Accidental aRt

July 30, 2014

(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

R is a very powerful language for creating custom data visualizations, but during the development process sometimes you make a mistake and things go horribly wrong. But sometime serendipity intervenes, and the (unintended) result can be quite beautiful. Accidental aRt, if you will. Curated by Kara Woo and Erika Mudrak, this fantastic Tumblr captures beautiful but unintended examples from R and other data visualization tools. Here are a couple of recent favourites (click for the originals):

Accidental aRt

A scatterplot with the point size set too big
Accidental aRt 2

An attempt at plotting the locations of harbour seals

I could definitely see some of these hanging on my wall. (Hmm … I have an idea for this impressive-looking gadget.) Check out the full gallery at the link below.

Tumblr: Accidental aRt

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