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Vis Potpourri, September 2017

September 21, 2017
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Vis Potpourri, September 2017

A potpourri is a collection of spices and plants that create a pleasant aroma together. This new series assembles a list of links to recently interesting things in visualization, from both information visualization (InfoVis, which I normally cover on this site) and scientific visualization (SciVis) – the latter covered by new blog collaborator and medical […]

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Getting into the head of the chart designer

September 19, 2017
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Getting into the head of the chart designer

Kaiser Fung, creator of Junk Charts and Principal Analytics Prep, shows that maps are not the only way to deliver insights about geographical data.

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Review: Putting Stories to Work and Out On the Wire

September 19, 2017
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Review: Putting Stories to Work and Out On the Wire

Two books I’ve read recently make good points about stories that apply to data stories, without the books being about data: Shawn Callahan’s Putting Stories to Work and Jessica Abel’s Out On the Wire. Strategic Use of Stories In Putting Stories to Work, Shawn Callahan has a very pragmatic view of how stories can be […]

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A long view of hurricanes

September 15, 2017
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A long view of hurricanes

Kaiser Fung, founder of Junk Charts and Principal Analytics Prep, discusses a nice chart showing 30 years of hurricanes in the Atlantic.

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The Season of Storytelling: Kicking It Off With A Podcast

September 13, 2017
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The Season of Storytelling: Kicking It Off With A Podcast

It's (almost) Fall – a good time for telling stories! Jon Schwabish invited me to be on his PolicyViz podcast again to kick off its new season. And I have a long list of things to write about around that topic, too. But first, the podcast: Jon and I talked about what it means for […]

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Communicating Uncertainty When Lives Are on the Line

September 7, 2017
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Communicating Uncertainty When Lives Are on the Line

Showing when and where natural disasters like hurricanes are going to cause damage is not just a question of aesthetics – it is literally a matter of life and death. The traditional way hurricane forecasts are shown has a number of problems, but are the alternatives actually better? The type of representation most people see […]

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The salaries are attractive but the chart isn’t

August 29, 2017
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The salaries are attractive but the chart isn’t

Kaiser Fung, founder of Junk Charts and Principal Analytics Prep, was impressed by the salaries but not by the visualization of engineering salaries in an IEEE journal.

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Details, details, details: giving Zillow a pie treatment

August 22, 2017
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Details, details, details: giving Zillow a pie treatment

Kaiser Fung, founder of Junk Charts and Principal Analytics Prep, takes a detailed look at a Zillow chart, showing underwater homes and delinquent mortgages. Surprisingly, pie charts work well here.

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Speed demon quartered and shrunk

August 14, 2017
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Speed demon quartered and shrunk

Kaiser Fung, founder of Junk Charts and Principal Analytics Prep, explains how Microsoft distorted and exaggerated the relative speed of its Edge browser relative to competition

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Starstruck and doubled over: losing poise over Indian charts

August 9, 2017
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Starstruck and doubled over: losing poise over Indian charts

Kaiser Fung, founder of Junkcharts and Principal Analytics Prep, explains why two simple charts from the press in India confused and annoyed readers, offering alternative versions that make a greater impact.

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