Data Viz Gets Physical

While many are busy churning out formulaic infographics, it’s great to see others being considerably more creative.  Some endeavour to come up with new forms of visualisation, and others focus on gathering new data or experimenting with design.

The visualisations featured in this post explore the use of different materials for representing data.  I was prompted to write this post by the latest edition of Visualisation Magazine (the handmade volume).

I did see a post criticising one of the visualisations I’ve included here for its lack of scientific accuracy, but I think that was missing the point.  There have been some hot debates on such topics in data visualisation recently, and they are worthwhile conversations.  And if accuracy was the goal of the following pieces, they could justifiably come under scrutiny.  But if the intent was to challenge the way we think about visualisations and capture people’s attention with something new and curious, for my money, they succeeded.

With that said, I hope you enjoy the collection…

Data Visualisation made from Hazard Tape wrapped round a fence


Data Visualisation photograph of men wrapped in hazard tape
















Many of the entries in this post are by Jose Duarte.  If you visit Jose’s Flickr profile, you might be able to get a free Handmade Visualisation Toolkit from him.

And for more physical visualisations, check out Visualisation Magazine.

UPDATE:  One more example I forgot to include:

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