This page contains links to my various magazine projects. If you are lost, or have landed here by accident, you can reorient yourself at my main page: onewomancaravan.net.

I started exploring magazine archives in 2016 while participating in the Culture Analytics program at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA, and here is a selection of various projects that have grown out of that pursuit.

GQ and Playboy

The animations below show a time series of GQ and Playboy magazine covers. Click on GQ or Playboy to explore them further. A visualization will open in a separate window, which investigates how these brands have evolved over time.

Each of the visualizations displays all the covers since the first issues in the 1950s until 2006. The column on the far right shows the magazine cover images averaged over the whole year. It is interesting to note how uniform the magazines become in the 1980s and 1990s.

This work is ongoing, though on a distant back burner. The research questions include: how has skin exposure changed over time, and how do the depictions of women change over time?


This work was created in part while participating in the Culture Analytics program at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA, which is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).



The Leonardo Journal

This work explores 'The Leonardo Journal', an art-science magazine, tracking the changes in topics and style over time. The visualization presents the cover of every issue of the Leonardo Journal since its founding. Clicking on one of the covers reveals the top 50 words used within that issue.

This is an ongoing project. In future work I hope to visualize the changes in topic over time, and to compare how topics in Leonardo relate to topics in both science and art journals.

Click here to open the visualization in a separate window. Or you can explore it in the window below.

This work was created in part while participating in the Culture Analytics program at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA, which is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

TIME Magazine

This project started in late 2016 when I decided to download the TIME magazine corpus released by free information activist Michael Best, and hosted by Cthulhu .  A summary of the various aspects of the project can be found HERE.

A 'bird's eye view' visualization of all the time magazine covers can be viewed HERE; clicking on the covers within this visualization reveals the magazine's content.

Time History

An alternative, more animated, browsing interface for the collection can be viewed HERE. This latter design was coupled to the 'Datablocks' tangible interface; you can read more about that HERE.

In some preliminary studies, we computationally extracted face images from the corpus and examined the RGB features of the face images. We focus on the face because, arguably, faces constitute the most pertinent images in TIME magazine: most of the iconic images that appear in the magazine are photographs of influential (or famous) people. We are curious to see the trends in the types of faces that are shown, and if any representative face-type emerges with each issue or each year.

We want to create insightful overviews that can serve as starting points for exploration, to find patterns and meanings in the pixel data, and we want to look at temporal dynamics, so the first step is to sort the images chronologically. In THIS priliminary visualization, the images are presented as thumbnails on a grid, where each column represents one year. The background color over which the images are overlaid is the color representation of the average RGB pixel value for each year.

Faces by RGB

More information on the face study can be found HERE