Posts from

2008

A Small Favor

I had to install a new caching implementation a few days ago to appease the hosting gods. Since then I've gotten a few emails reporting garbled text instead of an…

Using Data Visualization to Forecast Financial Markets

This is a guest post by Simit Patel of InformedTrades, which offers free advice on trading stocks. While many investors use economic and fundamental factors to identify investment opportunities --…

Cotton Picking Correlates to President Picking

The U.S. election is over. The post-election analyses begin. The above map shows presidential voting at the county level. The more red a county is, the stronger the support for…

Mmm, Chocolate Pie… Chart

In the spirit of turning pie charts into food, Mary and Matt kick it up a notch with some design and 5.5 ounces of chocolate. It's a chocolate pie chart…

Word Portraits of Famous People – Einstein and Ginger the Cockapoo

Jeff Clark of Neoformix has been doing some cool stuff with words lately. Above is a word portrait of Albert Einstein looking very chipper. Einstein's entire face is composed of…

Minority Report Physical Interface in Real Life – Oblong g-speak

Remember the awesome interface in Minority Report? You know, the one where Tom Cruise is sifting through files and information as if he were directing a symphony? Oblong, whose co-founder…

Open Thread: I Don’t Care About the Data…

Martin briefly discusses a presentation at a recent visualization workshop. The speaker blurts, "I don't care about the data, I am just interested in the method." This begs the question…

Vote for Open Government Data

The title reads, "Barack Obama is going to appoint the nation's first CTO. What are the top priorities?" I don't know about you, but I'm putting in my vote for…

Alternative to Cartograms Using Transparency

The thing about cartograms is that it's hard to make out what you're seeing. You lose most sense of geography and size comparison is near impossible. They're more of a…

Google Uses Search Terms to Predict Flu Activity

In Google Flu Trends, Google uses related searches to predict flu activity in your area "up to two weeks faster than traditional flu surveillance systems." The above graph shows query-based…

FlowingData Gets a Facelift – Now 10x Sexier

Anyone who has a blog can attest to this. No matter how much you tweak your blog's design, you can always find something else to "fix." Maybe it's the spacing…

672 Obama Headlines – Both Browsable and Readable

Vertigo put together a great collection of 672 Obama headlines using Silverlight's deep zoom capabilities. The cool thing here isn't so much the number of headlines or the mosaic of…

Wanna Work For Stamen Design?

I don't normally put up job postings, but this opportunity is too cool not to. Stamen Design, in San Francisco, has an opening for a full-time developer to "make their…

Exploration of Our Presidents’ First 100 Days in Office

GOOD Magazine and Atley Kasky collaborate to explore U.S. Presidents' first 100 days in office. I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people," Franklin…

Maps and Cartograms of 2008 Presidential Election

Cartograms got a lot of coverage in 2004 when Michael Gastner, Cosma Shalizi, and Mark Newman used them to show the Bush/Kerry election results. Naturally, they've put together a similar…

Diagrams Galore in Diagram Diaries Flickr Group

For those watching the clock and waiting for the weekend to hurry up and start, here's the Diagram Diaries Flickr group. The 654 diagrams should keep you occupied for a…

Sprint Dashboard to the Universe – Plug Into Now

Sprint, in a promotion to their mobile Internet service, created this amusing futuristic dashboard. "All aboard the now machine," the computer says. "How about a big bowl of now?... Please…

How to Make Your Own Twitter Bot – Python Implementation

Following up on my post last week about using Twitter to track eating and weight, some of you voiced some interest in creating your own Twitter bot. This post covers…

Obama and McCain Voters’ Current State of Mind

The New York Times adds another item to the list of things to watch tonight as election results start to pour in. The Times invites readers to enter one word…

Reminder: It’s Election Day

A quick reminder -- it's election day in the United States. If you're registered to vote, take the few minutes out of your day and go put in some ticks…