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Data Visualization for Human Perception

Data Visualization for Human Perception

"Visualizing 'Big Data' in the Arts and Humanities | Humanities Institute On Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm in 150A Thompson Library, the Humanities Institute and the Digital Arts and Humanities Working Group will host a panel discussion on "Visualizing 'Big Data' in the Arts and Humanities.” Panelists David Staley (History), Jessie Labov (Slavic & East European Languages & Cultures), and H. Lewis Ulman (English) will explore the place of data visualization as a form of humanities scholarship, with visualization as the hermeneutic act that allows humanists to read “big data.” David Staley is Director of The Goldberg Center and an associate professor in the Department of History at The Ohio State University. cenarios for the Future of the Book," "Futuring, Strategic Planning and Shared Awareness: An Ohio University Libraries' Case Study" in The Journal of Academic Librarianship, and "The Changing Landscape of Higher Education," which appeared in Educause Review. editing, and rhetorical theory, history and criticism.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project 1280×800 • 1440×900 • 1680×1050 • 1920×1200 • 2560×1440 • 3840×2400 • iPhone 5 • iPhone 6 • iPhone 6+ • iPad When I come across a well-designed pattern I tend to marvel at the time and effort that must have taken place to achieve such perfection. In my mind I see it as an artist creating a jigsaw puzzle in their head without the photo on the box to guide them. For Nancy’s wallpaper we decided to go with her Ink Dots pattern. 1280×800 • 1440×900 • 1680×1050 • 1920×1200 • 2560×1440 • 3840×2400 • iPhone 5 • iPhone 6 • iPhone 6+ • iPad It’s always fun visiting with old friends. This wallpaper is titled I Hate Parties, which is about “that dreadful feeling when for one reason or another, you clam up at a social gathering of some sort, and just sit back and detach yourself from the situation and those around you.” 1280×800 • 1440×900 • 1680×1050 • 1920×1200 • 2560×1440 • 3840×2400 • iPhone 5 • iPhone 6 • iPhone 6+ • iPad I feel you Emory. It’s easy to enjoy Jesse LeDoux’s work.

Fast Thinking and Slow Thinking Visualisation Last week I attended the Association of American Geographers Annual Conference and heard a talk by Robert Groves, Director of the US Census Bureau. Aside the impressiveness of the bureau’s work I was struck by how Groves conceived of visualisations as requiring either fast thinking or slow thinking. Fast thinking data visualisations offer a clear message without the need for the viewer to spend more than a few seconds exploring them. These tend to be much simpler in appearance, such as my map of the distance that London Underground trains travel during rush hour. The explicit message of this map is that surprisingly large distances are covered across the network and that the Central Line rolling stock travels furthest. It is up to the reader to work out why this may be the case. or the seemingly impenetrable (from a distance at least), but wonderfully intricate hand drawn work of Steven Walter (click image for interactive version).

Every Day of My Life Apps Every Day of My Life is a visualization of my computer usage statistics from the last 2.5 years. Each line represents one day and each colorful block is the most foreground app running at the given moment. All data was gathered using Tapper - a small OSX app logging my application usage written by Dean McNamee. The project was presented as prints at Click festival in Helsingør at the beginning of May in 2012. Keyboard hits Mouse clicks Printed version presented at Click festival Check out more photos and screenshots on Flickr. Why Is Data Visualization So Hot? Noah Iliinsky is the co-author of Designing Data Visualizations and technical editor of, and a contributor to, Beautiful Visualization, published By O’Reilly Media. He will lead a Designing Data Visualizations Workshop at O’Reilly’s Strata conference on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Data visualization is hot. All of a sudden there are dozens of companies and products that want to help you visually analyze your data, build your own visualizations, and visually display interesting data sets of all kinds. So, why is visualization interesting? Why is it desirable? To answer these questions, we need to go all the way back to biology. That last factor, pattern matching, is the key when it comes to discussing the benefits of presenting information visually. Let’s look at the classic instructive example, Anscombe’s Quartet, devised by statistician Francis Anscombe to demonstrate this very issue. So we know that visualization is effective at conveying knowledge. So there it is. We’re wired for visualization.

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Designing Data Visualizations Workshop: Strata 2012 - O'Reilly Conferences, February 28 - March 01, 2012 Attendees: All attendees should bring paper an pen for quick sketching. Attendees should bring their own data to work with. Alternately, they can download interesting data sets from sites such as,, and We will discuss how to figure out what story to tell, select the right data, and pick appropriate layout and encodings. We’ll briefly discuss tools, including pencil and paper. Understanding of your specific data or data types will help immensely.

Taxonomy for interactive visual analysis Interactive visualization continues to grow more useful and prominent in every day analysis. Jeffrey Heer and Ben Shneiderman offer a taxonomy for the budding field . Visualization provides a powerful means of making sense of data. By mapping data attributes to visual properties such as position, size, shape, and color, visualization designers leverage perceptual skills to help users discern and interpret patterns within data. [ ACM Queue via @ krees ] 3 Trends That Will Define The Future Of Infographics Now that everyone loves them, early adopters and forward thinkers want to know what is next for the infographic. Is this just the beginning of a visual revolution, or have they already jumped the shark? This is an important question, especially for those who are making large investments in the medium, such as publishers and marketers. Is the Infographic Dead? My cofounder, Jason Lankow, says it well when people ask about the fate of infographics in the face of increasing web saturation. Infographics at Present Infographics have been utilized for hundreds of years for various purposes, but have taken on a new face in the last few years, with a bit of help from the Internet. [An infographic video created by Chris Harmon] Motion Graphics Utilizing motion and animation in infographics is another current trend that is on the rise. The Future of Infographics Over the past year, we have seen an evolution in the way people are thinking about infographics.