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.

parsing the state of the union


a collection of simple but effective data visualizations that compare different textual features within the State of the Union speeches of various US presidents. Users can visually compare sentence length or word count, & interactively explore 'word incidence' of specific keywords: graphs show the relative positions & the amount of times specific keywords (such as 'freedom', 'war', 'liberty', 'tax', 'economy' & so on) appear within all the important speeches of George W. Bush, or within the historical speeches of past US presidents.
see also the interactive geographical maps representing the elections in Iraq from the same great developer, Jonathan Corum. [ &]


history of programming languages


an intruiging 39" x 17" visualization diagram of 50 years of programming history, which plots over 50 programming languages on a multi-layered, color-coded timeline. [ &]


playboy centerfold averaging


originating from a conceptually similar idea as the google project, Jason Salavon created 'Figure 1. Every Playboy Centerfold, 1988-1997' by digitally averaging the visual pixels from every Playboy centerfold fold-out image for the 10 years beginning January 1988 through December 1997. the shroud-like image is yielded by a simple, custom process: point-by-point mathematical averaging. [ &]


maeda exhibition @ cartier

the brilliant John Maeda ("world-renowned graphic designer, artist, computer scientist & professor at the MIT Media Laboratory") recently opened a new exhibition at the fully glazed, modern Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris, France. the exhibition includes 'The Nature': a series of 7 motion paintings representing aesthetic & sensual abstract forms in movement that recall natural phenomena, & 'Eye'm Hungry': 6 interactive stations designed for children that uses basic interfaces (keyboard, microphone & mouse) to enable visitors to create different sorts of food.
anyone based in Paris willing to share some visuals? see also colorcalm ambient music visualization & maeda's simplicity weblog. [ &|via]


radical cartography

radicalcartography.jpga large set of geographical maps conveying & visually exploring different unusual data sources, such as suicide rates, counties, area codes, animal densities, time zones, rail roads, map projections & so on. [|via]