Numbers, percentages, bits of data; normally, we tend to look at these tidbits as information, useful for statistical analysis and not much more. Accounting isn’t sexy. Spreadsheet programmers don’t cultivate the same star power as lead programmers on video games. But numbers and raw data hold a unique and powerful allure their own – just ask John Carmack.
Unfortunately, if you aren’t one of those aforementioned accountants or spreadsheet programmers, seeing the art in numbers can be tough. Data visualization changes that. By changing the way we look at ratios and integers and statistical anomalies and giving us the power to actually see the relationship between sets of inputs, data visualization brings a sense of wonder and humanity back to statistical analysis. And no, we never thought we’d ever say anything like that. We blame that Carmack guy.
Don’t believe the hype? Check out the twenty examples below and we think you’ll concur that data can be art. There’s a bonus if you make it all the way to the end!
Berlin-based artists Marius Watz was commissioned by the Knight Capital Group to visualize the organization's "intraday buy and sell order data." This rainbow-esque piece was the result. Source