Chris Harrison's gorgeous visualizations
September 18, 2008 2:54 PM   Subscribe

Word Spectrum; SearchClock; Digg Rings; Bible Cross-references: the gorgeous analytical vizualizations of Chris Harrison.

See also his research projects, including a webcam-driven headtracker riff on Johnny Chung Lee's Wii-hack (previously).
posted by cortex (17 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

 
The Rich are With History. The Poor are Girl People.

Gorgeous.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 3:01 PM on September 18, 2008


Me is a little more Hate than Love...
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 3:03 PM on September 18, 2008


Me is a little more Hate than Love...

I blame this guy.
posted by cortex at 3:09 PM on September 18, 2008


Wow, that Bible visualization is indeed gorgeous. Thanks!
posted by languagehat at 3:12 PM on September 18, 2008


Gorgeous. Makes me think differently about the charts and graphs and tables that are in the reports that I proof and edit - they are purely functional, which is mostly how I think about data, and the presentation thereof. But these are...wow. Thanks!
posted by rtha at 3:24 PM on September 18, 2008


Wow... my favorite bit has got to be on the science/faith visualization, where a large "or" ends up dead center.
posted by Navelgazer at 3:37 PM on September 18, 2008


I should add that "heaven knows" is aparently used a lot more frequently than "hell knows," which maybe shouldn't have been so surprising. Also, there's something beautiful in the crowded center on the Men/Women one as opposed to the more divisive other subjects.
posted by Navelgazer at 3:40 PM on September 18, 2008


my favorite bit has got to be on the science/faith visualization, where a large "or" ends up dead center.

What I liked about that one was the large "hill" right next to faith. Says something about our celebrity obsessions.
posted by never used baby shoes at 3:56 PM on September 18, 2008


War on! peace officers – kids that search adults.
Good work that evil American history.
(New Chinese, British Empire, nuclear Russian.)

Design services house art heaven.
And that Hell! Poor families, internet rich.
(Science – education-based faith – robots that are human.)

Hot springs Spring cold.
Ninja. Master.
(Party, Pirate, like many you love.)

Future generations, years past;
Mac compatible, notebook PC.
(Smart enough questions;dumb men and mature women love you to hate.)
posted by mandal at 4:22 PM on September 18, 2008


It's beautiful work. Thank you.
posted by mandal at 4:24 PM on September 18, 2008


Gorgeous, yes. Visualizations...not really. I get no additional insight into the data by mere virtue of using a good palette on a black background. You have to actually expose or highlight the relationship you intend to illustrate.
posted by DU at 5:29 PM on September 18, 2008


DU, I think it's a pretty tight demonstration of phenomenology relating to various binarisms in language culture. Of course, it's mostly for fun, but the men <> women one is a pretty tidy analysis of gendering in culture, and the spectrum of representation by which that is accomplished. Note that "men" appears in large font near the "women" side, illustrating how often women are not spoken about without being related to men, but that most words cluster toward the middle. That says something!
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 5:41 PM on September 18, 2008


Yeah, the bigrams one is pretty good. The Bible refs, though, is completely useless.
posted by DU at 5:42 PM on September 18, 2008


Nice! And previously on MetaFilter, some other collections of visualizations: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
posted by twoleftfeet at 6:35 PM on September 18, 2008


Yeah, the bigrams one is pretty good. The Bible refs, though, is completely useless.

It's a cool desktop background, though.
posted by odinsdream at 7:37 PM on September 18, 2008


That's a great way of showing that kind of information. Thanks for the link.
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 10:09 PM on September 18, 2008


Lame - - -|- - | - | - | = | = | = |=|=|||||||||||1||!1|!! Fucking Awesome!

My attempt at illustrating this using symbols OTOH is indeed, Lame.
posted by iamkimiam at 11:10 PM on September 18, 2008


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