Best of the visualisation web… April 2014

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 April 2014.


Includes static and interactive visualisation examples, infographics and galleries/collections of relevant imagery.

Social Progress Index | ‘The Social Progress Index offers a rich framework for measuring the multiple dimensions of social progress, benchmarking success, and catalyzing greater human wellbeing.’

Enigma Labs | Nice animated/interactive project showing ‘US Daily Temperature Anomalies 1964-2013′

National Geographic | A range of videographics explaining various matters relating to food around the world

Stanford Kay | Infographic showing the global carbon ‘foot’print. Labelling might be an issue but I like the attempted metaphor.

Twitter | From Brilliant Ads, a very clever ambient/visualisation/ad concept about the consequences of smoking

Washington Post | ‘Where every person lives and works in Manhattan’

Visualizing | Nice curated gallery by Manuel Lima looking at a range of projects that visualise urban patterns

Economist | A new form of interactive static visualisation: representing the odds of being murdered in 5 countries via the chance of a dart hitting the same display. We clearly now must see more dart vis, this needs to be a thing.

Jonathan Hull | Jonathan uses the periodic table framework to good effect, visualising the abundance of elements in the universe, ocean, earth etc.

Washington Post | ‘The depth of the problem’ possibly my first liked tower graphic as it perfectly captures the ludicrous depth of the search for the Malaysian airliner’s black box

Visual Loop | ‘This is Visual Journalism: Special edition dedicated to the awarded infographics at Malofiej 22′

Bloomberg | ‘How Americans Die’ – the latest interactive story from the Bloomberg Visual team

Mapsbynik | Mapping the census blocks where nobody lives in the US

Sensory Maps | Kate launches her latest ‘Smellmap’ – this time for Amsterdam

das Referenz | Typically elegant and briliant work from Raureif to create a free reader app for Wikipedia. Also check out the in-depth design process article link.

The Upshot | ‘A Map of Baseball Nation’ – Facebook fans by zip code.

Fathom | ‘A look at the history of Miles Davis’ career and collaborations according to his (400) recording sessions as documented by the Jazz Discography Project.’

Washington Post | Visual article with some wonderful interactive/animated devices detailing the ‘intensive care’ required for the damaged dome of the US Capitol.

New York Times | ‘How Minorities Have Fared in States With Affirmative Action Bans’

WYNC | ‘Tracking Tickets for Dangerous Driving, by Precinct’

SCMP | Really nice poster quality piece that depicts the biggest players through the history of the Oscars

National Geographic | ‘Nine Cities That Love Their Trees’

Washington Post | ‘Looming: A delayed wallop of pollen’. Nice Gantt-chart style graphic


The emphasis on these items is that they are less about visualisation images and are more article-focused, so includes discussion, discourse, interviews and videos

FiveThirtyEight | Interesting exploration of the ongoing exclusion of women in Hollywood, with analysis of the Bechdel test

The Guardian | ‘Why Google Maps gets Africa wrong’

Visual Loop | ’90 dataviz Tumblr blogs to follow: The ultimate list of Tumblr blogs about data visualization, cartography and data journalism’

Smashrun | Smashrun is an “analytical platform for runners” and contains some terrific looking visualisation work. Browse through the blog to see some of the analysis (the link provided here).

The Why Axis | We’ve had a good chunk of articles and discourse about storytelling, Bryan collates them in one place here…

Eager Eyes | …but here are the ones specifically published during April, starting with Robert’s piece ‘Story: a definition’

Neoformix | Here’s Jeff Clark’s piece ‘A Short Reflection on Storytelling in Data Visualization’

The Functional Art | Alberto also wades in with ‘Annotation, narrative, and storytelling in infographics and visualization’

Fell in Love with Data | Enrico might have been having a bad day at work :) – ‘My (stupid) fear we may, one day, become irrelevant’

Telling Information | Nice short summary from Lulu about her take aways from Malofiej 22…

Earth Observatory | …and here’s Rob Simmon’s more in depth write up from his experience as a judge at Malofiej 22

Chartio | An Interview with Scott Murray, Code Artist… D3 Hero and other such monikers

