We are hiring: Visual Designers (web design/print ) for softwarestudies.com (freelance position)

Software Studies Initiative wants to hire Visual Designer or Design Team (web design, print, and optionally also information visualization)

Our lab (softwarestudies.com) works on using visualization and computational data analysis to explore massive cultural visual data.

Here are examples of our projects.

And here is the description of our vision for analyzing and visualizing big cultural data (aka cultural analytics).

We want to establish a long term relationship with a talented and versatile designer or design studio in NYC to work on visual design of our new projects during the next few years, new data visualizations, and a book presenting the projects.

The ideal designer/studio will be interested in contributing to the content of our work (exploration of massive cultural data sets using visualization and design), and possible involvement as a co-author on the projects. The designer(s) will receive full credit for all their contributions, and will be paid using industry-level rates for all their work with us.

The position is freelance. We don't require fixed number of hours - this depends on your availability.

We like to work face to face, and therefore we are looking for a NYC based designer/studio. However, if you have great skills and talent, we will consider working with designer(s) located anywhere else on the planet.


The designer/studio will work on web design, print design, and information design. However, if you are great only in some of these areas, we also want to talk to you.


1| Web design:

Improve the design of softwarestudies.com and manovich.net, making them more visual.

Creation of a new simple portfolio web site to feature our selected "best" projects (both past projects and new ones we will be designing with you).

Visual design of the projects for the new portfolio site. This may also include information visualizations of our data sets, animations, and videos. The portfolio will feature both new projects to be done in 2013-2015, and also some of the our older projects. They need to be moved from their present format (blog posts or single web pages) to a visually sophisticated level, compatible with designs for new projects. Examples: One million manga pages; Mondrian vs Rothko: footprints and evolution in style space.

All web designs should uses contemporary web technologies (including responsive/adaptive design), and feature social media integration.

Note: while the projects for the portfolio site can be designed specifically for the web, alternatively they can be all done as PDF, to become parts of the full-color book (see below).

2| Book design:

Design a new full-color very visual book (print) by Lev Manovich. The book will feature texts based on our publications about "cultural analytics" and a comprehensive portfolio of our visualization projects. You will need to develop a visual language for presentation of visualizations of cultural data sets and their organization strategy (for example, organizing them by scale, type of media, etc.)

Ideally, the same visual language developed for presentation of individual projects on the web (see 1) will be used in the book.

3| Data visualization:

Create information and data visualizations of our selected cultural data sets (from small to very big) to be featured as part of projects presentations on the new portfolio site, and in the new book (see below).


The position can start immediately.


We will pay competitive industry rates. The level of pay will depend on your experience, visibility in design/data visualization fields, and the ability to create compelling cutting-edge work.


Please send email to: manovich {dot} lev {at} gmail {dot} com.

Include the following:

-link to your portfolio web site;
-your desired rates (per hour, task or a project);
-your availability (how many hours per week / month you can work with us).

Use "design applicant for Software Studies Initiative" in the header of the email.
(Any other emails will not be open, so please make sure to use this line exactly.)


Will start immediately. We are hoping to make a decision by middle of June.

posted: May 30, 2013, 9:47am, EST.

Conference on Digital Humanities in St. Petesburg, Russia, October 3-5, 2013


International Conference (working languages: English and Russian)

Place: Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Dates: October 3-5, 2013

Organized by: Russian State Herzen University www.herzendigitalhumanities.ru

Detailed information about the conference, and how to submit papers.

A review / class adoption PDF of "Software Takes Command" is available

Software Takes Command cover

My new book Software Takes Command will be published in July 2013 by Bloomsbury Academic. It will be available as softcover, e-book, and free PDF under Creative Commons license.

If you are interested in writing a review of the book, email Tanya.Leet@bloomsbury.com to get the advanced copy (cc: me).

If you are interested to consider the book for your future class, email mathew.nichols@bloomsbury.com to get the examination copy (cc: me), or follow the steps described here:


(If you don't get any response, please email me directly at manovich dot lev at gmail dot com. Put the following in email header: "Software Takes Command - review copy" or "Software Takes Command - examination copy" in the header.)

Amazon.com book page (pre-order now - the book will be published on July 4th):


Book page on softwarestudies.com:


Book info on Bloomsbury Academic site:


Open Data Fellowship - summer position in NYC

Open Data Fellowship

Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), in partnership with the OpenGLAM initiative, Open Knowledge Foundation, and Wikimedia NYC, is now accepting applications for an Open Data Fellowship for Summer 2013. This paid, 8-week fellowship will serve two roles:

• Wikipedian-in-Residence for member institutions in the METRO consortium
• Facilitator for institutions interested in pursuing broader open data initiatives

METRO is a non-profit consortium of over 250 libraries, archives, museums, cultural heritage institutions, and non-profits in New York City. The fellowship position will also collaborate with OpenGLAM, OKF, and Wikimedia NYC as part of their work.

Position Details:

Wikipedian-in-Residence role:

• Assist METRO membership in their understanding and use of Wikipedia
• Provide training and guidance on Wikipedia/Wikimedia use and WikiProjects
• Assist membership with releasing collection content into Wikimedia (or other) Commons
• Organize and host at least one Wikimedia-related special event or workshop

Open Data role:

• Assist membership with open data initiatives, including tools, platforms, and licensing
• Develop guides and manuals for data export, management, public release
• Contribute to an emerging multi-institutional linked open data project as needed

Fellow is expected to document their experience through METRO, OpenGLAM, GLAM-Wiki, or other community channels.

Position Requirements:

• Must have experience creating or editing Wikipedia content, contributing to Wikimedia (or other) Commons, and/or using other open data platforms
• Student (graduate or undergrad) preferred, but any qualified candidates will be considered
• Experience working in GLAMs or other cultural heritage institutions is preferred
• Some experience in user training or creating instructional resources is preferred
• Must be a US citizen

About the Position:
• Stipend: $5000 for a full-time, 8-week term working a 35-hour week
• Position Term: 8 weeks, start and end date flexible, but primarily during summer
• Located: At METRO (57 E. 11th St. NYC); some possible work at member organizations (within New York City’s five boroughs and Westchester county)

How to Apply:
Submit a cover letter (including your Wikipedia experience, username, and other skills you bring to the position) along with your resume and two references along with their contact information. Email the above in PDF format to info@metro.org. Applications accepted through May 15, 2013. Questions may be directed to Jefferson Bailey, jbailey@metro.org.

View the job listing at: http://metro.org/articles/open-data-fellowship-accepting-applications/