Computational Information Design
Image: Ben Fry, Ph.D. dissertation
The Ph.D. dissertation from Ben Fry, Computational Information Design, is online. Ben Fry is one of the initiators of processing - an open source programming language and environment:
"The ability to collect, store, and manage data is increasing quickly, but our ability to understand it remains constant. In an attempt to gain better understanding of data, fields such as information visualization, data mining and graphic design are employed, each solving an isolated part of the specific problem, but failing in a broader sense: there are too many unsolved problems in the visualization of complex data. As a solution, this dissertation proposes that the individual fields be brought together as part of a singular process titled Computational Information Design. "