Data Art

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A flag planted for every Covid-19 death

In fall 2020, Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg planted a flag for each American who died from Covid-19. There were over a quarter of a million flags at the time. The art installation is back at the National Mall, but this time there are over 660,000 flags. The scale is just…a lot. Tags: coronavirus, flags, physical, Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg

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Data recorded in fabric quilt

Kim Moran-Jones quilted temperature minima and maxima in the UK, along with Covid-19 deaths on the perimeter in grayscale. Data and the physical fit well together. Tags: coronavirus, Kim Moran-Jones, physical, quilt

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AI-generated movie posters

Noah Veltman fed an AI movie descriptions and made it generate images. The results are in quiz form so that you can guess the movies. I would give myself a poor rating for guessing the movies, but once you see the answer, you’re like oh yeah of course. Veltman used VQGAN+CLIP, which you can find out more about here. Tags: AI, movies, neural network, Noah Veltman

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Procedurally generated fish drawings

Lingdong Huang’s project fishdraw seems straightforward on the surface. You go to the page and there’s a drawing of a fish. But then you keep clicking the refresh arrow and realize the fish are procedurally generated, including the name on the bottom. So good. Tags: drawing, fish, Lingdong Huang, procedural

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UEFA Euro 2020 matches visualized with triangle sets

Krisztina Szűcs used sets of animated triangles to show how each match played out. The triangles in the middle move up as each team scores, and the triangles on the side represent penalty kicks. Tags: Krisztina Szűcs, soccer

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Sheep herding movements from above

Aerial photographer Lior Patel followed a herd of sheep in Yokneam. The results are much more interesting than they sound. [via Colossal] See also the work of Tim Whittaker who produced a video of the same ilk. I don’t know what to call it, but I am very much into this genre of calming sheep herding videos for the mind. Although I feel like herding up close must be kind...

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Tapestry for reflective data visualization

As a way to reflect on 2020, Catherine Madden wove tapestry to visualize six time series. So nice. [via Visualising Data] Tags: Catherine Madden, physical, weaving

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Transform an image into a pixel-ly visual

Here’s a fun interactive by Duc-Quang Nguyen. Upload an image and get back a transformed visual that uses dots, lines, or ascii. Use the menu options to easily change resolution, colors, and shapes. It’s a combination of Georgios Karamanis’s code and Elana Levin Schtulberg’s experiment of the same ilk. Tags: Duc-Quang Nguyen, pixels, R

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Bird song sonographs show distinct drawing patterns

These sonographs of bird song, in contrast to the sounds from traditional instruments, show complex patterns on a base frequency. Tags: bird song, sonograph

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Generate a color analysis by uploading an image

Mel Dollison and Liza Daly made a fun interactive that lets you upload an image, and it spits out a vintage-looking color analysis a la Vanderpoel: This generator is based on the works of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel (1842-1939), who hoped her original color analyses would inspire others to study “whatever originals may be at hand in books, shops, private houses, or museums.” We hope you are similarly inspired by her...

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