physical

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Global warming bike path

The @LpzfuersKlima team have completed painting a giant representation of the Warming Stripes on the Sachsenbrücke in Leipzig, thanks to crowd funding. Already starting conversations for those using the bridge. #ShowYourStripes pic.twitter.com/OFY9Jeq1zH — Ed Hawkins (@ed_hawkins) April 27, 2022 It amazes me how many places in the world Ed Hawkins’ Warming Stripes appears. My favorite has still gotta be the shower tiles. Tags: climate change, Ed Hawkins, physical

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Chicken egg color spectrum

Eggs aren’t always white, which is oddly calming in this photo. (I couldn’t figure out where this picture was originally from. Anyone?) Tags: color, egg, physical

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Map made of candy corn to show corn production

With candy corn as her medium, Jill Hubley mapped corn production in the United States, based on data from the USDA. With just three hues of yellow, orange, and white and three heights to match, Hubley was able to clearly show the geographical patterns. For reference, here is the USDA corn map: Finally, I have a use for my kids’ leftover Halloween candy. Tags: candy, corn, Jill Hubley, physical

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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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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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Data visualization in virtual reality

Virtual reality puts you in a digital world that can feel like a real world when it’s done right. Research from Benjamin Lee, et al. explored some of the possibilities in work they’re calling data visceralation. As a proof of concept, shown in the video above, the researchers recreated popular works for virtual reality. Watch Olympic runners sprint past you or look up at the comparison of the world’s tallest...

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I am a book. I am a portal to the universe.

Stefanie Posavec and Miriam Quick have a new book out called I am a book. I am a portal to the universe. I’m different to any other book around today. I am not a book of infographics. I’m an informative, interactive experience, in which the data can be touched, felt and understood, with every measurement represented on a 1:1 scale. How long is an anteater’s tongue? How tiny is the...

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Climate change displayed, with shower tiles

Based on a chart by Ed Hawkins, the shower wall of Gretchen Goldman and Tom Di Liberto transformed into a canvas to show global warming. Each row represents a country, and each cell — I mean tile — represents the temperature difference compared to the overall average for the time period. Tags: climate, global warming, physical, shower

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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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