At the end of each month I pull together a collection of links to some of the most relevant, interesting or thought-provoking web content I’ve come across during the previous month. If you follow me on Twitter you will see many of these items shared as soon as I find them.
Here’s the latest collection from October 2012:
The Guardian | Interactive slideshow about the ‘Rise of the Megacity’ | Interactive Slideshow
Views of the World | Some interesting cartograms showing the changing demographics of Germany | Article
Jerome Cukier | Jerome plots out the network of places in Games of Thrones across the series | Interactive Visualisation
Slate | ‘Why do people love to say that correlation does NOT imply causation?’ | Article
New York Times | Fantastic demonstration of how graphics can be used to support alternative viewpoints and political perspectives | Interactive Visualisation
MaRS Commons | Interview with Lisa Zhang, co-founder of Polychart | Interview
GigaPan | The hairball of hairballs! Huge network of the top 1,000 social media influencers in London | Interactive visualisation
mbostock’s blocks | A tidal wave of d3 samples and templates from the oracle himself, Mike Bostock | Collection
Visual.ly | The Case for Designing – and Writing – by Hand | Article
Infosthetics | Conflict History: All Human Conflicts on a Single Map | Interactive Visualisation
The Functional Art | Alberto compiles his recommended reading list for his MOOC in Infographics and Data visualisatoin | Collection
Boston Globe | Wonderful device created by the Globe to show the intensity, subjects and flow of the US VP election debates | Interactive Visualisation
Perceptual Edge | 2012 Perceptual Edge Dashboard Design Competition: We Have a Winner! | Contest
Michael Babwahsingh | Michael discusses ‘how best to harness the power of visual thinking to achieve real results [in business]?’ | Article
New York Times | Over the decades, how have US State voting patterns shifted? | Interactive Visualisation
The Guardian | Venezuelan election results mapped for every public vote since Chavez took power | Interactive Visualisation
NPR | Great story about a prominent band of blue Democratic voting in an otherwise sea of red Republican, told through visualisation | Article
YouTube | Royksopp’s ‘Remind Me': the video built entirely out of visualisation, infographics and diagrams | Video
The Guardian | Timeline of the key events surrounding the Eurozone crisis | Interactive Timeline
FastCo Design | A cellphone company’s elegant solution to confusing bills | Article
FastCo Design | The Data-Viz Story Behind Joy Division’s Legendary Album Cover | Article
Bryan Christie Blog | Bryan discusses ink drawings and infographics and a desire to do an infographic in ink | Article
Google | Fascinating slideshow of Google’s data centres | Slideshow
Slate | The Beauty of the Airline Baggage Tag | Article
Flowing Data | Tracking Homicides in Washington, D.C | Interactive Visualisation
Visual Loop | 40 must-see vídeos about data visualization and infographics | Collection
The Why Axis | Bryan critiques the ‘Google Consumer Barometer’ – does it deliver insight through visualisation?’ | Critique
Marian Dörk | Introducing ‘Pivot Paths’, an interactive visualisation for exploring faceted information resources | Visualisation Tool
Noun Project | An oldie, but a goodie – Icons for everything | Collection
TPM | The Guardian US’ Interactive Editor Is Trying To Do Visual News Differently | Interview
This isn’t F***ing Dalston | “After numerous arguments with mini-cab drivers and estate agents about what is and isn’t Dalston, I decided to do some research…” | Visualisation
Sheila Pontis | Transition times of information design | Article
Tableau | Introducing Tableau Public Premium (the artist formerly known as Tableau Digital) | Article
Data Remixed | Ben discusses the scope and value of different scenarios where the decision may be interactive visualisations vs. small multiples | Article
FastCo Design | The Home Automation Panel That’s Infographic Art | Ambient Visualisation
Michael Babwahsingh | Michael discusses ‘what good service means, and doesn’t mean, in the context of career paths and human behaviour’ | Article
Just Creative | 30 fonts to last a life time | Collection
BBC | Wonderful scrollable infographic from the BBC about the 50th anniversary of James Bond | Interactive infographic
Memoto | Introducing Memoto, the lifelogging camera | Video/Article
Vis4.net | Making Pictographs? Choose Your Icons Wisely! | Article
Perceptual Edge | Control vs. the Illusion of Control: Which Works for You? | Article
The Guardian | New York’s carbon emissions visualised as giant spheres | Video
Eager Eyes | Robert’s VisWeek 2012 digest, Part 1 | Article
Infoworld | Fighting cancer with 3D big data visualization | Article
The Functional Art | Alberto discusses ‘Storytelling with infographics and visualization’ | Article
Harvard Business Review | We’ve heard it before but still… ‘Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century’ | Article
npolar | State of the Polar Bear – beautiful exploratory project to show the current population, habitat and threats to polar bears | Interactive visualisation
Google Books | Pretty much the full version of the foundation text ‘Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think’ by Stuart K. Card, Jock D. Mackinlay, Ben Shneiderman | Book
