It was standing room only at last nights Dorkbot meeting. Yes, there was a shortage of chairs, however, that’s because attendance records were broken! Digital design guru Mitchell Whitelaw talked about his fascinating work – Exploring Cultural Collections with Visualisation – The Visible Archive. Not too much a challenge for the digitally challenged, The Visible Archive is a research project in the visualisation of archival datasets, supported by the National Archives of Australia under their Ian Maclean Award (2008). Although Mitchell emphasized that this project  is not art, his research is certainly an aesthetic way of researching, organizing, connecting and reading all manner of information. And there’s plenty of it … but only in Canberra! Mitchell leads the Master of Digital Design program in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra and people interested in digital design might like to check this useful link.


Mitchell (on the right) with aesthetic sample of dorkbot crew

Mitchell (on the right) with aesthetic sample of the dorkbot crew