Stanford | Paper from EuroVis 2013: ‘Selecting Semantically-Resonant Colors for Data Visualization’. Surfacing again now mainly due to…

HBR | This article by Sharon Lin and Jeff Heer: ‘The Right Colours Make Data Easier to Read’

Junk Charts | ‘When to use the start-at-zero rule’

Medium | ‘(Re)defining multimedia journalism: New storytelling forms inspire us’

WonkViz | Less about the subject or analysis, more about the **edit** at the bottom for the importance of misleading interpretations

JND | Article from Don Norman: ‘Predicting too early is as bad as not predicting at all. In making predictions, getting the timing right is as important as getting the idea right.’

Eager Eyes | ‘Review: Manuel Lima, The Book of Trees’

Source | ‘Meet Bloomberg’s dataview: Iterating toward a reusable animated chart flow’

Storytelling With Data | Cole discusses the difference between exploratory and explanatory analysis

nGrain | Really smart demonstration of solutions for ‘looking beyond two dimensions’

Source | ‘Introducing Fourscore: Speedy sentiment-grid making from WNYC + Al Jazeera America’

Learning & Development

These links cover presentations, tutorials, learning opportunities, case-studies, how-tos etc.

Graphitti | Detailed process narrative about Tom MacInnes attempts at ‘his’ first interactive map.

Dashing 3js | Comprehensive set of tutorials and screencasts to help you learn how to make data visualisations with D3.js

The Information Lab | Quick tutorial for ‘Advanced Map Visualisation in Tableau using Alteryx’

Dataplusscience | The first Sankey diagram I’ve seen attempted in Tableau, with a set of notes explaining how it was done

Scribd | Golan Levin’s presentation from Malofiej 22 – ‘Information Arts, Critical Making’

Stat Hunting | A very good, honest and constructive reflection from Steve Fenn about his experiences of taking and responding to (quite brutal) criticism of one of his pieces of work.

Data Remixed | ‘Dimension Line Charts: a (slight) variation on arrow charts’ – nice article from Ben Jones about the issue of (mis)interpreting arrowheads

Lena Groeger | Slides from Lena terrific talk at OpenVis 2014 about the ‘wee things’ in visualisation design

FastCo Labs | ‘The Five Best Libraries For Building Data Visualizations’ with contributions from Moritz Stefaner, Mr D3 Hero, Jan Willem Tulp, Benjamin Wiederkehr and Erik Cunningham

Vimeo | Think I might have shared before but worth another go if so, ‘Webstock ’13: Mike Monteiro – How Designers Destroyed the World’

Peltier Tech Blog | Nice excel tutorial from Jon for ‘Axis Labels That Don’t Block Plotted Data’

PJIM | Always a good read: Volume VI, Issue 2 of the ‘Parson Journal for Information Mapping’

The Why Axis | ‘Today we have better access to health information than ever before but this means little without greater understanding. Visualizing Health is a weapon in the fight to create a culture of health.’

Subject News

Includes announcements within the field, brand new sites, new (to me) sites, new books and generally interesting developments.

Mapbox | Launching Mapbox outdoors – ‘A beautiful new map designed for outdoor adventures.’

Density Design | Updated version of RAW

Visci | Newly discovered site, the impressive ‘Visual Science’: – “a media production service, providing graphical and animation solutions to the industrial, academic and educational sectors” – check out the showreel

TargetProcess | Newly discovered tool for Visual Management: ‘Software to plan and track any process, including Scrum, Kanban and your own.’

Amazon | New book: ‘The Best American Infographics 2014′ edited by Gareth Cook (Disclaimer: I was a member of the ‘brains trust’)

Information is Beautiful Awards | Revealing the winners of the ‘Human Cost’ visualisation challenge

Software Studies Initiative | Congratulations to Lev Manovich and his team for securing one of the very rare Twitter Data grants, here’s the abstract for their proposed work


Any other items that may or may not be directly linked to data visualisation but might have a data/technology focus or just seem worthy of sharing

BBC News | ‘Bristol artist creates hand-drawn maps of the city’

FastCo Design | ‘A Top Nike Designer Rebrands Game Of Thrones’

Offbeat | Unusual data source but might interest one or two ‘World Football Statue Database’

YouTube | Archive of the great Numberphile videos – ‘videos about numbers’

Vox | ‘Amtrak’s insane train boarding rules, explained’

Washington Post | Oh dear, America, looks like you’ve been taking the dart from above into your ‘guessing where Ukraine is’

The Guardian | ‘What would football managers see if they wore Google Glass?’

