Data is beautiful. In a fundamental sense, we are all made of information; billions of individual cells that learn and are programmed with tasks, memories and sensations throughout our lives. The quest for information and knowledge has driven the world’s greatest, most sage men and women since the dawn of time; we are fascinated by information and use it every day in ways that we never even realise. Data is beautiful. If you don’t believe us, just take a look at data art…
Data art is an offshoot of data visualisation; the practice of communicating the findings of a study or survey in an innovative, visually engaging way. Data art takes this even further, looking to create visual masterpieces from the wealth of information that surrounds us in an unprecedented proliferation in the 21st Century.
We’ve already discussed how the sheer quantity of data generated since the onset of the digital age poses challenges for those looking to make sense of it all, be they in the business of data capture or at the other end, hoping to formulate results from the myriad accumulated facts. Fortunately, human beings have once more expressed their redoubtable ingenuity in the face of a seemingly insurmountable problem. The answer? Ever more ingenious methods of interpolating and displaying data so that observers can marvel at it, absorb it and learn from it in a single glance.
Take a look at hint.fm’s captivating wind map. This piece of data art shows, in real time, the otherwise invisible patterns and striations etched by the wind as it flows over the United States of America. Not only is the piece inarguably beautiful, but it is as informative and comprehensible as any weather forecast. It is innovations such as these that are allowing data capture and analysis methods to keep pace with the ever-changing nature of present-day data generation.
While it’s the data artists that are forging forwards with new methods of expressing data, results and findings, it is still up to us in the world of data capture to provide them with the data points they need in order to produce their masterpieces; even Da Vinci would have been nothing without ink and charcoal. To provide your study with the materials you need to achieve the results you’re looking for, choose from one of our flexible data capture solutions and benefit from unparalleled accuracy and simplicity.