Pop!Tech 2007 kicked off its annual feast of ideas amid the chill autumn folliage of downeast Maine with the incredible data visualization work of photographer Chris Jordan and the urban sensory mapping work of Christian Nold.
This year's theme, "Human Impact" was creatively visualized Jordan's work, which demonstrates in his Intolerable Beauty the patterns made by around 425,000 cell phones - the number tossed away by Americans every day, or 15 million sheets of paper, the amount used by Americans every five minutes, a phenomenon whose visualization he describes as allowing him to chronicle the detritis of human consumption.
His latest show, in LA, is "Running the Numbers" and turns such images into artwork - such as creating an image of Mount Denali comprised entirely of images of the badge of the "Denali" SUV, with some altered to spell "Denial" in the same typeface, and an image of two billion plastic bottles - the number used by Americans every FIVE minutes.
Nold showed how he used a sensory mapping device to record the emotional states over time and in various locations in Greenwich, England and San Francisco, California.
Follow the links above to see these works, and better understand how they provide true insights on the level of visualization visionary Edward Tufte.