Data visualisation is an emerging area that helps us to better picture the true meaning of data
Data doesn’t have to just mean a blackboard full of messy stats and numbers! It can be seriously beautiful – and artistic too. Here, we take a look at some of the surprising forms it can take. No numbers in sight!
Pillars of Creation
Scale, measurements and observations are all involved in the awesomeness that is 3D. Here it shows the star formation Eagle Nebula via images captured on a very large telescope. This visualisation of the three- dimensional structure of the Pillars of Creation within the star formation region Messier 16 (also known as Eagle Nebula) is based on new observations of the object using the Very Large Telescope in Chile.
Using data to create art makes for some pretty spectacular results. Growth, evolution, sequence and patterns are all covered. This image was made using real data of the flight paths of butterflies.
Visualising the Human Footprint
Calculating the patterns of human occupation and impact in urban areas via art is a pretty interesting way to look at maths and data. This map of the world shows cities by population data revealing hotspots of urban agglomerations at a glance.
Want to see more cool next-gen art? Check out Nadieh Bremer’s work here.
This article originally appears in Careers with STEM: Maths & Data 2021.
Author: Dr Astha Singh
Astha is the Managing Editor at Refraction Media. She is a STEM Marketer and holds a Honors, Masters & PhD degree in Science. She has been producing STEM marketing content for over 10 years and is an avid advocate of Diversity in the STEM industry.