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Visualizing Publicly Available US Government Data Online

September 19, 2014
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Visualizing Publicly Available US Government Data Online

Brightpoint Consulting recently released a small collection of interactive visualizations based on open, publicly available data from the US government. Characterized by a rather organic graphic design style and color palette, each visualization makes...

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The Disappearing Planet: Comparing the Extinction Rates of Animals

September 18, 2014
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The Disappearing Planet: Comparing the Extinction Rates of Animals

The subtly designed A Disappearing Planet [propublica.org] by freelance data journalist Anna Flagg reveals the extinction rates of animals, caused by a variety of human-caused effects, including climate change, habitat destruction and species displace...

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Beyond the Knee-Jerk Reaction

September 16, 2014
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Beyond the Knee-Jerk Reaction

There is a tendency to just reflexively make fun of certain types of charts, in particular pie charts and 3D charts. While that is often justified, there are also exceptions. Not all pie charts are bad, and not all 3D charts are terrible. But to spot those outliers, we have to suppress the knee-jerk reflex and give them a moment of thought before ripping them apart.

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Relevance, to you or me: a response to Cairo

September 15, 2014
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Relevance, to you or me: a response to Cairo

Alberto Cairo discussed a graphic by the New York Times on the slowing growth of Medicare spending (link). The chart on the top is published, depicting the quite dramatic flattening of the growth in average spending over the last years--average...

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GitHut: the Universe of Programming Languages across GitHub

September 12, 2014
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GitHut: the Universe of Programming Languages across GitHub

GitHut [githut.info], developed by Microsoft data visualization designer Carlo Zapponi, is an interactive small multiples visualization revealing the complexity of the wide range of programming languages used across the repositories hosted on GitHub. ...

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Pi Visualized as a Public Urban Art Mural

September 10, 2014
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Pi Visualized as a Public Urban Art Mural

Visualize Pi [tumblr.com] is a mural project that aimed to use popular mathematics to connect Brooklyn students to the community with a visualization of Pi. It was funded by a successful KickStarter project as proposed by visual artist artist Ellie Ba...

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The Key Players in the Middle East and their Relationships

September 10, 2014
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The Key Players in the Middle East and their Relationships

Whom Likes Whom in the Middle-East? [informationisbeautiful.net] by David McCandless and UniversLab is a forced-network visualisation of key players & notable relationships in the Middle East. Next to its expressive aesthetic, the interactive feature...

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Try a new way of learning dataviz; course announcement

September 9, 2014
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COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT THE ART OF DATA VISUALIZATION Fall 2014 (Oct 6 - Nov 24, Mondays 6:30-9:30) New York University Instructor: Kaiser Fung Location: New York City Learn how to make knock-out data visualization in an innovative, immersive and fun setting,...

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Playing with orientation and style

September 8, 2014
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Playing with orientation and style

I saw this nifty chart in the Wall Street Journal last week. The Post Office is competing with Fedex and UPS on pricing. The nice feature about this small dataset is that the story is very clear. In almost every...

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The Semantics of the Y Axis

September 8, 2014
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The Semantics of the Y Axis

The vertical axis is not just important because it embodies one of the most important visual properties, but also because it is much more semantically loaded than the horizontal. Not only does the right choice of mapping help with reading a chart, it can also be confuse people if done wrong. It’s not a coincidence […]

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