Posts from

2007

Diet and Weight Loss Tracking with Viz

Weight loss is a difficult task for many, further complicated with so many diets -- Atkins, Jenny Craig, etc -- and lack of motivation. Fatsecret aims to make weight loss…

CitiStat: Injured on Duty “Data”

I was flipping through the channels the other night and came across a televised CitiStat meeting for June 1. A bit of a coincidence since I happened to be looking…

Time Series Tool Like Google Finance

Chronoscope is a work-in-progress time series visualization tool that lets you explore data similar to that of Google Finance. It's written in Java, unlike Finance, which uses Flash/Javascript, and uses…

Focus Cloud: Tag Cloud with a Twist

Everyone's familiar with tag clouds, but Aaron Bassett put a slight twist to the now commonplace clouds. Aaron calls them Focus Clouds. Basically, they're still tag clouds, but instead of…

Same Big Mac Data, Different Platform

I went to Swivel, to see how they did with the same Big Mac data I visualized on Many Eyes. Swivel uses a Google Maps interface with an overlay: It…

Cost of Big Macs Worldwide

I was playing around at Many Eyes, and it was amazingly easy to map some data on the Big Mac. The data set was simply two columns: country name and…

Motivation to Change Behavior

My mom recently, um, as in yesterday, got in a car accident. She was making a left turn at a light, and someone coming from the opposite direction decided to…

Macromedia Flash: First Impressions

Flash or Processing? For now, Flash. For quite a while now, I've been back on forth on my data viz weapon of choice -- Flash or Processing. With Processing free…

Increasing Energy Awareness Through Design

The folks with STATIC!, a project led by the Interactive Institute in Switzerland, have been working on some really cool stuff. Their research is focused on interactive design that not…

Creating Effective Visualization

What makes a visualization good? It allows people to see what they never would have seen otherwise? It's pretty? The visualization is interactive? Simple? Probably all of the above, and…