Monday, September 10, 2007

Visual Trend Graphing

Jim Bumgardner creates these beautiful images that illustrate trends. He'll pick a topic, like for the images shown: sunset, and then make/use software that places images gathered from Flickr onto a graph by time and date taken, assigns a translucency to the photos, and the pattern or trend reveals itself in the resulting composite image. The cool thing here is the trend revealed actually signifies the changing time of sunset. The bottom of the "curve" is summer solstice. I especially liked his trend image for photos tagged breakfast, lunch and dinner. The best thing is, I think he just does this for fun. He works at Yahoo! and facilitates some nice collaborations at Flickr.

Link to Flickr set of trend images

via visualcomplexity (an awesome site also)

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