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Meet the New Logo and Theme!

September 28, 2016
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Meet the New Logo and Theme!

This site has gone through many different looks and designs. I haven't kept count, but I'd be surprised if it was fewer than ten. So far, they have all either been off-the-shelf generic designs or ones I had created myself. For its tenth birthday, I decided to splurge and get eagereyes a complete makeover: a new theme and a […]

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The Controversies

September 27, 2016
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The Controversies

I have opinions. I state those opinions. Not everybody likes my opinions. And sometimes it's not just a matter of opinion, but also of tone and approach. Criticism can be a useful tool or it can be an angry attack. Figuring out which is which isn't always easy while you're doing it. Why Be Controversial? When […]

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Eagereyes’ Early History

September 26, 2016
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Eagereyes’ Early History

Just ahead of the first decade of this website's history clicking over, here's a look back at where things started. Some of those postings were terrible, some of them were quite prescient or are even still popular. This is partly why I created the interactive posting calendar. It makes it easy browse postings just by […]

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The Ten Years of EagerEyes Blogstravaganza

September 26, 2016
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The Ten Years of EagerEyes Blogstravaganza

October 1 marks the ten-year anniversary of this website. Well, it’s really older than that, but the first posting in its modern history is dated October 1, 2006. To celebrate, this week will see a posting every day, so hold on to your hats! If you’re reading this in a feed reader, you might want […]

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Talk: Pie Charts – Unloved, Unstudied, and Misunderstood

September 22, 2016
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Talk: Pie Charts – Unloved, Unstudied, and Misunderstood

I gave a talk at Information+ earlier this year that has now been posted. It's about pie charts! And it was a fun talk, too. The video is focused a bit too much on me at the beginning, so you'll miss a few of the early jokes. But for the most part, you'll see the […]

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Tapestry 2017: St. Augustine, FL on March 1st

September 20, 2016
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Tapestry 2017: St. Augustine, FL on March 1st

We just announced next year's Tapestry Conference – the fifth episode (chapter? act?)! It will take place on March 1st, 2017, in St. Augustine, FL. We have three exciting keynotes, and we're looking for your talk proposals, posters, and demos! Tapestry is a conference about storytelling with data. The goal is to bring together people from different backgrounds and […]

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Ben Shneiderman’s Chart Pies

September 16, 2016
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Ben Shneiderman’s Chart Pies

So turns out Ben Shneiderman is into pies! Actual pies that is, but in the form of charts. Rather than, you know, the other way around. Feast your eyes on delicious-looking chart pies! I'm pulling a Gelman here by just quoting Ben's email: I've started a new hobby-- baking peach pies.  I did a few this […]

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Link: xkcd’s Earth Temperature Timeline

September 13, 2016
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Link: xkcd’s Earth Temperature Timeline

Randall Munroe has done it again. His latest xkcd comic is an enormous timeline of the Earth's temperature, showing the enormously long time we have temperature estimates for, and how little it has changed until very, very recently. Munroe has an incredible talent for creating simple and fun explanations for complex topics. I highly recommend his book, Thing Explainer. […]

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Review: Lupi, Posavec, Dear Data

September 12, 2016
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Review: Lupi, Posavec, Dear Data

Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec have turned their Dear Data project into a book. It's a great example of the kind of creative work you can do around visualization without computers, entirely by hand. What started with a simple idea turned into an amazing project. Dear Data consisted of Giorgia and Stefanie, who are both visual designers, tracking an aspect […]

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Link: Jérôme Cukier’s Series on Visualization with React

September 6, 2016
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Link: Jérôme Cukier’s Series on Visualization with React

While D3 is the standard way of doing visualization on the web right now, there's a lot of interesting stuff happening in the world of JavaScript framework React. And it turns out, you can do some really interesting visualization stuff with React, once you understand the basics. In a series of very thorough postings, Jérôme Cukier takes you through […]

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