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Posts tagged Data Visualization.

Words and Years

Interesting new work from Toril Johannesen sweetly plots the use of terms in academic journals and popular magazines.

Revolutions in Time
Revolutions in Time

Words and Years is a series of graphs based on research in various academic journals and magazines. Going through the complete volumes of the journals from the first issues up until today, selected words are higlighted [sic] and the frequency of their use is mapped.

Logic and Love in Art
Logic and Love in Art
Miracles in nature and Science
Miracles in Nature and Science

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PaulOct 14, 2011
 

James Bills

These drawings by James Bills are visualizations of random data generated by polyhedral dice, rendered using architectural drafting techniques.

drawing by James Bills
Golden Parachutes, RxRxR, 2009, composition gold leaf & pencil on paper, 30"x40"
drawing by James Bills
Golden Parachutes, 1xRxR, 2010, composition gold leaf & pencil on paper, 30"x40"

Via Triangulation Blog.

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NickApr 13, 2011
 

Infographics in Context

A project by Danish designer Peter Orntoft, which attempts to take data visualization off the page.

Interest no. 6: "The focus of the interest deals with gang related crime and whether the Danes have changed behavior because of it."

Interest no.4: "The focus of the interest deals with whether or not the Danes think it's ethical to wear religious symbols in public professions."

Orntoff's Infographics project attempts to put data into context by using representative images.  I'd perhaps tweak the actual representation used to better match each data set (e.g. proportions are unclear in the second example) but the general concept is brilliant. See more images and more context at his site.

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AndreaMar 28, 2011
 

The Pie Chart

In celebration of Pi Day here at BlogLESS, I'm going to say something nice about pie charts.

Sure, pie charts are overused. I agree that we, as designers, need to be very calculated when visualizing information rather than falling back on easily-created MS Excel favorites like the pie chart. But, it just seems a little, I don't know, elitist to completely disown pie charts. There are plenty of articles begging "please don't use pie charts" and even calling pie charts "the prime evil". There are also lots of ideas around how we can move "beyond the pie chart."

But since it's Pi Day, can we discuss the merits of pie charts? Two points come to mind:

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AndreaMar 14, 2011
 

Twitter Visualizations

Tools for visualizing Twitter from Jeff Clark.

I recently came across Jeff Clark's portfolio, which features a ton of solid data visualization tools and projects, including a couple of nice applications for Twitter.

Twitter Venn (created using Processing and Twitter Search) takes a set of terms and creates a Venn Diagram showing the rate of tweets containing the each of search terms and combination of the search terms. Twitter Venn also shows a tag cloud for each regions with other common words. Look at the Twitter Venn for design, less, better:

Twitter Venn: design less better

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AndreaFeb 24, 2010