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Sometimes Good Data is Hard to Come By Sometimes the most challenging aspect of creating data visualizations is finding an interesting data set that tells a story. As I’ve mentioned before, try all you want but dressing up dull data won’t disguise poor data. The truth of the matter is, if you don’t have good data even the most visually stunning infographics will still look like they’re missing something. I know that it’s a bit cliché, but when it comes to data visualizations the old adage rings true: “garbage in, garbage out”. So where are some places to look when you need some additional, reliable data to help bring out the best in your visuals?

Visualising topography Here is the topography slideshow, otherwise read on.. Over the past few years I’ve been looking at lots of relief maps – i.e. those showing geographical topography, specifically land elevation, and I’m generally struck by two things. Firstly how the colour schemes commonly used seem too dominant, which seems to reduce the brain’s capacity for interpreting the geographical features being depicted. Here are the top Google Image hits for ‘world elevation map’: Top Google hits for “world elevation map” The second point relates to generally better maps that have been made with more concern for conveying information effectively – namely that many seem very bland, especially at small scale (wide area).

The 70th Anniversary of the Summer of The Bomb July 16. August 6. August 9. Welcome to the Virtual Crash Course in Design Thinking Welcome to the’s Virtual Crash Course resource page! We know not everyone can make a trip to the to experience how we teach design thinking. So, we created this online version of one of our most frequently sought after learning tools. Using the video, handouts, and facilitation tips below, we will take you step by step through the process of hosting or participating in a 90 minute design challenge. If you choose to participate, in 90 minutes you will be taken through a full design cycle by participating in The Gift-Giving Project.

Beautifully-Animated Infographics Designed by Eleanor Lutz Eleanor Lutz is a designer whose knowledge of molecular biology and love of science is translated into beautifully-designed infographics. Her colorful and educational images contain interesting bits of information about how the human body works and birds fly, but with a novel twist - they’re animated GIFs. Lutz’s addition of movement makes these images more engaging, and we get a better sense of how things actually work. In her newest design titled How to Build a Human, she demonstrates how a baby is formed via a spiraling chart that travels from conception to birth.

Country Geography Data Physical geography Variables: Latitude and longitude of each country's centroid, mean elevation, mean distance to nearest ice-free coastline, mean distance to nearest ice-free coastline or sea-navigable river, distance from a country's centroid to nearest coastline, distance from a country's centroid to nearest coastline or sea-navigable river, total population, percent of population within 100km of the coastline, percent of the population within 100km of the nearest coastline or sea-navigable river, percent of land area within 100km of the coastline, percent of land area within 100km of the nearest coastline or sea-navigable river, percent of population in the geographic tropics, percent land area in the geographic tropics, and the typical population density an average person experiences, by country. documentation data (Stata dataset & ASCII file)

Data Flow - Book Review Brief Review Data Flow is nicely produced and shows Information/ Data Visualisation from the more decorative part of the spectrum. Reading it is less instructional than a rigorous Tufte tome but if it makes others think of this area as a place they would like to work then that cannot be bad. And It is important to balance one's rigour with some vigour - and this book supplies alot of energy and enthusiasm. Let me tell you why - Longer Review Initially was a bit unsure of this book but I have come round to it.

Great Purge Partial view of a plaque with photos of victims of the Great Purge who were shot in the Butovo firing range near Moscow. The photos were taken after the arrest of each victim. The Great Purge or the Great Terror (Russian: Большой террор) was a campaign of political repression in the Soviet Union which occurred from 1936 to 1938. It involved a large-scale purge of the Communist Party and government officials, repression of peasants and the Red Army leadership, and widespread police surveillance, suspicion of "saboteurs", imprisonment, and arbitrary executions. In Russian historiography, the period of the most intense purge, 1937–1938, is called Yezhovshchina (Russian: Ежовщина; literally, "Yezhov phenomenon",[note 1] commonly translated as "times of Yezhov" or "doings of Yezhov"), after Nikolai Yezhov, the head of the Soviet secret police, NKVD. In the Western world, Robert Conquest's 1968 book The Great Terror popularized that phrase.

Typical Android User is Anything But Typical [INFOGRAPHIC] What are Android users like? Are those who use Google's smartphone operating system and its associated gadgetry male or female? What sort of clothes do they wear? Are they married? Do they wear watches? Get your answers to those questions and lots more in this infographic from the people at Bluestacks, makers of an app player that lets users run Android apps on Windows PCs.

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