Hi! My name is Dominikus Baur and I'm a Data Visualization & Mobile Interaction Designer from Munich, Germany. I love crafting well-behaved systems where you won't even notice that thin interface between you and your data.
I blog about touchable visualizations, data visualization in general and mobile and touch-based interaction design.

You should talk to me: do@minik.us @dominikus


Visits

Visits displays location histories - a very personal type of personal data - as sequences of stays and travels on a map-timeline.  Read more…



Subspotting

With Subspotting, Daniel Goddemeyer and I measured and visualized the spotty cell phone reception on all of the New York City subway.  Read more…



On Broadway

On Broadway, a new project with Lev Manovich, Moritz Stefaner and Daniel Goddemeyer, tackles the representation of city life in the 21st century.  Read more…



OECD: Regional Well-Being

OECD Regional Well-Being dives deeper into quality of life in over 300 regions worldwide. In this post I discuss the overall project and its design decisions.  Read more…



selfiecity

Selfiecity analyzes the style of selfies across 5 cities. In-depth data analyses and the interactive selfiexploratory helped us uncover fascinating findings in a visual way.  Read more…



OECD: Better Life Index

This project describes how Moritz Stefaner and I converted the original Flash-Better Life Index visualization to HTML5.  Read more…



TouchWave

In the last years, touch-controlled interaction has become ubiquitous. Still, visualization techniques haven't really caught up. TouchWave is an example of porting an existing visualization technique to touch control: we took stacked graphs (also known as streamgraphs) and brought them to the iPad. In the process, we were able to remediate some of the issues of this technique through interaction.  Read more…



arcs.fm

In this project, we introduce backdrop visualizations - visualizations that support conversations without interrupting them. We demonstrate the implications and best practices for backdrop visualizations with the example of arcs.fm. Arcs.fm is a visualization system for music listening histories that supports a conversation between two people about their taste in music.  Read more…



Virtual Projection

Transferring content between a smartphone and a large, stationary display or interacting with content on it is still complicated and frustrating. With Virtual Projection we worked with an everyday metaphor for making this interaction more convenient. Simply pointing your smartphone at the large display allows transmitting data or manipulating on-screen content. All this works with unmodified smartphones and a display hooked up to a regular PC.  Read more…



flowlist

Creating a music playlist often means choosing between manually selecting song after song or purely relying on an automatic playlist generator. Flowlist is the result of the Music Hack Day 2011 in New York - a little browser-based tool for navigating the music space and quickly creating a playlist. Flowlist lets you choose songs but at the same time restricts the suggestions to arrive at a reasonable playlist with a good flow.  Read more…



LastHistory

Technology enables us to log a large amount of what we do in our everyday lives - for example, the music that we listen to. The result, however, is often difficult to interpret and we're still a long way from the ease of reminiscing with an (analog) photo album. LastHistory is a visualization for music listening histories that makes dwelling in the past easier: it hooks up listening histories with photos and calendar entries and enables easy navigation and analysis.  Read more…



Rush

While on the go, we often don't have the time or patience to pick a specific order of songs, rely on existing playlists or automatic playlist generators and have to live with the results. With rush, we present an interaction technique for mobile devices that allows the quick creation of suitable playlists. The basic idea behind it is the combination of manual choice with the results of a recommender system for the best of both worlds.  Read more…



Tangle & Strings

Music listening histories are an interesting type of lifelogging data that can be easily collected in the background. Making sense of that data, however, is less trivial. Tangle & Strings are two visualization approaches for making sense of that data. Tangle emphasizes the relationship between and sequence of songs, while Strings highlights temporal aspects of the dataset.  Read more…



Photohelix

Tabletop displays are geared towards casual, living room situations and tasks such as photo organization. Photohelix is a combination between a tangible device and an accompanying tabletop interface for browsing and organizing photos. Bimanual interaction enables quick navigation and interaction with the dataset.  Read more…