I’m still a bit undecided on the space I want to focus on for the final project. I would like to do something with information visualization again, and perhaps incorporate some generative aspect as well.
I’ve had a couple of ideas that I have been considering. One would be to look at visualizing some aspect of identity or personality. I don’t know exactly what angle I would take on that yet though. I was thinking I could try to generate an abstract icon or symbol of some sort. Some possible metrics to generate an icon or symbol that represents someone’s identity could include their name, date of birth, a profile shot or webcam capture, the sound of their voice, location, etc. One issue is where to get this kind of data though. Given the timeframe of the project, I could probably realistically only look at a couple of these metrics. I think it could be interesting to compare what different identities would look like, and if there would be any visual relationships between them that could correspond with relationships in real life.
Personas is a project that creates a portrait of your online identity. I think this is an interesting angle to take on identity. The visualization has a very minimal aesthetic, which I appreciate. I wish that you could see how it constructed the visualization once it finishes. As it is building you get a snapshot view, but can’t view it after that.
Another space that I have seen some beautiful visualization work in is visualizing literature, poetry or some sort of text document(s). Again, not sure what kind of document(s) I would want to work with, but it is a good opportunity to explore several ways of visualizing the data to get multiple perspectives. Maybe I could look for something in the Internet archive, or look at visualizing literature in different languages.
Jack Kerouc’s Literary Oragnism
This project looks at “depicting the literary organisms, rhythm textures, sentence lengths & structures of Jack Kerouac’s literary space.” I think that Stefanie’s visualizations are quite beautiful and inspiring. I love the different ways that she looked at the data.
I could also build on some of the code that I worked with in my first project, Color of the News, and explore other ways of creating a color analysis visualization. Below are a couple of examples that I found in this space.
Field Guide to Style and Color
“This piece is a fullsize reproduction of the entire 2007 IKEA catalogue, leaving only color and structure.”
Luscious: Abstract Color Compositions of Advertisements
Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viégas
Luscious creates abstract color visualizations of magazine advertisements for luxury brands. It is interesting to make comparisons between the different compositions looking at just the colors.