The Orb is a data visualization showcasing research projects associated with the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) at Virginia Tech. I began working on this project with the intent of just creating a few graphics that one of our undergraduate design student might use in some promotional materials. A little bit of code here…a little bit go code there…and the next thing I knew, I had a full blown visualization on my hands. While this version has a lot of core functionality, I am still thinking about next steps for extending this to a larger data set and expanded interface.

I take a lot of pride in having done this in Processing. As an artist that only started learning code a few years ago, I am still fascinated by the idea of writing words to create graphics.

Props to my collaborator Noha ElSherbiny (PhD student in Computer Science at VT). She handles all of the data analysis, generating the values that drive the connections.

Visualization: Dane Webster (me)
Data Mining: Noha ElSherbiny
Additional Concept Designs: Audrey Pfund
Music: Chris Zabriskie (