A Year of Scrabble by Nicholas Rougeux

I play a lot of Scrabble. My father introduced me to the game when I was 12 and we've played frequently ever since (25 years as of this writing). When my interest in data art and visualization was initially piqued a few years ago, I did what any newly-obsessed data junky would do. I catalogued every game we played for an entire year. The visuals that follow are visual experiments and focus on different ways of viewing personal data rather than exact details of who won or lost. Details for that are toward the bottom.

The graphic below tracks every point of every turn of every game between me, my father, and my mother played together in their dining room. Each game is represented by a cluster of stars. The satisfaction of playing a high-scoring word has always excited me so representing them by large starbursts seemed appropriate.