ITP Student List Conversations is a visualization of the e-mail conversations that have occurred on the ITP (NYU graduate program) student e-mail list. The amount of conversation between two people is determined by how much they participate in the same discussion threads.
The strength of the connection between two people is determined by multiplying the number of e-mails they each send to the same thread and adding together these numbers for each thread. So if you and I each sent 1 message to a thread, we get 1 connection "point" added to our "score." If we each sent 3 messages to a different thread, we would get 9 connection points (3x3). More connection points are represented by heavier lines connecting two people.
The project was developed using Processing along with some PHP and MySQL, and it traced messages sent between September 1st, 2006 and January 10th, 2007.