A fun tool called Wordle allows you to create “beautiful word clouds” from any text. You have control over layout, colour, font and other things. I created this specimen using the text from Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle. You can also browse (and contribute to) a gallery of word clouds on the site. Enjoy.
I stumbled across two nice representations today. The first is a series of images visualizing turbulence. Some of these models took millions of processor hours to compute.
The second is a periodic table of the elements assembled out of 118 prints in various media. Sadly, no poster seems to be available just yet, but the project initiator hints that many things are in the works. Wouldn’t high school chemistry have been more fun this way?
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