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Art By Algorithm


Data Visualization is a method of presenting information in a graphical form. Good data visualization should appear as if it is a work of art. This intrigues the viewer and draws them in so that they can further investigate the data and info that the graphic represents.



Wind Flowing Over The US

This mesmerising map shows the tracery of wind that’s flowing over the United States. Using data from the National Digital Forecast Database, it is able to show a live portrait.


US ZIPScribble

ZIPScribble by Robert Kosara: A data visualization that involves the connecting of all the ZIP codes in the US in ascending order. Leading questions for the visualizations are: Is there a system behind the assignment of ZIP codes? Are they organized in a grid?


Largest Vocabulary In Hip Hop

We had a hard time rounding out our list. Instead of going for the super useful, we picked the most interesting: Matt Daniel’s Largest Vocabulary in Hip Hop. Matt explains, “Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever. I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop. I used each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics. That way, prolific artists, such as Jay-Z, could be compared to newer artists, such as Drake.” While the result may surprise you, it is a reminder that good data visualization does more than present information – it tells a story.


Connecting The Dots Behind The Election

This year’s election stirred up quite a lot of voters, with candidates on all sides rubbing them the wrong way. Naturally, with a debate this heated, media sites saw the need to contribute to the conversation through interactive information graphics. This article by the New York Times lists several different candidates and creates compelling visuals that link their campaigns to previous ones.

Each visual contains several different-sized dots that represent a specific campaign, administration, or other governmental organization related to the candidate’s current campaign, which are then connected by arrows. Hovering over a specific dot highlights the connections between the groups. The visual is a great way to put what would otherwise be a long slog through years of information into an easily accessible, easily viewable format so that voters can figure out where the candidates’ experiences lie.


Flickr Flow

The relative proportions of different colors seen in photos taken in each month of the year have been calculated, and plotted them on a wheel. Summer is at the top, time proceeds clockwise.


Country To Country Migration From 2010 To 2015

Another migration visual, this time showing net migration during the past five years.