Word clouds or Tag clouds are images of related phrases or keywords. They are a visual representation of how often (i.e., the frequency) certain words are used or how relevant they are to a certain topic.
Creating a word cloud related to Data Science was one of my first designs on TeePublic in my re-imagined aRtVerse print-on-demand store. Additionally, I didn’t want to create the word cloud manually; far too much work and quite frankly I’d be letting down the Data Science divinities should I not try to automate this process somehow.
Thus, I set out to auto-generate a word cloud of Data Science related words, such as ‘machine learning’, ‘artificial intelligence’, ‘data’, ‘programming’, ‘numbers’ … you get my point.
My programming language of choice was R. I set out to gather the relevant words and assign a number to each, which determines the size of the text in the cloud, as well as repeating specific words based on their importance to Data Science. I also took a couple of rounds getting the shape of the word cloud into more of a square rather than a rectangle for better product placement.
Debugging is like being the detective in a crime movie where you’re also the murderer.Filipe Fortes
After creating the word cloud, it look a tad boring in black and white. So I wondered how to colour the Data Science word cloud and still stay true to it being wholly programmed in R. Thus, I decided to use ggplot2 and the well known colour palettes of Viridis (perpetual colours of blue, green and yellow), Plasma (blue, red and yellow) as well as Inferno (black, red and yellow).
This generated a html widget of the word cloud from which I could extract the word cloud and clean it up in GIMP. I love GIMP – if only I could find a way to code graphic design in GIMP rather than using the mouse – it’ll save me a lot of time and mouse-induced-hand-fatigue! LOL!
I intended the word cloud design for a T-shirt, but after uploading and product optimisation; the Mug came out looking the best – which is not a problem as I am sure many Data Scientist are addicted to caffeine anyways…
My very first Data Science design has also turned out to be one of my best sellers on TeePublic! It makes a thoughtful gift for a Data Scientist (either as a present to friend or to yourself!) since the design has literally been created with the tools of the trade! And who doesn’t appreciate that level of authenticity in a gift related to their passion? Additionally, it is both practical and functional – I am sure most data scientist are too! LOL!
The Data Science Word Cloud Mug (for only USD $15) comes in three colour variations: Viridis (above), Plasma and Inferno (below). There are also travel mugs available (select the ‘Type’ dropdown menu on TeePublic’s product page) for those who want to take their passion with them!
Looking for something to go with you Data Science Mug? Checkout my Featured Designs section for more inspiration!
Also be sure to pop over to aRtVerse on Teepublic and browse more of my designs and products!