manuel lima

manuel lima bw

[new york city]

intro’d to Manuel via this talk.. (as shared by Frances in week 2 of rhizo14):

The Power of Networks

Published on May 21, 2012

In this new RSA Animate, Manuel Lima, senior UX design lead at Microsoft Bing, explores the power of network visualisation to help navigate our complex modern world. Taken from a lecture given by Manuel Lima as part of the RSA’s free public events programme. Listen to the full talk:…

from trees to rhizomes

3 stages of modern science (x-d glasses ness):

problems of simplicity (17/18/19th cents)

problems of disorganized complexity (1st half of 20th cent)

problems of organized complexity (last half of 20th cent & current)

organizing complexity

trees are unable to suffice.. highly interconnectedness

full talk:

inherent appeal toward fractals..

been used to – beauty in simplicity/balance.. networks almost opposite of that..

an alternative perception of beauty – when we look at things/art – we always try to see something/pattern.. maybe that’s not the point.. sometimes it’s that lack of simplicity that’s fascinating in its own right

order and disorder being the same thing – (chaordic ness) – orderly complex – if you zoom into the network, complexity arises from multiple/duplicated simplicities… evolution based on a lot of small changes.. art has been reluctant to embrace that order of disorder

and so perhaps.. in getting at our interconnectedness.. we better facilitate things such as coincidence of wants.. helping us to dance toward betterness..


ted 2015 – A visual history of human knowledge:

new metaphor replacing the tree.. network

wikipedia – largest rhizomatic structure created by man

5 min – on terrorism

8 min – on the syntax of a new language…  diff diagrams of networks – visual taxonomy.. but not just a scientific metaphor… driving a new cultural meme.. a new art movement.. networkism

critical to understanding the brain et al.. de centralized, interdependent, interconnected

when everything is connected to everything else.. everything matters – bruce mao


find/follow Manuel:

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his site:

mauel lima site


Manuel is founder of visual complexity:

visual complexity

Functional visualizations are more than innovative statistical analyses and computational algorithms. They must make sense to the user and require a visual language system that uses colour, shape, line, hierarchy and composition to communicate clearly and appropriately, much like the alphabetic and character-based languages used worldwide between humans.

Matt Woolman
Digital Information Graphics intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks. 


Manuel is design lead for codeacademy.


great insight/resonation for organizing complexity in a people experiment.


Neil Richards (@theneilrichards) tweeted at 8:53 AM – 18 Jun 2017 :

NEW: Questions in Dataviz: Why do we visualise using circles? – my review of @mslima’s @bookofcircles (


networked individuaism graphic