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It’s your life, take back your data and turn it into art. Free iphone app from data artist Laurie Frick. Read more

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It’s your life, take back your data and turn it into art. Free iphone app from data artist Laurie Frick.

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Stretch goals added!! Don't miss the updates tab, I've been making little videos and writing how it's going behind-the-scenes.

Thankyou to every single backer - you have made something impossible in the regular world...possible. After kickstarter ends.... more about FRICKbits on the website here.

FRICKbits location data accumulates and the pattern gathers richness and texture over time, touch the screen and you shift back and forth from the actual map to art rendering of your travel patterns. Take back your data and turn it into art.
FRICKbits location data accumulates and the pattern gathers richness and texture over time, touch the screen and you shift back and forth from the actual map to art rendering of your travel patterns. Take back your data and turn it into art.

I’m Laurie Frick, an artist who makes hand-built work from self-tracking data, and realized the rules and procedures I follow are really an algorithm to turn anyone’s data into abstract patterns of art. Two years ago, I set out to make an iPhone app…and long story short, I met thirteen23 and we made a trade. One of the most amazing mobile technology shops in Austin Texas got a full lobby installation based on their chat metadata, and I got the first iteration of the FRICKbits iPhone app. And now I sorely need some funding help to get the free iPhone app into your hands, and finish development. Take back your data and let it mean something to YOU. 

Rewards are digital or metal versions of the Pattern Portraits which inspired the look of FRICKbits!
Rewards are digital or metal versions of the Pattern Portraits which inspired the look of FRICKbits!

Your data | Your art! – take back your data. 

All the tiny measurements add up to a data portrait of you. Have you ever wondered what’s really known about you? Everything you post, every time you use a credit card, your phone log, search history, your location …mostly it’s a little creepy, and after we revoke a couple permissions for apps we don’t much care about, we try to forget about it. It feels hopeless. Usually when things are the darkest it’s exactly the time it starts to turn around. We’re at that moment right now, it’s not hopeless. But instead of agonizing about every big corporation tracking us …take back your data and make it something good. Use technology to boost a little self-reflection. Not ugly graphs and charts…but genuine art.

Hidden patterns reveal something unusual about you

Many websites and fitness apps gather pedometer and location data, but the output has a cold, clinical feel of infographics. Coming from an artist this app is like hand crafted watercolor drawings and hopes to change the way you see data gathered about you. FRICKbits uses your location to draw patterns of where you travel in a city, or for that matter – anywhere on the globe. Location data is the easiest to understand, we tend to go the same places over and over. The repetition of travel patterns and stray movements will transform into an abstract data portrait of you.

FRICKbits gathers occasional movements, a clever means to not impact battery life and shows actual location with brightly colored dots on a pale map. You can choose and change color palette at any time, and gather bits and clusters for the locations traveled most frequently. And for privacy, this data is owned by the user, it’s up to you to share your art via social media, email or text. 

Stretch Goals!!!

At $20,000 - yes this one is happening!

Kickstarter data experience will be hand-drawn and painted by me as a special thankyou for every single backer of FRICKbits. Will send you a high resolution file to order direct. I'll give you ideas and links for prints, covers of journals, iphone cases, skins, ...so many ways to turn data art into functional things you'll touch everyday. 

At $25,000 - yes this one is happening!

Add printing support to FRICKbits version 1.6. Global printing of everything from coffee mugs to shower curtains! Your data is now art on your teatowel! 

REWARDS are gorgeous heavy metal limited kickstarter edition of Pattern Portraits that inspired the look of FRICKbits.

Limited kickstarter edition of 8x8” Pattern Portraits, yellow, blue, flesh, green and pink. Gorgeous print on metal, ready to stand or hang directly. This is the work that inspired the look of FRICKbits.
Limited kickstarter edition of 8x8” Pattern Portraits, yellow, blue, flesh, green and pink. Gorgeous print on metal, ready to stand or hang directly. This is the work that inspired the look of FRICKbits.
Substantial metal prints are waterproof, and work in unusual places where you wouldn't put an art object, like kitchen or bath. There is a hook to hang directly to the wall, or use the little stand to prop them up
Substantial metal prints are waterproof, and work in unusual places where you wouldn't put an art object, like kitchen or bath. There is a hook to hang directly to the wall, or use the little stand to prop them up

The print on heavy metal has got to be seen to be believed, is also waterproof so you can put them in a kitchen, bathroom, on your desk or in a book shelf. The last award has big size prints too. Choose the METAL THREE or FIVE and keep one, give the others as gifts. Seriously, my work has never been priced so cheap. Am putting every bit of energy into launching this app, am super excited, really want to make the rewards for supporting FRICKbits irresistible! 

Links and fun background

I’ve been talking about the future of personal data for a while, here’s a TED talk at TEDx Austin last year, and a slightly better (I was less nervous) talk at Creative Mornings earlier this year. My website shows handbuilt art from data. Video and images about thirteen23 and the installation.

Little 'bits' of many people have worked on FRICKbits -- Clockwise from the back, Michael, Laurie, Ryan, Lisa, Lani, Sarah and Matt. All 'cept Laurie from thirteen23. This is thirteen23's lobby installation that instigated the 'trade'.
Little 'bits' of many people have worked on FRICKbits -- Clockwise from the back, Michael, Laurie, Ryan, Lisa, Lani, Sarah and Matt. All 'cept Laurie from thirteen23. This is thirteen23's lobby installation that instigated the 'trade'.

Is this the beginning of how personal data will crossover into the world of art? Self-tracking data will be the ultimate ‘data-selfie’, personal data portraits gathered over time on our phone. It’s your life, it’s your data, why not turn it into art?

