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. 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.
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. Feel free to use it in your course or to study visualization on your own. Lecture Slides Google folder containing my slides:
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." 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.
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. 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.
Designing Visualizations for Time-Based Data Most interaction designers understand the concept of timelines and other time-based data. Blogs, calendars, and to-do lists are all examples of time-based data. However, if you are trying to fit 400 data points into a 1024 x 726 screen you’ll quickly see how challenging time-base data can be. Currently, many interaction designers are turning to visualizations to overcome many of the issues associated with this form of data representation. Below you’ll find a list of some of the best time-based visualizations on the web. Please use the comments section of this post to let the community know of any useful resources I’ve left out.
Geolocation and augmented reality:Info wins the virtual cities "The idea is to display real-time information useful to users: now you can find pizza with his mobile phone, but nothing on the public service," said Hugues Aubin, Chargé de Mission the city of Rennes, in charge of the project." Elements of Design Quick Reference Sheet Last year, we created a Color Theory Quick Reference Poster - a cheat sheet designed to give you a quick overview of color theory at a glance. It proved fairly popular with the design community, as we received our biggest bump in traffic yet from it, and it remains one of our most popular posts. I know I still reference it quite often. One thing that quite a few readers have asked for is a similar quick reference poster, or cheat sheet, for the Elements of Design. Well, wait no longer readers – it’s here, it’s free, and it’s pretty sweet (in my humble opinion). *Edit: Guess what?
The Work of Edward Tufte and Graphics Press Graphics Press LLC P.O. Box 430 Cheshire, CT 06410 800 822-2454 Edward Tufte is a statistician and artist, and Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Statistics, and Computer Science at Yale University. He wrote, designed, and self-published 4 classic books on data visualization. The New York Times described ET as the "Leonardo da Vinci of data," and Business Week as the "Galileo of graphics." He is now writing a book/film The Thinking Eye and constructing a 234-acre tree farm and sculpture park in northwest Connecticut, which will show his artworks and remain open space in perpetuity. Workshop: Pervasive Urban Applications, 12 June 2011, San Francisco This workshop is organized by MIT’s Senseable City Lab, Newcastle Culture Lab, and IBM. Deadline for paper has already passed…: The First Workshop on Pervasive Urban Applications (PURBA) will take place in conjunction with the Ninth International Conference on Pervasive Computing in San Francisco, CA, USA on June 12-15, 2011. Over the past decade, the development of digital networks and operations has produced an unprecedented wealth of information.
Periodic Table of Typefaces Large original English version HERESpanish version HEREPortuguese version HERE PRINTS, SOURCE FILES, and other Periodic Table of Typeface related goodies are available HERE The Periodic Table of Typefaces is obviously in the style of all the thousands of over-sized Periodic Table of Elements posters hanging in schools and homes around the world.