The Shape of History

When we think of data visualization today, what comes to mind? For me, it suggests charts, graphs, and wireframes. We use data visualization to easily make sense of large quantities of data with a visual representation.  But what if it were the opposite? What if the data visualization instead of clarifying large sets of data instead made us curious enough to investigate the underlying meaning?

That is exactly what this project does. By drawing on the work of Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, the nineteenth-century writer, who devised a method of translating historical events into shape and color this site offers you the opportunity to create your own data visualization using this method.

When you arrive at the site you’ll use the arrows on the screen to navigate. You’ll start by clicking the down arrow and then right arrow. It will walk you through how to read the graph and then how to make one of your own!

This is a very cool and interesting way to visualize history. Go check it out for yourself today!


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