Eye catching mashups for the Grammy Awards

Show this to the art and music department!!

Reported by Fiona in Information Visualisation and Data: a Music Example:

Promotion for this year’s Grammy Awards focuses on some very eye catching visualisations of some of the nominated artists, made up of the names of some of their favourite songs. An amazing mashup between structured data, tag clouds, and the style of ASCII art you might have made a decade or two ago. Click through to the article to view some examples of the ads (no CC/free versions available). The LA Times has more about how they were created -

“A Grammy spokeswoman says each artist was asked to give the Recording Academy 10-20 songs that influenced or affected their life and career. The lyrics and song titles are then featured in the print and television ads.”

Cool circulation statistics!

Dewey Bubble!

Check out this cool data visualization of book borrowings! Click here to see an enlarged version of circulation statistics displayed as Dewey Blobs :-)

The transactions are placed on a 32×32 grid based on their Dewey classification (000-999). Each transaction is shown as a semi-transparent circle with two attributes:

1) colour — based on the School the student making the transaction studies in
2) size — based on the popularity of the book (the larger the circle, the more times it’s been borrowed before)

From Dewey Blobs at Dave Pattern’s “self-plagiarism is style”.

Visuwords – online graphical dictionary

Visuwords is a very pretty, very interesting dictionary and thesaurus!

Use the random button, or type in the word that you are searching for. Watch the swirl as the words and meanings emerge. A very nice tool to catch kids interest – and to show the connections and interlacing relationships of words in our English language.