In April I set out to create an interactive visualization of the Git distributed version control system. This became one of my larger projects, so I thought I'd share my experiences building it.
Recently, I came across this excellent interview with the graphic designer Peter Saville describing the origin of Joy Division's famous cover for Unknown Pleasures. I decided to recreate the visual form of the image using open source project commit histories, including VSCode, React, TensorFlow, and Git itself.
Recently I decided to continue my experiments visualizing the data produced by the software development process. This time I decided to dig into the git commit history of Git itself, with the goal of creating something interesting and creative that still provides information about the subject matter.
The inspiration behind my Visual Studio Code 2020 Year in Review visualization, and how I went about building it.