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11 Awesome Ways Data Has Been Turned Into Art

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1. "SolarBeat"

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WhiteVinyl designed an audiolization that creates music based on the orbiting planets.

2. "Drawing Water"

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David Wicks' "Drawing Water" is a constructed landscape visualizing where water falls and where it is consumed in the United States.

3. "Naked Espresso"


Breville collected data from brewing espresso to illustrate the construct of each individual shot.

4. "Hope Vs. Crisis"

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Jer Thorp created a a visualization of the frequency of the words 'hope' and 'crisis' in the New York Times, between 1981 and 2009.

5. "Windswept"

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Charles Sowers attached 612 freely rotating directional arrows to illustrate wind patterns.

6. "13689 Digits Of Pi"

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Martin Krzywinski assigned a color to the numbers one through nine and ordered the first 13,689 digits of Pi into a giant wheel based on these smaller colored circles.

7. "Flight Patterns"

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Aaron Koblin beautifully illustrated flight traffic patterns and density across the United States over 24 hours.

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8. "STYN"

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Sam van Doorn recorded ball movements from deconstructed pinball machines.

9. "Carnabotnet Geovideo"


This animated map illustrates the relative average utilization over 24 hours of IPv4 addresses across the world.

10. "Tyne"

~Flow by Studio NAND and Moritz Stefaner / Via

~Flow is a floating building on the River Tyne that generates its own power using a tidal waterwheel. With the help of Moritz Stefaner, five sensors were attached to ~Flow to collect different levels in the water. These levels were then visualized in a project titled "Tyne."

11. "A Map Of The Geographical Structure Of Wikipedia Links"

Olivier H. Beauchesne / Via

Olivier H. Beauchesne mapped out geocoded Wikipedia pages that connect to other geocoded pages.