Manuel Lima

Mapping Complex Networks
46 minutes, 21.3mb, recorded 2006-05-07
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Currently our cultural artifacts are measured in gigabytes and terabytes, and our ability to produce information far surpasses our ability to consume and to understand it. This is especially true when we attempt to identify and to understand complex networks. Mapping a complex network, when done correctly, is an indispensable tool to help understand the network. Manuel Lima, an industrial designer and an expert in user interaction, loves to map complex networks and intends to share the love with all who are interested the subject., a site dedicated to the art of mapping complex networks, was created by Manuel Lima in October, 2005. It grew out of his research while at Parson's School of Design and has grown into a thriving community. As of May 2006, Visual Complexity contains samples of and links to over 300 projects from contributors around the world.

In his keynote address to the MeshForum conference, held May 7, 2006 in San Francisco, CA, Manuel Lima identifies key characteristics of a good network map and highlights some of his favorite projects.

Manuel Lima was born in the Azores, Portugal, in May 1978. In 2002 he completed a 6 year degree in Industrial Design at the Faculty of Architecture - UTL Lisbon and finished a 7 month internship at the design firm Kontrapunkt, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Currently living in New York, Manuel is a recent MFA graduate from the Design+Technology program at Parsons School of Design. For this purpose he received 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 was part of a Collaboration Studio with Siemens Corporate Research Center, worked for the American Museum of Moving Image and Parsons Institute for Information Mapping in research projects for the National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency. Manuel is currently working as an interaction designer at R/GA Interactive, focusing on Nokia North America and Nokia Global projects.

Manuel Lima's Website

Visual Complexity

Flickr Photos and Illustrations during Manuel's presentation

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Photo: Parsons School of Design