Roll Your Own Front End: A Survey of Creative Coding Frameworks

Michael Edgcumbe (Columbia University), Eric Mika (The Department of Objects)
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Many options exist when choosing a framework to build a custom data explorer on top of your company’s stack. With a brief nod to out-of-the-box business intelligence solutions, the presenters will offer an overview of the creative coding frameworks that lend themselves to data visualization on and across web browsers and native apps written for Mac OS X, iOS, Windows, and Android. Evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of libraries such as Processing, OpenFrameworks, Cinder, Polycode, Nodebox, d3.js, PhiloGL, Raphael.js, Protovis, and WebGL will be explored through visual examples and code. The audience should come away with a sense of what investments into education will return a high value product that serves unique design goals.

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Michael Edgcumbe

Columbia University

Michael is an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He graduated as a Joseph Wharton Scholar from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has pursued overlapping careers in home remodeling, art direction, small business consulting, systems administration, and data analysis. He also was a Mac Genius. Before pursuing his master’s degree, he worked as an analyst for Meg Shope-Koppel, the Director of Research at the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board. Michael graduated from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program in the Spring of 2011. He currently serves as the Information Architect for the Institute on Medicine as a Profession at Columbia University.

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Eric Mika

The Department of Objects

Eric Mika makes art for machines.


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