tecznotes

  • planscore: a project to score gerrymandered district plans
    Last winter, I first encountered the new work being done in legislative redistricting and wrote about it in a blog post here. Three groups were pushing for changes to the way we draw lines that could put a halt to GIS-accelerated partisan gerrymander…
    - 17 Oct 17, 5:36pm -
  • blog all dog-eared pages: human transit
    http://images.amazon.com/images/P/1597269727.01._SCMZZZZZZZ.jpg .auto This week, I started at a new company. I’ve joined Remix to work on early-stage product design and development. Remix produces a planning platform for public transit, and one req…
    - 9 Jun 17, 10:31pm -
  • the levity of serverlessness
    As tech marketing jargon goes, “serverless” is a terrible word. There’s always a server and the cloud is just other people’s computers, it’s only a question of who runs it. I like Kate Pearce’s take: The next time you try and use the wor…
    - 2 Jun 17, 5:39am -
  • three open data projects: openstreetmap, openaddresses, and who’s on first
    I work in or near three major global open data collection efforts, and I’ve been asked to explain their respective goals and methods a few times in the past couple months. Each of these three projects tackles a particular slice of geospatial data,…
    - 9 May 17, 4:17pm -
  • building up redistricting data for North Carolina
    The 2020 Decennial Census is getting closer, and activity around legislative redistricting is heating up. It’s normal for states to redraw lines in connection with the Census, but we’re also seeing legal challenges to Republican gerrymanders in s…
    - 6 Apr 17, 6:17pm -

Information Is Beautiful

  • The Drake Equation & Seager Equation – Calculating the chance of extraterrestrial life
    Are we alone in the universe? Is there life on other planets? Or has the Fermi Paradox kicked in? Tune this interactive Drake Equation calculator to reveal the current chances of intelligent alien life in the universe. And play with the lesser-known…
    - 4 days ago 19 Jun 18, 7:06pm -
  • Lifestyle Choices vs Cancer Risk
    Diet, exercise and other choices play a huge role in cancer risk. We worked with The World Cancer Research Fund to chart the latest science. » explore the interactive data-visualization
    - 9 days ago 14 Jun 18, 10:55am -
  • Information is Beautiful Awards 2018
    The Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards is open for 2018. Thanks to our beloved sponsor, we have $25k in cash prizes to give away. 25 expert judges plus a public vote, decide who takes away the trophies. To mark our seventh year honouring the w…
    - 12 days ago 11 Jun 18, 10:55am -
  • Ten 3 Metre Interactive Data-Visualizations in our First Digital Exhibition
    We were honoured to be invited to provide an interactive data-exhibition for the recently opened, Rem Koolhaas-designed Qatar National Library. Simultaneously a public, academic and research library, QNL is a beautiful, light-drenched arena dedicated…
    - 64 days ago 20 Apr 18, 7:45pm -
  • Who Owns Spotify? The Spotify Billionaires.
    Spotify edges closer to a float on the stock market with a valuation of between $6-$20 billion. Who will most likely be receiving a slice of the cash windfall? Our best estimates and guesses – visualized. No surprises that the big four record-compa…
    - 89 days ago 26 Mar 18, 5:15pm -

