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20 Inspiring Uses of Data Visualization

20 Inspiring Uses of Data Visualization
Data is boring, information is interesting! I’ve always used this statement whenever the issue of data is being discussed. No one is really interested in looking at a large number of data rows, or even a small one. As humans, we tend to better understand a particular issue when it is presented to us in a visual way, and in this roundup you will find 20 sites using data visualization that deliver information to the user in an effective and inspiring way. 1. A real-time simulation displaying the CO2 emissions, birth and death rates of every country. 2. A web application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of Google News. 3. Create typographic maps of current news stories by doodling on a blank canvas. 4. An overview of currently popular items on social news sites such as delicious, reddit, and digg. 5. digg labs 5 visualizations of Digg community’s activities. 7. A visualization of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on health. 8. 10. 11. 15. Related:  graphic designinfografias

Visualized Conference - November 8 & 9 - NYC Data Visualization and Infographics Resources Advertisement Data visualizations and infographics can make complex datasets easier to understand and comprehend. By creating a graphical represenatation of data and statistics, complicated concepts and information can make more sense in less time. Many visualizations focus on representing a specific set of data or statistical information. But visualizations and infographics can be used poorly, too. Also consider our previous articles: Data Visualizations and Infographics which lists examples and types of infographics and data visualizations.Data Visualization: Modern Approaches showcases modern examples of data visualization and infographics. 1. Here are some blogs and website that provide great information for information designers, including how-to articles, visualization showcases and galleries, and other resources. Strange Maps Strange Maps features only map-based graphics, both modern and historical. Wall Stats Visual Complexity Cool Infographics Data Mining Edward Tufte Infographics News

Data-Visualization Firm's New Software Autonomously Finds Abstract Connections | Wired Design Iris, Ayasdi’s data-visualization tool, finds connections in abstract data sets. Image: screenshot Ayasdi, a company that has developed data visualization software it says uses big data to answer the questions you never thought to ask, has launched in Palo Alto with $10.25 million in funding. Khosla Ventures and Floodgate are backing Ayasdi, which was founded in 2008 by Gurjeet Singh, Harlan Sexton and Stanford mathematics professor Gunnar Carlsson while researching ways to commercialize Carlsson’s work with scientific data investigation. [partner id="wireduk"]Their new product is called the Iris Insight Discovery platform. “The answers to today’s most important scientific, business and social problems lie in data,” Singh, Ayasdi’s CEO, said in a statement. It’s a bold statement, however by using algebraic topology Ayasdi has managed to totally remove the human element that goes into data mining — and, as such, all the human bias that goes with it.

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Data presentation can be beautiful, elegant and descriptive. There is a variety of conventional ways to visualize data – tables, histograms, pie charts and bar graphs are being used every day, in every project and on every possible occasion. However, to convey a message to your readers effectively, sometimes you need more than just a simple pie chart of your results. In fact, there are much better, profound, creative and absolutely fascinating ways to visualize data. Many of them might become ubiquitous in the next few years. 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 20071 Informationarchitects.jp3 presents the 200 most successful websites on the web, ordered by category, proximity, success, popularity and perspective in a mindmap. 2. Newsmap4 is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Infographic: Showing When People Get Killed In Cars, Using Excel With the abundance of data visualization projects we’ve seen over the last few years, it’s hardly a surprise that some have ended up putting more emphasis on the "viz" than the data they’re supposed to be conveying. Which is why this infographic, showing a series of charts and maps covering various aspects of traffic fatalities over the last five years, is something of a breath of fresh air. The designer, John Nelson, managed to tease a few insights out of the massive data set--some more expected than others--using little more than an Excel spreadsheet. Every year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration releases data for every automobile crash that resulted in a fatality. The charts that show the data by month-of-the-year bring out some less obvious insights. "This is the signature of a perpetual rhythm of Earth rotating around the sun," he pointed out, "producing growing and shrinking spans of daylight that manifests in the most abrupt and unplanned sort of human events.

Column Five: Infographics, Data Visualization and Motion Graphics 2 | Infographic: Google's Flu Map Might Predict The Next Big Epidemic You’re definitely going to get the flu this year. Alright, sorry, maybe not definitely. But the CDC is reporting that flu season is off to an “early start,” and will likely be one of the worst in the past decade. How does the CDC predict such things? With cold, hard clinical evidence: The organization publishes a weekly FluView report based on the number of patients who have reported flu-like symptoms and the number of hospitalizations. But as CDC Director Thomas Frieden noted, the spread of the flu is fairly “unpredictable,” and FluView has a one- to two-week lag. Leave it to Google to leverage our search data to create an almost real-time prediction map. “Of course, not every person who searches for ‘flu’ is actually sick, but a pattern emerges when all the flu-related search queries are added together,” say the designers. Could Google Trends emerge as an ally for hospitals struggling during times of epidemics and pandemics?

Alexandra Nora Alexandra Nora est une marque de bijou danoise dont l’univers est assez morbide. Les bijoux sont réalisés à partir de pièces de bois d’Afrique taillées autours du thème de la mort. L’identité visuelle a été développée par le studio Brunswickler, un branding dans la continuité des œuvres de la créatrice. L’ambiance macabre est simulée par un design épuré et l’apparition de quelques pièces d’ossements illustrées dans un style d’ouvrage anatomique.

If We Assume: Colors in Visualizations, a Rainbow of References “...I wondered if it was blasphemous to tell God that rainbows are kitsch.” --Steve Toltz, A Fraction of the Whole Color is one of the most fundamental, and sometimes most challenging, aspects of data visualization. Many times you may not know why a given color scheme looks bad (or good), but your eye can quickly pick it out. There are many schools of thought about color families, color meanings, complimentary colors, and which you should use in figures/plots. Below is a list of links/articles/references I've found useful when thinking about colors in visualization, with some rough organization. Interactive Color Design Tools These are probably the best tools to play with and get interested in color. Academic Articles Here are some more "academic" oriented articles, giving intros to color and to general problems people encounter in using color in research figures. Color Contrast Contrast is one of THE biggest problems I see in academic figures. Considering Color Blindness Concluding Thought

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