Everyone runs out of disk space eventually. Even if you have exabytes of space, it’s good to cull once in a while. Here’s a simple, lightweight utility for Windows to see all the files you have as proportionally sized rectangles: WinDirStat. (On their site they recommend some alternatives for Linux and Mac.)
It’s not a beautiful visualization, but it’s fast and free. Tell it what drive or folder to analyze, and it’ll create a colorful summary of all the files, organized by folder. (Filetypes are color-coded.) A directory listing appears on top, with filenames and sizes. You can click either the text or the graphic rectangle to select a file. From there you can get Properties, open in Explorer, Delete and some other administrative stuff.
It’s a great way to spot the huge files (or folders made up of hundreds of small files). I just did this the other day when I saw my Dropbox was full.
There are other utilities that do this, but I love the raw simplicity and ugliness of it. But that’s me. At work I set up Windows 7 to look like 98.
I’m so glad this exists.
Fantasy User Interfaces, Fictional User Interfaces, Fake User Interfaces, Futuristic User Interfaces. Regardless of what the F stands for, they all represent the same thing, the user interfaces and heads up displays found in many popular movies and television shows.
Kit FUI is an IMDb-like database that makes it easy to find screenshots, videos and the designers of these FUIs.
What I love about fictional UI is that the primary direction is to look cool. This is what people want to see, a sexy complexity. Put this at the opposite end of the spectrum from Windows98 GUI.
Sometimes people want to look at things that are intimidating yet waiting to be controlled. The Bloomberg terminal interface comes to mind.
The only valid reason explaining why the Bloomberg design will not change is the behavior of its users. Users who favor complexity and clutter over efficiency and clarity to sustain a fictive status symbol.
9 Mind-Blowing Canvas Demos
via The Verge (they pick three favorites).
This is fun. Choose a city, pick a keyword, see where that word is mentioned. I found it interesting how “pasta in New York” is pretty much everywhere, but “pasta in Boston” is all in the North End.
Robert Hodgin continues to amaze me. He created this simulation of a bait ball for an exhibit at the Auckland Museum (New Zealand), called Moana, My Ocean. Here he explains his process.
Mapping Manhattan: A Love Letter in Subjective Cartography by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Malcolm Gladwell, Yoko Ono & 72 Other New Yorkers | Brain Pickings.
The concept is simple, but executed brilliantly. In the summer of 2009, Cooper walked the length of Broadway in Manhattan, handing out self-addressed stamped cards that were letter pressed with an outline map of Manhattan. She asked people to map their memories, filling it with whatever was meaningful to them.
The tumblr here.
This really is an elegant project. I wonder if anyone cut up the map or added to it. Origami?
via MeFi, where someone has linked to a horizonless projection of the city. Golly.
Microphone system maps rooms with a snap of the fingers.
This is interesting. They were able to find a wall with 1mm accuracy. Less successful in a complex room (a cathedral nave), but still–that’s fantastic.
Compare: 3d mapping by ZCorp ZScanner, Trimble, MatterPort, and of course, Kinect.
Next up: 3d mapping by smell.
“aboriginal landscapes of fabulous hybrid creatures” | MetaFilter.
All the links you need to be blown away by Marguerite Humeau and her working reconstructions of extinct creatures’ vocal tracts.
If you only have time for one click, go to this interview.
Food: An Atlas, Kickstarter-funded collection of maps about food–where it comes from, who consumes it and more. Read:
The Beershed of America and Other Fascinating Food Visualizations – Nicola Twilley – The Atlantic.
$30 in print, download coming soon.