Best of the visualisation web… January 2013
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 January 2013. You’ll see that I’m trying out a new structure in response to recent (and, to be fair, historic and avoided!) feedback:
Includes static and interactive visualisation examples, infographics and galleries/collections of relevant imagery.
Creative Bits | Annual repots become infographics
BitAesthetics | Paul Butler introduces a new way of looking at and visualising flight options
New Scientist | Global view of warming temperatures, let’s you see how things have changed over time in a location of your choosing
Guardian US | The good folks in the Interactive team re-deploy the framework used for last year’s popular gay rights visualisation, this time applied to gun laws state-by-state
UX Blog | ‘People dots: Seattle area commuting’ – More magic from John Nelson.
Propublica | Elegant interactive infographic examination of where Congress stands on gun issues
FastCo Design | ‘How A Civil War Vet Invented The American Infographic’
Biofabric | An alternative to the hairball network – ‘BioFabric uses a novel network presentation method that represents nodes as horizontal line segments, one per row.’
Guardian Datablog | ‘Black and white and read all over: 27 Guardian graphics from its history’
BBC News | ‘Tube 150th anniversary: How the Underground map evolved’
UX Blog | ‘A national portrait of drunk driving’
FastCo Design | ‘An App That Uses Dataviz To Digitally Track Your Moods’
FastCo Design | ‘Infographic: Sculptures Made By Measuring Wi-Fi Signals’
UX Blog | Another one from John Nelson (busy month John!) – this one is about ‘Biking and Walking to Work’
Neoformix | ‘The project ‘Novel Views’ consists of a series of visualizations of the novel Les Miserables’
LA Times | ‘How fast is the LAFD where you live?’
Guardian Datablog | ‘US presidential inauguration speeches: how does Obama’s second compare?’ – guest work by Santiago Ortiz
Bloomberg | Interactive ranking and comparisons of the world’s richest people.
Infosthetics | ‘TweetPing: Revealing worldwide Twitter activity in real time’
Adriano Attus | Super collection of painstakingly hand made and crafted visualisations
Flowing Data | How do you with the ‘Mercator Map Puzzle’?
Graphics Info | Infographic looking at the arteries of transit routes through Hong Kong
jnd.org | ‘Complexity is good, simplicity is overrated’
fjordnet | And on a related matter… ’5 problems with simple’
The emphasis on these items is that they are less about visualisation images and are more article-focused, so includes discussion, discourse and interviews
Perceptual Edge | Stephen discusses his hopes for 2013, specifically a desire for a ‘slow data’ movement (as well as small and sure)
Guardian Environment | Australia adds new purple colour to its temperature maps as heat levels soar
Civic Infographics | Nice article by Guilio about infographics as a link between analysis and communication
aaronsw | Amongst endless articles written about the sad death of Aaron Swartz, this was an interesting account he wrote himself of his time on Edward Tufte’s course
SND | ‘Looking back: Page through Michael Stoll’s treasure island of infographic textbooks’
Daily M**l | Awful newspaper and website but I’m a sucker for visual illusions so there you go
Mother Nature Network | ‘How fast could you travel across the US in the 1800s?’
Civic Infographics | A subject close to my heart, ‘The Scandal of Clarity’
Perceptual Edge | Stephen introduces the concept of ‘Bandlines’ – sparklines enriched with information about magnitude and distribution
Software Studies Initiative | Lev Manovich’s article ‘presents visualization analysis of the films The Eleventh Year (1928) and Man with a Movie Camera (1929) by the famous Russian filmmaker Dziga Vertov’
FastCo Design | ’10 Companies On The Cutting Edge Of Sports Data’
The Functional Art | Alberto discusses the emotive reaction in ‘Guns, data and infographics’
National Infographic | ‘Reinventing Nat Geo art, maps and graphics for the iPhone’
Tableau | Andy Cotgreave’s round up of the Best of the Tableau web during December 2012. That’s a good idea…
Graphic Sociology | Article exploring a range of vintage infographics about the US (such as disease mapping, propaganda pieces etc.)
Vis4.net | If you do nothing else but read the first two lines you will learn from this piece.
Eager Eyes | ‘The State of Information Visualization, 2013′ – Robert’s look back over 2012 and view of 2013 and beyond
Klevr.org | Interview with Alberto Cairo ‘Exploring The World With Infographics & Data Visualizations’
Economist | Reflective look through the task/demands of creating a suitable visualisation/chart
Viewtific | ‘The “art” of compromise: Is there room for compromise in designing data graphics?’
LinkedIn | Hilary Mason discusses how to ‘find a great data science job’
Presentation Zen | Discussing the need to teach visual literacy and citing interviews with Martin Scorsese and George Lucas
Core77 | ‘Things every Designer should do at least once in their career’
Learning & Development
These links cover tutorials, learning opportunities, how-tos etc.
VizWiz | Andy shows a workaround for how to create Stream Graphs in Tableau 8
Word of Data | Rene pulls together a range of options for learning and developing data visualisation skills and knowledge
Indiana University | Announcing the launch of the IU Information Visualisation MOOC
JBDeaton | ‘How to generate ternary plots in Matplotlib’. It is a brief tutorial but really included because I like the idea of a ternary plot.
DashingD3.js | Collection of d3.js tutorials and general learning resources
Presentation Zen | ’13 great books to help you succeed, create, & communicate better in 2013′
Speaker Deck | Scott Murray’s slides from Visual.ly meetup in San Francisco – ‘The Value of Process’
The Why Axis | Guest post from Job Schwabish – ‘Breaking Excel Defaults – A Government Chart Remake’
The Functional Art | Another issue dear to me ‘Intuitiveness vs. learnability in interactive visualization’
Includes announcements within the field, brand new sites, new (to me) sites, new books and generally interesting developments.
blprnt | “New Year, New Company: Introducing The Office for Creative Research”
Malofiej21 | The Malofiej 21 site is launched including announcements on the speakers and conference schedule
Form Follows Function | Beautifully crafted site let’s you explore a collection of interactive experiences
Google Books | ‘Information Design: An Introduction’, by Rune Pettersson.
Interactive Isotype | New site I came across that focuses on content relating to ‘adding interactivity and animations to static isotype productions’
Datavisualization.ch | 13 Conferences to attend in 2013
Flowing Data | First announcement of Nathan’s new book (coming out in April time)
Brainpickings | New book ’100 Diagrams that Changed the World’, by Scott Christianson
Info.cern | Tim Berners-Lee’s proposal for an information management system that, as I understand, seemed to do well
Laughing Squid | ‘Original Star Wars Trilogy As Maps’
FastCo Design | ‘A Gloriously Detailed, Hand-Drawn Map Of NYC’
Bureau of Investigative Journalism | Sub-site dedicated to data around the covert war on terror, particularly interesting as it contains great deal of data on drone strikes