At this past workshop, Cemre Güngör taught us about the magic of Processing. He started off by giving us a list of seemingly random numbers and a challenge to figure out what they were. We got a quick introduction about how Processing works, started off with learning how to draw shapes on the screen and learned how to procedurally create a bar graph. By the end, we came up with a way to visualise the numbers with a dynamic parameter that let us figure out what the numbers were (turns out that they corresponded to the number of times the word “Election” has been mentioned in the news every month).

Cemre took a similar workshop from data artist Jer Thorp, who is known for his visualisation work at the New York Times and keeps a blog. Jer was kind enough to let us use his course material for our workshop.