volharding Building, 1928. Image by CZ Photography.

Volharding Building, 1928. Image by CZ Photography.

Building De Volharding, architect Jan Buijs, Date: 1928, The Hague, The Netherlands

Building De Volharding, architect Jan Buijs, Date: 1929, The Hague, The Netherlands

This building was built in the 1920s and was once the head-quarters of the social cooperative De Volharding. It was designed with built-in illuminated signs on two facades, staging not only a logotype or brand, but using these facades as actual communication tool to highlight the advantages of a membership in the cooperative. A phantastic early example of integrated architectural communication.

Some more links:

Here , here and here are recent mediations of the building, developed by between 1996 and 2006.