Browsing All posts tagged under »Data visualization«

The Macroscope

May 24, 2015 by

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As a public school teacher, I frequently feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information I receive. I get data about student performance, about equity measures, about student’s lives and about parent’s aspirations. Yet at some point during my graduate coursework I started to rethink how I approached exactly what value I was getting from […]

Review: Now You See It by Stephen Few

August 2, 2013 by

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My conclusions: Awesome book. Buy it here: Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis. With the advent of computerized visuals in the late 1960’s, statistician John Tukey pointed out that exploring data would be one of the greatest strengths of interactive computers. In Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative […]

Review of Beautiful Visualization: Looking at Data Through the Eyes of Experts

August 1, 2013 by

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Edit: You can buy the book off of amazon here: Beautiful Visualization on Amazon.com I just finished reading the excellent book Beautiful Visualization: Looking at Data through the Eyes of Experts, and I have to say, I would highly recommend it for anyone interested in either data visualization or basic data analytics. There are twenty […]

A new infographic – please comment

November 2, 2011 by

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This is going to be a short post. I recently made an infographic for a client.  It actually started out as a poster for an academic conference, which was why I went with a simple, white/blue/black design, but they wanted a web-compatible format as well.  I have almost no experience with this kind of work, […]

Using data visualization for educational reform

October 31, 2011 by

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I recently wrote a brief post suggesting that data visualization may, in fact, have a place in education. I think a recent find from BYU may be able to elucidate this point further. David Wiley, a Professor at Brigham Young, suggests that teachers may want to visualize test grades in an easily understandable form using a new […]

[Repost] Taxonomy vs. iconography in data visualization

October 3, 2011 by

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This is a repost from a previous date. During college I worked at the University of Chicago Special Collections, where they keep the old, valuable, and/or particularly noteworthy volumes in the Library’s collection, among other things. It is a very, very cool place (if you are in Chicago, it is definitely a place to see […]

Strangers in Paris: census maps, layering, and data compression

April 20, 2011 by

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I have been working on a blog series on census data visualizations for another site (which will be reproduced here when it’s all up). First of all, I am using that as an excuse to justify how little I have been posting in the last couple of weeks. However, there is also something I could […]

Why visualize data? We don’t know (yet)

March 13, 2011 by

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What is the ultimate goal of data visualization?  A recent post on Jan Willem Tulp’s blog outlines some of the controversies in how, and why, you communicate data visually.  Writing about the Dutch InfoGraphics Conference 2011: The keynote was presented by Gert K. Nielsen, the founder of VisualJournalism.com. Though he is a great speaker and […]

W.E.B. Du Bois, radical visualization, and the transformative power of information

February 28, 2011 by

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First of all, I apologize for my brief absence.  I was at Morehouse College presenting a paper (that doesn’t really have anything to do with my blog).  While I was at the airport waiting for my late flight, however, I stumbled on a post over at L. Eckstein’s fantastic blog, All My Eyes.  Her post uncovers a set […]

In defense of the bar chart

February 22, 2011 by

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From the New York Times comes a visualization that is not all that surprising, but still unnerving.  This is not a bar chart. (Via NYT) Is this effective?  Yes and no.  For one, the coloration is good; red and darker colors stand out, drawing our attention to our dismal statistics.  But let’s compare this to […]