I have recently run some test with single song data visualisations using the code of my Avicii project. In this post, I show you how I generated my own single song Daft Punk Dataviz t-shirt.

My Favourite Daft Punk Song

The choice for my first single song t-shirt was easy. It had to be Something About Us by Daft Punk.  The famous DJ duo introduced a twelve-year-old me to electronic music back in 2001 with the release of their gem One More Time. And I have been a big fan of Daft Punk since. The song Something About Us is just amazingly relaxed. It would fit a scifi-space-jazz genre (if it existed).

I was curious to see how a single song visualisation would for my favourite Daft Punk song.

A Linear Dataviz

The result was not what I expected. The song has only twelve lines. And officially it is all one paragraph. I used my own organic listening skills to split it into paragraphs and ended up with three paragraphs of four lines each:

It might not be the right time
I might not be the right one
But there’s something about us I want to say
Cause there’s something between us anyway

I might not be the right one
It might not be the right time
But there’s something about us I’ve got to do
Some kind of secret I will share with you

I need you more than anything in my life
I want you more than anything in my life
I’ll miss you more than anyone in my life
I love you more than anyone in my life

I generated a visual using the code from my Avicii project. The end result, was, well, a line:

 

It turns out the data points generated from the sentiment data form a linear line. A nice insight, but not an interesting visual for a t-shirt. Now the good thing about making t-shirts for personal use, is that I am my own client. And because of that, I can do whatever I want. So I asked myself: how can make this visual more interesting?

I worked on the idea a bit and thought a Venn diagram may do the trick. For those of you that do not know what a Venn diagram is, here is a basic example:

Honey, I blew up the dots!

A Venn diagram is basically a collection of overlaying dots. I removed the line and used dots to show the sentiment data of each paragraph individually. The dots are really small by default, so I decided to blow them up. Ending with a 100k increase of my dots, I felt I was getting to a t-shirt-ready visual:

daft punk something about us dataviz sentiment dot animation

 

You may have noticed that at a 100k increase, the dots become too big for the frame:

daft punk something about us dataviz sentiment big dots

At first I thought I wanted to fix that. But after looking at the visual a couple of times, I actually like this too-big-for-the-frame look. For the final visual, I added some lines for the two dots that don’t fit, so the box becomes a bit more visible:

daft punk something about us dataviz sentiment t-shirt print

I think I accidentally squeezed the visual a bit. But let’s just call that ‘the hand of the artist’. The end result is still nice, as you will see in a minute.

Picking the Colour

For the final t-shirt, I wanted to use one of the colours from the Interstalla 5555 movie (the fully animated movie of Daft Punk’s Discovery album). I decided to go with a reddish purple colour of the main hero. I always imagined is the singer of the song.

All rights belong to the legendary Daft Punk.

The Something About Us T-shirt

The combination of the Venn diagram and the selected colour resulted in another fine t-shirt:

daft punk something about us dataviz sentiment t-shirt

So I have, once again, a cool t-shirt I can wear. This time, it was sourced from a data analysis of my favourite Daft Punk song. Nice!


This post is part of my Avicii Project. An ongoing project in which I visualise a machine’s view on music lyrics.