I’m one of those dinosaurs that still use Last.fm, and I like nothing more than visualizing the data I make. For me, 2019 was an extraordinary year music-wise, I set a new scrobbling record and discovered a lot of new songs and bands (thanks Spotify).
The main idea for the viz was to create a bar chart that has a burnt in picture in it. To achieve the result I chose a concert photo from Pexels.com, made it grayscale and put in under my graph in Illustrator. Before using the clipping mask, the rectangles should be set to compound path, otherwise this technique won’t work (or at least you’ll get something completely unexpected).
2019 was the year of monochrome – yellow, 2020 is all about red so far. Not my favourite colour, but I really start digging it paired with greyscale elements!