Much of the data in our lives comes from square, electronic screens. We get our news from the television, our books from e-readers, transportation schedules from LED screens, and everything else from computers and mobile phones. Nature encodes information in some elegant ways: the fish that changes color when it’s ready to mate, the banana that turns yellow when it’s ripe. ‘Information decoration’ takes its inspiration from old nature to present data in an unobtrusive manner, helping to restore depth of meaning to the built environment.
The Power Aware Cord transports electrical power while simultaneously visualizing energy usage. Electrical transfer is represented through glowing pulses, flow, and intensity of light. The creators believe that expressing the presence of energy through light can inspire people to explore and reflect upon the energy consumption of electrical devices in…
Toasted bread as an information display device (originally developed in 2001 but somehow still intruiging): a toaster that parses meteorological information from the web & then browns bread with an image of what weather to expect, readable & consumable on the way to work. the image is burned on to…
Now this is spot on information decoration: a heat–sensitive wallpaper of which the printed flowers will be blooming when the radiator is on. Created by Shiyuan. See also: Dataplant, Feelings to Plants, Speaking at the Wall, Light Weeds. Thanks Tinkebell.…
The ‘Decay’ project explores how traces of time and use can be embedded in textile. By wearing a carbon fibre suit over a white blouse, textile designer Marie Ilse Bourlanges captured the gestures of the body bending, stretching, scratching and rubbing.…
With this cooking timer gadget, you can explain information decoration to anyone. In addition to its default explicit digital time display, it has a modus in which the passing of time can be displayed implicitly with the number of blocks piled at the bottom. Making it more like a sandglass…
Julius Popp's Bit.Fall uses falling droplets of water to convey messages
Our Environment as an Information Carrier
Picture this: it’s 40,000 years ago, and you are an early Homo sapiens. You are standing on the savanna. Look around you. What do you see? No billboards, no traffic signs, no logos, no text. You might see grassland, a stand of trees, a bank of clouds in the distance.…
'What information overload? The so-called information society has barely scratched the surface of our human bandwidth!'
Koert van Mensvoort
Keiichi Matsuda presents a dystopian vision of a world where augmented reality has created a nightmare of information overload.
Energy Consumption Shown on Power Plant
Information decoration on a city scale. Every night from the 22 to the 29 of February 2008, the vapor emissions of he Salmisaari power plant in Helsinki will be illuminated to show the current levels of electricity consumption by local residents.…Read more
Squamata headset dances with the Music
Inspired by body language of animals (in particular squamates and porcupines), designer Jop Japenga created a headphone with an adaptive skin that responds to the music played on them – resembling a bird performing a mating dance.
The concept of his headphone was to make an public depiction of one’s frame of mind rather than a set of headphones that just reacted to the hits of every song.…Read more
The body suit pictured above has LEDs that illuminate according to the wearer’s state of excitement. Skin signals are measured and change light emission through biometric sensing technology.
The suit was conceived in Philips Designs’ SKIN probe project that challenges the notion that our lives are automatically better because they are more digital.…Read more