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The Outbreak Poems — artistic emissions in a pandemic


visualization + design

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
A `\pi` day music video!: Transcendental Tree Map premieres on 2020 Pi Day from Max Cooper's Yearning for the Infinite. Animation by Nick Cobby and myself. Watch live from Barbican Centre.
Music video of the “Transcendental Tree Map” Max Cooper's Yearning for the Infinite album. This video premiered on 2020 Pi Day. Music by Max Cooper. Animation by Nick Cobby and myself.
Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
The 2020 Pi Day art celebrates digits of `\pi` with piku (パイク) —poetry inspired by haiku.
They serve as the form for The Outbreak Poems.
Tau Day tree map animation of 8,909 digits of `\tau = 2 \pi` created with 40,015 lines. The video is 6:28 minutes long.

`\pi` Day 2018 Art Posters - Stitched city road maps from around the world


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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2019 `\pi` has hundreds of digits, hundreds of languages and a special kids' edition.

Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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2018 `\pi` day

Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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2017 `\pi` day

Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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2016 `\pi` approximation day

Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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2016 `\pi` day

Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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2015 `\pi` day

Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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2014 `\pi` approx day

Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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2014 `\pi` day

Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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2013 `\pi` day

Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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Circular `\pi` art

On March 14th celebrate `\pi` Day. Hug `\pi`—find a way to do it.

For those who favour `\tau=2\pi` will have to postpone celebrations until July 26th. That's what you get for thinking that `\pi` is wrong. I sympathize with this position and have `\tau` day art too!

If you're not into details, you may opt to party on July 22nd, which is `\pi` approximation day (`\pi` ≈ 22/7). It's 20% more accurate that the official `\pi` day!

Finally, if you believe that `\pi = 3`, you should read why `\pi` is not equal to 3.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
All art posters are available for purchase.
I take custom requests.

And if you've got to sleep a moment on the road
I will steer for you
And if you want to work the street alone
I'll disappear for you
—Leonard Cohen (I'm Your Man)

This year's is the 30th anniversary of `\pi` day. The theme of the art is bridging the world and making friends. So myself I again team up with my long-time friend and collaborator Jake Lever. I worled with Jake on the snowflake catalogue, where we build a world of flakes.

And so, this year we also build a world. We start with all the roads in the world and stitch them together in brand new ways. And if you walk more than 1 km in this world, you'll likely to be transported somewhere completely different.

This year's `\pi` day song is Trance Groove: Paris. Why? Because it's worth to go to new places—real or imagined.

city strips

Amsterdam,Bangkok,Beijing,Berlin,Copenhagen,Edinburgh,Hong Kong,Johannesburg,Marrakesh and Melbourne


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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On the road with 10 digits of `\pi`. City strips for Amsterdam, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Marrakesh and Melbourne. (BUY ARTWORK)

Moscow,Mumbai,Nairobi,New Delhi,Nice,Prague,Rome,Stockholm,Vancouver and Warsaw


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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On the road with 10 digits of `\pi`. City strips for Moscow, Mumbai, Nairobi, New Delhi, Nice, Prague, Rome, Stockholm, Vancouver and Warsaw. (BUY ARTWORK)

Barcelona,Cairo,Dublin,Lisbon,Los Angeles,New York,Paris,San Francisco,Saint Petersburg and Vienna


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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On the road with 10 digits of `\pi`. City strips for Barcelona, Cairo, Dublin, Lisbon, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Saint Petersburg and Vienna. (BUY ARTWORK)

Buenos Aires,Doha,Jakarta,Madrid,Mexico City,Osaka,Sao Paolo,Shanghai,Sydney and Toronto


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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On the road with 10 digits of `\pi`. City strips for Buenos Aires, Doha, Jakarta, Madrid, Mexico City, Osaka, Sao Paolo, Shanghai, Sydney and Toronto. (BUY ARTWORK)

boonies, burbs and boutiques


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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The boonies, burbs and boutiques of `\pi`. Progressively denser patches of streets from various cities smoothly progress from nowhere to somewhere. (BUY ARTWORK)

world patches

10 cities

Berlin,Cairo,Hong Kong,London,Moscow,New York,Paris,Rome,Sydney and Tokyo


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Berlin, Cairo, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, New York, Paris, Rome, Sydney and Tokyo. (BUY ARTWORK)

Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Berlin, Cairo, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, New York, Paris, Rome, Sydney and Tokyo. (BUY ARTWORK)

Amsterdam,Copenhagen,Dublin,Istanbul,Lisbon,Madrid,Melbourne,Nice,Prague and San Francisco.


