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Link: Data Journalism in the 19th Century

March 25, 2015
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Scott Klein of ProPublica has written a great story about an early use of data in journalism, and Horace Greeley, the colorful journalist behind it. Greeley found an issue and then gathered the data to show the extent of the problem. This is not unlike today. In Greeley’s case, the issue was how much money members of … Continue reading Link: Data Journalism in the 19th Century

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Designers fuss over little details and so should you

March 25, 2015
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Designers fuss over little details and so should you

Those who attended my dataviz talks have seen a version of the following chart that showed up yesterday on New York Times (link): This chart shows the fluctuation in Arctic sea ice volume over time. The dataset is a simple...

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Complications

March 23, 2015
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Complications

In watches, a complication is anything that goes beyond the basic function of showing the current time: alarm time, moon phase, etc.  I think the term should be adopted in user interface design and visualization. With their upcoming Watch, Apple is clearly playing to horology and the long history behind the design of classic watches. They … Continue reading Complications

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Bumps chart goes mainstream

March 19, 2015
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Bumps chart goes mainstream

It’s a happy day when one of my favorite chart types, the Bumps chart, makes it to the Wall Street Journal, and the front page no less! (Link to article) This chart shows the ground shifting in global auto production...

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Link: CG&A Article on Tapestry

March 18, 2015
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I’ve written a short piece about the Tapestry conference for the Graphically Speaking column in Computer Graphics and Applications. The article talks about the reasoning behind Tapestry, how it’s different from academic conferences, and gives a few examples of talks. It even includes anecdotal evidence to show that the conference has enabled actual knowledge transfer. If you prefer a PDF … Continue reading Link: CG&A Article on Tapestry

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Shortchanging and subverting the message

March 16, 2015
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Shortchanging and subverting the message

Reader Michael N. calls this an "unusual" marketing bar chart--because the designer distorted the data in a way that weakens, rather than strengthen, the story! The infographic is pitching savings if the family switches to Republic. The savings is about...

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Observing Rosling’s Current Visual Style

March 12, 2015
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Observing Rosling’s Current Visual Style

On the sister blog, I wrote about Hans Rosling’s recent presentation in New York (link). I noted that Rosling has apparently simplified his visual palette. Rosling is best known as the developer of the Gapminder tool, used to visualize global...

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Tricky boy William

March 11, 2015
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Tricky boy William

Last week, I was quite bothered by this chart I produced using the Baby Name Voyager tool. According to this chart, William has drastically declined in popularity over time. The name was 7 times more popular back in the 1880s...

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The Value of Illustrating Numbers

March 9, 2015
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The Value of Illustrating Numbers

Showing data isn’t always about trying to convey an insight, or giving people the means to understand the intricacies of data. It can also be a tool to communicate a fact, an amount, or an issue beyond just the sheer numbers. Data illustration is poorly understood, but it can be very powerful. About a year ago, … Continue reading The Value of Illustrating Numbers

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