Cymatics is the study of visible sound. When sound passes through material such as water, or a flat piece of wood or metal, the material vibrates in relation to the frequency of the sound passing through it. A remarkable result is that beautiful geometric and symmetric patterns emerge.

This weekend I started working through the Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization and Statistics by Nathan Yau, the writer and data visualisation expert behind flowingdata.com.

I’ve been interested in this field for some time but haven’t invested the time to learn the new technical skills required to really push myself, partly through fear of programming. So, I sat down with the book, opened a text editor on my Mac and fired up Terminal.