Good Governments, Happy People
Tool to inspect the indicators that might make a good government

In this tool, the countries will re-arrange according to inter-country similarity of the selected indicators. The indicators are grouped in 6 main categories (for example Health, Happiness, etc) with subcategories and can be coloured along 32 themes.

The closer countries are to each other, the more similarities. In order to be able to focus on factors that determine what might make a good government, the indicators Population size and Surface area can be deselected.

Introduction how to use and read the tool

For generating the maps we used t-Distributed Stochastic Neighbor Embedding (t-SNE) algorithms. Special thanks go to lejon for his Barnes Hut Java implementation.

Spokes diagrams
Next to the tool we also explored other visualization possibilities with this data, which resulted in a visualiztion in which 195 countries are arranged by inter-country similarity of qualities.

Qualities are visualized using a spokes diagram. The length of the spokes reflect the rank of the quality; outward spokes represent high ranking qualities, inward spokes reflect low ranking qualities.

For each quality you will find annotations for the lowest and highest ranking countries.

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RNDR is a design studio for interactive media that develops ‘tools’ that are only finished by how they are used.

To achieve this, we develop processes, create structures, design visualisations, code programs, and create interactions. The end result can manifest itself across different media, ranging from interactive installations, data visualisations, generative identities, prints and everything in between – often real-time. We are triggered by how information and technology transforms networks, cultures, societies, relationships, behaviours, and interactions between people.

RNDR was founded in 2017 in The Hague, (NL). Its main members have years of experience as partners, computer scientists, designers, and developers at LUST and LUSTlab.

One of our core projects, and basis for most of our projects, is OPENRNDR, an open source framework for creative coding –written in Kotlin for the JVM– with over seven years of development, that simplifies writing real-time audio-visual interactive software. OPENRNDR is fundamental for the work and software capacity of RNDR as a studio, as it allows us to realize complex interactive works.

Jeroen Barendse (NL), partner. Design and art direction. Former partner of LUST and LUSTlab. Awarded BNO Piet Zwart Oeuvre Prize 2017
Edwin Jakobs (NL), partner. Computer scientist, creative coder and visual artist. Creator of OPENRNDR
Boyd Rotgans (NL), partner. Creative coder & interaction designer
Viola Bernacchi (IT). Design & data visualisation
Els van Dijk (NL), Office manager
Previously at RNDR
Gábor Kerekes (HU), Developer, 2017-2019
Amir Houieh (IR), Developer, 2017-2018
Łukasz Gula (PL), Intern, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, 2018
Noemi Biro (RO), Intern, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, 2018
Selection of exhibitions
Open Highway, Raum, Utrecht, 2018
Typojanchi Typography Biennale Seoul, main exhibitor (as LUST), 2017
Cartographies of Rest, interactive installation at Mile End Art Pavilion in London (as LUST), 2016
Hyperlocator, What’s next, Future Tomorrow, 38CC Delft (as LUST), 2016
Type/Dynamics exhibition, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (as LUST), 2014
Selection of lectures
MiXit conference, Lyon, 2019
Google Span conference, presentation and demo, Helsinki, 2018
JFuture conference, Minsk, 2018
Creative Coding Utrecht, Launch of OPENRNDR, 2018
Selection of workshops
Workshop OPENRNDR at Artez Interaction Design, Arnhem, 2019
Processing Community Day 2019, CCU and Sensorlab, Utrecht, 2019
Royal Academy of Art (KABK), Techweek, The Hague, 2019
Utrecht School for the Arts (HKU), OPENRNDR workshop, 2018
La Scuola Open Source, 1-week workshop, Bari, Italy, 2018
Two-week workshop at TUMO foundation, Yerevan, Armenia, 2019



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Open source framework for creative coding that simplifies writing real-time interactive software