Archive for the ‘Neat Visualizations’ Category

April 11, 2012 1

Simplicity isn’t Simple

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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 10, 2012 Off

Mr. Wolfram, I bow to your data

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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 […]

August 25, 2011 Off

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

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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

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Just a very quick post about a nice interactive graphic in at nytimes.com (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 […]

June 13, 2011 Off

Clear Data on U.S. Tax Rates from the Center for American Progress

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Admittedly, I haven’t checked the “honest” half of this information, but Paul White’s article about US tax rates does a great job of clearly showing a number of different data sets.  Take this example, which describes income taxes paid by wealthy Americans:  Pretty much the only thing in the chart is information – a […]

May 22, 2011 Off

Data Lite: Birth of Technology via Ngram

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Google’s Ngram Viewer let’s you see how often a word or phrase has appeared in Google’s scanned book library (full about).  Here’s a quick one with regards to technology over the last 170 years.  Kind of interesting how early on “telegraph” was mentioned, and what’s with “computer” showing up in 1900?

April 26, 2011 Off

National Debt: How did we get here?

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A nice, simple chart from NYTimes supporting this article.  Why do I like it?  It’s simple and it tells a story that supports the article.  It also cuts through the posturing to put the ownership for our debt on BOTH parties.  In short, it’s clear, and it’s honest (assuming the data source is represented accurately): […]

April 21, 2011 Off

Visualizing a Learning Environment

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Maybe a little more art than information, but that’s the point here.  This is a nice breakdown of how to turn information into something meaningful and powerful. http://datavisualization.ch/opinions/how-we-visualized-1425-students-learning-environment

March 9, 2010 Off

Canadians Heart Hockey

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Hilarious….and a great chart!  It’s simple and tells a story. http://thepuckdoctors.com/2010/03/breaking-news-canadians-love-hockey-pic/

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February 22, 2010 Off

Visualizing Last.fm Usage

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A friend referred me to LastGraph today.  It’s a way to graphically visualize and create a poster from your Last.fm usage history.  A neat Monday-night nugget of visualization fun.

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