Straight lines are surprisingly hard to draw with a mouse

Posted to Data Art  |  Tags: , ,  |  Nathan Yau

Remember when you played Telephone as a kid? No matter how simple the message seemed to be in the beginning, the end result was a garbled mess of nonsense. This is the straight line-drawing version of Telephone by Clement Valla. Five hundred individuals were asked to trace a straight line, but there was one catch:

Each new user only sees the latest line drawn, and can therefore only trace this latest imperfect copy. As the line is reproduced over and over, it changes and evolves&mdsah;kinks, trembling motions and errors are exaggerated through the process.

Watch as a single straight lines turns into a mess of scribbles.

[Video Link via Boing Boing]

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