Data visualisation.

>Data visualisation or, in other words, information graphics is the way to display data into visually perceivable form. The main purpose underlying information graphics is to make it more understandable. Gerlinde Schuller (2008, p. 111) writes in his book about ‘Information design, the art and science of translating complex, unstructured data into useful information that can be used with efficiency and effectiveness. The discipline is always addressed to a broad target group and is mostly concerned with public and mass communication.’

During my research i have come across very fascinating data visualising systems and here i would like to enlist few which has left most of impact on how i perceive the information.

A truly artistic turn on visualising data by Thomas Briggs:

Briggs, T., 2005. Burst of Energy 3. [image online] Available at:  <; [Accessed 20 April 2012].

Aesthetic piece of crunching numbers using algorithmic composition by Reza Ali:

Ali, R., 2010. LORMALIZED. Available at:  <; [Accessed 20 April 2012].

Another interesting record of exploding particles inside the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider are displayed in this image:

Berger, J., n.d. [image online] Available at: <; [Accessed 20 April 2012].

The Opte Project was created to make a visual representation of a space that is very much one-dimensional, a metaphysical universe, aiming to map every class C network on the Internet from a single computer and a single Internet connection with an overall goal of creating a map of the entire Internet.

The Opte Project., 2003. [image online] Available at: <; [Accessed 20 April 2012].

I have researched enormous amount of visual graphic styles and i must say that there are many reoccurring styles which don’t seem to strike my mind any more due to repetition. What i was looking for is more original style visualisations which would amaze me with complexity of graphics and beauty of character.

I think i will learn to use more alternative styles to achieve the stylistics of my own piece. I would like to use a 3D space to position graphics and use movement and changing liveness to represent it.

I have added more research and imagery into my sketchbook to support my investigations into visualising data.



Schuller, G., 2008. Designing Universal Knowledge. Baden: Lars Müllers Publishers.


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