I recently attempted to visualise the labrinthine UCL departmental structure in the form of a Force-Directed Graph:
It has been remarked (not unfairly) that this is the sort of pattern that I might wear, were it printed on a shirt. If there are any screen printers, fabric designers or shirtmakers wanting to collaborate, I’ll happily sport UCL in abstract form on my torso and arms. Just say the word.
(Although there are no labels above, the colours roughly correspond to University/School/Faculty/Department/Subdepartment, although there are grey areas where a series of departments have a common umbrella, for example; when it gets to this fine a level, some of the colour decisions are slightly arbitrary).
On a slightly unrelated topic, while at the Edinburgh Festival, I picked up this rather nice greetings card:
It’s by Edinburgh designer Sharon Pringle; the pattern is called “Anster” and it’s part of her “Elie” collection. Now, I doubt she created her pattern using a Force-Directed Graph of a university organisational structure programmed in Processing – but it looks a lot like the network visualisations I see – and it looks neat. I am tempted to buy myself one of her mugs. (She also has the aforementioned greetings cards, and handsome cushions)