The user-based online organization Erowid aims to provide unbiased information about a broad variety of psychoactive substances. Their website provides pharmacological, chemical, biomedical and botanical resources, and hosts more than 20.000 experience reports written by drug users. In order to understand the knowledge practices associated with Erowid, and their entanglements with contemporary drug use, the Chemical Youth team explored novel methods to analyze Erowid’s digital content and connect it with ethnographic expertise. The results presented provide both a glimpse into practices of reporting drug use, actual patterns of drug consumption, and the possibilities of a digitally literate anthropology.
The Anthropocene Observatory, a project by Armin Linke, Territorial Agency and Anselm Franke, collects and documents practices and discourses about the formation of the Anthropocene thesis and reveal the behind-the-scenes of these processes. At the GLOBALE: Exo-Evolution exhibition at ZKM, we designed an interactive installation to allow the visitors to explore the themes and interviews collected by the Anthropocene Observatory. The visitors could interact with a visualization projected on a table and with the use of a tablet could explore the connections between the different topics and finally create their own customized video playlists.
The exhibition curated by Stefano Recalcati for the 15th International Architecture Biennale of Venezia, is imagined as a voyage through time which starts with the analysis and reinterpretation of some of the most significant urban regeneration projects for industrial ports which have already been implemented or are currently being implemented, encouraging wide-ranging reflection on the principles and methods with which to approach and orient the complex conversion of production in Porto Marghera.
In collaboration with with Stefano Recalcati (curator), Demetrio Scopelliti (curator’s assistant) and Stefano Mandato (graphic design and identity)
RAW is an open web tool developed at the DensityDesign Research Lab (Politecnico di Milano) to create custom vector-based visualizations on top of the amazing d3.js library by Mike Bostock. Primarily conceived as a tool for designers and vis geeks, RAW aims at providing a missing link between spreadsheet applications and vector graphics editors. Based on the svg format, visualizations can be easily edited with vector graphics applications for further refinements, or directly embedded into web pages. The project has been rewarded in 2014 at the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards as best tool and project of the year.
In the last few years, many cities around the world have been making big changes in terms of mobility. The rise and growth of many carsharing services has been an important factor in changing the way people move inside the city. Visualizing and analyzing data from carsharing services and other forms of urban mobility allows for a better understanding of how the city is used and helps to discover the most prominent mobility patterns. During our work at Density Design, we created a website to visualize these patterns by exploring the data collected over the span of one week from one of the main carsharing services in Milan called Enjoy.
Designed during our experience at DensityDesign.
PARK Mapp is a guide to modern and contemporary architecture in Milan, curated by Park Associati, an Architecture and Design Studio based in Milan. The app explores a selection of iconic pieces of architecture allowing the user to discover unexpected places around Milan. Besides architecture and design, there are also suggestions on the most exciting locations for food, drinks, shops, cultural spaces and insiders’ tips, offered in the ‘lifestyle’ section of the app personally curated by PARK Associati employees and friends.
An important aspect of our work is the strong integration between research activities, commercial projects and teaching. Together with our research partners at DensityDesign and Science Po, we’ve had the possibility to teach and assist in different courses and workshops. During these courses we focus mainly on the interaction between the digital realm, data visualization and humanities, developing new conceptual tools and methodologies. In the last few years we have taught at Politecnico di Milano, ENSCI Les Ateliers, Universidade de Aveiro, Digital Methods Initiative and Beirut Design Week, just to name a few.
Calibro is a multidisciplinary design studio established in 2015 and based in Milan, Italy.
We are interested in exploring new pathways at the intersection between design, data visualization and humanities. We use the potential of data visualization and information design to provide innovative and engaging visual tools for clients, users and researchers, embracing complexity and aesthetics.
Our background is in communication design and for several years we worked together at DensityDesign Research Lab at Politecnico di Milano. In the past few years we have been involved in research, consulting and teaching activities for several public and private institutions.
For new collaborations and projects contact us at firstname.lastname@example.orgOur areas of expertise include:
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Anthropocene Observatory, Arup, Biennale of Venezia, Code for Africa, Corriere della Sera, ENSCI Les Ateliers, Hogeschool van Amsterdam, PARK Associati, Sciences Po Médialab, The Outpost Magazine, University of Amsterdam, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Visualizing Impact, WIRED Italy, and ZKM Karlsruhe