Monday, November 2, 2009

CNN covers data visualization

A new way of looking at the world

Includes some excellent links and profiles of important figures in the information design field

Friday, October 30, 2009

Hans Rosling and Gapminder

Watch an amazing video of a dynamic scatterplot/bubble chart of health in the world.

Video (20 min. – it's worth it!)
Hans Roling: Let my dataset change your mindset

Software website

(Found by Seth Q. )

Saturday, October 10, 2009

GAFFTA & Stamen Design Exhibit Oct 1-Nov 18

San Francisco-based Stamen Design will debut a series of interactive and printed pieces that allow visitors to explore the Tenderloin through a series of different maps and mappings. Using data from the Uptown Tenderloin Historic District, public data made available by the City of San Francisco’s, and other data sets, the project will provide a unique view on this fascinating neighborhood.

The Tenderloin has many faces: National Register Historic District, entry point to San Francisco’s immigrant population, notoriously vice-ridden streets, home to diverse communities and the city’s largest population of children, seat of some of the city’s oldest architecture, the only largely working-class neighborhood within the downtown area, and birthplace of the sexual liberation movement predating the Stonewall riots. Most recently, a new wave of artistic and cultural activity (including GAFFTA) is changing the face of the neighborhood once again. Using real world geographic, demographic and cartographic data, this exhibition will offer unique perspectives and unexpected insight to this complex and dynamic nexus at the center of San Francisco’s cultural and social fabric.

Check it out.

Flowing Data – List of Places to Find Data Sets
Click URL or logo to go to a great list of data resources. Perfect for project 3 (courtesy of Martha P.)

Another resource for data from Nelson M:
A new government website for raw public data.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Obama day

October 9, 2009.
Obama wins Nobel Peace Price.

Barack Obama's life interactive timeline.

Michelle Obama's family tree -- Interactive graphic.
Her Great-Great-Great-Grandmother: Melvinia "Mattie" Shields McGruder (1844-1938) was a slave who lived in South Carolina and Georgia.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Data Visualization and Infographics Resources

Ok I don't want to flood the blog with links, but this was too good to pass up. . .

Smashing Magazine just posted a brand new list of links titled: Data Visualization and Infographics Resources. It may end up coming in handy for our next project, who knows.

Many of them have already been mentioned in class by Trogu or others, but there were quite a few I had not seen before.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Welcome to the information design blog

If you have time and interest, please post your work, ideas, suggestions, whatever, here.

Concept map A (first sketch)

Post test. An example of a concept map of information design (first draft). Student: Eugene Wong.

Information design definitions (drafts)

A couple of interesting definitions from the first concept map sketches by students:

The process of abstracting relationships between concepts and modeling a system that represents them.
-- Chae Fields

The integration of design concepts to systematically represent and filter information and data in a visually abstract yet organized composition.
-- Miranda Bague