Behavior/time - Creative strategies for culture and education

Behavior/time builds interactive visualizations used for pedagogy, like those employed in French high schools to spatialize and teach poetry. We have also grown social movements like the Dear Black Women Project, a thriving community of affirmation-based support, as well as brought to life humanitarian research such as SMS Pantry, which provides critical resources to people with food insecurity in the USA. metaLAB at Harvard, Paris-Sorbonne Université, Harvard Art Museums, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Piaggio Fast Forward, University of Michigan School of Information, The Dear Black Women Project, Alliance Française, New Geographies | Harvard University Press, Kiwiversity, The Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Japan Disaster Digital Archive

Colorful Arguments

Designed at and hosted by metaLAB at Harvard.




This experimental and interactive visualization was built to help curators and scholars use color to formulate arguments and ask questions about art collections.

In the series of screenshots above, the tool draws upon metadata from the Harvard Art Museums to compare the ranges of color that most predominate in pieces across collections, helping reveal curious color patterns across their European/American, Modern/Contemporary, and Asian/Mediterranean collections.

In the series below, the tool is used to explore images which share a specific, prevailing hue.
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interactive visualization
information design
explorative research





This project was built for a “satellite” version of the Curarium platform. The images come from Harvard’s Fogg Museum Archive. The accompanying text was written by scholar Matthew Battles.