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Dynamic Diagramming

HENN Research Study, Fachhochschule Düsseldorf, November 2012

Open source programming languages (such as Processing), in addition to the usual functionality for data processing, provide also a wide range of possibilities for visualizing data.

During the course of the “Dynamic Diagramming” workshop, which took place at the Fachhochschule Düsseldorf (University of Applied Sciences), Moritz Fleischmann and Agata Kycia taught the basics of programing using Processing and implemented them into several examples. The task for the participants was to interpret and represent graphically a chosen poem by writing a customized program. The only restriction was that the result should be printed by a machine-controlled pen on a sheet of paper (1000 x 700 mm).

The result is a robust visualizing tool with the ability to translate any given text into graphical output. For example any letter can be translated into a visual code based on its position in the alphabet. This code is defined by a series of rings that are legible to readers with knowledge of scripting principles.