In David Rosser’s final take on Flash on the Beach, he reminds us to build our careers on ideas, not tools. Sound advice coming from an Ideas Man. We can’t wait to see where FOTB takes Digit (and David!) next year.
Jer Thorp – New York, New York
Jer Thorp is mostly known for his beautiful and complex data visualisations. As a Data Artist in Residence at the New York Times, Jer shared some of the most recent projects he’s worked on, one of them being the 9-11 Memorial in New York City. He was asked to produce an algorithm that would allow victims’ names to be placed close to their friends and family rather than in the linear fashion most common in memorial sites. Jer thus produced a tool made with processing that generated a name structure from a set of pre-defined rules. To read more about this fascinating project, click here.
Joshua Davis – The Unknown Voyage
Joshua Davis wrapped up theoverall conference with a session titled, “The Unknown Voyage”. He led the crowd through a collection of his print and interactive work, giving us advice each step of the way on how to further ourselves and our careers. An important point he made was to “build our careers on ideas, not tools.” Why limit our work to the constraints of the programs we work in when we could be thinking outside of the box, without limitations? An appropriate and thought-provoking end to one of the highlight events of the year.