While waiting for genomewide SNP data to be re-partioned into LD blocks I found this page with some neat progamming tricks. It is part of the dissertation of Ben Fry / MIT about computational information design. Page 74 ff has a history of redesigning the widely used haploview pogram.
The design of these diagrams was first developed manually to work out
the details, but in interest of seeing them implemented, it was clear that
HaploView needed to be modified directly in order to demonstrate the
improvements in practice. Images of the redesigned version are seen
on this page and the page following. The redesigned version was even-
tually used as the base for a subsequence â€˜version 2.0â€™ of the program,
which has since been released to the public and is distributed as one of
the analysis tools for the HapMap [www.hapmap.org] project.