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

  • 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…
    - 37 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…
    - 62 days ago 26 Mar 18, 5:15pm -
  • Intermental – A Glossary of (Possible) Tech-Induced Mental Disorders [INTERACTIVE]
    Infogestion. Ampulsivity. Dingeing. Is tech creating new states of consciousness & behaviours? Recognise any? Vote for any you recognise and we’ll return with an analysis of our findings. » Click our ‘charticle’ obsessively
    - 1 Feb 18, 3:49pm -
  • Rhetological Fallacies [INTERACTIVE]
    An interactive list of logical fallacies & rhetorical devices with everyday examples. Now in nine languages. Floss that brain. Never be duped again! » See the graphic
    - 23 Jan 18, 10:10am -
  • Wikipedia’s Lamest Edit Wars 2018
    Aluminium or Aluminum? “Gas” or “Petrol”? Should a photo of a giant spider really be placed in the entry for ‘arachnophobia’? Explore some of the longest, lamest edit wars on Wikipedia in this interactive infographic. » See the graphic
    - 15 Jan 18, 5:20pm -

Cool Infographics

  • 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…
    - 2 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…
    - 5 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…
    - 13 days ago 15 May 18, 3:15pm -
  • Animated Visualization of First Leaf Appearance
    Spring is coming! Jeremy White at the NY Times has animated data from the USA National Phenology Network showing the average dates of "first leaf" across the U.S.In some cases, an animated data visualziation is better at communicating the data to…
    - 40 days ago 18 Apr 18, 4:00pm -
  • Creating Clickable Social Cards
    The How to Create Clickable Social Cards infographic walks you through the process of using the AnyImage.io site to create social media cards for any of the major social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.AnyImage is…
    - 44 days ago 13 Apr 18, 6:40pm -

FlowingData

  • Increasing similarity of Billboard songs
    Popular songs on the Billboard charts always tended to sound similar, but these…Tags: Billboard, music, Pudding, songs
    - 3 days ago 25 May 18, 7:23am -
  • Fast and slow visualization
    Visualization is often described in the context of speed and efficiency. Get the…Tags: efficiency, Elijah Meeks, insight
    - 4 days ago 24 May 18, 10:57am -
  • When surveillance turns into stalking
    Many surveillance apps cater to parents who want to keep tabs on their…Tags: ethics, privacy, surveillance
    - 4 days ago 23 May 18, 8:14pm -
  • Amazon Rekognition for government surveillance
    Amazon’s Rekognition is a video analysis system that promises to identify individuals in…Tags: Amazon, government, surveillance
    - 5 days ago 23 May 18, 10:47am -
  • Basketball Stat Cherry Picking
    Wow your friends during the game with random win percentages, based on various player stats.Tags: basketball, cherrypicking
    - 5 days ago 22 May 18, 9:38pm -

Plotly

  • 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…
    - 5 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…
    - 83 days ago 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 -
  • Assessing Global Health, One 📈 at a Time
    The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation website is a treasure trove of data. On a semi-regular basis, the institute publishes data visualizations using the daily freely available on the website.While the data is “freely available” on th…
    - 1 Nov 17, 9:49am -

Visualizing Data

  • The little of visualisation design: Part 52
    This is part of a series of posts about the 'little of visualisation design', respecting the small decisions that make a big difference towards the good and bad of this discipline.The post The little of visualisation design: Part 52 appeared first o…
    - 4 days ago 24 May 18, 2:45pm -
  • Best of the visualisation web… February 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 February 2018.The post Best o…
    - 24 days ago 4 May 18, 10:39am -
  • Promotional vid for my new online data viz course
    I recently posted details of a new online data visualisation course I have developed for Sage Campus that is now open for registration. To assist with the marketing of the course I was asked to work with the filming team to quickly pull together a sh…
    - 24 days ago 4 May 18, 9:09am -
  • The little of visualisation design: Part 51
    This is part of a series of posts about the 'little of visualisation design', respecting the small decisions that make a big difference towards the good and bad of this discipline.The post The little of visualisation design: Part 51 appeared first o…
    - 28 days ago 30 Apr 18, 7:57am -
  • Announcing a new online data visualisation course
    Over the past few months I've been working hard with the team from 'Grow Learning' to develop a brand new online data visualisation course to be launched and offered by Sage campus. I'm delighted to announce that registration is now open for the cour…
    - 41 days ago 16 Apr 18, 4:59pm -