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Sagar Mohite is a computational artist and an engineer based in New York City. His work has been an exploration in combining principles of design and computational sciences to generate visualizations.

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Visualizing Follower Growth at Twitter

I worked with the Visual Insights team of Data Science and Analytics over at Twitter this year as a data visualization scientist. My work here largely involved analyzing and narrating large and interesting data sets (or colloquially ‘big data’) in an understandable manner to general audience visually.

I worked on two projects there –

World Cup Team followers

This was a project was shipped on the Twitter Interactive website. I made this because I was working at Twitter during the 2014 World Cup. This project involved doing research on what forms of visualization strategies work for large datasets which ended up being the choices that needed to be made. e.g. binning vs overlaying; saturation vs multiplicity etc. Follow the link to see the project –

VIT (Verified accounts) followers

This was a similar project to the one above but focused primarily on Verified users and their follower growth. I made an internal tool to help other teams work with this data both for online as well as print media.

Some of the images are obfuscated and taken out of context for privacy concerns.

Oakwood Beach Returns to the Wild

http://www.oakwoodbeachreturnstothewild.com/

At its peak, Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, spanned over 1,150 miles – roughly the driving distance between New York and Miami. As it began nearing the coastline, pouring down rain and rattling windows, schools closed, public transit shut down, and flood-zone residents evacuated their homes. The full force of the storm hit New York City on October 29, 2012, with winds gusting to 80 miles per hour.

Oakwood Beach, a low-lying hamlet on the south shore of Staten Island, was no match for the superstorm. By the time the winds and waters receded, leaving mud-filled homes in their wake, three residents were dead. Dozens more would be homeless for months.

During the year that followed, some residents chose to return and rebuild. But now, two years since the storm, the state is in the midst of implementing a buy-out program designed to convince all residents to leave their homes. Officials have closed on 276 buy-out sales in Oakwood Beach and two nearby towns, at a cost of $112 million; another 200 applications are pending.

In Oakwood Beach, once an oceanfront sanctuary for working class families, just a handful of stubborn holdouts remain. They live among empty lots and boarded windows; 47 neighborhood houses have already been demolished.

We visited Oakwood Beach around Sandy’s anniversary to talk to the remaining residents. They are surrounded: by nature, as animals and wetlands reclaim the land, and by government, as officials prepare for a world in which Oakwood Beach no longer exists. For now, the town sits in limbo.

Footage shot with DJI Phantom 2 and a GoPro Hero4 with a gimbal attachment.

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Smarter Energy Initiatives at IBM Research

I worked with IBM Research as a Research Engineer and Data Artist to produce visualizations for some of IBM’s smart-energy initiatives. My work was majorly concentrated on user-experience research, interaction design and engineering. I worked with the Smarter Energy Group to create real-time interactive visualizations for data coming from a smart electrical micro-grid which was deployed in specific sites [Project Link]. These responsive interfaces are currently deployed in a settings with large touchscreen-kiosks as well as computers, tablets and phones across various test-sites in Southeast Asia. I worked with D3.js, Ember.js and Django during this period. Due to various non-disclosure agreements, I am not able post more information about my work here.

Another project that I worked on, involved modeling demand-response methodologies into interfaces by using interactive visualizations about household energy consumption. The aim here was to motivate the user and provide him/her with incentives for reducing the energy consumption. Below are some screenshots of the final working front-end that I designed.

Actual screenshots of the final experiences. (Note: devices simulated)

Actual screenshots of the final working interfaces I created. (Note: devices simulated)

NYU uses Adobe CQ CMS system for its website. Because of this, the developers and the designers have absolutely no control over any styling, spacing, typography, CSS, JavaScript or any other form of customization. Testing, redesigning and revamping the current Office of Global Services website, under these constraints, is something that I work on part-time at NYU during my free time. The office has a ton of important immigration data that has to be made available to the students in the most friendly, easy to understand manner without much technical jargon. We have been constantly working on making it better using small minor updates and agile methods. Its like trying to bring down a T-Rex with a marshmallow gun and at the same time knowing that its working.

My work here mainly involves updating the websites, fix usability/functionality bugs, design graphics, take photos. Here is a before/current shot of the website. The current version is live here.

BEFORE:

OGS homepage as of Sept 2013

As of September 2013. Content all over the place, UI redundancy, hard to interpret contact information.

 

AS OF NOW:

nyu ogs homepage

As of March 2014. Homepage now shows only upcoming important events.

Our team works daily to conduct monthly usability tests, make the content more concise, organize it logically and search+destroy functionality and usability bugs on our website. Drop in a word at ogs.design@nyu.edu if you wish to comment or bring our attention to anything on the site. Please note that this is a work in progress.