Risks and challenges

Start simple I told myself, this app is the beginning of a big idea, art makes data sticky. Minimum viable product was the goal for launch – and make it free, so people will download it. Make it work anywhere on the globe. If people are interested and users come, I can fund development somehow. We’ve got the beta software running with real testers on TestFlight. We need a little more user control gestures to make the art feel customized and personally created.

I need help, even if you’re just on the fence, ANY encouragement means a TON. Support this kickstarter -- do one thing that feels like you’re making a tick mark in the column of I’m not a data victim, and get some beautiful metal prints or digital art in return. I imagine a future where we take back our data, and have an equal stand with the companies who track us. Become a data activist, but don’t hide…get more. Use your data to see yourself, know something that surprises you about yourself, even the mundane patterns of your life are beautiful.

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FAQ

  • Yes, in time would love to support Android. I really debated at the outset which version to start with, IOS or Android. There are many more Android users worldwide, but Apple iPhone users still have slightly higher usage of apps. Bigger screens on the Android phones are much better. Will require some rewriting and adapting to make FRICKbits work. Would love to have Android, maybe a stretch goal? Sorting this out.

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    Add a TEE: Increase any pledge by $27 + $3,5,10 for shipping US,Can, Int'l. (pull out your calculator when you do the math :-)) Just added a super-nice ART teeshirt in Men and Women's. Art that inspired the look of FRICKbits. "Take back your data and turn it into art!"

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    TICKmark! I'm not a data victim, I want to take back my data and turn it into art. Personal email to download FRICKbits when it goes live. Thankyou on the product website.

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    DIGITAL ONE: Limited edition digital image from the high resolution original to use as wallpaper on any phone, tablet or laptop. I'll send you one of the 5 colors. This is the work that inspired the look of FRICKbits. Plus personal email invitation for the iPhone app + thankyou on the product website.

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    DIGITAL FIVE: All 5 limited edition digital images from the high resolution original to use as rotating wallpaper (or swap when you’re in the mood) on any phone, tablet or laptop. This is the work that inspired the look of FRICKbits. Plus personal email invitation for the iPhone app + thankyou on the product website.

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    DIGITAL DIY: High resolution files of all 5 limited edition digital images. Do-It-Yourself print on glossy photo paper or watercolor paper. 300 dpi digital jpeg images 12" x 12" (30.5cm x 30.5cm) 14Mb file of each sent to you in a dropbox folder. Scanned from the high resolution original. I tested matte, glossy and drawing paper using high-quality settings from my Epson printer, they all looked very good, and the glossy looked the best. Also, I'll include smaller digital files to use as rotating wallpaper (or swap when you’re in the mood) on any phone, tablet or laptop. This is the work that inspired the look of FRICKbits. Plus personal email invitation for the iPhone app + thankyou on the product website. (All of the DIGITAL FIVE will receive this award too. BTW, the metal prints are made from 90Mb files, at 1200 dpi, and look fantastic.)

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    EARLY BIRD METAL ONE: Limited kickstarter edition of 8"x8" Pattern Portraits, your choice of yellow, blue, green, pink or fleshtone. Gorgeous print on metal, ready to stand or hang directly. Satin finish. This is the work that inspired the look of FRICKbits. Plus personal email invitation for the iPhone app + thankyou on the product website.

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    METAL ONE: Limited kickstarter edition of 8"x8” Pattern Portraits, your choice of yellow, blue, green, pink or fleshtone. Gorgeous print on metal, ready to stand or hang directly. Satin finish. This is the work that inspired the look of FRICKbits. Plus personal email invitation for the iPhone app + thankyou on the product website.

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    METAL THREE: Keep one, give 2 as gifts to friends. Your choice of any 3 limited kickstarter edition of 8x8” Pattern Portraits, your choice of yellow, blue, green, pink or fleshtone. Gorgeous print on metal, ready to stand or hang directly. Satin finish. This is the work that inspired the look of FRICKbits. Plus personal email invitation for the iPhone app + thankyou on the product website.

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    METAL FIVE: No need to choose, this will get you all 5, keep 3 give 2 as gifts to friends. Limited kickstarter edition of 8x8” Pattern Portraits, yellow, blue, green, pink and fleshtone. Gorgeous print on metal, ready to stand or hang directly. Satin finish. PLUS all 5 digital images. This is the work that inspired the look of FRICKbits. Plus personal email invitation for the iPhone app + thankyou on the product website.

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    PLATINUM: Undying gratitude, we’ll be friends for life and home cooked dinner for 4 (ask anyone, I’m a great cook) in your choice of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin or New York. All 5 digital images, AND all 5 limited kickstarter edition of 8x8”. Pattern Portraits, yellow, blue, green, pink and fleshtone. Gorgeous print on metal, ready to stand or hang. Satin finish. This is the work that inspired the look of FRICKbits. No waiting -- TestFlight pre-beta invitation right away for the iPhone app + BIG thankyou on the product website.

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    BIG PLATINUM: Undying gratitude, we’ll be friends for life and home cooked dinner for 4 (ask anyone, I’m a great cook) in your choice of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin or New York. All 5 digital images, AND all 5 limited kickstarter edition of Pattern Portraits, yellow, blue, green, pink and fleshtone in BIGGER size 12x12” or 16x16”. Gorgeous print on metal, ready to hang. Satin finish. This is the work that inspired the look of FRICKbits. No waiting -- TestFlight pre-beta invitation right away for the iPhone app + BIG thankyou on the product website.

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