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Milan EXPO: further thoughts

July 30, 2015
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Milan EXPO: further thoughts

I promised to blog more about the Milan EXPO so this is it. My first reactions were recorded here. (link) This post is primarily intended for those who are planning a visit. Orientation One of the smartest design decisions is...

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Pluto: To Catch an Icy King

July 28, 2015
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Pluto: To Catch an Icy King

Sly as a fox, it is. Mysterious and diminutive, it has eluded us for decades. Despite what we've learned about Pluto, constant debate continues to rage over its classification. From the moment it was discovered, astronomers have bickered over this icy ...

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I try hard to not hate all hover-overs. Here is one I love

July 23, 2015
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I try hard to not hate all hover-overs. Here is one I love

One of the smart things Noah (at WNYC) showed to my class was his NFL fan map, based on Facebook data. This is the "home" of the visualization: The fun starts by clicking around. Here are the Green Bay fans...

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United Nations gets dataviz

July 21, 2015
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The UN, as I noted before, is getting into the dataviz game. Here is an announcement about a Data Viz Challenge that has just started. Flood them with ideas! *** I am writing to invite you and your network of...

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Incomprehensible, and even insidious

July 17, 2015
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Incomprehensible, and even insidious

A reader Alex V. nominated this chart as one of the most incomprehensible ever: This comes from the Annual Report 2014 of Allison Transmission. I applaud the fact that they obviously spent time making the charts. This is not something...

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Maps and legends

July 15, 2015
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Maps and legends

This chart, which I found flipping through Stern magazine in Germany, accomplishes one important goal. It makes me stop flipping, and look. The chart presents a point of view that is refreshing. The Airbus A320 is a true collaborative effort....

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Talk: How to Visualize Data

July 15, 2015
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Talk: How to Visualize Data

Last week, I gave one of the visualization primer talks at BioVis in Dublin. My goal was to show people some examples, but also criticize the rather poor visualization culture in bioinformatics and challenge people to do better. Here is a write-up of that talk. Seán O’Donoghue introduced me by calling me “infamous” for speaking … Continue reading Talk: How to Visualize Data

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Would you be willing to miss a train to admire art?

July 8, 2015
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Would you be willing to miss a train to admire art?

This wonderful data visualization made me stop in my tracks at a train station somewhere in Bavaria. It conveys so much information in such an efficient manner. At a glance, the diagram tells passengers the configuration of the train they...

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Visualizing survey results excellently

July 3, 2015
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Visualizing survey results excellently

Surveys generate a lot of data. And, if you have used a survey vendor, you know they generate a ton of charts. I was in Germany to attend the Data Meets Viz workshop organized by Antony Unwin. Paul and Sascha...

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Taking care of a German pie chart while enjoying German kuchen

June 25, 2015
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Taking care of a German pie chart while enjoying German kuchen

I was enjoying this yummy piece of German cake the other day. I started flipping through the recent issue of Stern magazine, and came across this German pie chart that probably presents results from a poll. In particular, it draws...

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