Seeing ‘Hope’ + ‘Crisis’

Reading the news everyday, its often hard to step back and see the patterns that form right in front of us. With access to all the data of the New York Times through hackathons and conference the Times Open, these patterns are now readily available to developers and information designers. And the rest of us non-coders get the opportunity to see beautiful visualizations of the frequency of the words ‘science’ and ‘religion’, or ‘hope’ and ‘crisis’ (above) in the New York Times between 1981 and 2009. The visualization reads like a clock, where 12pm is 1981 and 12 midnight is January 1, 2009.