Data visualisation: what’s next? – Signal Noise – Medium The trends of data visualisation are forever shifting and changing as the data climate evolves at an ever faster pace. I’ve put together some thoughts on trends that I have identified in the last five or more years, where we are now and where, I believe, some of the focus is going. Meaning of data Let’s start with how we think about data and how it is processed, which is demonstrated very well by this data evolution flow: Simply speaking, you start with raw data — data that has been recorded by sensors, people or any other means and stored in its rawest form as numbers, symbols or words. The second step is to organise it into tables, columns and spreadsheets so we can start making sense of it. How American Politics Became So Ineffective It’s 2020, four years from now. The campaign is under way to succeed the president, who is retiring after a single wretched term. Voters are angrier than ever—at politicians, at compromisers, at the establishment. Congress and the White House seem incapable of working together on anything, even when their interests align.
Design Better Data Tables – Mission Log – Medium Design Better Data Tables Poor tables. Where did they go wrong? After being the bread and butter of the web for most of its early history, tables were cast aside by many designers for newer, trendier layouts. Axis & Allies It is spring, 1942, and the world is at war. Five world powers struggle for supremacy: Germany and Japan are aligned against England, the Soviet Union, and the USA. You control the military and economic destiny of one of these countries in the titanic struggle that will decide the fate of the world. You will need the perseverance of Montgomery, the daring of Rommel, the courage of Patton, the timing of Yamamoto, and the steadfastness of Zhukov! Axis & Allies is a classic game of war, economics, and strategy. It's now been revised and expanded by Avalon Hill.
21 Emotions For Which There Are No English Words [Infographic] Few of us use all--or even most--of the 3,000 English-language words available to us for describing our emotions, but even if we did, most of us would still experience feelings for which there are, apparently, no words. In some cases, though, words do exist to describe those nameless emotions--they're just not English words. Which is a shame, because--as today's infographic by design student Pei-Ying Lin demonstrates, they often define a feeling entirely familiar to us. Syria conflict: Aleppo civilians suffer 'unthinkable atrocities' - BBC News Civilians in Syria's second city of Aleppo are suffering unthinkable atrocities, Amnesty International says. A new report alleges that government forces and many rebel groups are committing war crimes on a daily basis. The government has reportedly stepped up its bombardment of Aleppo in recent weeks in response to a rebel offensive. President Bashar al-Assad categorically denied that barrel bombs had ever been used by his forces in an interview with the BBC in February. At least 10 people, including four children and teacher, were killed on Sunday when a barrel bomb hit a nursery school in the Saif al-Dawla district.
12 Complex Concepts Made Easier Through Great Data Visualization — ReadThink (by HubSpot) 12 Complex Concepts Made Easier Through Great Data Visualization Perhaps today was a rough day. Maybe you woke up late. The Illusion of Choice It seems like in today’s world there are fewer and fewer people making choices for the greater good. What I mean to say is that everything in our world seems to be able to be consolidated. The media of course is no exception to this trend with only 6 major companies dictating about 90% of the media we have access to. In less than 30 years the number of companies providing us with our media has dropped from 50 to just 6. The six companies consisting of GE, New-corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS. If your wondering who owns the major networks its CBS of course, GE owns NBC, News-corp owns fox, and Disney owns ABC.
In Cute Animation, Water Finds A Friend In A Phone To highlight the waterproof attribute of the Sony Xperia, the company has run short animations on TV in Hong Kong—depicting ‘water’ finding a ‘phone’ friend. Reminiscent of Melbourne, Australia’s Metro Trains’ campaign ‘Dumb Ways To Die’, the first of the adorable spots show how water killed the phones it wanted to befriend, until it found one it couldn’t ‘kill’—the Sony Xperia. Watch it below: [via Campaign Brief Asia] Receive interesting stories like this one in your inbox
Dear Data has been acquired by MoMA, but this isn’t what we are most excited about. It’s always thrilling to look back on your life and see how often it’s the smallest of interactions that completely change your life’s direction and set you on a new path. For us, it was a conversation over a beer, where, barely knowing each other, we nervously started dreaming of ways to collaborate. This small interaction was the impetus for a project that consumed the next two years of our lives as well as became the foundation for a working relationship that, while not without its struggles, has developed into a collaboration with unexpected longevity. We are two data visualization designers living on either side of the Atlantic (Giorgia in New York, and Stefanie in London) who live lives seemingly in parallel. We met, and — struck by how many personal and work similarities we shared — we wanted to get to know each other better. So we challenged ourselves, we would do this this using the material we were most familiar with: data.
Rethinking the Concept of “Outliers”: Why Non-Experts are Better at Disruptive Innovation This post written by entrepreneur and philanthropist Naveen Jain. He is the founder of World Innovation Institute, Moon Express, iNome and Infospace. Naveen is a trustee of Singularity University and X Prize foundation. Follow Naveen Jain on Twitter: @Naveen_Jain_CEO Naveen Jain - Trustee at Singularity University Lessons from the Renaissance of Data Storytelling – Media Decoded In 1854, London was in the grip of a deadly outbreak of cholera. The prevailing wisdom was that the source of the illness was the Big Smoke’s notoriously polluted air. However, a physician named John Snow suspected contaminated water was to blame. To test his theory, he gathered data on all the cholera cases in London and plotted them on a map. He found that many of the Londoners who contracted cholera lived around a particular water pump on Broad Street. His now famous data visualization overturned long-held notions about the cause of a common scourge and fundamentally changed urban sanitation.