Google Maps | Showcase of Google Maps API ‘Data visualization is at the heart of the Google Maps API. Bring your maps to life with symbols, heatmaps, and more.’ | Interactive Visualisation
Ribmunk | ‘Reporter or artist’ – A survey & analysis of how different newspapers around the world work with infographics (in English and Danish) | Free Book/Article
Google Maps | Get a better view of natural geography with Google Maps | Article
National Infographic | Juan discusses the ‘Stylish Radial Chart’ – something many will agree and disagree with in equal measure I imagine | Visualisation
Urban Movements | Detecting Languages in London’s Twittersphere | Visualisation
Jerome Cukier | Materials from Jerome’s joint d3 tutorial at visWeek 2012 | Materials
YouTube | Microsoft Re-Designs the Ipod Packaging | Video
Felix Gonda | Immersive interactive view of the ‘Balance of Power’ in the congressional elections | Interactive Visualisation
Andrew Vande Moere | Evaluating the Effect of Style in Information Visualisation | Paper
Washington Post | Reflecting on the impact of the Frankenstorm Sandy | Infograhic
Twitter | Twitter’s political engagement map | Interactive Visualisation
FastCo Design | Infographic: The 2,000 Most Important Films Of All Time | Infograhic
Excel Charts | ‘Aesthetics be damned!’ | Article
Flowing Data | Browse elections data back to 1976 with Electionary app | Interactive Visualisation
Scientific American | A Defense of Artistic License in Illustrations of Scientific Concepts | Article
Presenting the top five most popular posts on Visualising Data during October:
Following my recent visit to Johannesberg and Cape Town, I was interviewed by Gill Moodie for Journalism.co.za website, aimed at the Journalists of South Africa, to discuss ‘creating new kinds of stories with data visualisation’.
Many thanks to Gill for the conversation!
Back in August I shared details of the first ever ‘Visualized’ conference. The event has been taking place in New York over the past couple of days and so I wanted to share some quick reflections from what has been a fantastic event.
The thing that most attracted me about this event was a sense that it would offer a unique blend of different stories and design contexts. I prefer events that are going to introduce me to new ideas and inspirations, rather than being completely coterminous with my current experiences: a dominant feature of the Malofiej conference I was part of and thoroughly enjoyed back in March. It felt like an ideal supplement to the successful Eyeo Festival.
It didn’t disappoint. The variety and quality of work and ideas on show was terrific. It’s fair to say the balance of work being showcased was probably more on the creative, emotive and abstract end of the spectrum rather than the pragmatic and analytical side, but I was hoping for that.
It wasn’t just the quality of the speakers but the balance and the clustering of their talks. The agenda for the day was very straightforward but ultimately one of its key attributes was the schedule, fixed around rapid 20 minute, single message presentations which was, for me, the optimum speed, duration and frequency. The organisers clearly helped to shape the content with a strong focus on ideas above pitching – very refreshing and welcome.
Apart from missing a couple of the early talks, I did try to keep something of an account of the main themes and observations emerging from the day. Below is a storify widget of my main tweets as I’m sure you will want to relive them all over again! I would also recommend checking out the stream of Scientific American’s Jen Christiansen who did a great job of summarising the talks.
Despite the significant logistical challenge posed to the organisers, speakers and attendees, there was very little visible impact and this is to the credit of those working incredibly hard behind the scenes to keep everything visibly smooth. In total I would predict there were maybe 300+ attendees across the two days, its hard to say, but there weren’t many empty seats, if that is a guide. Aside from the occasional technical challenge – an issue common to all events it seems – it was a perfect venue: the Times Center theatre was comfortable and ideally suited to such content.
All in all a wonderful event. Great to meet so many new and old friends, a terrifically attentive, respectful and positive atmosphere. This is an event that I hope will continue to have a frequent presence on the conference event calendar.
Click image to open interactive version (via thetrainline.com).
This interactive/animated piece tells an interesting story about the industrial and economic dynamics of Britain from the industrial age to the modern day. The inclusion of key historical or social milestones is a useful device to learn about some of the key catalysts for growth or expansion.
The data is taken from a dataset compiled and published on the Guardian Datablog containing all of the rail stations currently operating in the UK. You’ll notice stylistic similarities with Derek Watkins ‘Posted‘ project (visualising expansion of post offices across the US), which is a piece the designers reference as being an inspiration.
You can read more about the background to the project here.