About the project

Major Scale is a series of infinite data-driven artworks based on the visualisation of musical harmony, created by designer and musician, Dan Sankey.

It's a happy by-product from an on-going written series on the Musicality of Design Systems, a series looking at how the conventions of music can provide rich inspiration for formulas to aid design at scale.

While exploring supportive illustrations for the articles, these data visualisations emerged to exemplify music's recursive simplicity alongside the loosely-coupled relationship between style and structure.

The series aims to visually capture the chords, scales and progressions that are prevalent throughout music by plotting their constituent notes on the chromatic wheel. The coloured variants, map the root notes of each chord to the colour wheel.

While rendering the data of music visually, I felt it important to omit the frameworks and legends you may expect from typical data visualisation, allowing the geometric forms to tacitly exude their harmony.

With a simple set of pre-composed shapes a near-infinite number of compositions can be created - for any medium, any size with any style.

For enquiries and commissions, contact Dan via Email