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Light entertainment: Making art by making data

February 23, 2017
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Light entertainment: Making art by making data

Chris P. sent in this link to a Wired feature on "infographics." The first entry is by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec. These are fun images and I enjoy looking at it as hand-drawn art. But it's a stretch to...

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An enjoyable romp through the movies

February 22, 2017
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An enjoyable romp through the movies

Chris P. tipped me about this wonderful webpage containing an analysis of high-grossing movies. The direct link is here. First, a Trifecta checkup: This thoughtful web project integrates beautifully rendered, clearly articulated graphics with the commendable objective of bringing data...

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Encoding vs. Decoding

February 21, 2017
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Encoding vs. Decoding

Visualization techniques encode data into visual shapes and colors. We assume that what the user of a visualization does is decode those values, but things aren’t that simple. Encoding When a program draws a bar chart, it calculates the length of the bars from the numbers it’s supposed to represent. When it draws a pie […]

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Come To My Talk At UW On Tuesday, February 21

February 15, 2017
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Come To My Talk At UW On Tuesday, February 21

I'm giving a public lecture next Tuesday, February 21, at the University of Washington (UW). This is at the invitation of Professor Karen Cheng at the School of Art + Art History + Design. I will talk about what we know and what we don't know about visualization, and how we can expand our knowledge. The talk I'm preparing is an […]

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Butcher: which part of the leg do you want? Me: All of it, in five pieces please

February 14, 2017
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Butcher: which part of the leg do you want? Me: All of it, in five pieces please

This ABC News chart seemed to have taken over the top of my Twitter feed so I better comment on it. Someone at ABC News tried really hard to dress up the numbers. The viz is obviously rigged - Obama...

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Layered donuts have excess fats and oils

February 8, 2017
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Layered donuts have excess fats and oils

Via Twitter, Nicholas S. sent this chart: It's a layered donut. There isn't much context here except that the chart comes from USDA. Judging from the design, I surmise that the key message is the change in proportion by food...

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Hans Rosling: An Appreciation

February 8, 2017
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Hans Rosling: An Appreciation

Hans Rosling died earlier today (Tuesday, February 7). He championed the idea of showing people what the world was really like – and how it was different from their preconceptions – using data and visualization. And he did it with enthusiasm and humor. This is a brief appreciation of his work and legacy. Gapminder and the 2006 […]

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February talks, and exploratory data analysis using visuals

January 30, 2017
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February talks, and exploratory data analysis using visuals

News: In February, I am bringing my dataviz lecture to various cities: Atlanta (Feb 7), Austin (Feb 15), and Copenhagen (Feb 28). Click on the links for free registration. I hope to meet some of you there. *** On the...

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Let’s Crowd-Fund the Data Stories Podcast!

January 25, 2017
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Let’s Crowd-Fund the Data Stories Podcast!

Enrico and Moritz, the two hosts of the only visualization podcast in the known universe, are trying to crowd-fund their work rather than rely on advertising. If we all chip in a few dollars or euros per show, this will be easy to accomplish. You know those awkward breaks in the middle of the podcast […]

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Lines that delight, lines that blight

January 23, 2017
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Lines that delight, lines that blight

This WSJ graphic caught my eye. The accompanying article is here. The article (judging from the sub-header) makes two separate points, one about the total amount of money raised in IPOs in a year, and the change in market value...

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