Cool Infographics

  • Giveaway: Design Better Charts in PowerPoint
    The giveaway for June is ONE FREE PASS to my complete class on Skillshare, 44 minutes for all 10 lessons! Students with a Free Access Link can watch the complete class for free without a Skillshare Premium Membership.Register on the Giveaways Page…
    - 9 days ago 14 Jun 18, 5:45pm -
  • The Family Banners of Westeros
    The Family Banners of Westeros infographic from UK Feather Flags describes the meaning behind the designs on the flags from the popular HBO television show Game of Thrones.Here is an excellent infographic that we have designed which takes a look a…
    - 19 days ago 4 Jun 18, 2:00pm -
  • Digital Photography 101
    The Digital Photography 101 infographic from The Backdrop Store is a great primer for newcomers to the basics of photography.This is a great use of an infographic as a high level summary that invites people to your website and to their much more de…
    - 29 days ago 25 May 18, 7:30pm -
  • The Real Cost of Unproductive Meetings
    Meetings are important to a companies success no matter what the size; however, unproductive meetings can be extremely costly. STL produced The Real Cost of Unproductive Meetings infographic as a guide to help put on the most effient meeting possibl…
    - 31 days ago 23 May 18, 3:00pm -
  • Evolution of the English Alphabet
    Matt Baker, the creater of the Evolution of the English Alphabet chart, traced the English alphabet all the way back to Proto-Sinaitic in 1750 BCE. This chart is a simplified version of his complete work called Writing Systems of the World and both…
    - 39 days ago 15 May 18, 3:15pm -

FlowingData

Plotly

  • What is a SPLOM chart? Making scatterplot matrices in Python
    The scatterplot matrix, known acronymically as SPLOM, is a relatively uncommon graphical tool that uses multiple scatterplots to determine the correlation (if any) between a series of variables.These scatterplots are then organized into a matrix, m…
    - 16 days ago 7 Jun 18, 9:56am -
  • What is a FIPS code? County-level charts in Python
    FIPS codes are five-digit codes that are assigned to each U.S. county.The first two digits identify the state and the last three identify the county.Think of it like a fancy version of a ZIP Code or postal code that distinguishes a county.FIPS co…
    - 31 days ago 23 May 18, 9:57am -
  • How to Create 2D and 3D Interactive Weather Maps in Python and R
    Robert FitzRoy. Source: nzhistory.govt.nz.It was the year 1860. Robert FitzRoy, of England and New Zealand, was using the new telegraph system to gather daily weather observations and produce the first synoptic weather map. He coined the term “we…
    - 6 Mar 18, 8:38am -
  • Where science meets art
    Data visualizations such graphs, charts, presentations, and reports represent the intersection point of your company’s data, statistics, and numbers (i.e. science) and its brand, style, and personality (i.e. art). However, this “marriage” of s…
    - 18 Jan 18, 9:38am -
  • Maximizing the Data-Ink Ratio in Dashboards and Slide Deck
    “Above all else, show the data.“-Edward Tufte, 1983Once referred to by the New York Times as the “Leonardo da Vinci of data,” the work of data visualization expert Edward Tufte has long been an inspiration to Plotly.One of Tufte’s key…
    - 6 Dec 17, 9:18am -

Visualizing Data

  • A further update about the Chartmaker Directory
    Last summer I launched the CHARTMAKER DIRECTORY, an attempt to gather and organise a useful catalogue of references that will offer a good sense of what charts can be made using which tools and, where necessary, how. The post A further update about…
    - 16 days ago 7 Jun 18, 8:15am -
  • Using containers to house skewed data values
    Using the Forbes '100 highest paid athletes' data, I've spent part of the morning work up some basic examples for my teaching materials about the value of containers to house data when it is skewed in different ways.The post Using containers to hous…
    - 17 days ago 6 Jun 18, 12:53pm -
  • Talk slides from Sage webinar
    On Friday I had the pleasure of delivering a webinar presentation hosted by Sage, my book publishers and organisers of my new online training course. The title of my talk was 'Data Visualisation: A Game of Decisions'.The post Talk slides from Sage w…
    - 18 days ago 5 Jun 18, 7:36am -
  • Data visualisation programmes and qualifications
    One of the frequent questions I get asked concerns what qualifications are available to study data visualisation and other related fields. Whilst there has been something of a slow emergence of programmes dedicated to or at least covering this field,…
    - 19 days ago 4 Jun 18, 8:51am -
  • Best of the visualisation web… March 2018
    At the end of each month I pull together a collection of links to some of the most relevant, interesting or thought-provoking web content I’ve come across during the previous month. Here’s the latest collection from March 2018.The post Best of t…
    - 22 days ago 1 Jun 18, 1:37pm -