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Infographic: Boring Old Electrical Circuits Produce Gorgeous Art

That image above isn’t an artisan fabric, created for some hipster clothing line; it isn’t a poster for a new band created by some graphic-designer from Switzerland with rare, pointy glasses. It’s actually a visualization of an electrical circuit.

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That image above isn’t an artisan fabric, created for some hipster clothing line; it isn’t a poster for a new band created by some graphic-designer from Switzerland with rare, pointy glasses. It’s actually a visualization of an electrical circuit.

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Artist Eva Schindling specializes in data viz, and to create these pieces, she first connected a bunch of electrical components: resistors, capacitors, transistors, inductors, diodes. Then, she connected these to electrical-single reading devices, and ran these through Processing, an open-source data-viz program created by the legendary Ben Fry.

Processing allowed Schindling to visualize the electrical readings from the circuit, in myriad colors and patterns :

A crazy-looking spiral that resembles a carburetor or maybe a piece of art made of magnetic ferrofluid:

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What looks like a purple flame stitch:

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And a couple variations on those two themes:

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These are all part of a larger series you can see on Flickr, which Schindling has been working on since 2009 titled Circuit Explorations.

[Via But Does It Float]

About the author

Cliff was director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.

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