I’m happy to have recently been able to travel to a huge variety of different environments, and as a result I wanted to look into world geographical distributions and diversity through maps.
As you might remember from my last blog, I’m currently travelling and hadn’t intended to post much on here along the way – but there’s just so much in the way of colourful geometric patterns here that I couldn’t resist! I’m in Cusco, typically known as the gateway to Machu Picchu – but also home itself to a lot of Incan history and temples. And their civilisation (like me!) seems to have loved geometric designs EVERYWHERE…
Following on from my last blog Beauty in Travel, we’ve now been on our travels for a couple of months, and loving it 🙂 The first leg was in Panama, where we experienced (among other things) a masterclass in coffee farming and tasting at a plantation. We were struck by how much rigour and analysis goes into each single cup of coffee – so I thought I’d look into what sort of pretty data is out there…
This month one of my favourite topics – travel! Topical too, because I’m just about to set off on a year of remote-working and volunteering abroad myself 🙂 Continue reading “Patterns & Beauty in Travel”
A few of my friends have called me ‘brave’ for leaving what is deemed by society to be a good job. But the way I see it, it’s just that I factor in values that are different from conventional measures of success, into my career/life decisions. The risk, in my opinion, lies not in losing the prestige and lifestyle that comes with a particular job, but in not living life in such a way that I can look back on with pride as having been lived according to my values, not necessarily those of society.
Patterns are frequently used in art, since their structure is very appealing to the eye. They appear widely in nature, inspiring their use in cities and architecture, patterns in paper and others. Pattern art uses a combination of elements or shapes repeated in a recurring and regular arrangement, in an aesthetically pleasing way.
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In my most recent project role, I’ve been working on some visualisations to better describe a media platform’s audience characteristics, amongst other things. Here are some of my favourites (of those that used publicly-available data 😉 ).
I recently found out that visualisation originated from maps – I always knew there was a reason I enjoyed Geography A-level 😉 I remember spending hours poring over maps when I was younger too. Visualisation does not just have its historical roots in maps however – given the various parallels below, the link from maps to visualisation makes a lot of sense.