Emily Garfield Art | ‘Emily Garfield creates intricate maps of imaginary places that explore the origins of cities and the function of maps themselves.’

Interface Vision | A HUGE collection of examples/images of Visual Programming Languages

Books about related but non-data visualisation subjects

Over the past couple of days I’ve been asking people in my corner of Twitter for suggestions for classic book titles from subject areas that are not data visualisation but that do hold many interesting related ideas, theories and concepts. Things that we can draw from and apply to our understanding of data visualisation.

This is a list of top 3′s based on responses on Twitter. I know that there is a good chance some purists or practitioners from these fields will likely sit their cringing at some of the choices, if that’s the case please help improve and refine via the comments section below!


The Universal Journalist, by David Randall


The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect, by Bill Kovach, Tom Rosenstiel


Inside Reporting: A Practical Guide to the Craft of Journalism, by Tim Harrower


News/publication design

The Newspaper Designer’s Handbook, by Tim Harrower


The Best of News Design 34th Edition, by Society for News Design (Contributor)


The Modern Magazine: Visual Journalism in the Digital Age, byJeremy Leslie



How to Read Buildings: A Crash Course in Architecture, by Carol Davidson Cragoe


Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan, by Rem Koolhaas


Precedents in Architecture: Analytic Diagrams, Formative Ideas, and Partis, by Roger H. Clark, Michael Pause


Game Design

What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy: Revised and Updated Edition, by James Paul Gee


The Art of Game Design: A book of lenses, by Jesse Schell


Level Up!: The Guide to Great Video Game Design, by Scott Rogers


Graphic Design

Graphic Design: A Concise History, by Richard Hollis


100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design, by Steven Heller


Graphic Design, by Milton Glaser


Advertising Design

Creative Advertising: An Introduction, by Miriam Sorrentino


The Advertising Concept Book: Think Now, Design Later, by Pete Barry


Ogilvy on Advertising, by David Ogilvy


Product Design

The Design of Everyday Things, by Donald Norman


Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, by Nir Eyal, Ryan Hoover


Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams, by Klaus Klemp, Keiko Ueki-Polet



How Maps Work: Representation, Visualization, and Design, by Alan M. MacEachren


You are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination, by Katharine Harmon


Cartography: Thematic Map Design, by Borden D Dent, Jeff Torguson, Thomas W. Hodler



How About never – is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons, by Bob Mankoff


The Naked Cartoonist: Exposing Your Creativity, Uncover Your Imagination, Bare Your Wit, by Robert Mankoff


Framed Ink: Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers, by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Marcos Mateu-Mestre



Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, by Scott McCloud


Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels, by Scott McCloud


Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative, by Will Eisner


Exhibition ‘Chicago: City of big data’

I’m currently in Chicago for a couple of days to deliver my public workshop. Thanks to the recommendation of Tom Schenk Jr. I had chance to quickly see a really nice free exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation called ‘Chicago: City of big data‘.

Through interactive displays, recreated sections of Chicago and views into your own personal data, Chicago: City of Big Data reveals the potential of urban data and offers a new perspective on Chicago and cities everywhere.


The exhibition aims to reveal how Chicago has been influenced by the concept of data as a 21st century design material through a range of displays:

Architects, planners, engineers and citizens increasingly use data to understand urban issues and spark design innovation. This explosion of digital information, known as “Big Data,” encompasses everything from data collected by environmental sensors to messages on social media. This new exhibition reveals the potential of urban data and offers a new perspective on Chicago and cities everywhere. Visitors can explore interactive displays, recreated sections of the city and get unique views into your own personal data.

