Colorcount Wattenberg

Using the Treemap algorithm for visualizing data, Martin Wattenberg’s Colorcount assigns colours to words by finding the average colour of images returned from a search engine based on a search for that word. The resulting tapestry is a computational synaesthetic land map of the English lexicon.

Another excellent Treemap visualization is Marcos Weskamp’s Newsmap. Newsmap sucks in data from the Google news aggregator and converts it into a Mondrian-esque grid of headlines. Headlines are collected into categories represented by colour. The frequency of reportage for each story is further reflected in the amount of space each story takes up as a block on the screen.

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