Organic Information Design

Benjamin Fry's Master's Thesis (8.6M PDF download) in the Master of Science in Media Arts and Sciences at MIT. Other projects by Fry at his MIT home page. Thesis abstract: Design techniques for static information are well understood, their descriptions and discourse thorough and well-evolved. But these techniques fail when dynamic information is considered. There is a space of highly complex systems for which we lack deep understanding because few techniques exist for visualization of data whose structure and content are continually changing. To approach these problems, this thesis introduces a visualization process titled Organic Information Design. The resulting systems employ simulated organic properties in an interactive, visually refined environment to glean qualitative facts from large bodies of quantitative data generated by dynamic information sources.