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Design and Style - Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information

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September 20, 2011

Program Locations:

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum

FREE - Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Manuel Lima presents and discusses his new book, Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2011.

Wired calls Manuel Lima "the man who turns data into art." CNN agrees, "when it comes to making data sexy, you can't be too graphic." And the data-sexy Visual Complexity, his first book of illustrated interconnectedness, proves this point abundantly: more than a diagram of associations, it's an optic biography of networks, from primal tree symbols and their root systems to social networking sites and beyond. Art, it seems, is rarely this grounded in reality. And rarely is reality represented with this much detailed beauty. Esteemed author Manuel Lima's visually expressive book is the guiding hand necessary for explaining the awesomely complex associations that define our lives. "Incredibly ambitious, deeply researched, and beautifully illustrated." (Frieze, April 2011)

Copies of the book are available for purchase and signing at the event.

Map your moves (Moritz Stefaner, 2010)Map your moves (Moritz Stefaner, 2010)A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and nominated by Creativity magazine as "one of the 50 most creative and influential minds of 2009", Manuel Lima is an interaction designer, information architect and design researcher. He holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the Faculty of Architecture - Technical University of Lisbon and a MFA in Design & Technology from Parsons School of Design, New York. For this purpose he received 3 scholarships from Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Luso-American Foundation and a Dean's scholarship from Parsons School of Design. During the course of the MFA program, Manuel worked for Siemens Corporate Research Center, the American Museum of Moving Image and Parsons Institute for Information Mapping in research projects for the National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency. After 3 years living, studying, working and teaching in NYC, Manuel moved to London where he worked as a Senior User Experience Designer at Nokia's NextGen Software & Services. He is currently a Senior UX Design Lead at Microsoft Bing. Manuel is also a frequent speaker in conferences and festivals around the world, on the topic of Information Visualization, in particular the visualization of complex networks. He has spoken in events such as OFFF, SHiFT, Reboot, VizThink, IxDA Interaction and MeshForum.

Conceived and organized by Arezoo Moseni, Design and Style is a series of events featuring discussions and presentations by leading professionals in the various design fields.

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