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January 07, 2013

Visualization of Autodesk’s organizational ebbs and flows

This one did the rounds over the holiday and so I expect many of you will have missed it (unless you also happen to read Jeremy’s blog). I’m still finishing up some work that I’ll hopefully be able to unveil during the coming weeks, and I thought I’d post this in the meantime.

Autodesk Research has published a pretty amazing visualization of Autodesk’s organizational evolution over a period of four years, from May 2007 to June 2011. Like many nodes in the tree who remained static during that particular period, it can come as a bit of a surprise to see just how dynamic an organization such as Autodesk can be.

There’s obviously a human side to this that the visualization clearly doesn’t tell, where people have had change forced upon them for various reasons. But the visualization is nonetheless interesting and (dare I say) beautiful.

In the YouTube comments, Justin Matejka from our Autodesk Research team described the technologies used to make this visualization as “straight Java for the data processing, GraphViz for the graph layout, and Processing to render the resulting graphs.”

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