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Charting the Beatles: Nerdy Designs Indulge in Obsessive Minutia about the Fab Four

Friday 09.06.2013 , Posted by
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John Lennon transformation

For the past three years, Pop Chart Lab has been producing stellar infographics on a ridiculous range of subjects. Graphics include such topics as beer, kitchen utensils, and superpowers. PCL’s business goal reads, “to render all of human experience in chart form.”  Last week, the Brooklyn based company released Volume 3 in their series of infographics about the Beatles, completing a nice little set.

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Volume 1 visualizes years 1963-1965. Included are the albums A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Beatles For Sale, With the Beatles, and Please Please Me.

Beatles DataVis

Volume 2 visualizes years 1965-1967. Included are the albums Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Peppers, and Magical Mystery Tour.

Beatles DataVis

Volume 3 visualizes years 1968-1970. Included are the albums Abby Road, Yellow Submarine, Let it Be, and The White Album.

Beatles DataVis

You might notice that the graphics gain complexity over the years indicating the group’s increasing experimentation with sound. Volume 3 shows the use of tape loops, sound effects, a flugelhorn, and a Moog synthesizer, to name a few.

Detail

Check out their attention to detail in this mashup of John’s transformation over the years.

John Lennon transformation

But of course, Pop Chart Lab is not the only one to graph the Beatles’ career. Designer Michael Deal has also charted Beatles data.  His project on Authorship and Collaboration reviews the band’s collection of songs and finds some interesting patterns. Over time the band members transitioned to authoring songs independently rather than as a group.

Beatles authorship

Beatles authorship

Although there are many data vis pieces that chart things to untangle the data, to seek patterns, or to offer insight, there are also some charts that are just awesome silliness. For example, Sarah Emerson created this flowchart for the lyrics to Hey Jude. You know, in case some engineers go out to karaoke.

Hey Jude flowchart

 

And let’s not forget these John Lennon lyrics that were originally charted at Flapjack Media

love you take love you make bar graph

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Steph Guinan

Written by Steph Guinan



Steph is a writer and data visualization designer living in Asheville, NC. She loves collaborating on projects that involve spreadsheets, graphs, and interesting data sets. Although she enjoys the many butterflies and hummingbirds that fly past her office window, she does not track their activity in a spreadsheet. Keep up with her projects at FlapjackMedia.com.

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  1. that was pretty cool

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