What the Universe of a Website Looks Like

Photographer: Dr Martyn Dade Robertson/Newcastle University
Dr. Martyn Dade Robertson from Newcastle University creates artwork, known as Data Portraits, from navigational links that a web user sees, but also links to code, images, videos and the layer of external links, which complete the structure of a website. NASA's site from a recent date is shown here.

The Web isn't always a pretty place, but the data underneath can be. Martyn Dade-Robertson, a director of masters in design and emergence at Newcastle University in the U.K., visualized the links underpinning several websites to create some compelling artwork.

It's only appropriate that NASA.gov, pictured above, looks like a galaxy of some sort. The white lines represent how the website's code, such as hyperlinks and image tags, is interlinked and connected to other sites. You can view some of Dade-Robertson's other visualizations at AlphaGalileo.

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