tecznotes

  • 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…
    - 45 days ago 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…
    - 53 days ago 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,…
    - 77 days ago 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 -
  • district plans by the hundredweight
    For the past month, I’ve been researching legislative redistricting to see if there’s a way to apply what I know of geography and software. With a number of interesting changes happening including Wisconsin’s legal battle, Nicholas Stephanopoul…
    - 20 Mar 17, 6:57pm -

Information Is Beautiful

  • The UK’s #Brexit Options in the Eurozone complex – visualized!
    The Eurozone? The European Economic Area? The European Free-Trade Area? The European Customs Union? Whaaat? A graphic that hopefully clarifies the complexity the European Union and the UK’s various routes for Brexit. Inspired by this Bloomberg grap…
    - 36 days ago 19 Jun 17, 2:09pm -
  • Announcing the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2017
    The Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2017 is now open, celebrating the world’s most excellent information design. To mark our sixth year – and the increasing importance of data visualization & infographics across all media – we’re re…
    - 47 days ago 8 Jun 17, 2:52pm -
  • What Streaming Music Services Pay
    Spotify. Apple. Pandora. Compared & visualized.
    - 48 days ago 7 Jun 17, 3:00pm -
  • We’re hiring
    Two rare and excellent freelance posts have opened up at IIB: Digital / Software Project Manager on our high-end dataviz software VizSweet Junior artworker / designer at Information is Beautiful Both remote-working. Rare opportunities to join our…
    - 50 days ago 5 Jun 17, 1:00pm -
  • UK Government Spending: Incomes & Outcomes
    Election time again in the UK. All sides broadcasting assertive pledges backed by hazy figures. Here’s a visualisation that quantifies & contextualises UK government incomes and outcomes. Three ways to see the data: billions, % of budget, and amoun…
    - 52 days ago 3 Jun 17, 8:34am -

Cool Infographics

  • !Laniakea: Visualizing Our Home Supercluster
    Very cool new visualization of Laniakea: Our Home Supercluster, which is the supercluster of galaxies that includes the Milky Way. Check out the video and article from Nature.com.This is potentially the most detailed map of the universe to date, an…
    - 18 hours ago 24 Jul 17, 1:00pm -
  • Disney Live Action Movies: Best (And Worst)
    The Disney Dollars infographic from FUN.com compares the total box office revenue for all of Disney's live action movie franchises.Disney live action films have a long history of wonderful stories, memorable characters, and some big (and by big we…
    - 5 days ago 19 Jul 17, 9:45pm -
  • Presenting Data Effectively by Stephanie Evergreen!
    The updated 2nd Edition of Presenting Data Effectively by Dr. Stephanie Evergreen was just released! This is a fabulous resource, and the new edition includes full color images and screenshots as well as new content!During JULY 2017, I am giving aw…
    - 11 days ago 13 Jul 17, 7:20pm -
  • Every Total Solar Eclipse in your Lifetime
    With the upcoming eclipse moving across the U.S. in August, Denise Lu at the Washington Post has created some fantastic visualizations of Every Total Solar Eclipse Happening in your Lifetime.On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible from…
    - 13 days ago 12 Jul 17, 2:15pm -
  • Fictional Travel Times Compared
    The Fictional Travel Times infographic from TravelMath compares the speeds from many fictional characters and vehicles from comics, TV and movies.The universe is a big place – being faster than a speeding bullet is a crawling pace when it comes…
    - 14 days ago 11 Jul 17, 12:00pm -

FlowingData

  • !Charting bird egg shapes, and why so many varieties
    Bird eggs come in all shapes and sizes, and people didn’t really know why. After analyzing a number of variables, researchers think they found their answer.After crunching the numbers,…Tags: eggs, nature
    - 50 mins ago 25 Jul 17, 5:58am -
  • !An interactive to explain histograms, for normal people
    Histograms require some statistical knowledge to grasp, and without the tidbits, the distribution chart looks like any other bar chart. So much more though. They can show a lot about…Tags: distribution, histogram
    - 16 hours ago 24 Jul 17, 2:27pm -
  • Shazam music recognition maps
    Shazam is a service with an app that lets you point your phone towards some music to identify the name and artist of a song. For a hack day, Umar…Tags: Eric Fischer, Shazam
    - 4 days ago 21 Jul 17, 7:05am -
  • Boost economy with immigration
    Want to increase the GDP? Easy. Let more immigrants in. Lena Groeger for ProPublica:In an analysis for ProPublica, Adam Ozimek and Mark Zandi at Moody’s Analytics, an independent economics…Tags: economy, immigration
    - 4 days ago 20 Jul 17, 6:58pm -
  • Gender representation in comic books
    Amanda Shendruk for The Pudding analyzed how genders are represented differently in comic books, focusing on “naming conventions, types of superpowers, and the composition of teams to see how male…Tags: comics, gender, The Pudding
    - 5 days ago 20 Jul 17, 8:00am -

Plotly

  • Creating Crisp Graphs for Mobile
    According to comScore’s 2017 U.S. Cross-Platform Future in Focus, as of December 2016, 69% of digital media is consumed via a smartphone or tablet, with the remaining 31% going to desktop computers.This is in stark contrast to data from late 2013…
    - 35 days ago 20 Jun 17, 10:43am -
  • Data Bites: 7 TV Shows that Jumped the Shark
    There is a fine line between keeping your viewers interested, intrigued, and emotionally invested and crossing the line with a stunt whose main purpose is to spark their waning interest.If a television series has pulled off the latter, it is (at be…
    - 60 days ago 26 May 17, 10:46am -
  • Taking the World’s Pulse on Climate Change
    As a meteorologist who doubles as a blogger and content creator for Plotly, I’m naturally drawn to data that deals with the atmosphere, both in the space of weather and climate.A brief introduction: I’m Ben Noll (https://twitter.com/BenNollWeat…
    - 96 days ago 20 Apr 17, 11:15am -
  • Teach Yourself Code-Free Chart Animations with Secret Messages
    Plotly’s latest invention? Something akin to “invisible ink.” That’s right – Plotly users can harness our new animation functionality to create charts, code-free (!), with secret messages.One of the earliest writers to mention invisible i…
    - 28 Mar 17, 9:15am -
  • Bioinformaticians in Plotly
    Bioinfo-what?! At Plotly, we’re proud of our diverse and talented user base. In this post, we show off the work of our bioinformaticians. In case you didn’t know:Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that develops methods and software t…
    - 1 Mar 17, 9:35am -

Visualizing Data

  • !Visualising Data RSS feed
    Sometimes, site editors like me are ignorant to the fact their RSS feed is not working and that thousands of keen readers and potentially valuable customers are cruelly being denied access to this rich array of award-winning and award-losing content.…
    - 23 hours ago 24 Jul 17, 8:00am -
  • Help me create a gif flipbook of my book
    I recently passed the 1 year anniversary since my book was published and I was thinking about how I might mark this event. Regular visitors to the site over the past few years will know that I'm somebody who is up for running the occasional experimen…
    - 6 days ago 19 Jul 17, 2:59pm -
  • The little of visualisation design: Part 41
    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 41 appeared first o…
    - 7 days ago 18 Jul 17, 8:21am -
  • Think like a journalist
    One of the standard pieces of advice I (and most others in a similar position) give to people looking to develop their data visualisation skills is to constantly seek opportunities to practice. Every task is different, every dataset presents new chal…
    - 9 days ago 16 Jul 17, 10:18am -
  • Best of the visualisation web… May 2017
    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 May 2017.The post Best of the…
    - 12 days ago 13 Jul 17, 10:57am -