My opening spread illustration, Auto Hands, for the quarter starting September 2015 issue of Nieman Reports, a publication founded in 1947, based at Harvard College, covering 'thought leadership in journalism'. The article, by Celeste LeCompte, explores the increasing use of algorithms to 'write' journalistic pieces.
The illustration was partially generated by an ascii-art application that converts images, in this case a photograph of hands, into pure text. I generated a series of text representations of the hands using different requests in terms of text size and volume before overlaying the text in the process colours of cyan, magenta, yellow and black. I then intervened in an intuitive ('human!') way to create a more pleasing visual typographic solution. The process mirrors the way journalist in the newsroom guide the algorithms to create digestible content.
CLOSE-UP, below. Joe, 2 Sept 2015