17 Jan 2009

With PaperCamp happening tomorrow, alongside BookCamp, I have spent some time this week thinking about paper.

The thought that caught my interest was how graphs can be represented with paper – not on paper, but with paper.

To cut a rambling story short, I’ve written a tool that takes a set of pie-chart data and produces a series of outlines that can be cut out and assembled to create a 3D model of the chart.

pie_outline pie_grid pie_slices

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Prototype Paper Pie Chart

Having a physical embodiment of the raw data means you can touch it, feel it, grope it; whatever helps you understand it.

I think I’ll leave it there for now; it’s late, I have an early train to catch and I’ve used the word grope.

Update: as I mention in the comments, you can get your own custom paper pie chart from here.

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  2. ChrisJanuary 19, 2009

    Hello. Is it possible to get the PDFs? I want to see if I can fire up the vinyl cutter…

  3. nickJanuary 19, 2009

    Hi Chris – here‘s a hastily put together pdf that should do the job. One page are the ‘horizontal’ pieces, the other, the ‘vertical’. You can just about use the diagrams above to figure out the ordering – but this is something I need to improve in the code that generates this stuff.

    Let me know how you get on.

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  7. maelorin • February 3, 2009

    Hi there,

    Any chance you might share the code? For those of us dead keen on cutting, but less good with the code cutting ^_^ (aka law-talking and technocratic phd geek)

    I’ve grabbed a copy of the PDF to play with. Thanks :)

  8. nickFebruary 3, 2009

    @maelorin – I have put up a project page for this work here. I will be sharing the code at some point, but for now you can generate your own paper graph pdf from that page. I’ll be publicising it in the next few days.

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