October 29, 2009
Art Institute of Chicago Pathfinder
Have you been planning a trip to see the new addition to the Art Institute of Chicago? You may want to use their pathfinder tool to plan your route through the museum. Use the map to navigate a virtual museum. When you click on a gallery or space, the left-hand frame will display prominent works or views from that location. You can also use the left-hand panel to find out where specific exhibitions are located within the museum.
via Derivative Image
October 26, 2009
World Digital Library
Another excellent site with primary source material digitized for world use:
"The World Digital Library is a cooperative project of the Library of Congress, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and partner libraries, archives, and educational and cultural institutions from the United States and around the world. The project brings together on a single website rare and unique documents – books, journals, manuscripts, maps, prints and photographs, films, and sound recordings – that tell the story of the world’s cultures. The site is intended for general users, students, teachers, and scholars."
The home page presents a nifty multi-lingual search interface including a world map and a timeline.
Image of the Emir of Bukhara, 1911, by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. Click here to see more photos by Prokudin-Gorskii in the World Digital Library.
October 23, 2009
Designer Paul Burgess created ColorSuckr, a color app that extracts the 12 most common colors from any images and displays each color on a new page with the HEX, RGB and web safe color. You can choose from one of the photos on the main page, search Flickr, or input the URL of any webpage to find source material.
* Easily extract colors from photos and create color schemes.
* View results in XML, RSS and JSON formats.
* Download schemes as Adobe .ASE swatch file.
* Firefox addon that makes color extraction even easier provided.
* Provides a permanent link to the color scheme.
* Option to switch between the dark/light backgrounds.
* Free, no sign up required.
via download squad
October 19, 2009
Worldmapper is a collection of nearly 700 world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. The maps and data files cover 200 territories, mainly United Nation Member States plus a few others to include at least 99.95% of the world's population.
This map shows where people watch the most films (not including short films) at commercial screenings. Of the 7.6 billion films watched at cinemas, almost 3 billion viewings were recorded in one year in India.
The colours used on the maps group the territories into 12 geographical regions, and allow for an easier visual comparison between the maps than would otherwise be possible. The shading of each territory within a region is consistent throughout all of the maps.
Here are cartograms for books borrowed
and books published
October 16, 2009
Discover the artworks you might not have encountered before.The ArtScope is visual browsing tool based on Stamen's Modest Maps tile engine, features more than 4,000 objects from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art collection, arranged in a continuous, map-like thumbnail grid. Zoom in on an eye-catching image, search by keyword or artist, or just have a look around.
via information aesthetics
October 14, 2009
Image of the Day: Andromeda in Ultraviolet
A delightful way to expand your image horizons is to subscribe to some of the many institutional "images of the day". NASA has a particularly rich image site, and most of their resources are not under copyright.
The following is NASA's description of the image illustrated above:
"In a break from its usual task of searching for distant cosmic explosions, NASA's Swift satellite acquired the highest-resolution view of a neighboring spiral galaxy ever attained in the ultraviolet. The galaxy, known as M31 in the constellation Andromeda, is the largest and closest spiral galaxy to our own. This mosaic of M31 merges 330 individual images taken by Swift's Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope. The image shows a region 200,000 light-years wide and 100,000 light-years high (100 arcminutes by 50 arcminutes)."
Image Credit: NASA/Swift/Stefan Immler (GSFC) and Erin Grand (UMCP)
October 08, 2009
Look for the Sky with SkyFinder
Last August at SIGGRAPH, an international conference on computer graphics, a group presented an innovative system designed to analyze images of the sky. The SkyFinder (link opens .pdf file) system automatically extracts a set of sky attributes—such as category, layout, richness, horizon, or sun position—from each image in a collection. This enables users to search the collection interactively at the semantic level using text queries, like “a landscape at sunset with the sun at the bottom left”.