From time to time, when I’m doing a visual exploration of data, I make a coding error. But instead of my machine returning some random error message, I instead get an unintended visualization.
You will see this site full of these “mistakes.” The bar graph at the bottom of my home page was originally part of a grading calibration visualization, the header with various circles came from survey results, and even the “vyl” logo was the result of a coding mishap. My latest snafu comes from analyzing teacher gradebook data of over 200 students.
I’ve come to cherish these pieces and repurpose them. I tweaked the result and submitted it to my school’s arts and literature publication. Just a reminder to us all that data and art are not mutually exclusive.
Here is the result:
Disclaimer: The data and graphics used on this site are simulated re-creations intended to protect the privacy of the original data sources.