CGTalk > Main > General Discussion
Login register
Thread Closed share thread « Previous Thread | Next Thread »  
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-06-2013, 05:22 AM   #1
DoubleSupercool
Supreme Overlord 2IC
 
DoubleSupercool's Avatar
portfolio
Matt French
Japan
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 1,215
Anybody working in/with data visualization / data visualisation

Visualisation spelled both ways to help with future searches

I am looking at secondary CG jobs to keep up my creatives juices while I work a full-time government job. I used to comp and do FX but the work situation was too sketchy/underpaid in Australia. My current job offers a *lot* of flexibility/free time and I was looking at potential areas for off-the-beaten track CG work and data visualisation seems like a cool area to get in to (for private companies and government agencies), combining an interest in programming, proceduralism, communication and art.

Sooo, anyone doing this kind of thing and if so, how are you finding it? Please post here or PM me.
 
Old 01-06-2013, 07:38 PM   #2
trancerobot
Art Compiler
 
trancerobot's Avatar
portfolio
Christian Storay
BIM & VDC Modeler
USA
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 605
BIM is a kind of data visualization. You could check that out.

A building information model is a 3d model with a database underpinning. The 3d part is just to help you work with the database, which is really good for things like estimating, material takeoffs, schedules and construction management. Many BIM/VDC jobs pay quite a bit, and it helps to have a construction related degree though it's not always necessary.

Programming is not usually part of the job description, though if you can program, that capability can help. I made a plugin using the Revit SDK last year that helped me filter selections down by type rather than category. There were alternatives, but none of them were free, so I made my own.
 
Old 01-06-2013, 10:20 PM   #3
DoubleSupercool
Supreme Overlord 2IC
 
DoubleSupercool's Avatar
portfolio
Matt French
Japan
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 1,215
Cheers, thanks for that. I will definitely check it out.

Maybe I should provide some examples of what I am thinking about as maybe a lot of people don't know much about it. This website shows some good examples:

http://flowingdata.com/

Basically cool graphical ways of showing data and their relationships. Almost like motion graphics/illustration had a sexy time with statistics and data and produced a beautiful love child.
 
Old 01-07-2013, 01:04 AM   #4
mr Bob
CG Sup
Mars
USA
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 1,325
Interesting area > You should look at using Houdini its ideal to visualize and for the manipulation of data. Somebody a while ago asked about turning MRI image slices into 3d models using Houdini ...

B
 
Old 01-07-2013, 02:40 AM   #5
DoubleSupercool
Supreme Overlord 2IC
 
DoubleSupercool's Avatar
portfolio
Matt French
Japan
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 1,215
Definitely. Houdini's proceduralism lends itself to this kind of thing very nicely, eg

http://www.cmivfx.com/tutorials/vie...ini+Connections
 
Old 01-07-2013, 03:00 AM   #6
AJ1
User
 
AJ1's Avatar
CGTalk Forum Leader
portfolio
A J
Indiana, USA
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 1,810
Hey man,

Check out the link in my signature to Coursera. There are some fancy free classes about data modelling, visualization, databases, and other maths and programming.

I've been through the Intro to Databases, and its a great way to get your feet wet in some query languages and data normalization.

-AJ
__________________
 
Old 01-07-2013, 10:56 AM   #7
DePaint
Banned
 
DePaint's Avatar
portfolio
Emre M.
Istanbul, Turkey
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,156
Check this site out:

http://nooface.net/

Also this:

http://www.chromeexperiments.com/

And this:

http://www.touchgraph.com/navigator


Good luck with your project!
 
Old 01-07-2013, 09:31 PM   #8
mr Bob
CG Sup
Mars
USA
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 1,325
Quote:
Originally Posted by DoubleSupercool
Definitely. Houdini's proceduralism lends itself to this kind of thing very nicely, eg

http://www.cmivfx.com/tutorials/vie...ini+Connections


One idea I had was to turn trading data into visuals for an Iphone app, so people could have an easy visual representation of shares traded / volumes / performance > As lets face it a lot of the charts and figures to the untrained eye look like nonsense. You can even make Iphone apps using Houdini ! . The advantage is Houdini's strength at crunching data sets > You can have it sitting on a server spitting out data .

B
 
Old 01-08-2013, 03:11 AM   #9
bradcarvey
New Member
portfolio
Brad Carvey
Oton
Albuquerque, USA
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 1
Data Visualization

I work at Sandia Labs, Albuquerque New Mexico in a Data Visualization research group. It's mostly programming. My experience as a graphics artist is very helpful, but it's mostly programming.

I got tired working on feature films (I did the opening to Men In Black in my home lab) and commercials, so I got involved in Scientific Animations and then Data Visualization.

I have done ground breaking animations of Super Computer simulations, but the Data Visualization is more interesting to me. There is an unlimited amount of data available for download, with an unlimited number of ways to display it.

This is an example of a great Data Visualization. It's a visualization of the wind in the United States. It's written in Javascript. It's mostly programming.

http://hint.fm/wind/
 
Old 01-08-2013, 03:11 AM   #10
CGTalk Moderation
Lord of the posts
CGTalk Forum Leader
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 1,066,481
Thread automatically closed

This thread has been automatically closed as it remained inactive for 12 months. If you wish to continue the discussion, please create a new thread in the appropriate forum.
__________________
CGTalk Policy/Legalities
Note that as CGTalk Members, you agree to the terms and conditions of using this website.
 
Thread Closed share thread


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
CGSociety
Society of Digital Artists
www.cgsociety.org

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright 2000 - 2006,
Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Minimize Ads
Forum Jump
Miscellaneous

All times are GMT. The time now is 09:14 PM.


Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.