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Beautiful Data Web Publication for metaLAB

Creative Direction & Design
Melissa Marshall

Krystelle Denis
After an exciting & productive workshop in June 2015, we found ourselves bombarded by the abundance of documentation we had created, and the question arose—what to do with it all?

After some collaborative design thinking at the lab, we found that this iteration of Beautiful Data focused on three questions: What are problem collections?, How do we make the invisible visible?, and What are beautiful data?

And then a forth: How might we creatively express these three questions as an experimental online publication? This web experience attempts to answer these questions by featuring them as three separate home pages for the user to explore—allowing the user to create their own narrative and connections through the documentation of the workshop.

Click to view this project online.


Studio Skiffle, shorthandedly referenced here as §, is the playful and improvisational award-winning design and art practice of M. Marshall. Marshall has passion for color, smells, culture, the real, the surreal, the known and the unknown. The work of § reflects the curious and processual methods embraced while exploring and improvising with both digital and analogue technologies.   
What’s a Skiffle?

The name of § was influenced by the music genre, Skiffle. Familiar to few, Skiffle music is often played using improvised spirit and music instruments alike. When happening upon the word and musical world of Skiffle, Marshall felt a great kinship between the essence of Skiffle and her own design processes which often involve improvising, playing and exploring different mediums and techniques.