The ‘Data Trail’ is an interactive touch screen installation that tracks and presents analysis on how individuals contribute to the volume of data generated every day.

The ‘Chicago Dashboard‘, created by IBM’s City Forward initiative provides real-time updates on a variety of indicators and aspects of big city life


On the back wall of the exhibition is a huge display showing a colour-coded categorisation of the age of the city, something we’ve seen a lot of across the field in the last 18 months.




The main exhibit is the ‘Chicago Model’, apparently the only accurate and up-to-date depiction of Chicago’s downtown.



Sadly not displayed whilst I was there, the model is enhanced with a light installation that projects different coloured lights onto the model to visualise different sets of data. The installation was designed and developed buy DCBolt Productions.


This next image is taken from a really good in-depth write-up on Venture Beat.


The final item of note was an exhibit about the work of Sophonisba Breckinridge, Edith Abbott and Florence Kelley. They pioneered a technique using colour-coded maps to help better understand and demonstrate the poor housing and overcrowded conditions in parts of the city.




Transmogrifiers: On-the-fly graphic transformations

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Miguel Nacenta, University of St Andrews, was one of the people behind the development of the FatFonts technique. Whilst chatting with Miguel he showed me a short video of another tool he has co-worked on developing called Transmogrifiers. I remember seeing the website a few months ago but I’d not truly appreciated what it was about until seeing the video: it is amazing stuff.

I asked Miguel to articulate what Transmogrifiers is about as I’m sure the technique and capability it offers will resonate with a lot of people out there.

A Transmogrifier is a tool to transform the presentation layer of existing information visualisations and maps in a flexible, quick way. The main idea is that it should be trivial to transform any graphic from one shape into another shape. For example, you might want to transform twisted routes on a map to straight lines (to compare their length visually), or a bar chart into a radial graph (to present in an orientation-independent graph). Transmogrifiers allow you to do this through a multi-touch or cursor-based interface without having to program anything, and with any image that you can find in the web or in your hard-drive.


Due to its flexibility, Transmogrifiers is a useful tool to prototype and test variations of existing visualisations. For example, you can very quickly simulate how your own visualisation could look with a Perspective-Wall applied to it, or with Magnification lenses of different sorts and types. Among the existing visualisation techniques that we have been able to replicate with Transmogrifiers in a matter of minutes, and without having to code are Perspective Wall, Melange, Mag Lenses, and Spirals.


You can try out the (Windows) software by downloading and installing transmog.exe and reading this simple manual describing the basics of operating it. There is plenty more information and sample galleries through the website.

Additionally, a more detailed account of the work can be found in the research paper: “Transmogrification: casual manipulation of visualizations”. In ‘Proceedings of the 26th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology. ACM, pages 97-106, 2013′. Authored by John Brosz, Miguel A. Nacenta, Richard Pusch, Sheelagh Carpendale and Christophe Hurter.

The challenges of teaching data visualisation

People might seek teaching in data visualisation because they find themselves doing this…


So you’ve got to find an accessible way to communicate this…


Without overly reducing it to this…


You know that some people might be wanting to do this…


But they really need to appreciate how and when to do this…


Whilst you want to acknowledge the classics like this…


You’re also keen to give people a glimpse into this…


You have to be respectful of this…


But if you overly prescribe the rule book, everyone will end up like this…


When really you want to encourage flexibility to do this…


Ultimately, you want people to leave with the confidence, know-how and aspiration to create this…


Want to know how I balance these demands? Experiencing it for yourself

Data visualisation podcast recorded for NatureJobs

It is self-promotion day here on Visualising Data! Just published now is a podcast I did with Julie Gould from the NatureJobs blog, discussing various aspects of the data visualisation game.


Article on Harvard Business Review

If you were thinking that I’d thoroughly milked the ‘Design of Nothing‘ cow, you would be wrong.

I was recently asked to write about the subject in an article for the Harvard Business Review: ‘Visualizing Zero: How to Show Something with Nothing‘. This piece offers a brief overview of the content of my talk at OpenVisConf.

