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May 12, 2012 3

Redesigning the MLS Listing

By in Experiments in Info Design

At various times in the past seven years I’ve searched for a home to purchase.  The process is always the same – find realtor, describe ideal house to realtor, get sent links to lots of less-than-ideal homes via the connectMLS website.  For those of you that haven’t been lucky enough to experience this site, I […]

April 19, 2012 Off

Propagating Garbage

By in Not So Great Information Design

As if there weren’t enough terrible infographics in the world, has introduced an automatic infographic creator.  The only good thing about this Incredibly Terrible Thing is that it validates my assertion that it takes zero talent to create an infographic these days and that anyone who spends their time creating yet another 600 pixel […]

April 11, 2012 1

Simplicity isn’t Simple

By in Neat Visualizations

Today anyone with a small amount of motivation and Adobe Illustrator can learn to create a ridiculously gaudy information graphic.  That’s why it’s nice to see someone create an elegant, informative visualization that lets the story lead the design instead of the other way around.  My favorite site for these designs is HistoryShots, which continues to […]

March 16, 2012 Off

A few thoughts on iPhone 5, iPad mini, and iTV

By in Assorted Thoughts, General Information

It’s been fascinating to watch Apple build its arsenal of products in the last decade – not only because of their remarkable success, but because of the deliberate, disciplined way in which they did it.  Each built on the framework set by the last – the iPod mini and Nano relied on the same intuitive […]

March 10, 2012 Off

Mr. Wolfram, I bow to your data

By in Neat Visualizations

When I created My Working Life, I thought I had collected a pretty good data set on my work activities.  Then, I saw this blog post from Stephen Wolfram.  The man recorded every single keystroke he typed for “a number of years” – over 100 million keystrokes.  What I admire isn’t just the fact that […]

December 14, 2011 Off

Using indexing to avoid the lie factor – Fox News Chart redesign

By in Experiments in Info Design, Not So Great Information Design

Ran across an interesting article on a graphic shown on Fox News regarding unemployment under President Obama.  Here’s the original chart: Now, it’s probably just a data input mistake, but notice how the 8.6% on the far right isn’t exactly where it should be.  Here’s a couple horizontal lines to help you out: It’s not […]

August 25, 2011 Off

Displaying Categorical Information: The Patents of Steve Jobs (via NY Times)

By in Neat Visualizations

The New York Times has really out-done themselves this time, with a beautiful and highly informative look at the patents Steve Jobs has been assigned to over the past thirty years.  I’m not even as interested in the content as in the visually striking, well-organized, and easy-to-navigate interface.  To think that it was completed in […]

July 28, 2011 Off

From the NY Times: Comparing the Deficit Reduction Plans

By in Neat Visualizations

Just a very quick post about a nice interactive graphic in at (who happens to be, in my opinion, the leader in informative, clear, and *usually* unbiased representations of quantitative data).  It shows how the deficit reduction plans have changed over the past week and how the plans of various parties differ. The point […]

July 10, 2011 Off

Using Mechanical Turk to Generate Random Numbers: Episode 1 – The Jerks

By in Experiments in Info Design

Wait, what?  Who would use Amazon’s crowd-sourcing marketplace to generate random numbers?  A fine question!  Two types of people – those with a rock-solid faith in the abilities of mankind, and those that get into discussions in a Google cafe about the likelihood of certain numbers (like primes or perfect squares) being over or under-represented […]

July 7, 2011 Off

Limit Redundant Information in Tables

By in Experiments in Info Design

There are two basic ways to present quantitative information – in a chart or in a table.  We often focus on the proper design of charts, probably because they are the more engaging of the two presentation formats.  However, table design is a fascinating subject that deals with how we can quickly perceive structure and […]