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Density Design’s Dust Platform

Density Design’s Dust Platform | visual data | Scoop.it

Dust is an ongoing research project developed for Iridescent Learning, an American NGO. The project’s aim is to provide a freely available, web based information visualization tool that supports parents in exploring and comparing the educational offerings from selected major cities in the United States.

Supported by geographical maps and close-up visualizations users can create custom profiles based on their needs and priorities and then perform a search for the most appropriate schools for their children. Dust aims to combine the capability of information visualization in depicting synthetic views of complex, multidimensional, and georeferenced data; with a rich, yet intuitive, web-user experience.

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New data tool creates visual model of information from readers

New data tool creates visual model of information from readers | visual data | Scoop.it

Not many years ago, data visualization was a field of charts, graphs & diagrams. But today, we can quickly transform mountains of data into a liquid medium- interactive computer graphics, presenting a new palette of possibilities.

Skyline is an interactive visualization of responses from sources in the Public Insight Network. It’s intended to quickly show how many people responded to a PIN query, how much they had to say and then, when you "drill down" into the Skyline, to allow you to read those responses in detail.

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5 Amazing Data Visualization Tools

5 Amazing Data Visualization Tools | visual data | Scoop.it

Want to create your own maps, graphs, charts, and diagrams but don’t have the software to do it? Here are five top-notch applications which will let you create professional quality data visualizations for free.

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The Design Behind 'How Many Really' | BERG

The Design Behind 'How Many Really' | BERG | visual data | Scoop.it

'How Big Really' is a solid, easy to digest punch of information that translates unknown quantities into something instantly recognisable. 'How Many Really' is the second part of the experiment, and this is a little write up of the design process.

How many really is an entirely different beast to How big really. Rather than each dimension being a solid, one shot hit, the value is in backing up simple visuals with interesting narratives. We spent almost as much time on the written aspect of stories as we did on the aesthetics and interaction. I hope it gives a little context to numbers and figures we often take for granted. Please do have a browse around!

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VisWeek – What Constitutes the Best Research?

VisWeek – What Constitutes the Best Research? | visual data | Scoop.it

Context-preserving visual links are lines that connect items in a visualization or set of related visualizations to highlight those items and thus make them easier to find, and do so in a way that minimally occludes other information. There are many ways that items can be highlighted. The best methods apply visual attributes to those items that we perceive preattentively, causing them to pop out in the display. This approach highlights items without adding meaningless visual content to the display. As you can see in the following example of context-preserving visual links, items are highlighted by the addition of lines to connect them.

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Archive Gallery: The Power of Data

Archive Gallery: The Power of Data | visual data | Scoop.it

Supercomputers, search functions and the scattering of personal data to the four winds...

Now that we've spent time looking at all the incredible ways data is gathered, computed, analyzed and used, we thought we'd take a look through the archives to see how we got to this data age to begin with.

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Telling Stories with Data – VisWeek 2011

Telling Stories with Data – VisWeek 2011 | visual data | Scoop.it

"Data storytelling" is all the rage on websites ranging from international news outlets, to political and economic organizations, to personal blogs. Indeed, this trend has captured the attention of those who research and work in information visualization. Scores of both aspiring and seasoned visual storytellers descended on the Telling Stories with Data workshop that we organized this year to discuss and learn about visualization storytelling tools, issues, and contexts...

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6 Reasons Most Infographics Don't Cut It

6 Reasons Most Infographics Don't Cut It | visual data | Scoop.it

You can also use infographics to tell a (short) story. That's OK, as long as it's compelling and doesn't work better as a text narrative. The 20 things worth knowing about beer doesn't need numerical data to be interesting. (Note, may be best viewed at home.)

But many other infographics just slop together some random facts and figures without contributing much at all. The whole point of an infographic is that you can convey something visually that's difficult to convey with just text. A few cutesy icons and some stats do not an infographic make. Well, not a good one, anyway...

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Why You Need to Visualize Big Data

Why You Need to Visualize Big Data | visual data | Scoop.it

We live in an age of data. It’s everywhere. From the basic metric package that tells you how many people visited your blog on cheese to the thousands of pieces of data and analytics that flow daily into the clutches of Big business – it’s everywhere we look and shaping everything we do. And now, we want to see it.

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Visualization deconstructed: Why animated geospatial data works

Visualization deconstructed: Why animated geospatial data works | visual data | Scoop.it
When you plot geographic data onto the scenery of a map and then create a shifting window into that scene through the sequence of time, you create a deep, data-driven story.

One of the most powerful examples of interactive visualization is the animation of geospatial data. In its simplest state, this is geographical data with a timestamp, but when you plot this data onto the scenery of a map and then create a shifting window and a data-driven story.

So what are the design elements and characteristics that make these visualizations so powerful?

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Stunning Charts On The Rise Of Manufacturing Complexity

Stunning Charts On The Rise Of Manufacturing Complexity | visual data | Scoop.it

The products we use everyday are complex combinations of specialized knowledge.
Harvard and MIT released a report, "The Atlas of Economic Complexity," visually mapping the vast knowledge contained within the products we use. And then they show how complex products benefit a country's economy and growth...

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Visual Storytelling: New Language for the Information Age

Visual Storytelling: New Language for the Information Age | visual data | Scoop.it
We now live in a world where information is potentially unlimited. Information is cheap, but meaning is expensive.

Over the past several years, our quest to extract meaning from information has taken us more and more towards the realm of visual storytelling — we’ve used data visualization to reveal hidden patterns about the world, employed animation in engaging kids with important issues, and let infographics distill human emotion. In fact, our very brains are wired for the visual over the textual by way of the pictorial superiority effect.

