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A live demo of Microsoft’s Pivot, an interactive visualization engine to explore through large data smoothly, by chunking large data into large datasets. Definitely worth a look.

Ancient Book

March 2, 2010

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A colleague pointed me at an ancient, but interesting book: a circa 1939 textbook on graphical presentation of data:

William Brinton. Graphic Presentation. Brinton Associates, 1939.

Available online.

In light of Mike G’s talk on Tue at the Physics dept., the following article from NYT today is very relevant.

When we talk about colors and color harmonies, its often hard to see what kinds of things pros use to create their images. This is a really interesting visualization of the color palettes used in ads. The images are pretty striking: Lucious (by Viegas and Wattenberg).

This is a really simple, but a simply amazing visualization. Proof that one doesn’t need moving parts, fireworks and sound-effects to make a wonderful visualization that conveys the subject matter effectively.

Movie Narrative Charts (by Randall Munroe)

This infographic shows the interaction between various characters in movies. Though mainly intended for geek humor, some valuable insights can be drawn from such approaches nonetheless. It is effective at visualizing which events involve more complex interaction between key characters, while at the same time making it possible to see the narrative trail each character followed before that (surprisingly, the visual encoding is also perceptually clear enough). This approach could prove valuable in studying historical material with focus on interaction between key figures.


February 12, 2010

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This amazing visualization uses animation and great story telling, but, wait, there is more… it also explains how it went from a spreadsheet full of numbers to the little movie. What a journey. Munzner would be proud.

I know most of our examples are from the digital world, but this is very cool indeed: a paper map, zoomable by virtue of clever folding:

Hans Rosling’s TED presentation on international economic development issues. Pure genius of information visualisation, transforming time-series changes into a kind of sportscasting.


February 4, 2010

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Some of you might be wondering what’s going on when we bring up “Cartograms” – here is a nice example of a continuous cartogram, courtesy of Brian Yandell:

See 2008 election by state geographically or warped by population size