An Interactive Chart of American Names

The latest interactive data visualization by researcher Randal Olson offers some intriguing facts about popular American names. After selecting a gender and entering a search item, Olson’s experiment combs through Social Security records to estimate and plot a name’s popularity over the past 115 years. But unlike other name graphs, Olson’s tool also delineates the number of people bearing the name who are both living …

Digital Scrapbooking With Body Parts

A digital art project by Carnegie Mellon University student Miles Peyton lets you upload and interact with animated GIFs of human body parts. Titled “Parts, Parts, Parts,” the project is available on three different website pages and allows users to configure their own work of art using snippets of body parts from other users. Peyton describes the piece as an “anonymous, interactive alternative to sending …

Cool Hunting Video: Mercedes-Benz F015 Concept

User Experience Designer, Vera Schmidt takes us face to face with the autonomous future of luxury mobility

On a sunny day in Alameda, California, we waited patiently at the end of an abandoned naval airstrip for the silver torpedo-like Mercedes-Benz F015 Concept car to drive itself down and pick us up. Mercedes created this concept not as evidence of autonomous driving technology, but to showcase the future of an autonomous luxury experience. Designed with passenger interaction and entertainment in mind, the car …