iPad Cover Turns Baseball Data Into An Interactive Sculpture [Video]
Teehan+Lax Labs created a memento to the season with acrylic slides depicting the data of MLB teams’ performance.
Teehan+Lax Labs wanted to create a memento of the baseball season that captures all the drama, struggles and highlights. They researched various statistics on Fangraphs and decided to look at the number of games back a team was from first place over time. This directly communicates how well a team is playing in relation to others and provides valuable contextual patterns like slumps, winning streaks, and divisional see-saw battles over first place.
They used MLB Gameday data and wrote a script that pulled daily snapshots from the 2012 season and logged games back per team over time. It also generated a PDF with a graph for each team that could easily be sent to a laser cutter.
These graphs were organized in slides, cut and stacked in a clear acrylic plastic. This helped sort teams into leagues/divisions and also let the user focus on a single team while looking through the others. When fit upright on an opaque base, the overall structure conveyed information well and looked visually impressive.
Teehan+Lax Labs also decided to add interactivity to the slides, by using a tablet as the light source, control panel, and to provide supplemental information. The base of their data sculpture became an iPad case cover with a window to an interactive surface.
‘Season In Review’ captures all of the baseball season’s highlights. It is described as “part data visualization experiment, part non-electronic digital product, and part tablet accessory.” You can see the memento in the video below: