October 2nd, 2012
Every four years our nation’s potential leaders throw off the gloves and duke it out on the big stage. For the previous two elections, Sosolimited performed live audiovisual remixes of these Presidential Debates. This year, we’ve upped the stakes with our newest project, ReConstitution 2012. Part data visualization, part experimental typography, ReConstitution 2012 is a live web app linked to the televised US Presidential Debates. We are partnering with our good friends at The Creators Project to make it happen. Our site will be live for the 2nd debate on October 16.
The goal of the piece is to provide a massively annotated play-by-play of the candidates’ verbal jousting. During and after the three debates, language used by the candidates generates a live graphical map of the events. Algorithms track the psychological states of Romney and Obama and compare them to past candidates. The app allows the user to get beyond the punditry and discover the hidden meaning in the words chosen by the candidates. We teamed up with Professor James Pennebaker and his longtime researcher Cindy Chung at the UT Austin Department of Psychology to bring their natural language processing algorithms to a live application.
March 9th, 2012
I just returned from Raleigh last week. The Ribbon is hung and looking brilliant. The real-life manifestation of most architectural elements falls short of the initial renderings, but I have to say, in this case it surpasses them. None of us had any idea what a stunning object this would be. It actually looks likes it’s floating. And the atrium itself is a gorgeous space, full of light and reflections. Bill and Jeff—along with Greg, Jeremy, and Curtis, their rigging team—did an amazing job installing the piece.
February 7th, 2012
For the last two years, we have lovingly toiled on the glass and metal leviathan we call “the ribbon”. We are distilling the beauty of nature’s patterns into 20 x 180 LCD glass pixels that swoop through the four story atrium of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
The sculpture itself is being hung as we speak. Jeff Lieberman and Bill Washabaugh, our collaborators on the piece, are down — I should say up because they are standing in a four-story high cherry picker — in Raleigh with a team of riggers, hanging the glass beast piece by piece. As you might imagine, it took some ingenious mechanical and structural engineering to get 3600 pieces of glass to twist and bend like a scarf in the wind.
December 21st, 2011
Timelinks is a slick new visualization startup based in Brooklyn, New York, helmed by our good friend and serial entrepreneur Jeff Beil. If Facebook’s Timeline is trying to take your one-dimensional blipvert social experience and add the axis of time (resulting in a 2D scrolling HTML page), Jeff is attempting something a bit more… ambitious. (Chrome Required)
October 24th, 2011
This past summer Sosolimited developed the winning proposal for the lobby of the new headquarters of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. This non-partisan think tank is a leader in global issues, energy policy, defense, and health. In preparation for their move into a brand new building on K Street CSIS asked a number of interactive design studios to submit ideas for their atrium. Our proposal is for a global data clock, a grand chandelier that reacts to world news and displays real-time information across a map of light.