The article was published last Thursday 1st May but I wasn’t around at the time to share it further. Thank you for the many tweets I’ve read and nice bits of feedback. Mainly, thank you to Walter Frick for inviting me to write the piece!


Best of the visualisation web… March 2014

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 March 2014.


Includes static and interactive visualisation examples, infographics and galleries/collections of relevant imagery.

Malofiej22 | ‘The Spanish Chapter of the Society for New Design (SND) presents the final list of awarded entries from the 22nd Edition of the Malofiej Awards.’

Infosthetics | ‘CODE_n: Architectural-Scale Data Visualizations Shown at CeBit 2014′

Washington Post | ‘What happened to Flight 370?’

Washington Post | ‘The scale of the search for Flight MH370′

Lucas Infografia | Infographic from the South China Morning Post: ‘The War of the Worlds’

Vallandingham | ‘Want some more data visualization attempts, studies, and undertakings? Check out my new Experiments Section’

Earth Engine | ‘Explore different views into this global timelapse built from global, annual composites of Landsat satellite images. Watch change across the planet’s surface beginning as early as 1984.’

BBC Future | ‘Space Race: There are galaxies far, far away but how big is our own solar system?’

The Guardian | ‘As the Oscars age, so do the nominees’

Movehub | ‘Human Ooze Map: A Unique Look at Population Density’

Communication Arts | Showcasing the 38 winning projects from the ’2014 Interactive Annual’ awards

Vizual Statistix | ‘On and off the street grid: relative distributions of road orientations’

Global Migration | ‘Explore new estimates of migration flows between and within regions for five-year periods, 1990 to 2010. Click on a region to discover flows country-by-country.’

New York Times | ‘The Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370′

One Human Heartbeat | Jen Lowe put her heartbeat on the internet.

Twitter | Vintage graphic profiled in Scott Klein’s Malofiej talk

Rank and Filed | I don’t think I understand the subject particularly well but this is an interesting set of visualisations based on data collected by ‘Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’ by the ‘Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval (EDGAR)’ system

NATS | ‘A data visualisation showing a typical summer’s day of air traffic from last year.’

Atlas of Prejudice | ‘A book series with funny maps and essays about bigotry, paranoia, politics and prejudice by Yanko Tsvetkov, a leading international bigotry professional with a taste for unconventional historical studies.’

Global Rich List | Where are you on the global list?

New York Times | ‘Fewer Helmets, More Deaths’

Washington Post | ‘What made the mountain move?’

Visual Loop | ‘Portfolio of the Week – Misha Simakov: More examples of visual journalism from Russia’

SVDS | ‘History of Rock in 100 Songs’

usvsth3m | ‘The theme tune of your life is the song that was the US #1 on your ‘nth’ birthday’


The emphasis on these items is that they are less about visualisation images and are more article-focused, so includes discussion, discourse, interviews and videos

Infogr8 | Infogr8′s Trend Report, best bits: “2014 – the year data visualisation turns from an afterthought to an essential starting point when informing an audience”

The Functional Art | ‘Infographics to explain, data visualizations to explore’

Drawing with Numbers | One for the Maths-heads amongst you: ‘L-System Fractals in Tableau’

Juice Analytics | ‘Three-and-a-half lessons learned from network diagrams’

FILWD | ‘Course Diary #3: Beyond Charts: Dynamic Visualization’

Malofiej22 | ‘The importance of appropriately range of data in a map’

Well-Formed Data | One of several posts published this month attempting to make sense and form some definitions around what stories and storytelling with data, here’s Moritz’s opening offering…

EagerEyes | Here’s Robert’s counter post to Moritz’s: ‘Stories Are Gateways Into Worlds’

Ghostweather R&D Blog | Lynn Cherny takes on the baton: ‘Implied Stories (and Data Vis)’

Periscopic | As does Dino of Periscopic: ‘A Framework for Talking About Data Narration’

Periscopic | ‘Talking Numbers at Visualized’: A recap of Kim Rees’ talk at Visualized where ‘Kim rocked the boat by calling for rethinking our mania with storytelling’

HP | ‘Earth Insights’ is a project that facilitates ‘scientists, environmental leaders and the wider public to see changes in ecology and biodiversity… from any location around the world’.

