Best of the visualisation web… October 2011

At the end of each month I pull together a collection of links to some of the most relevant, interesting or thought-provoking articles I’ve come across during the previous month. If you follow me on Twitter and Google+ you will see many of these items shared as soon as I find them. Here’s the latest collection from a October 2011:

blprnt | 138 Years of Popular Science

A List Apart | Take Control of Your Maps (from 2008)

Air Traffic ContrLOL | Incredible live feed of Air Traffic Control data

NYT Sunday Review | It’s All Connected: An Overview of the Euro Crisis

Visual Communication Lab Blog | Announcing Historio: A tool for rewriting history

Think Vitamin | Art and the Web: Color

Bret Victor | “Things I’m thinking about, AKA Research”

Fathom | Changing Fortune

Data Remixed | Comparing Word Usage in Sacred Writings

Christoph Viau | Scripting Inkscape with d3.js

Mike Bostock GitHub | Some of Mike Bostock’s presentation slides about D3 from his VisWeek talk

o’Reilly Radar | Data journalism and “Don Draper moments” – Alastair Dant on how tech, data and narrative come together at The Guardian.

New York Times | The Default Choice, So Hard to Resist

Guardian | The future of UK aid – Interactive

blprnt | Quick Tutorial: Twitter & Processing

blprnt | UPDATED: Quick Tutorial – Processing & Twitter

Smashing Magazine | Design is About Solving Problems | Design Education: Brilliance Without Substance

Six Revisions | Gestalt Principles Applied in Design

Fastco Design | Gorgeous Vintage Floodplain Maps That Look Like Modern Art

Greg Judelman | M.Sc. Thesis – Knowledge Visualization

Fastco Design | Infographic Of The Day: The Re-Redesigned London Tube Map

Yahoo | The Yahoo Mail Visualizer

Eager Eyes | The Many Names of Visualization

Epic Graphic | The Sunday Times Does Data Visualisation

Fell in Love with Data | Tools from the Pros #3: Jan Willem Tulp on D3 and Protovis

Fell in Love with Data | Shaking our heads won’t make visualization any better

Flowing Data | Nobel laureates by country and prize

Flowing Data | The Don’ts of Infographic Design

Infosthetics | Interview: A View Behind the Scenes of… Viral Infographics

Infosthetics | Opinion Visualization: What Do People Feel about their Economic Outlook

Infosthetics | Showing Geo-Located Points with the ‘HexBin’ Method

Drawar | The Squiggle Of The Design Process

O’Reilly Radar | Visualization of the Week: Sentiment in the Bible

World Economic Forum | Global Agenda Survey 2011

Silicon Angle | Q&A with Tableau Software Chief Scientist and Co-Founder Pat Hanrahan

Techcrunch | Raises $2 Million To Make Even More Infographics

Graphic Sociology | Visualizing world population growth

The Why Axis | Interactive Hurricane Trackers and Transforming Viewers into Users – a review

Understanding Graphics | Infoposters Are Not Infographics: A Comparison

Under the Raedar | Mapping Methods

UX Mag | The Psychologist’s View of UX Design

Jim Vallandingham | Recreating Old Visualizations with New Technology

Worry Dream | Up and down the ladder of abstraction

Worry Dream | Magic Ink – Information Software and the Graphical Interface

Flowing Data | Where people don’t use Facebook

Infosthetics | The Atlas of Economic Complexity: Visualizing Global Economic Growth

Buzz Feed | Occupy Your Money

Matthew Ericson | Visualizing the News at AIGA

Matthew Ericson | When Maps Shouldn’t Be Maps

Fastco Design | Infographic: If 7 Billion People Lived In One City, How Big Would It Be?

The Guardian | The UN predicts the world’s population explosion: visualised

The Guardian | Public spending by UK government department: an interactive guide

NASA | NASA Releases Visual Tour of Earth’s Fires

Perceptual Edge | Report from VisWeek 2011: Is information visualization a science?

Perceptual Edge | VisWeek – What Constitutes the Best Research?

Present Your Story | MTA’s New Interactive Transit Map Design

Smashing Magazine | The Do’s And Don’ts Of Infographic Design (Editor – but not quite on the money…)

Nieman Journalism Lab | Word clouds considered harmful

TEDTalks | Richard Seymour: How beauty feels

Tech@State Data Visualizaton | Edward Tufte presentation

Views of the World | The Human Shape of Germany in HD | Q&A With Mahir Yavuz

Wired | Q&A: Nick Halstead on mining Twitter’s firehose with Datasift

Microsoft/YouTube | Productivity Future Vision (2011)

Pitch Interactive | Word Frequency Comparison Between the Bible and the Quran


Presenting the top five most popular posts on Visualising Data during October 2011:

1. Google+ launches ‘Ripples’ visualisation

2. Best of the visualisation web… September 2011

3. Part 7: The essential collection of visualisation resources

4. Google Analytics introduces ‘visitor flow’ visualisation

5. Part 8: The essential collection of visualisation resources


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David CurryNovember 9th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

This is most appreciated, although a bit daunting in terms of the apparent investment in time to actually engage the whole list…might you be able to include the full twitter summary you might have used (or alternate annotation) to help provide a way to navigate more efficiently?

David Curry
Managing Principal

FrancisNovember 9th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Indeed, this looks like a great resource built on a lot of good work. Maybe organizing it in a few categories (good visualizations, tools, videos, events…) would help the reader to zoom in?

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Andy KirkNovember 16th, 2011 at 9:25 am

Thanks for the feedback and suggestions David &Francis. You mention the daunting nature of trying to read through it, I can appreciate that – because its equally so pulling it together! Whilst it is a popular monthly post it does take me a long time to collate so I rarely look forward to facing the task! But it is worth it, I hope. I don’t think the twitter summaries will necessarily work or will be that practical to retrieve but I’ll try add more description. Also, if I carve out a bit more time when publishing each one I’ll see if I can incorporate some sense of categorisation. Thanks again!