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, Istanbul, Lisbon, Madrid, Melbourne, Nice, Prague and San Francisco. (BUY ARTWORK)

Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, Istanbul, Lisbon, Madrid, Melbourne, Nice, Prague and San Francisco. (BUY ARTWORK)

Amsterdam,Doha,Marrakesh,Mumbai,Nairobi,Rome,San Francisco,Seoul,Shanghai and Vancouver


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Amsterdam, Doha, Marrakesh, Mumbai, Nairobi, Rome, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai and Vancouver (BUY ARTWORK)

Dublin,Istanbul,Lisbon,Marrakesh,Osaka,Paris,Prague,Sydney,Vancouver and Vienna


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Dublin, Istanbul, Lisbon, Marrakesh, Osaka, Paris, Prague, Sydney, Vancouver and Vienna (BUY ARTWORK)

2 cities

Melbourne and Nice


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Melbourne and Nice. (BUY ARTWORK)

Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Melbourne and Nice. (BUY ARTWORK)

Paris and Prague


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Paris and Prague. (BUY ARTWORK)

Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Paris and Prague. (BUY ARTWORK)

Bangkok and Sao Paolo


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
 / Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Bangkok and Sao Paolo. (zoom)

Berlin and Jakarta


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
 / Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Berlin and Jakarta. (zoom)

Berlin and Mumbai


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
 / Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Berlin and Mumbai. (zoom)

Cairo and Istanbul


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
 / Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Cairo and Istanbul. (zoom)

Cairo and Jakarta


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
 / Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Cairo and Jakarta. (zoom)

Doha and Lisbon


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
 / Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Doha and Lisbon. (zoom)

Dublin and Istanbul


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
 / Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Dublin and Istanbul. (zoom)

Dublin and Mumbai


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
 / Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Dublin and Mumbai. (zoom)

Hong Kong and Jakarta


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
 / Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Hong Kong and Jakarta. (zoom)

Istanbul and Paris


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
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On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Istanbul and Paris. (zoom)

Jakarta and San Francisco


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
 / Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Jakarta and San Francisco. (zoom)

Johannesburg and Marrakesh


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
 / Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Johannesburg and Marrakesh. (zoom)

Johannesburg and Nice


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
 / Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Johannesburg and Nice. (zoom)

Lisbon and Seoul


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
 / Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Lisbon and Seoul. (zoom)

Marrakesh and New Delhi


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
 / Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Marrakesh and New Delhi. (zoom)

Marrakesh and Tokyo


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
 / Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Marrakesh and Tokyo. (zoom)

Mumbai and Nairobi


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
 / Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Mumbai and Nairobi. (zoom)

Mumbai and Vancouver


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
 / Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Mumbai and Vancouver. (zoom)

Toronto and Vienna


Pi Day 2018 Art Posters  - Stitched city road maps from around the world
 / Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
On the road with 36 digits of `\pi`. A world patch using Toronto and Vienna. (zoom)

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news + thoughts

Points of Significance celebrates 50th column

Mon 24-08-2020

We are celebrating the publication of our 50th column!

To all our coauthors — thank you and see you in the next column!

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Nature Methods Points of Significance: Celebrating 50 columns of clear explanations of statistics. (read)

Uncertainty and the management of epidemics

Mon 24-08-2020

When modelling epidemics, some uncertainties matter more than others.

Public health policy is always hampered by uncertainty. During a novel outbreak, nearly everything will be uncertain: the mode of transmission, the duration and population variability of latency, infection and protective immunity and, critically, whether the outbreak will fade out or turn into a major epidemic.

