Michael Deal ◊ Graphic Design
Ongoing study of Beatles through infographics, much of which is based on secondary sources such as sales statistics, biographies, recording session notes, sheet music, and raw audio readings. This graphic traces songwriting contributions by different band members (data based on authorial attributions quantified by William J. Dowlding in the book Beatlesongs Longwinded notes: Color patterns offer clues about the band's gradual fracturing as each member became more independent. Red stalks (signifying jointly written songs) decrease in the second half of the timeline; the split-color bars give way to solid bars of a single color. George Harrison also began to compose more music as he matured as a songwriter, shown by the increase in green bars (Lennon and McCartney's lack of support through Harrison's development is often cited as a factor contributing to the band's eventual breakup). Beatles lyrics contain a number of references to their own previous songs.
Related: Dataviz Art