Warning Signs of the Future


Team: Oriana Love (Concept), Dee Kim (Illustrations), Russ Burtner, Ian Roberts, Lyndsey Franklin

Our challenge:

The Desktop computer is dead. Monitors sit on desks, unplugged – hosting layers of Post-It notes or gathering dust as a retro emergency low-light mirror. Visualization is colourful, big, tangible, nosy, interactive, compelling and everywhere. It supports all sorts of creative activity and is key to problem solving in education, science, government and industry.

But how?

What is your ‘imagined future’ for visualization?

We will be exploring possible visualization futures with short but rich scenarios in which designers, practitioners and researchers creatively explore opportunities for `beyond-the-desktop’ visualization. We will be discussing these and using them, and other means of engaging with the future, to develop the community’s perspective on the VIS of tomorrow and beyond.

Our approach:


Information analytics has been democratized. Personalized visualizations are prevalent and surround us… literally. Information auras housing our personal data aid in interactions with others by surfacing current topics of interest – our likes and dislikes. Rather than being tethered to smartphones or other devices, our auras house all of our information and we interact naturally through gesture, mental interaction and tangible computing. Our relevant data is made visible in our aura based on whom we are interacting with. While in groups, our auras fuse based on commonalities and topics of interest in conversation and an intersection of values and passions. Visualizations showing topical convergence, divergence and procedural guidance emerge. It becomes more time efficient to work with others using these highly personalized collaborative aura
overlaps than unstructured conversations of the past. Introverted behaviors have become the social norm. Each individual’s private, personal data is “underground” or hidden to protect our information from others.

Speech: Use it or loose it


Several spoken languages have already been lost in favor of our gesture-based communication, Bubblish. Don’t lose your language or ability to socialize outside of your aura. Engage in conversation with another human being for at least 30 minutes a day. Need a speaking partner? Register at: dontloseyourlanguage.com

Aura Fog


Today’s aura fog levels have exceeded acceptable levels causing visibility issues for pedestrians and vehicles. Citizens with sensitivities to projected light are also advised to stay inside. To avoid aura fog, turn off your aura while walking. Advise others to do the same.


Gesture-based Slap


Several unsuspecting citizens have been very unexpectedly slapped due to aura paging. People in transit have been highly engaged with their auras, some aggressively paging. Mistakenly, this detachment from the task of walking, has resulted in many individuals being accidently slapped, punched or unpleasantly touched. Law enforcement has taken note of this emerging phenomenon and encourages policy updates to prevent walking with one’s aura on.


Avoid Awkward Moments


When you are looking to connect with someone in the workplace or socially, it is awkward when your aura finds no overlapping topics of interest. Avoid these awkward moments. Populate your profile with “general information” that can easily be reference including topics such as sports, weather, vacation destinations, and common hobbies.


Flashing Puts your Future at Risk


Teenagers, tweens and pre-tweens have been aura flashing strangers and posting the alarmed stranger reactions to prank blogs. Auras contain all your personal information—including highly private, personal medical information. Flashing this information to a complete stranger—even for one second—can put your entire future at risk. Why? Bots can be written to quickly capture all the data including your financial accounts, medical records, aura conversations, and all other highly sensitive information.