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Visualizing Sunspots – Final Project Info Visualization

Visualizing Sunspots – Final Project Info Visualization

For the project, I examined the charting of sunspot numbers comparing the usual visualizations of line charts which because of the compressed nature of the x-axis don’t clearly show any cyclical activity except for the well-known 11-year solar cycle. Radial charts, conversely, are well suited to expose other cyclical data. By visualizing individual years, using sunspot number data from the National Solar Observatory between 1945-2017 (1), radial visualizations of sunspot numbers appear to show an underlying cycle.

ATLAS Thesis Project

ATLAS Thesis Project

Link to ZIP File [Files and Data] Link to Demo Intro Challenges Takeaways What's Next for App What's Next for John API Notes Other Notes Last Minute Updates Introduction Hi. I'm John Williams. I have a passion for science and nature, particularly astronomy. I've...

Assignment 3: Design Workflow

Dataset: (from assignment 2) The Planetary Exploration Budget Dataset (https://www.planetary.org/space-policy/planetary-exploration-budget-dataset) Precondition: 1: Learning The Planetary Exploration Budget Dataset, prepared by the Planetary Society, enables direct...

Independent Study – Fall 2020 Alexa Programming

Fall 2020 Independent Study Alexa Skill Programmingthe concept Create three Alexa Skills Alexa, Amazon's voice assistant or smart speaker, is a simple way to interact with a varied and powerful AI. From playing music and games, to arranging a shopping list, the device...

Creative Coding Final Project – Experiment 6

experiment 6 Drawing and Layout Home Fullscreen low-poly gradient Slider Controlling LowPoly Creation User Image Upload/User Drawing LowPoly Animation Point Sprayer Drawing and Layout A mockup and partially working example of a final idea to allow users to save...

Creative Coding Final Project – Experiment 5

experiment 5 Point Sprayer Home Fullscreen low-poly gradient Slider Controlling LowPoly Creation User Image Upload/User Drawing LowPoly Animation Point Sprayer Drawing and Layout In a move to create a robust low-poly drawing demo, I wanted to allow users to be able to...

Creative Coding Final Project – Experiment 4

experiment 4 LowPoly Animation Home Fullscreen low-poly gradient Slider Controlling LowPoly Creation User Image Upload/User Drawing LowPoly Animation Point Sprayer Drawing and Layout One of the most exciting experiments involved taking the slider to allow users to...

Creative Coding Final Project – Experiment 3

experiment 3 User Image Upload/User Drawing Home Fullscreen low-poly gradient Slider Controlling LowPoly Creation User Image Upload/User Drawing LowPoly Animation Point Sprayer Drawing and Layout An extension of Experiment 2, this experiment allows users to upload...

Creative Coding Final Project – Experiment 2

experiment 2 Slider Controlling Low Poly Creation Home Fullscreen low-poly gradient Slider Controlling LowPoly Creation User Image Upload/User Drawing LowPoly Animation Point Sprayer Drawing and Layout The next step was to preload an image. With a slider set for a...

Creative Coding Final Project – Experiment 1

experiment 1 Fullscreen low-poly gradient Home Fullscreen low-poly gradient Slider Controlling LowPoly Creation User Image Upload/User Drawing LowPoly Animation Point Sprayer Drawing and Layout Just a simple low poly gradient. After Justin suggested Delaunay...

Creative Coding Final Project

2020 Creative Coding Final ProjectCreative Codingthe concept Create a low-poly art generatorSimple geometric shapes placed side-by-side create angular and minimalistic artistic compositions. These low-poly artforms come from the early days of 3D animation. The low...

Project 5 Generator: Milky Way

Project 5 Generator: Milky Way

  I refactored a piece from last year's Creative Technologies course where I built a Milky Way generator in Processing. I had refactored it for p5.js for a personal/job piece but had not finished...

Project 4 – Animated Loop

Project 4 – Animated Loop

This challenge started with an idea to play with geometry in a looping, fast-paced animation. The idea was to have several nodes where waves of color would sweep out.  Some of my initial ideas were being able to control the size of the node radius being able to...

Planet-ock

Planet-ock

  I went through several iterations before settling on Planet-ock. Here are some original sketches.   Because I'm obsessed with astronomy and astronomical data visualizations, I thought it would be...

Creative Coding – Project 1

I started with 5 ideas (include sketch) Settled on creating an online anaglyph of the "A." Anaglyphs are a way to give a 3D aspect to an object; the only drawback is that you need to be wearing red/green or red/cyan glasses. I have both but chose red/cyan glasses....

Blocking Blatantly Incorrect Information

If a user knowingly spreads incorrect information (not opinion) with logic they know to be false, they shall be automatically banned for a certain period of time. I've been pondering the ramifications of this policy that I would like to see implemented on social media...

Awe Meditation: Final Text

John Williams 96 · Overview Meditation FinalmixSit back, get comfortable for a listening only experience. This version includes relaxing and inspiring video and photos of Earth and the stars. The Final Text: We'll start our experience by getting comfortable. Sit in a...

Overview Effect

This past week, our group spent alot of time on the Overview Effect for our group project. Indeed, my mind has been in this place as I work to create an Overview Effect during meditation. One thing to explore and consider one day with the Overview Effect is that it's...

Empathy & Technology – Final Project Log

https://soundcloud.com/john-williams-105/overview-meditation-finalmix/s-uY56iNK31Ba  Read the full transcript of the Awe MeditationProject Log: April 28, 2020 - Uploaded YouTube link Reversed chronology of this blog for easier reading. And to bring the links to...

HitPoint Puck – Final Project Design Methods

Overview Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs, are used in an array of applications from providing reading light to turn signals on vehicles. Most applications simply convey information. The material exploration centers on the property and contexts of the colors of LEDs...

Creative Tech: Final Project

Creative Tech: Final Project

Building on my Milky Way natural scene creator from Design Challenge 6, my final project is an interactive postcard generator with the National Solar Observatory’s Inouye Solar Telescope as the main attraction. The telescope is nearing completion in Hawaii. I wanted a way to inspire and educate the public about the telescope and the Sun while creating something.

Research vs Making

After reading Thomas Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions in the 80s, I am hesitant to even use the word paradigm as a means of describing something new. Evolution was a new paradigm in biology. Copernicus broke the astronomical paradigm of an earth-centered...