Pretty pictures: Can images stop data overload? 16 April 2012Last updated at 19:01 ET By Fiona Graham Technology of business reporter, BBC News Brain scan: Research suggests that one way to avoid being overloaded by data is by presenting it visually rather than text or numbers Sitting at your desk in the middle of the day, yet another email notification pops up in the corner of the screen, covering the figures you're trying to digest in the complicated spreadsheet in front of you. Your laptop is open on the desk next to you with another set of figures you need - meanwhile you're frantically tabbing through different documents on the main screen. 10 Steps To Designing An Amazing Infographic Information can be useful—and even beautiful—but only when it’s presented well. In an age of information overload, any guidance through the clutter comes as a welcome relief. That’s one reason for the recent popularity of information graphics. Infographics are visual designs that help to explain complicated data in a simple way (mental-health emergencies at Burning Man, anyone?).
Remixing Rosling The Church of London commissioned me to remix two of the famous Gapminder bubble graphics to illustrate an interview with Hans Rosling for Google's "Think Quarterly" Magazine. Fertility and life expectancy This graphics is a condensed, and static version of one of Gapminder's famous animated "worm" graphics. Scaling the diameters of the circles according to the years, and then connecting them, induces a sense of motion over time, even in this static image. It is fascinating to see how Vietnam is today on the same level as the US in 1980 with respect to the fertility rate and life expectancy. Also note how the dip in Botswana's curve reflects the drastic effects of AIDS in this country in the 1980s.
22 free tools for data visualization and analysis Review April 20, 2011 06:00 AM ET Computerworld - You may not think you've got much in common with an investigative journalist or an academic medical researcher. "Visualizing 'Big Data' in the Arts and Humanities 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.”
Beliv06 - 23 May 2006 - Home Page News [Jul'07] BELIV'08, a new edition of the workshop, will be hosted at ACM CHI 2008 in Florence, Italy on 5 Apr 2008. Deadline for submission is 30 Oct 2007. For more info see the BELIV'08 workshop website. [May'07] Workshop report published in the ACM <inteactions> magazine: [Dec'06] A draft of the BELIV'06 workshop report is available online. [Nov'06] Workshop proceedings now available in the ACM Digital Library (paper titles below now link to their location in the ACM DL): Editorial: Visualisation Tools for Understanding Big Data I recently co-wrote an editorial (download the full version here) with Mike Batty (UCL CASA) in which we explored some of the current issues surrounding the visualisation of large urban datasets. We were inspired to write it following the CASA Smart Cities conference and we included a couple of visualisations I have blogged here. Much of the day was devoted to demonstrating the potential of data visualisation to help us better understand our cities. Such visualisations would not have been possible a few years ago using desktop computers their production has ballooned as a result of recent technological (and in the case of OpenData, political) advances. In the editorial we argue that the many new visualisations, such as the map of London bus trips above, share much in common with the work of early geographers and explorers whose interests were in the description of often-unknown processes.