Greg J. Smith
Since 2003
Works in Toronto Canada

Greg J. Smith is a Toronto-based designer and researcher with interests in media theory and digital culture. Extending from a background in architecture, his research considers how contemporary information paradigms affect representational and spatial systems. Greg is a designer at Mission Specialist and is a managing editor of the digital arts publication Vague Terrain. His writing has appeared in a variety of publications including: Creative Applications, Current Intelligence, Rhizome, Vectors and the Handbook of Research on Computational Arts and Creative Informatics.

Greg has presented work at venues and institutions including EYEO Festival (Minneapolis), the Western Front (Vancouver), DIY Citizenship (Toronto), Medialab-Prado (Madrid) and Postopolis! LA. He is an adjunct instructor in the CCIT program (University of Toronto/Sheridan College) and has taught courses for CSMM (McMaster University) and OCAD University.

flight pattern map


several beautiful geographical maps depicting flight patterns over the US over time, derived from air traffic data that was parsed & plotted using the processing programming environment.

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swarmfest collaborative sketch


another collaborative visual canvas for online, distributed design: each week a popular search term is chosen to become the sketch subject. each user can contribute a small amount of line per visit, after which they are given the opportunity to vote on the opacity of lines submitted by other users. by voting, users moderate the input of other users, judging the quality of each line. the darkness of each line is the average of all its previous votes. [|via]


pop music sketches


a series of doodly visualizations generated from pop songs. the songs are analyzed note-by-note & at each note a specific line is drawn. the angle at which the line is drawn is determined by the pitch of the note, & the length of the line is determined by the volume of the note. the result is a series of playful, doodle-like, linear drawings. the authors consider these image series as a 'reinterpretation of the pop music media' that addresses the pre-adolescence (or childhood) aspect of pop music content. [|thnkx Jake]




a simple but intriguing dynamic data visualization that displays the weather conditions of major cities across the globe simultaneously & in real time. the climate information is gathered from airports all over the world & updated several times a day. a textual map shows the weather conditions onto each city's name: font size relates to visibility, color to temperature, & transparency to humidity. in addition, the city names move with the speed & direction of their wind readings while their atmospheric pressure is applied as friction to the movement. []


million dollar homepage

milliondollarhomepage.jpgthe Million Dollar Homepage consists of 1 million individual pixels. each pixel is valued at $1 a piece with a minimum purchase requirement of a block of 100 pixels (10x10px). the money earned will be directed to a student's university education. his homepage thus visualizes the collaborative effort of monetary sponsoring from unknown participants in real time. (did not know education was that expensive in the UK though) []