Emergent Futures Mapping with Futurescaper Futurescaper is an online tool for making sense of the drivers, trends and forces that will shape the future. As a user interface system, it still needs development. As a tool for analyzing and understanding complex systems, it works very well and does something I have yet to see anything else be able to do. Several people asked me about this after my last post, so here is some more detail. Following the logic of collective intelligence (as part of my my PhD), I broke up the the scenario thinking process into discrete chunks, came up with a system for analyzing and relating them together, and then distilled them into key outputs for helping the scenario development process. Emergent Thematic Maps
The Best Tools for Visualization Visualization is a technique to graphically represent sets of data. When data is large or abstract, visualization can help make the data easier to read or understand. There are visualization tools for search, music, networks, online communities, and almost anything else you can think of. Whether you want a desktop application or a web-based tool, there are many specific tools are available on the web that let you visualize all kinds of data. Gaphi Gephi is a tool for data analysts and scientists keen to explore and understand graphs. Like Photoshop™ but for graph data, the user interacts with the representation, manipulate the structures, shapes and colors to reveal hidden patterns. The goal is to help data analysts to make hypothesis, intuitively discover patterns, isolate structure singularities or faults during data sourcing. It is a complementary tool to traditional statistics, as visual thinking with interactive interfaces is now recognized to facilitate reasoning.
Partiview Documentation | Uses | Binaries | Source Code | GeoWalls & Domes | Publications | Licensing | Mailing List | Misc. | Links Partiview is free, open-source software from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. It is an industrial strength, interactive, mono- or stereoscopic viewer for 4-dimensional datasets.
Read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Note that this program is new research, and will not work on all machines. It has been tested to run on a machine of the following description: 600 Mhz Pentium III or faster, or a recent Mac 1024 x 768 pixel screen or higher resolution, 16 bit color Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP operating systems, or Mac OS X 256 Mb of RAM A fast internet connection No other memory-intensive programs running Microsoft Internet Explorer (5 or later) Netscape (6.2 or later) TextArc will often stop working the second time it is run in the same browser session. This is caused by the browser remembering parts of the program after it should have exited. 15 Free Infographic Design Kits (PSD, AI, and EPS Files) Here we are presenting some infographics design kits for you that you can download and use for free. With the help of Infographics, you can easily and effectively represent financial data, workflow and processes. However, designing Infographics from the scratch can be a tedious and time consuming task, and for the graphic designers and web designers, time is a precious commodity that they must utilize in the most appropriate manner. In order to create Infographics, you need to draw charts, graphs and diagrams along with icons and symbols that would certainly consume loads of time. On the other hand, if you get these basic elements ready in hand, you can save loads of your precious time.
gource visualisation tool Gource is a software version control visualization tool. See more of Gource in action on the Videos page. Introduction Software projects are displayed by Gource as an animated tree with the root directory of the project at its centre. Directories appear as branches with files as leaves. Developers can be seen working on the tree at the times they contributed to the project.
The 38 best tools for data visualization It's often said that data is the new world currency, and the web is the exchange bureau through which it's traded. As consumers, we're positively swimming in data; it's everywhere from labels on food packaging design to World Health Organisation reports. As a result, for the designer it's becoming increasingly difficult to present data in a way that stands out from the mass of competing data streams. One of the best ways to get your message across is to use a visualization to quickly draw attention to the key messages, and by presenting data visually it's also possible to uncover surprising patterns and observations that wouldn't be apparent from looking at stats alone. And nowadays, there's plenty of free graphic design software to help you do just that. As author, data journalist and information designer David McCandless said in his TED talk: "By visualizing information, we turn it into a landscape that you can explore with your eyes, a sort of information map.
Interaction Design for Data Visualizations Interactive data visualizations are an exciting way to engage and inform large audiences. They enable users to focus on interesting parts and details, to customize the content and even the graphical form, and to explore large amounts of data. At their best, they facilitate a playful experience that is way more engaging than static infographics or videos. Here are several ideas and concepts of interaction design for data visualizations, using 11 examples from the web.