Abstract data patterns in progress: composition sketches for possible future data visualizations
Earlier in 2019, I started posting some of my abstract data-patterns on my Instagram account : abstract compositions that - in my mind - can represent data points in multiple ways.
It is a series of visual explorations for possible future data, a sand-box for experiments, and a meditative evening activity for myself. It is one of my ways to stay inspired, soothe my mind, and collect ideas for future design projects.
Sometimes, they are directly inspired by a recent exhibition I saw, such as this one I drew after a visit to the Anni Albers show at the Tate Modern in London - or the one shown above influenced by the gorgeous “Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future” at the Guggenheim Museum.
Some other times they are studies for actual projects: data patterns that then evolved in completely different ways for projects I am working on at the moment.
As I wrote here other times, data is not only a lens to see our days from a different perspective, but also an incredible creative material to work with.
And after you establish a set of rules for the data you collect, every symbol, color and pattern or line will be guided by something you have noticed, counted and categorized. And with time you will learn how to build your personal style according to what you like of the world surrounding you, which is one of my favorite things in the world!