Visualizing the Process

| September 14, 2011

I recently came across this series of images in a number of different places around the internet.

via It's Ok To Be Smart

And the thing that occurred to me when I saw them was this is exactly what it feels like when I’m organizing my survey and observation data after all is said and done.
You break it down to it’s most basic comparable parts so you can then rebuild the story of either the tree branch, the bowl of alphabet soup or what have you. The star one is the one that hit me the most because there are many ways to organize these stars and this is the simplest organization of them, to get them ready for the next reassembling. The data becomes something different in its parts (twigs plus the needles, lines of stars) versus a variety of wholes (the needled branch, the starry sky).