Visualizing the Beauty of Math in 3 minutes

The interactive slides to my 3-minute elevator pitch at the Reasons to conference

Posted: September 9, 2016-Likes: 0-Comments: 4-Categories: Data Art, Data Visualization-Tags: art in pi, conference, exoplanets
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A very short blog where I just wanted to share the slides and video of the 3-minute elevator pitch I gave at the Reasons to conference in Brighton, UK on Wednesday September 7th 2016. And perhaps some images of things that didn’t make it ;)

A collection of screenshots from the slides

The set-up at Reasons to is as follows: 20 speakers have 3 minutes each to speak about whatever they want (although John, the organizer, has to approve of the idea). The audience later gets to vote and the top 3 can come back the next year to give full talks. To be honest, I came in just being happy that I could come (you get a free ticket if you’re a pitcher!), but during the event you get into the vibe, meet winners of previous years and by the end you of course want to be in the top 3, if only to come back next year, haha.

Although I initially thought about showing some of my favorite personal projects in those 3 minutes, it sort of morphed into a mini talk about “Visualizing the Beauty of Math” after I had an idea of turning my Art in Pi static piece into an animated one. Then came the exoplanets, which I already had. And the spirographs, which I sort of had but expanded on during my investigation for the talk.

You can find the slides in a separate github repo, but be warned, it’s not mobile friendly. These are made as a presentation slides on 1920 x 1080 for Chrome and afterwards I try my very best to get everything working in other browsers and devices, but here that just wouldn’t work. Too many things moving around on the screen (I even turned some d3 things into canvas, but that didn’t help in all cases). But, please trust me, it’s worth the extra effort of switching to a decently sized screen :)

A friend of mine also made a recording of the 3 minutes, which I didn’t know at the time, but I’m very happy that he did. So, in case you’re interested in what I had to say with all those practically wordless slides, you can view it here

It was a great conference! I was inspired by so many talks (especially the “inspired sessions” in the evening by Stefan Sagmeister and Jared Tarbell were top notch) and at many times I just wanted to drop everything and dive into whatever the speaker was talking about; typography, generative art, illustration ^^

To finish this blog, here are some screenshots of my spirograph investigations that didn’t make the final cut

And some photos from the Conference :)

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Comments (4)
  • Nick - September 10, 2016 - Reply

    Love your work.

    Amazing as always :)

  • Jared - September 13, 2016 - Reply

    Sounds like a very interesting conference, and a great experience for you to speak. Thanks for sharing.

  • Heidi - October 6, 2016 - Reply

    Its always been hard to explain the beauty of mathematics to my non-mathematician friends – you have made this so much easier, thank you!

  • burnett accam - October 9, 2016 - Reply

    “…I was inspired by so many talks (especially the “inspired sessions” in the evening by Stefan Sagmeister and Jared Tarbell were top notch)”. Lol, you had your own voting right there. Hope they come back next year for the full talk.

    Thank you so much. You are an inspiration yourself.

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