It is amazing how well this info/motion graphic describes how we ended up in the current recession. If you were ever confused by the odd jargon surrounding this issue with words like; sub-prime mortgage or credit default swaps, this is the video. Jonathan Jarvis does a fantastic job of using graphics to explain a very complicated issue.

Another great piece done by Daniel Franke.

A truly mesmorizing piece done by Daniel Franke and Cedric Kiefer using the Kinect, Processing, motion capture and 3D Studio Max.  I love the fluid nature of the character as she moves through the sand particles.

Work by Jeremy Mayer

For some time now I have been thinking about micro worlds.  I have spent a fair amount of time investigating things like radiolarians mainly from a purely aesthetic point of view.  Radiolarians are these beautiful microscopic protozoa, mostly extinct, that exist throughout the ocean.  I find it really fascinating to think about these tiny micro worlds that exist all around us that go totally unnoticed by the naked eye.  So in thinking about these micro-worlds I came to realize the importance of science and probably more specifically biology in my own life and work.  I have always been excited about the idea of science.  When I was younger I always considered the field to be above my head and the more that I think about it I didn’t have the patience to really sit with the subject and really try to understand it.  In many ways I unknowingly abandoned something that I had a genuine interest in.  As time has passed I have begun to bring these things back into my life through alternate avenues.  I’ve always loved books that dissected the human body so you could see the individual systems in the body.  I became fascinated with horticulture and the life cycle of plants as they grow from tiny seeds into plants that grow into plants hundreds of times larger than their seeds.

Where does this go next?  I would love to explore these micro worlds in the 3D / animated space.  As much as I love books, I still absorb more by watching something in motion.  There is something to be said about being able to see something move, it is easier to relate to the material (at least for me).  I thought that these videos in particular were beautiful pieces of art as well as informative pieces from which to learn.