The Great Discontent | Long interview with Nicholas Felton

Source | ‘Newsroom analytics: A primer’

Bloomberg Business Week | ‘Sha Hwang, the Designer Hired to Make Obamacare a Beautiful Thing’

Cool Infographics | ‘The State of Infographics at SxSW 2014′

Scientific American | ‘The Data-Visualization Revolution: Virtual “telescopes” for big data make it possible to see through the deluge’

Source | From a year ago but I was reminded of it and its worth another share ‘The NYT’s Amanda Cox on Winning the Internet’ from OpenVisConf 2013

Gizmodo | ‘Let’s All Cool It With These Stupid Maps’

Graphicarto | …and as a counterpoint: ‘The Lost Art of Critical Map Reading’

The Guardian | ‘Infographics for children: what they can learn from data visualisations’

Wannabe Awesome Me | ‘Tapestry takeaways’

Tow Center | ‘Debugging the backlash to data journalism’

MIT News | ‘emocratizing data visualization: Study examines use of ‘Exhibit’ tools in creating interactive data visualizations.’

Penn State | ‘Health researchers build bridges with Penn State’s new visualization wall’

Time | Long form article about the Google Timelapse project profiled above

Michael Babwahsingh | ‘Rational Thinking Made Tangible’

Metropop | Article to accompany the ‘Global Flow’ project above: ‘A circular data visualisation that makes international migration flow data more accessible.’

FastCo Labs | ‘How The Rise Of The “R” Computer Language Is Bringing Open Source To Science’

NPR | ‘Who Had Richer Parents, Doctors Or Artists?’

Learning & Development

These links cover presentations, tutorials, learning opportunities, case-studies, how-tos etc.

Chartsnthings | Process narrative behind the development of the New York Times’ 4th Down Bot, a news application that analyses NFL 4th down decisions in real time

Wolfram | ‘Harness the power of Mathematica to interactively visualize your data. This Wolfram Training course features a series of examples that show how to create a rich interface for exploring data in depth.’

Twitter | A seemingly small tweet from @stefpos turns into a fascinating discussion

Dominikus | Breaking down the challenge of creating the ‘selfiecity’ project

Ahoi | Paper: ‘A Visual Survey, Classification and Analysis of Data Visualizations at and of Events’

Evergreen Data | ‘Adding Standard Deviation to a Dataviz’

Slideshare | ‘Storyboarding csa2013 – Simple sketching for UX, user research & content strategy’

Peltier Tech | ‘Dot Plots in Microsoft Excel’

Source | ‘How we made the SOTU Twitter Visualisation: The Twitter #Interactive team breaks it down’

Knight Lab | ‘Don’t believe your eyes: Learning how to be critical with Alberto Cairo’

Data+Science | ‘A Graph Recreation in Tableau – Part 2: How To Build’

Bizweekgraphics | ‘Process post: how to make a giant oil spill map the hard way’ | Paper: ‘Crowdsourcing Graphical Perception: Using Mechanical Turk to Assess Visualization Design’

Source | ‘Network diagrams are hard: NPR’s Alyson Hurt on the challenges of making good network diagrams’

13pt | ‘Two Little Ducks: A summary of Jonathan Corum’s talk at the 22nd Malofiej conference at the University of Navarra, Pamplona.’

Youtube | Videos from the Tapestry Conference 2014

UW Graphics Group | Paper: ‘Perception of Average Value in Multiclass Scatterplots’

Darkhorse Analytics | ‘Clear Off the Table’

Subject News

Includes announcements within the field, brand new sites, new (to me) sites, new books and generally interesting developments.

Google Maps | Large gallery of maps on Google, with top rated and staff picks. If you’re name is Rob Simmon, I’d maybe skip over this one…

Visage | New tool: ‘Visage transforms the uninspired data in your reports into beautiful, branded visualizations that make your message more impactful—and make your work look good.’ | ‘Book Review: The Visual Organization by Phil Simon’

Fivethirtyeight | With the launch of FiveThirtyEight, here’s Nate Silver’s manifesto

The Guardian | ‘Journalism startups aren’t a revolution if they’re filled with all these white men’
Data Docs | New Tool: ‘Data Docs is a series of embeddable interactive video narratives, designed to render seamlessly on desktop and mobile (tablet and smartphone) devices.’

