Bestiario is an interactive website that has a collection of visual representation projects. [check out his Twitter] The website is based out of Barcelona, Spain, but the website is in “spanglish.” Some projects are more Spanish where others are mostly English, but there are all a little combination of both. The projects subjects range from technology to language to science.
Humanities scholars can look at visual representations of complex data and see the information at a different angle. They can see more information is a smaller area and this can help them ask questions that they would never think of if they we forced to go through and look at all the data individually. Maybe they can see a pattern that they would not have picked up over time, or a pattern that they thought was there really was not all that significant when looking at the big picture. A visualization can also answer questions that lead to new questions. Bestiario’s work is not always the most practical, although some of his work does help to simplify large amounts of information, he does have a greater understanding on how to represent trends and relationships of sets of Big Data in unique and inspiring ways.
Visual rhetoric shapes the way we relate to documents by allowing us to interact with the project. Instead of reading a black a white copy, we can find more focus when it is easier to see what were looking at. Seeing a project visualized, helps us organize and understand our thoughts, and also helps us retain the information we are taking in. Visualizations of nontraditional text based artifacts, but rather images, colors, webs, and graphs, make information easier for the human brain to comprehend and organize their thoughts on the subjects at hand. Bestiario is taking digital based information and breathing new 3D life into it and making it more fun and interactive for his audience. Adding movement to the project is helping pave the way to the new digital era.
Kayla Black, Joel Ericsen, Lauren Brooker