Created during January 2015

The Art in pi

A visualization that turns the digits of the number π into a visual presentation. Each digit is converted into a certain direction to step. With 360 degrees of a circle, divided into 10 step directions. You can follow the path that the digits make and how this is always random, no matter if you look at 100, 1000, or even a million digits.

The poster of the first 10000 digits of pi
The poster of the first 1000 digits of pi
Close-up of the first 100000 digits of pi
The poster of the first 10000 digits of pi

After seeing the examples of Martin Krzywinski’s π art work I wanted to venture into the world of data art myself. My idea of using the digits of π to step into a certain direction certainly isn’t new, but most versions I could find had first converted pi into another base (4 or 16 for example). Therefore, I went ahead with just keeping it in base 10. I plotted and colored the data in R and then imported the PDF into Illustrator to add some text and legends.

You can read more about the data, design an creation in my blog. You can also get these visualizations as a print and poster here.

The poster of the first million digits of pi
The poster of the first 100 digits of pi