Kram/Weisshaar visualises ‘big data’

Kram/Weisshaar has designed graphical representations of several ‘big data’ projects in a bid to show how vast data volumes can be analysed and visualised.

Visualisation of ocean data
Visualisation of ocean data

The studio’s designs will be applied to a 5000m2 canvas at CODE_n during computer expo CeBIT in Hannover, Germany next month.

One of the data visualisations is a graphical representation of information drawn from Google Books, which has so far seen 4 million books digitised.

Visualisation of Google Books data
Visualisation of Google Books data

The consultancy’s Reed Kram and Clemens Weisshaar have visualised Google Books data as part of an 89×12 m image revealing detail down to the terapixel.

Weisshaar says, ‘Our hypergraphic displays the relative frequency of specific words that appear in all of the books that were published between 1800 and 2008.’

Visualisation of neurological data
Visualisation of neurological data

The data presents findings to questions including ‘When did we start talking about computers?’ ‘Since when have we been writing more about people and less about nature?’ and ‘Was John F. Kennedy really the most talked-about president as many assert?’ according to Weisshaar. 

Other visualisations by the designers use neurological data to show brain mapping, and ocean-mapping data to reveal the locations of data sources such as aqua drones and buoys.

Visualisation of neurological data
Visualisation of neurological data

Kram/Weisshaar was commissioned by CODE_n to create a data-visualisation backdrop to stands occupied by 50 big data start-ups, which have been selected from 450 applicants. 

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