CAT - Creativity and Technology

Posted: March 18th, 2009 | Author: Manuel Lima | Filed under: Technology | Tags: , | No Comments »

I’m happy to announce I’ll be in New York in June to talk at CAT - Creativity and Technology. Organized by Creativity magazine, the event is a “gathering of brand creativity professionals and tech-side development companies for a discussion of furthering creativity through technology”. You can register for it here.

Microsoft Office Labs - Future Vision

Posted: March 17th, 2009 | Author: Manuel Lima | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , | 4 Comments »

Here’s an interesting Future Vision Montage by Microsoft Office Labs. In an effort to understand certain questions such as “How will emerging technology improve our productivity in the years ahead?” or “What opportunities will arise from evolving trends and global change?”, Microsoft has collaborated with customers, partners, and thought leaders across multiple disciplines to develop scenarios that explore how long-term trends, customer challenges, and emerging technologies might converge to improve our lives, both at work and home.

You can see other videos related to the future of Health, Retail, Manufacturing or Productivity on their Envisioning section. Very worthwhile! You can also check this blog post, with additional info on the project and a few screenshots.

Creativity 50

Posted: March 13th, 2009 | Author: Manuel Lima | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

I’ve wanted to write about this nomination for a while, but the past two weeks have been rather chaotic. I was honored and baffled to be amongst great names whose work I’ve admired for a long time. It also says a lot about the recent popularity and remarkable outburst of interest for Information Visualization, in particular Network Visualization. Apologies for the coldness of the press release:

Researcher and Interaction Designer Manuel Lima, has been nominated by Creativity magazine as one of the 50 most creative and influential minds for 2009, among other names such as David Fincher (Director), Jeff Bezos (Founder/CEO, David Axelrod (Chief strategist for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign), Sergey Brin and Larry Page (Co-founders Google), Jean Nouvel (Architect), Andrew Staton (Director of Wall-E), and David Byrne (Musician).

Creativity is one of the most prestigious magazines in the areas of Design, Advertising and Consumer Culture. Their annual Creativity 50 list features people “who made a significant mark on the creative consciousness of our industry and our culture as a whole”, but also “made us think differently about some established way of doing things”. The selected 50 come from a variety of backgrounds, from tech pioneers to filmmakers, artists and architects. Among last year’s nominees were Mark Zuckerberg (Founder of Facebook), Ridley Scott (Director), Radiohead (Musicians), Jonathan Ive (Industrial Designer/Apple), and Zaha Hadid (Architect).

Based in London, Manuel Lima works as a Senior User Experience Designer for Nokia and is the founder of – A visual exploration on mapping complex networks. Manuel is also a frequent speaker in conferences and festivals around the world on the topic of Information Visualization. In recognition for his research work in, Creativity asserts that Manuel “might well become the Edward Tufte of the 21st Century”.

See the original article on Manuel Lima:

See the full list of the 2009 nominees:

Designing Universal knowledge

Posted: March 5th, 2009 | Author: Manuel Lima | Filed under: Books | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

Designing Universal knowledge is an interesting book, with a series of articles on subjects related to the ontology of knowledge and information. The book is structured in an encyclopedic style, with all its articles, interviews and essays organized alphabetically, which leads to loose exploration and discovery. Although the selection of some entries might seem a bit arbitrary and subjective, I find the book as a whole very fresh and innovative, and certainly reveals a great research effort by Gerlinde Schuller. Schuller formed most of her initial study for the book around this set of key questions:

  • Who is collecting the world’s knowledge?
  • How are knowledge archives structured and designed?
  • Who determines the access to knowledge?
  • What knowledge entails power?

Here’s a direct link for the book on Amazon.

vizNET Showcase 2009

Posted: March 2nd, 2009 | Author: Manuel Lima | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

I should have already posted about this competition, but just in case you have an outstanding visualization waiting for recognition, here is a good opportunity.

vizNET is a collaboration between a number of visualization centres in the UK that has been established to share knowledge, communicate best practice between application domains, provide training and support to researchers in visualization. Now entering its fourth year, vizNET Showcase is an annual competition to highlight the very best in visualization research from around the UK and the world. The goal is disseminate best practice and provide stimulation to users and developers of visualization in all application domains.

This year’s first prize is a considerable amount of £1,000, but if you want to submit your work you need to be fast: the deadline is March 13th.

See more details about the competition on their website:

RSS Feed

Posted: March 1st, 2009 | Author: Manuel Lima | Filed under: Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

To my great distress and frustration, Google Feedburner decided to change the RSS feed address of this blog without any notice. In fact, if it hadn’t been for an attentive reader I still wouldn’t know about this occurrence. Those who have subscribed to VC blog in the past were probably caught by surprise when they started reading newly updated posts in Portuguese, written by Vladimir Campos, a Brazilian blogger who posts on technology and gadgets. To avoid any misunderstanding, I have no affiliation with Vladimir Campos (VC) blog. This was all caused by a surprising act of misconduct by Feedburner, which can inflict a substantial readership plunge in any blog. Bloggers be aware!

Grievance apart, here is the new RSS feed address of VC (VisualComplexity) blog: