Peabody project involves making a physical version of Peabody’ alternative timeline representation. The main components will include 30 NeoPixel strips, Arduino Mega microcontroller, and some kind of touch sensors. The project can be subdivided into four parts: crafting the actual…

Two example projects Finding example projects that might influence our design and help us make technical decisions was quite difficult. However, here are two projects that might be useful to refer to: LED Matrix Quilt – using conductive thread, 64 individually-sewn…

The interactions with the Peabody quilt are touch based – the user presses on a square and the LED lights up. Thus, parts of the quilt must be sensitive to touch. There are two potential ways to include touch sensitivity in…

Materials (hardware)

List of Materials: Female DC Power adapter – 2.1mm jack to screw terminal block  – Qty: 2, Price: $4 Tighten the screws to hold the capacitor and power/ground wires in place Adafruit NeoPixel Digital RGB LED Strip – White 30 LED…

Designing on a Budget

When purchasing materials for the Peabody visualization quilt, we discovered that LEDs are expensive, and budget might be a limiting factor. Subsequently, we constructed our quilt’s physical design around this constraint. To light up our quilt, we purchased strips of digitally-addressable…

In our physical touch-interface version of Elizabeth Peabody’s work, we are going to use a controller separate from the quilt for the purpose of selecting a color/country to begin. We do not yet know what exact form the color picker…

The Digitization of Elizabeth Peabody’s Visualization Work

This project recreates digitally the visualization work of Elizabeth Peabody, a nineteenth-century writer and educator. It is informed by the questions of: “What is the story we tell about the “invention” of modern data visualization techniques? How would that story…

Repairing William Playfair at the MLA

What follows is the text of a talk about the Recreating Playfair project, delivered on a panel about care and repair at the 2016 MLA Annual Convention. Several extended publications are in the works, but in the interim, feel free to email…

What follows is the text of a talk about the TOME project delivered at the Digital Humanities 2014 conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. We’re in the process of writing up a longer version with more technical details, but in the interim, feel free to email me with any questions. …