User-Centered Data Visualization. Part 4 – The Experiment - D3 Visualizing data instead of presenting them as ASCII in lists or tables makes sense because we’re much better in processing graphical than numerical data (the so-called pictorial superiority effect). Also, graphical visualizations are considered to be more attractive. While most people agree on this, there is a war out there between folks saying that data visualizations have to become more attractive and creative because that’s what the market wants and folks that insist that any visualization that is not according to ergonomic standards is a bad visualization. So the question seems to be: are principles of good data visualization timeless or do they go with the zeitgeist? Take pie charts, for example.
First Listen: Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film 'The Great Gatsby' hide captionThe soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's film The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, comes out May 7. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures The soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's film The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, comes out May 7. Audio for this feature is no longer available. One of the many trailers promoting Baz Lurhmann's film version of The Great Gatsby ends with Leo DiCaprio uttering a crucial line adapted from the original novel. Manifesto: The 21st Century Will Be Defined By Games u Systems thinking – according to Peter Senge of the Center for Organizational Learning at MIT – is “a discipline for seeing wholes. It is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing patterns of change rather than static snapshots.” Systems thinking probes the underlying nature of how things work. To survive in a time of increasing complexity, becoming a systems thinker would be key.
Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0 vs Web 3.0 vs Web 4.0 vs Web 5.0 – A bird’s eye on the evolution and definition Do you know the answer to the next simple question? “What do you know about web 2.0 technology?” What’s so interesting about this video, is the simple fact that none of these so called digital natives are familiar with the term web 2.0. Foursquare Time Machine turns your trips into pretty infographics Given the recent concerns in the media regarding personal privacy, services designed to make your private life more transparent and shareable will likely have to work harder than ever to convince new users to willingly give up their data. Foursquare, a company that has been facing this challenge for years, has just unveiled a new tool that could make the process of sharing your private information a bit more fun. Foursquare Time Machine is a data visualization tool that takes your check-ins and colorfully animates them on an interactive map. Each check-in on the map is represented by a color-coded pulse circle and connected by a line that leads to the next check-in. During the playback of a user's timeline, any one point can be zoomed in on and examined, turning the display from an overhead view to a horizon view, with all your pinpoint check-ins still visible as colorful arches spread across the map.
Remote-Controlled Floating Pool Tray Who doesn't enjoy floating around in the pool all afternoon on aa sweltering hot summer day? Now who wants to get up and walk all the way to the fridge to get another beer or soda? It's really too much effort on a beautiful day, Well you could always use the new Remote-Controlled Floating Pool Tray! This little R/C serving tray is seriously too cool for the pool. It features 5 cup holders with a 16 oz. serving bowl in the middle that you drive around pool in any direction with the included remote control. Even better, when you run out of food and drinks again, just drive it to the edge of the pool and call out for a refill.
The Gamification of Poverty I’ve been unemployed for just one month, and already I’ve sent my only child to school crying because other kids make fun of him for being on the free lunch program, driven away from a fender bender with a parked car because I didn’t have the money to pay for the accident (luckily no one was around), been fired from my temp job for talking to a union organizer, put my kid’s dog to sleep because we couldn’t afford its medical care, and applied for food stamps—which won’t arrive until next month. I’m not proud of myself, but this is what it takes to survive as a poor person in America—and now I know, because I played the game Spent, designed by Jenny Nicholson, herself once a child who grew up in poverty. Sponsored by the advertising firm McKinney and Urban Ministries of Durham, which helps people in poverty, Spent is designed to show that when you have no money, you have to make really hard choices. Games, it turns out, aren’t necessarily about entertainment. [via Fast Company]
Interactive Visualizations I. Introduction We learn from out failure in order to maximize success …. It sounds good especially if you think what is most important in characterizing an entrepreneurship mindset is. I started a couple of months ago to focus on incubators and start-ups with a picture in my mind to identify and thus grasp the network of entrepreneurs in France. Being really interested by the topic and fan of entrepreneurship, I initially intended to draw a first mapping in order to realize if we have a dense network of entrepreneurs in France or if the migration flow of French citizens moving to Silicon Valley or London is still increasing.
The Wes Anderson Collection The 2-Book Series The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel This companion to the New York Times bestselling The Wes Anderson Collection takes readers behind the scenes of The Grand Budapest Hotel via in-depth interviews between writer/director Wes Anderson and cultural critic Matt Zoller Seitz. Learn all about the film's conception, personal anecdotes about the making of the film, and the wide variety of sources that inspired it—from author Stefan Zweig to filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch to photochrom landscapes of turn-of-the-century Middle Europe. Also inside are interviews with costume designer Milena Canonero, composer Alexandre Desplat, lead actor Ralph Fiennes, production designer Adam Stockhausen, and cinematographer Robert Yeoman; essays by film critics Ali Arikan and Steven Boone, film theorist and historian David Bordwell, music critic Olivia Collette, and style and costume consultant Christopher Laverty; and an introduction by playwright Anne Washburn.
Octalysis: Complete Gamification Framework - Yu-kai Chou (This is the Gamification Framework that I am most known for. Within a year, it was translated into 9 different languages and became classic teaching literature in the gamification space in the US, Europe, Australia and South America.) Octalysis: Complete Gamification Framework Gamification is design that places the most emphasis on human motivation in the process. In essence, it is Human-Focused Design (as opposed to “function-focused design”). Gamification is the craft of deriving all the fun and engaging elements found in games and applying them to real-world or productive activities.
Interior of Paris train resembles the Palace of Versailles Why visit the Palace of Versailles, when you can RIDE in it? The interior of a train on Paris’s main transit system, the RER, has been transformed into a replica of the Palace of Versailles. The isles of the train are lined with golden sculptures, and the ceilings feature beautiful, intricate paintings. The interior, which was funded by the Palace itself, mimics the Hall of Mirrors, Marie Antoinette’s estate, and the Gallery of Battles. If you’re in Paris, you’ve got to check this out.