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Aaron Koblin

Aaron Koblin
Born (1982-01-14) January 14, 1982
Santa Monica, California
Nationality American
Known for Digital Art
Notable work(s) Flight Patterns,[1] The Sheep Market,[2] Ten Thousand Cents, Bicycle Built For Two Thousand, The Wilderness Downtown, The Johnny Cash Project, eCloud, Unnumbered Sparks

Aaron Koblin is an American digital media artist best known for his innovative use of data visualization and his pioneering work in crowdsourcing and interactive film. He is currently Creative Director of the Data Arts Team at Google in San Francisco, California.[3]

Koblin's artworks are part of the permanent collections of the TED, and The World Economic Forum, and his work has been shown at international festivals including Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH, and the Japan Media Arts Festival. In 2006, his Flight Patterns project received the National Science Foundation's first place award for science visualization.[4] In 2009, he was named to Creativity Magazine's Creativity 50,[5] in 2010 he was one of Esquire Magazine's Best and Brightest and Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business,[6] and in 2011 was one of Forbes Magazine's 30 under 30.[7]

Koblin is a graduate of UCLA's Design | Media Arts MFA program, and sits on the board of the non-profit Gray Area Foundation For The Arts GAFFTA in San Francisco. He was the Abramowitz Artist in Residence at MIT in 2010 and the Annenberg Innovator in residence at USC in 2013.

In 2014, Koblin was awarded the National Design Award for Interactive Design.[8]

Data Visualization

  • Flight Patterns[1][9]
  • New York Talk Exchange[10]


Interactive / Digital Music Videos

Sculptures / Installations


  1. ^ a b Koblin, A. (2009). "ACM SIGGRAPH ASIA 2009 Art Gallery & Emerging Technologies: Adaptation on - SIGGRAPH ASIA '09". p. 29.  
  2. ^ a b Koblin, A. M. (2009). "Proceeding of the seventh ACM conference on Creativity and cognition - C&C '09". p. 451.  
  3. ^ Hoffman, Jascha (2012). "Aaron KoblinQ&A: The data visualizer". Nature 486 (7401): 33.  
  4. ^ "2006 Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge Winners". September 2006. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  5. ^ "The 2009 Creativity 50: Aaron Koblin". Creativity Magazine; Crain Communications Group. February 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  6. ^ "The 100 Most Creative People in Business: Aaron Koblin". Fast Company. Dec 2010. 
  7. ^ Adams, Susan (Dec 2011). "Forbes 30 under 30: Art & Design". Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
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External links

  • TED Talks video - an overview of Koblin's work and philosophy; recorded March 2011.
  • Work of Aaron Koblin
  • Creators Project Video Profile on Aaron Koblin
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