data visualisation

Data auralisation: Music is my train station

Alexander Chen is working on a project turning those train route maps you see all around the world into a musical instrument.

Watch the demo:

Conductor (Interactive instrument in progress) from Alexander Chen on Vimeo.

He has set them up so that the train schedules, and intersections determine the order the notes are played in, and how frequently, which is a pretty nifty piece of data visualisation, or perhaps actualisation, or auralisation…

Conductor (In progress demo) from Alexander Chen on Vimeo.

Data Visualisation: Break up season

A guy named David McCandless put together some data visualisations for a talk he gave at TED. You can watch it here.

But in my opinion, his really interesting research went into this graph of when people experience relationship break downs based on mentions of “break up” or “broke up” in Facebook status updates.

Here’s the graph (posted on Information is Beautiful):

He also put together this cool “if Twitter was 100 people” visualisation that I’ve posted before (I think)…

And this one on caffeine and calories, that I know I have posted before.


Data visualisation is the future of communication – Christians need to think about how we can use it well to communicate the truths of the gospel.

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