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Flickr Flow is an
experiment whose materials are color and time. We began with a collection of
photographs of the Boston Common taken from Flickr. Using an algorithm
developed for the WIRED Anniversary visualization, our software calculated
the relative proportions of different colors seen in photos taken in each
month of the year, and plotted them on a wheel. The image below is an early
sketch from the piece. Summer is at the top, with time proceeding clockwise.
The resulting diagram picks up the ebb and flow of seasonal colors. The close-ups below show winter, spring, summer, and fall.
The final piece appeared in the Metric section of Boston Magazine. Designer Heather Burke worked with us to give readers a more precise sense of the monthly cycle and to include some of the original Flickr photos.