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Infographics – The Latest Designing Avenue

Infographics – The Latest Designing Avenue | visual data | Scoop.it
The reason for this is the great throughput of online businesses with just the right amount of “eye-candy”. Certainly though, this eye-candy must be used properly. A simple methodology has changed online business forever, “Infographics”.

Infographics can be visualized as some of the charts and graphs that most of us would have seen, and used too while using different Microsoft products like Word & PowerPoint. But, of course, as the time changes the trends change too. So, just as Web 1.0 has transformed into Web 2.0; the infographics today are much more sophisticated than the ones from yesteryear i.e. those simple pie charts and bar graphs...

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The Most Important Piece of an Infographic

The Most Important Piece of an Infographic | visual data | Scoop.it

A solid idea is the essential foundation of a great infographic. While this may sound obvious, it is the most common mistake made by companies developing infographics today, leading to a slew of poorly thought-out visual disasters.

I aim to spotlight a few of these pitfalls, to help you first recognize what you are trying to do, then identify the types of ideas that will help you achieve it.

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Paper: Privacy-Preserving Visualization

Paper: Privacy-Preserving Visualization | visual data | Scoop.it

The point of visualization is usually to reveal as much of the structure of a dataset as possible. But what if the data is sensitive or proprietary, and the person doing the analysis is not supposed to be able to know everything about it? In a paper to be presented next week at InfoVis, my Ph.D. student Aritra Dasgupta and I describe the issues involved in privacy-preserving visualization, and propose a variation of parallel coordinates that controls the amount of information shown to the user.

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Stefanie Posavec: Creates her data-viz projects by hand

Stefanie Posavec: Creates her data-viz projects by hand | visual data | Scoop.it

Now that there are entire programming languages dedicated to automating data visualization, you couldn't be faulted for assuming that Stefanie Posavec creates her dizzingly intricate infographics with algorithmic help. But you'd be wrong. In this gorgeous video profile by Protein, Posavec reveals that she analyzes and creates her data-viz projects by hand.


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Sense of Patterns: Visualizing Mobility Data

Sense of Patterns: Visualizing Mobility Data | visual data | Scoop.it

Sense of Patterns is an on-going project, a series of printed data visualizations aiming to depict the behaviors of masses in different public spaces.

The visualizations focus on the patterns of moving entities like commuters, cars and public transportation vehicles, as well as the interaction between such entities and physical structures like roads, sidewalks, buildings and parks. The project intends to provide strong visuals on experiences in our daily lives in different cities.

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A Tour Through the Visualization Zoo

A Tour Through the Visualization Zoo | visual data | Scoop.it

Thanks to advances in sensing, networking, and data management, our society is producing digital information at an astonishing rate. According to one estimate, in 2010 alone we will generate 1,200 exabytes — 60 million times the Library of Congress. Within this deluge of data lies a wealth of valuable information on how we conduct our businesses, governments, and personal lives. To put the information to good use, we must find ways to meaningfully explore, relate, and communicate the data.

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Philosophical Ideas to Shapes & Colors

Philosophical Ideas to Shapes & Colors | visual data | Scoop.it

Genis Carreras uses minimal graphic design to explain some of the world's thorniest philosophical ideas, from relativism to atheism. It takes the Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 28,250 words to explain the relativism. It takes Genis Carreras 32 words and a single image: an ingenious blur of overlapping gray circles on a gray background. If you ask me, he doesn’t even need the text.

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Stefanie Posavec on Her Obsessive Analog Data Visualization

Stefanie Posavec on Her Obsessive Analog Data Visualization | visual data | Scoop.it
Inside the brain of one of today's most creative information patternists.

In the age of computational data visualization, part of what makes Posavec’s work so remarkable is that so much of it is code-free, done entirely by hand, with pencil and paper, extracting fascinating data patterns from ordinary subjects. A wonderful short film offers a rare glimpse of Posavec’s creative process and a priceless tour of the wonderland that is her mind...

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Infographic Of The Day: Bloomberg & Frog Turn Raw Data Into Branding

Infographic Of The Day: Bloomberg & Frog Turn Raw Data Into Branding | visual data | Scoop.it

Tasked with creating a corporate page for Bloomberg, frog had to figure out the central theme of all its myriad businesses: Data, which they then used as a clever bit of branding.

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A Visual Thesaurus of the English Language

A Visual Thesaurus of the English Language | visual data | Scoop.it

One of the very first examples of visualization that succeeds in merging beauty with function is Visual Thesaurus, a subscription-based online thesaurus and dictionary that shows the relationships between words through a beautiful interactive map.

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MindTimeMaps.com - Mapping the world of thinking

MindTimeMaps.com - Mapping the world of thinking | visual data | Scoop.it
In only minutes MindTime maps reveal vital information about how thinking shapes our world - as individuals and organizations.

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Edward Tufte forum: ET Modern

Edward Tufte forum: ET Modern | visual data | Scoop.it

Edward Tufte wrote, designed, and self-published four classic books on analytical design. These books have received 30 awards for content and design and have 2 million copies in print. The New York Times described Edward Tufte as the 'da Vinci of data' and Business Week as the 'Galileo of graphics'.

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DataAppeal lets you create your own location-based infographics

DataAppeal lets you create your own location-based infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
It’s often said that we’re in the midst of the information age, which may help explain why there’s been a surge in infographics in recent years – they make data just that little bit more…palatable. But if you’re more of a spreadsheets kind of person than an artist, this application could be what you’re looking for.

DataAppeal is a Web-based, data-design visualization application that allows users to transform their location-based data into infographics through the creation of 3D and animated maps.

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