About VizBlocks

Three VizBlocks stacked in a triangle.

What is VizBlocks?

VizBlocks is a dynamic data visualisation kit which offers public audiences new ways of physically representing data using a modular kit. With a range of materials, mechanisms and tools, VizBlocks can be used to translate data into playful and engaging physical data displays.

VizBlocks is a project by The Centre for Design Informatics at The University of Edinburgh.

The project was funded by Edinburgh Futures Institute.

The VizBlocks Team

  • Portrait of Bettina.

    Bettina Nissen


    Bettina is a lecturer in Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on engaging audiences with complex technological concepts and data through tangible means and makings.

  • Portrait of Dave.

    Dave Murray-Rust


    Dave is a lecturer in Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on the messy bits between people and computational systems, from large scale social machines through the internet of things to data privacy.

  • Portrait of Evan.

    Evan Morgan

    Research Software Engineer

    Evan is a research software engineer in Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He supports innovation through design and application of data driven technologies across multiple research projects.

  • Portrait of Joe.

    Joe Revans


    Joe helps to design and fabricate prototypes for research projects for the Design Informatics team. He likes interdisciplinary design and robots (the cuter the better).

  • Portrait of Matt.

    Matt Hamilton


    Matt is the digital development technician for Edinburgh Collage of Art at the University of Edinburgh. He helps artists and designers be adventurous with programming and safe with electronics.