Outer Valences

York University Digital Media
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An interactive installation representing the atomic compostion of the periodic table of elements


  • Interactive Installation
  • Interface Design
  • Data Visualisation


  • Arduino
  • Adobe Illustrator

Time Frame

  • 3 Months


Outer Valences is a project that allows the user to input the atomic weight of an element, and in response delivers an LED light show based on two parameters:

  • The number of electrons in the outer valence of that element’s atom
  • The type of element (i.e. Alkali Earth Metals, Noble Gasses, etc.

The result is a unique, informative, and enthralling data visualization that responds to the user’s input.