The Why Axis | ‘What Yahoo’s Latest Acquisition Means for Data Visualization’

Aesop Story Engine | New Tool: ‘Aesop Story Engine is a collection of thirteen unique components wrapped in a plugin that can be used to tell rich, interactive stories in (almost) any WordPress theme.’

Numberpicture | eBook from Number Picture, register to view

Variance Charts | New Tool: ‘Build powerful data visualizations for the web.
Without writing JavaScript.’

NYPL | ‘Open Access Maps at NYPL’

Mapbox | ‘Zeit Online Launches Custom Maps’


Any other items that may or may not be directly linked to data visualisation but might have a data/technology focus or just seem worthy of sharing

FastCo Design | ‘Now You Can Buy Art Created From Your DNA’

Polygon | ‘Game designer cracks through myths about women in the games industry’

Glyphr Studio | ‘Glyphr Studio is a free, html5 based font editor.’

Gurusability | ‘Personas for video game development’

New Scientist | ‘Google Flu Trends gets it wrong three years running’

The Guardian | ‘How computer analysts took over at Britain’s top football club’

The Onion | ‘Breaking News: Series Of Concentric Circles Emanating From Glowing Red Dot’

Youtube | ‘LEDBIKE is a piece of modern art that displays real time data streamed from Barclays Cycle Hire Stations, from all across London.’

Vimeo | ‘Scraping Google Street View depth map and reconstructing it with openFrameworks’

Wired | ‘The Mathematical Formula for Beauty, Explained in Clever Pictures’

Wired | ‘Artists and makers, it’s time to be leaders’

Twitter | Correcting a Fox News graphic classic

FastCo Design | Putting a 14 year old in his place: ‘Why Garamond Won’t Save The Government $467 Million A Year’

Twitter | ‘Do you drink bottled water? Perhaps this will make you think twice!’

Upworthy | ‘What Uniques And Pageviews Leave Out (And Why We’re Measuring Attention Minutes Instead)’

Twitter | “The 8 types of bad creative critics”

Talk slides from OpenVisConf 2014: The Design of Nothing

Below you will find an embedded slideshare version of the slides used in last week’s talk at OpenVisConf 2014 held in Boston (well, officially Cambridge but Boston was only a bridge away). The quality of the slide images hasn’t quite been preserved in the upload but you’ll get the idea at least. I’ve also dabbled with embedding videos into the slideshare deck.

As ever, the presentation slides are just visual props for a talk so you won’t be able to necessarily decipher the exact narrative that accompanied each subject. I was going to provide a detailed narrative similar to the wonderful way Jonathan Corum does. However, the video of the talk should be released soon and I have written a short article for the Harvard Business Review (publishing soon). I also might like to do the talk again at another opportunity…

Quick training workshops update

This is a boring, administrative, bullet-pointy post to share a few quick updates about my training workshops requiring more than twitter’s 140 characters limit:

  • My next workshop is on Friday 16th May in Montreal. There are still a number of places left for this event, read more and register here.
  • The Chicago workshop on Monday 19th May is sold out, sorry to anyone who wanted to attend but couldn’t make the list in time
  • There are a handful of places left on my London workshop on 29th May but these will go quickly. Details and registration here.
  • I am running a co-located training workshop on 9th June as part of EuroVis 2014 in Swansea, Wales. This cost of this event is incorporated into the full Conference Week registration or just the Co-Located Events registration. More details and registration here.
  • General Assembly London will be hosting me for a short 90 minute evening seminar on 14th July, details and registration here.
  • I have added an additional London workshop to my schedule on 7th August, details and registration here
  • I am now looking to receive suggestions for my next set of scheduled locations for the second half of 2014 so send me your wish list!

I will be launching my new website in a few weeks time and this will include a brand new training page and new offerings, including more longer and shorter forms of the workshops. Stay tuned…