Junk Charts Data visualisation: in defence of bad graphics | News Are most online data visualisations, well, just not very good? It's an issue we grapple with a lot - and some of you may have noticed a recent backlash against many of the most common data visualisations online. Poor Wordle - it gets the brunt of it. It was designed as an academic exercise that has turned into a common way of showing word frequencies (and yes, we are guilty of using it) - an online sensation. In the last week alone, New York Times senior software architect Jacob Harris has called for an end to word clouds, describing them as the "mullets of the Internet". While on Poynter, the line is that "People are tired of bad infographics, so make good ones" Awesomely bad infographics from How to Interactive Design Photograph: How To Interactive Design Grace Dobush has written a great post explaining how to produce clear graphics, but can't resist a cry for reason. What's the big deal? Oh and there has also been a call for a pogrom of online data visualisers from Gizmodo's Jesus Diaz:
Data Visualization: Modern Approaches - Smashing Magazine About The Author Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. When he is not writing or speaking at a conference, he’s most probably running … More about Vitaly Friedman … Data presentation can be beautiful, elegant and descriptive. Data presentation can be beautiful, elegant and descriptive. So what can we expect? Let’s take a look at the most interesting modern approaches to data visualization as well as related articles, resources and tools. 1. Trendmap 2007 Informationarchitects.jp presents the 200 most successful websites on the web, ordered by category, proximity, success, popularity and perspective in a mindmap. 2. Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. Digg BigSpy arranges popular stories at the top when people digg them. Digg Stack: Digg stories arrange themselves as stack as users digg them. 3. Similar idea is being used by Flickrtime. 4. 5. 6. Visualcomplexity.com
design | Data Visualization Data Visualization "A good sketch is better than a long speech."—Napoléon Bonaparte “Program a map to display frequency of data exchange, every thousand megabytes a single pixel on a very large screen. Manhattan and Atlanta burn solid white. Then they start to pulse, the rate of traffic threatening to overload your simulation. Maps are only one way to look at large amounts of data, and not always the best. NBC Olympics, Vancouver 2011 MTV Live Twitter Visualizations In The News / Vox Delicii Track the number of mentions of “Osama bin Laden” over time on Google News. Cabspotting Draw a line on a map showing the path of a single taxicab in San Francisco over the course of an hour. There’s something compelling in all of this. There is magic in setting up a system that tracks the similarities and the differences between things, letting it run, and seeing what comes out the other end. We look for this quality in our work. More Projects: Digg Labs Backchannel Root Markets USC: Vectors: Issue 1
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. Here are some of the best: Visualize Social Networks Last.Forward: Thanks to Last.fm's new widget gallery, you can now explore a wide selection of extras to extend your Last.fm experience. Last Forward Friends Sociomap: Friends Sociomap is another Last.fm tools that generates a map of the music compatibility between you and your Last.fm friends. Fidg't: Fidg't is a desktop application that gives you a way to view your networks tagging habits. Fidg't The Digg Tools: One more: Digg Radar. YouTube: Visualize Music Musicovery Last.fm music visual tools: Amazon
Gapminder: Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view.