The uncertainty may be structural (which model?), parametric (what is `R_0`?), and/or operational (how well do masks work?).

This month, we continue our exploration of epidemiological models and look at how uncertainty affects forecasts of disease dynamics and optimization of intervention strategies.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Nature Methods Points of Significance column: Uncertainty and the management of epidemics. (read)

We show how the impact of the uncertainty on any choice in strategy can be expressed using the Expected Value of Perfect Information (EVPI), which is the potential improvement in outcomes that could be obtained if the uncertainty is resolved before making a decision on the intervention strategy. In other words, by how much could we potentially increase effectiveness of our choice (e.g. lowering total disease burden) if we knew which model best reflects reality?

This column has an interactive supplemental component (download code) that allows you to explore the impact of uncertainty in `R_0` and immunity duration on timing and size of epidemic waves and the total burden of the outbreak and calculate EVPI for various outbreak models and scenarios.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Nature Methods Points of Significance column: Uncertainty and the management of epidemics. (Interactive supplemental materials)

Bjørnstad, O.N., Shea, K., Krzywinski, M. & Altman, N. (2020) Points of significance: Uncertainty and the management of epidemics. Nature Methods 17.

Background reading

Bjørnstad, O.N., Shea, K., Krzywinski, M. & Altman, N. (2020) Points of significance: Modeling infectious epidemics. Nature Methods 17:455–456.

Bjørnstad, O.N., Shea, K., Krzywinski, M. & Altman, N. (2020) Points of significance: The SEIRS model for infectious disease dynamics. Nature Methods 17:557–558.

Cover of Nature Genetics August 2020

Mon 03-08-2020

Our design on the cover of Nature Genetics's August 2020 issue is “Dichotomy of Chromatin in Color” . Thanks to Dr. Andy Mungall for suggesting this terrific title.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Dichotomy of Chromatin in Color. Nature Genetics, August 2020 issue. (read more)

The cover design accompanies our report in the issue Gagliardi, A., Porter, V.L., Zong, Z. et al. (2020) Analysis of Ugandan cervical carcinomas identifies human papillomavirus clade–specific epigenome and transcriptome landscapes. Nature Genetics 52:800–810.

Poster Design Guidelines

Wed 15-07-2020

Clear, concise, legible and compelling.

The PDF template is a poster about making posters. It provides design, typography and data visualiation tips with minimum fuss. Follow its advice until you have developed enough design sobriety and experience to know when to go your own way.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Poster Design Guidelines — Clear, concise, legible and compelling..

The SEIRS model for infectious disease dynamics

Thu 18-06-2020

Realistic models of epidemics account for latency, loss of immunity, births and deaths.

We continue with our discussion about epidemic models and show how births, deaths and loss of immunity can create epidemic waves—a periodic fluctuation in the fraction of population that is infected.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Nature Methods Points of Significance column: The SEIRS model for infectious disease dynamics. (read)

This column has an interactive supplemental component (download code) that allows you to explore epidemic waves and introduces the idea of the phase plane, a compact way to understand the evolution of an epidemic over its entire course.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Nature Methods Points of Significance column: The SEIRS model for infectious disease dynamics. (Interactive supplemental materials)

Bjørnstad, O.N., Shea, K., Krzywinski, M. & Altman, N. (2020) Points of significance: The SEIRS model for infectious disease dynamics. Nature Methods 17:557–558.

Background reading

Bjørnstad, O.N., Shea, K., Krzywinski, M. & Altman, N. (2020) Points of significance: Modeling infectious epidemics. Nature Methods 17:455–456.

Gene Machines

Fri 05-06-2020

Shifting soundscapes, textures and rhythmic loops produced by laboratory machines.

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, Segue was commissioned to create an original composition based on audio recordings from the GSC's laboratory equipment, robots and computers—to make “music” from the noise they produce.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Gene Machines by Segue. Now available on vinyl.