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Visualizing Data
Data isn’t all columns of numbers and words, or pages and pages of charts, but also a fun tool to create results-based pieces of art. Fathom Information Design is a company that takes complex data for their clients, and expresses it for them using various software’s. Some of the results are amazing, such as the All Streets (2008) project.
Working with Ben Fry, whose research focuses on combining statistics and data visualization, what All Streets does is combine information, such as all the roads and streets in the United States (240 million to be precise), and instead of presenting the findings as a huge list, present them as a map. 
A map which conveniently takes on the shape of the country, outlining ravines, canyons, parks and mountains, without any use of topography; just the lines of the roads themselves.
Data is an art form all on its own, but with a bit of visualization and some programming, the data results can be used as tools to create its very own piece of art.
-Anna Paluch

Visualizing Data

Data isn’t all columns of numbers and words, or pages and pages of charts, but also a fun tool to create results-based pieces of art. Fathom Information Design is a company that takes complex data for their clients, and expresses it for them using various software’s. Some of the results are amazing, such as the All Streets (2008) project.

Working with Ben Fry, whose research focuses on combining statistics and data visualization, what All Streets does is combine information, such as all the roads and streets in the United States (240 million to be precise), and instead of presenting the findings as a huge list, present them as a map. 

A map which conveniently takes on the shape of the country, outlining ravines, canyons, parks and mountains, without any use of topography; just the lines of the roads themselves.

Data is an art form all on its own, but with a bit of visualization and some programming, the data results can be used as tools to create its very own piece of art.

-Anna Paluch

(Source: artandsciencejournal.com)

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Data Visualization
"Data", that’s a scary word. All we can picture are mountains of numbers that are indiscernible from one another. But this is also a fact, entire genomes are getting sequenced, the universe is being mapped out… we’re entering an era of big data, even bigger mountains. So… what do we do with it ? We manipulate it, we design it, so that big data can be digested, dare I say enjoyed.
Sometimes it’s even fun to browse this mountain of information. At least that’s what I thought when I found the We Feel Fine project. This emotional search engine crawls blogs and networking sites, picking up sentences which include “I feel” or “I am feeling”, as well as the gender, age and location of the people posting those sentences. The result is a database of several million human feelings, sorted out, displayed, in the hopes of creating a piece of art for everyone, by everyone, sprouting from our deepest feelings.
Check out the java applet here.
- Agathe of Frontal Cortex
Data Visualization
"Data", that’s a scary word. All we can picture are mountains of numbers that are indiscernible from one another. But this is also a fact, entire genomes are getting sequenced, the universe is being mapped out… we’re entering an era of big data, even bigger mountains. So… what do we do with it ? We manipulate it, we design it, so that big data can be digested, dare I say enjoyed.
Sometimes it’s even fun to browse this mountain of information. At least that’s what I thought when I found the We Feel Fine project. This emotional search engine crawls blogs and networking sites, picking up sentences which include “I feel” or “I am feeling”, as well as the gender, age and location of the people posting those sentences. The result is a database of several million human feelings, sorted out, displayed, in the hopes of creating a piece of art for everyone, by everyone, sprouting from our deepest feelings.
Check out the java applet here.
- Agathe of Frontal Cortex
Data Visualization
"Data", that’s a scary word. All we can picture are mountains of numbers that are indiscernible from one another. But this is also a fact, entire genomes are getting sequenced, the universe is being mapped out… we’re entering an era of big data, even bigger mountains. So… what do we do with it ? We manipulate it, we design it, so that big data can be digested, dare I say enjoyed.
Sometimes it’s even fun to browse this mountain of information. At least that’s what I thought when I found the We Feel Fine project. This emotional search engine crawls blogs and networking sites, picking up sentences which include “I feel” or “I am feeling”, as well as the gender, age and location of the people posting those sentences. The result is a database of several million human feelings, sorted out, displayed, in the hopes of creating a piece of art for everyone, by everyone, sprouting from our deepest feelings.
Check out the java applet here.
- Agathe of Frontal Cortex

Data Visualization

"Data", that’s a scary word. All we can picture are mountains of numbers that are indiscernible from one another. But this is also a fact, entire genomes are getting sequenced, the universe is being mapped out… we’re entering an era of big data, even bigger mountains. So… what do we do with it ? We manipulate it, we design it, so that big data can be digested, dare I say enjoyed.

Sometimes it’s even fun to browse this mountain of information. At least that’s what I thought when I found the We Feel Fine project. This emotional search engine crawls blogs and networking sites, picking up sentences which include “I feel” or “I am feeling”, as well as the gender, age and location of the people posting those sentences. The result is a database of several million human feelings, sorted out, displayed, in the hopes of creating a piece of art for everyone, by everyone, sprouting from our deepest feelings.

Check out the java applet here.

- Agathe of Frontal Cortex

(Source: artandsciencejournal.com)

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