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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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Depicting imbalance, straying from the standard chart

September 19, 2016
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Depicting imbalance, straying from the standard chart

My friend Tonny M. sent me a tip to two pretty nice charts depicting the state of U.S. healthcare spending (link). The first shows U.S. as an outlier: This chart is a replica of the Lane Kenworthy chart, with some...

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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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Graphical inequity ruins the chart

September 9, 2016
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Graphical inequity ruins the chart

This Economist chart has a great concept but I find it difficult to find the story: (link) I am a fan of color-coding the text as they have done here so that part is good. The journalist has this neat...

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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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Dot plots are under-valued, that’s all

August 30, 2016
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Dot plots are under-valued, that’s all

Bar charts are over-used and over-rated. Just casually, I found this example at US News: Are you comparing bar widths? Or the printed data? Here is a dot plot:

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