J. Nathan Matias     MIT Media Lab

I collaborate on technology, research, and communities which empower people to become more creative, more effective, and more informed. I'm a PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media and an affiliate at the Berkman-Klein Center at Harvard.

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Visual Summaries: Experiments in Visual Rhetoric

21 May 2010 - 20 Jul 2010

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In the summer of 2010, Steve Ersinghaus convinced me to conduct an extended creative experiment in visual rhetoric: create one visual summary per day as long as possible. The project has been leading me to think more broadly about spatial hypertext-- beyond its role as personal information manager, toward a role in communication.

These were all done with Tinderbox and Emberlight.

Here are some examples from the project:

100 Summaries 2010 09 Biblical Poetry Reading 7 June 2010 Summary and The Craft of Research Perspective #2 Links Convey Meaning 18: summary of common arguments for and against drawing ethics from Jesus 22. "As We May Think" Panel Talk, ACM Hypertext 2010 15: 50 contemporary political ideologies PART ONE 26: the sequence of food sharing episodes recorded by Giza Teleki in the Gombe reserve during a day-long consumption of a captured colobus monkey (part one) 14: An Imperial Message PART ONE 25: The Perfect Moment 31: Summarizing Hauerwas on Yoder