Experimenting With Physical GraphsPosted: February 4, 2013 | Author: Hilary Mason | Filed under: blog | 4 Comments »
I ended up at NYC Resistor on Sunday, and decided to experiment with physical visualization of some data. I grabbed the clicks per second on keyphrases including my name (“hilary mason”) over the last six months, aggregated them by day, and made this graph:
This is easy enough to construct for any phrase using the clickrate data that we’re calculating at bitly. I exported it from matplotlib in svg, added a label, and used the laser-cutter to create this out of plywood:
…which will shortly be adorning my desk at work. This is very simple, but there’s a lot of fun to be had with the physical manifestation of patterns we see in large amount of ephemeral data.