Unemployment in America, Mapped Over Time – http://flowingdata.com/2016/10/17/animated-map-of-unemployment/
instead of hand-drawing the stripes I’ve matched them up with a digital tool after the original hand-drawn outline. not certain I like this (in fact―pretty certain I don’t) but it’s clear that I’m going to move somewhere here to progress. we’ll see what happens there. At any rate―behold something new.
This is a brick.
I’m thinking about doing some tutorial-type things revolving around some of the free-software tools I use to create visual art. Predominantly I’d focus on inkscape (at least at the moment) since I’ve been enamored with vector graphics on that program for a while. I’m also interested in doing something for inkscape as it was a program I avoided for a long time and there was no reason for the delay. If I can assist anyone out there in picking it up faster the world would truly be a better place.
I’d have to talk about other tools I tend to use like gpick, GIMP, digikam, darktable, and others I’m likely forgetting. Looking back and trying to think about writing out my process for any of these things becomes daunting quickly―I forget how many little processes I’ve enacted over the years that otherwise complicate the explanation of what I’m doing.
For instance, I’ll often prepare images in GIMP (using the G’MIC plugin) prior to vectorizing in inkscape. That single step for me is just a given, but in the context of a tutorial it would require explaining a whole other program and a separate plugin for that program. *Alas!*
But I think others could learn… so I’ll probably do it.
This is a pretty amazing use of programming and personal data to create a custom keyboard layout for yourself. Great read.
This scoring method is then evaluated on a collection of text that is representative of all text I’ve typed in the last five years, which produces a number representing the objective function. Specifically, I take all of my code, IMs, emails, and articles over that time period, remove any non-ASCII characters, and create a long word frequency list to be used in scoring layouts. Lastly I throw out any words that were not used more than 20 times over 5 years, for the sake of efficiency.
Pretty great, low-key article about not losing your mind organizing things. I suspect this is easier when it’s not your stuff. Never really thought about how archivists archive and it’s interesting. Wish they’d addressed long-term digital storage formats. Would assume you’d use free software if possible.
Just want to acknowledge the joy of this endeavor. A running documentation of your failures is a great idea that I fully support.
Getting back into digital visual art a bit. Here’s one from today.