Archive for the ‘Experiments in Info Design’ Category

May 12, 2012 3

Redesigning the MLS Listing

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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 […]

December 14, 2011 Off

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

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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 […]

July 10, 2011 Off

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

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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

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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 […]

May 18, 2011 Off

Use Tree Plots Sparingly

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Big things stand out.  So, when Asymco decided to report on the relative market and profit share in the smartphone industry, they got big.  Really big: The dark orange represents Apple, and the remainder of color-coding is meant to represent profitability – pink and orange are profitable, white is (assumedly) break-even, and blue is a […]

May 7, 2011 Off

Use color with intent; Eliminate moiré vibration

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Just about a week ago, Apple released new iMacs with shinier, faster processors.  How much faster?  Primate Labs ran some benchmarks and put together the chart below to help us understand what we would get for our money.  Unfortunately they made a few mistakes in presenting that information too us.  Though pretty, their use of […]

May 7, 2011 Off

Just a bit more clear

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iSupply released its forecast for Mobile App store revenue through the year 2015, and did so in a very simplistic chart.  Could such a simple chart be improved?  I think so.  To begin, the chart does nothing to differentiate between actual app store revenue and forecasted revenue.  While this might be discernible from the range […]

April 26, 2011 Off

Nielsen Shows Interesting Smartphone Data…and then Less Interesting Data

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Back in January, Nielsen shared the following chart with the public regarding trends in the smartphone market: While not a perfect chart (the legend is unnecessary, each line could be labeled in close proximity, and labeling every data point is overkill), it at least serves the purpose of showing the market trend over time and […]

April 20, 2011 Off

comScore iOS vs. Android Chart Redesign

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Been a while, eh?  Saw a snippet today from comScore about the relative size of the iOS vs. Android platform.  From what I gather, iOS is bigger, and there was something in there about fanboys not being the only people who buy Apple products.  Pretty fantastic insight about a company that just sold $25 billion […]

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June 21, 2010 Off


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A quick 11×17 page on Fibonacci, inspired by one of my design professors.  While the Golden Ratio may not be the all-permeating design solution some might hope it is, I still like to think that it has a place in nature and industrial design.  See page two for a bit of design trickery!