FRICKbits 2014-2017 used location data from the phone to down-sample and abstract into line and bits based on frequency of travel. It’s organized (like me) so things keep to a grid. Color palettes are made to feel like the light and color of a city or place. You earn small bits and clusters for the places you go all the time, like home and work. It’s vector based, but we modeled the look after a series of my watercolor pattern portraits.
The hope was to give users of a free app the chance to take back their data and turn it into art. More empowerment and control over your data, plus a chance to see reasons you might want to get back all the data collected about you. Not just the easy stuff you can download, but what the algorithms predict about you. I want my data.
FRICKbits was developed by thirteen23 in exchange with the artist for a lobby installation at their offices. It also inspired a Kickstarter campaign, it’s now opensource iOS app on Github - free for the taking.