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Sabanci University’s interest in supporting research output has been one of the primary initiatives of Image of Science, which will now run its second season July 11 – 15 on campus. Image of Science is a university wide collaboration, open to outside participation this year, organized by visiting faculty Gokhan Ersan (School of the Art Institute of Chicago),  Melih Papila (FENS), VAVCD teaching assistants, and Nancy Karabeyoglu (SUWC).

Image of Science seeks to familiarize researchers with design tools that can comprehensively depict complex research methodologies and findings. 

This year’s week long program of workshops and design tutorials focuses on creating interactive slide shows and presentations of completed or ongoing research. Two days of workshops on implementing design strategies open the program; three days of design work to produce interactive slide shows/presentation of selected submissions follow. All are welcome.

If you have  a visual image of a particular ongoing/completed research project and/or would like to learn more of design’s ability to serve as a powerful information source, please consider attending either the workshops or design production; both are free.

The links below are the formal invitation to Image of Science.



Pages containing the work of last year’s projects

Ligature frenzy is at the door. Unless you are an able graphic designer, you don’t get to play with ligatures. It’s mostly unavailable but when you have it, the results become so elegant. This is a nice example how ligatures can be used besides linking f-l or f-i. Simple and neat, yet it can be very useful and stylish. Text from the page:

Chartwell is a family that explores the use of OpenType to interpret and visualize data. The font format is highly portable and can be used in any application that supports standard ligatures. The data also remains editable allowing for easy updates.

Google Creative Lab engineer/designer Alexander Chen turned NY subway lines into an interactive musical instrument. Very neat and minimal, yet pretty poetic in a way. Developed in HTML5 and the subway template is based on Massimo Vignelli’s original design. Each subway line becomes a string and with each intersection you get a pluck. The length of a line also determines the pitch and how the lines emerge is determined by using MTA’s live arriving and departure times, plus some of Chen’s additions. Likes!

(click on the image to see how it works)

This java based application transforms a simple product bar code into a unique tree in the garden of globalization. Taking advantage of this rich pool of information Barcode Plantage creates a series of visualizations based on a set of default bar codes. Once a bar code is keyed or scanned in, the program sends a request to the database, which returns a master file data. This master file data is then analyzed to define positions, curves and colors of Bezier curves of the tree structure. The number of these curves will vary correspondence to the number of figures in the code. Simultaneously, the user will hear a melody, which is based on the figures of the bar code. To complete the visualized information details of the country of origin, manufacturer, product number and sum – each on a single black bar connected by fine lines ? are displayed. Since all data is being interpreted by an algorithm that works completely without any random aspect each product is represented by a characteristic and singular tree. [Visual Complexity]