Data Art

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A comic by Marcos Balfagón attaches action to the curve. Tags: comic, coronavirus, curve

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Quilt that shows daily high and low temperatures

Reddit user quantum-kate used daily high and low temperatures in Denver in 1992 as the basis of this quilt. I feel like I should learn to knit. Tags: quilt, temperature

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Faking traffic on Google Maps with a wagon of 99 smartphones

Google Maps incorporates data from smartphones to estimate traffic in any given location. Artist Simon Weckert used this tidbit to throw the statistical models off the scent. With a wagon of 99 smartphones, he turned roads red on Google Maps just by walking around. Nice. Tags: Google Maps, physical, Simon Weckert, traffic

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Flow Fields, a generative art tool

Flow Fields, a generative art tool by Michael Freeman, lets you adjust various parameters, such as color, smoothness, and fluctuations, and the flows just keep coming. Pretty. The code is up on GitHub and is based on Daniel Shiffman’s Coding Train tutorials. Tags: flow, Mike Freeman

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Haikus generated based on your map location and OpenStreetMap data

Satellite Studio made a map thing that generates haikus based on OpenStreetMap data and your location. From the announcement: [W]e automated making haikus about places. Looking at every aspect of the surroundings of a point, we can generate a poem about any place in the world. The result is sometimes fun, often weird, most of the time pretty terrible. Also probably horrifying for haiku purists (sorry). This is pretty great....

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Traveling Salesman art

Robert Bosch likes to use the Traveling Salesman Problem to draw famous portraits with a single continuous line. Nice. If you want to fall down a Traveling Salesman rabbit hole, be sure to check out the main pages of the site above. You’ll find code, datasets, challenges, and other re-generated art pieces. Also, if you’re interested in doing something similar in R, Antonio Sánchez Chinchón kicked the tires a while...

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Photographs from above, an Overview

Overview is an ongoing project that uses a zoomed out view for a new perspective on the world: Seeing the Earth from a great distance has been proven to stimulate awe, increase desire to collaborate, and foster long-term thinking. We aim to inspire these feelings — commonly referred to as the Overview Effect — through our imagery, products, and collaborations. By embracing the perspective that comes from this vantage point,...

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Pixelation to represent endangered species counts

In 2008, the World Wildlife Fund ran a campaign that used pixelation to represent the number of animals left for endangered species. One pixel represents an animal, so an image appears more pixelated when there are fewer animals left. Imgur user JJSmooth44 recently used more recent numbers to show the images for 22 species (sourced from the Animal Planet endangered species list). The above is the image bengal tiger with...

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Detailed generative art in R

Thomas Lin Pedersen has been sharing his generative art pieces as of late: All my systems and visualisations are programmed in R, an open source programming language for statistics and data analysis. I’ve developed and released many tools that are central to my work, and help maintain others. Beautiful work. It really gets the imagination going for what else R can do. Check out Pedersen’s Instagram for more, and you...

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Jewelry based on your GPS traces

GPX Jewelry by Rachel Binx lets you turn your GPS traces into jewelry. Just upload a GPX file from, say, your fitness app or Apple Watch, choose your finish, and you’ve got yourself a personalized pendant. Nice. Tags: GPS, jewelry, Rachel Binx

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