Data Stories I have a goal in life: To rid the world of bad PowerPoint slides. We’ve all sat through meetings, struggling to stay awake during presentations filled with cheesy stock images, confusing bar graphs, and pie chart after pie chart. This needn’t be so. Even the driest content can come to life – if it’s presented creatively. At Google, I teach everyone from marketers to engineers some basic principles of data visualization that help them turn numbers into compelling visual stories. Presenting data creatively can make numbers seem more human and turn statistics into stories. Here are a few of the most resonant lessons that I teach in ‘Data Visualization 101’ at Google. Don’t be Misleading Context will have an impact on how people interpret the information you’re providing. Don’t be a Data Fashion Victim Just because your software has plenty of bells and whistles doesn’t mean they all have to be used. Highlight what’s Important Simple Beats Sexy Use Color Strategically
Web-mining.fr Enrico Bertini Enrico Bertini Reverb™ — Collaborate with everyone. Visual Info references (In my last post I introduced the idea of regularly posting research material in this blog as a way to bridge the gap between researchers and practitioners. Some people kindly replied to my call for feedback and the general feeling seems to be like: “cool go on! rock it! we need it!”. Ok, thanks guys your encouragement is very much needed. I love you all. Even if I am definitely not a veteran of infovis research (far from it) I started reading my first papers around the year 2000 and since then I’ve never stopped. come from the very early days of infovisare foundationalare cited over and overI like a lot Of course this doesn’t mean these are the only ones you should read if you want to dig into this matter. Advice: in order to really appreciate them you have to think they have all been written during the ’90s (some even in the ’80s!). Graphical Perception: Theory, Experimentation, and Application to the Development of Graphical Methods. Please don’t tell me you don’t know this one!
What's hot? Introducing Zeitgeist | Help We've just launched an exciting new project which, as you can see from the screenshot above, looks (and behaves) a bit differently from most other things on the Guardian site. Zeitgeist is a visual record of what people are currently finding interesting on guardian.co.uk at the moment. While other bits of the site are curated by editors (like the front page, or individual sections) or metadata (like blogs, which display in reverse-chronological order), Zeitgeist is dynamic, powered by the attention of users, which is why we've put this into the Community section. The combination of content objects changes throughout the day, sometimes by the minute, as activity shifts around the site, stories get linked to or talked about, new stories are published and become widely-read and so on. You can also explore what was attracting attention on a given day in history (2010 only, for the time being) via the "previous" and "next" navigation links. So how does a story end up in the Zeitgeist? 1.
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): Workshop description Controlled experiments remain the workhorse of evaluation but there is a growing sense that information visualization systems need new methods of evaluation, from longitudinal field studies, insight based evaluation and other metrics adapted to the perceptual aspects of visualization as well as the exploratory nature of discovery. Topics of Interest Topics include, but are not limited to: Format of the event (1 full day) Ideally, about 20 participants will attend the workshop. Resources
Teaching — Enrico Bertini I have taught Information Visualization at NYU Tandon every year since 2012. The course focuses on how to design, develop and evaluate interactive data visualization solutions for complex data analysis problems. This page links to material I developed for the course. Lecture Slides Google folder containing my slides: Exercises I designed these exercises for my flipped-classroom version of the course: Data Abstraction (describe data in ways useful to vis design)Data Analysis (perform data analysis with a goal)Chart Encoding and Decoding (deconstruct a chart and encode the same data in different ways)Vis Design: Ballot Maps (design a visualization for a specific problem)Vis Design: Twitter Sentiment (design a visualization for a specific problem)Course Recap (recall main concepts from the course) Course Diary Here you can find a series of blog posts I wrote to keep track of my experience and thinking while teaching the course:
Carlo Ratti: The Digitalization of Cities: Sketching a Future Urban Scenario The recent history of urbanization has evolved quite contrary to common expectations. In the 1990s, scholars speculated about the impact of the ongoing digital revolution on the viability of cities. The mainstream view was that, as digital media and the Internet had killed distance, they would also kill cities. Technology writer George Gilder proclaimed that "cities are leftover baggage from the industrial era" and concluded that, due to the continued growth of personal computing, telecommunications and distributed production, "we are headed for the death of cities." As it turned out, not only did they survive -- cities are now undergoing the largest scale of growth in human history, with more than 60 percent of the world expected to live in urban areas by 2020. Yet, digitization has a profound effect on cities. We can illustrate this change with an analogy to the world of Formula One car racing. But how do we go about this?
Color Theory Quick Reference Poster It’s always good to be able to articulate design choices to your clients; why you put something where, why you chose the color scheme you did, etc. This knowledge is one of the biggest differences between a designer and a non-designer. But there is a lot to remember when it comes to the realm of graphic design – so much so that it’s pretty much impossible to remember everything from all the theories of graphic design, to web design best practices to Photoshop keyboard shortcuts. With that in mind, I decided it would be useful to have all of the basics of color theory contained in one place – specifically, a cool infographic-esque poster. *Edit: we now have an Elements of Design Quick Reference Poster as well as a Principles of Design Quick Reference poster too! The idea is that this graphic can be either printed out or used as a desktop wallpaper. The graphic contains info on: Hopefully this will be as useful to you as I’m hoping it will be to us here at Paper Leaf.
Spinn3r: RSS Content, News Feeds, News Content, News Crawler and Web Crawler APIs 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. Child mortality This chart dramatically shows how Bangladesh manages to reduce its child mortality with a rate faster than Sweden ever did. Full magazine See the graphics as used in the magazine, and browse the whole issue below, or download it as a .pdf file (24MB).