Best of the visualisation web… July 2012 (part 1)

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. If you follow me on Twitter you will see many of these items shared as soon as I find them.

Here’s part one of the latest collection from July 2012 (see part two):

Stamen | Announcing their superb watercolour city map prints for sale | Prints

Smart Data Collective | Interesting article about the development and usage of parallel coordinates or ‘II-coords’ | Article

SND | Interview with IN GRAPHICS Editor, Jan Schwochow | Interview

The Guardian | The Guardian create a fun retro interactive to let users discover their likely position in a variety of races | Interactive

The Guardian | …and how they built it | Article

NPR | Visualising the US drought by the NPR… | Interactive

New York Times | … and here’s another great piece about the drought, this time the small multiples design by the NYT | Static Visualisation

Chartsnthings | … and a process narrative from Kevin Quealy about how this was constructed | Process Narrative

The Functional Art | Alberto interviews Gregor Aisch and Jan Willem Tulp: ‘The rise of European visualization’ | Interview

MLS | Adidas and MLS announce world’s first smart soccer league | Article

Flowing Data | Nathan shares details of the ‘Computing for Data Analysis’ free course on Coursera | Learning

Life and Code | A huge list of resources (with journalists in mind but useful for anyone) to help them begin to write their own programmes | Resources

Chance | Improving Mr. Miyagi’s Coaching Style: Teaching Data Analytics with Interactive Data Visualizations | Article

Spatial Analysis | Editorial discussing ‘visualisation tools for understanding big data’ | Article

Journalism | Sixteen tips for better data journalism from the BBC, Guardian and Wales Online | Article

Vimeo | Some ideas for visualizing the growing data collected at football matches | Video

Newspaper Design | Interview with NYT Sergio Peçanha, who ‘loves simplicity’ | Interview

Lifehacker | ‘I’m Hilary Mason, and this is how I work’ – interview with bitly’s Chief Scientist | Interview

FastCo Design | Vizify Turns Your Social Network Into An Infographic About Your Life | Article

John Keefe | NYPD stop and frisk data mapped | Interactive

Flowing Data | More particle flow type visualisation, this time of the Great Lakes’ currents | Static Visualisation

FastCo Design | Infographic: A Street Map Of Famous Places In The Movies | Infographic

PJIM | Volume IV, Issue 3 of Parsons Journal for Information Mapping | Journal

Why Axis | Nice analysis of the WSJ Political Moneyball visualisation | Article | Santiago Ortiz attempts to find all the possible ways to visualize a small data set of just two numbers | Article/Experiment

Information Visualization (journal) | Pixel bar charts: a visualization technique for very large multi-attribute data sets | Paper

emoto | ‘Our experience of the opening weekend’ – narrative of the key insights from the Olympics opening weekend via the emoto project | Article

O’Reilly | Think Like a Programmer: An Introduction to Creative Problem Solving by V. Anton Spraul | Book

BBC Internet Blog | Olympic Data Services and the Interactive Video Player | Article

Guggenheim Blog | Data VisualizationL Its Pretty but is it Useful? | Article

Eye Magazine | Founding father of infodesign: How Will Burtin used design for science in exhibitions and magazines | Article

Eye Magazine | Training the big guns: Peter Sullivan’s newspaper war visuals 1970s & 80s | Article

Eye Magazine | Crashing through the type: Time magazine infographics by Nigel Holmes 1970s | Article

Green Plum | Videos from the Data Science Summit 2012 | Videos

Solve for Interesting | ‘Big Data is our generation’s civil rights issue and we don’t know it’ | Article

O’Reilly | Python for Data Analysis: Agile Tools for Real World Data, By Wes McKinney | Book

Interaction Design | Visual Aesthetics
in human-computer interaction and interaction design, by Noam Tractinsky | Article

OUseful | Getting Started With The Gephi Network Visualisation App – My Facebook Network, Part I | Tutorial

Linnaeus University | Degree project ‘Visualization of Weather Data: Temperate trend visualization’ | Paper


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

1. 10 significant visualisation developments: January to June 2012 – July 11th, 2012

2. Discussion: Is data visualisation gender blind? – July 23rd, 2012

3. Minimalist Olympic rings design – but is it accurate? – July 14th, 2012

4. Article: The 8 hats of data visualisation design – June 26th, 2012

5. Best of the visualisation web… June 2012 (part 1) – July 10th, 2012


Jim DavenportAugust 29th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

As always, your Best-of list ruins my morning with an overload of interesting reading!

Andy KirkAugust 29th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Ha ha, sorry Jim!

Alfred InselbergAugust 30th, 2012 at 10:35 am

Great list, thanks.

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