An ideal bookshelf

Posted to Network Visualization  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

Thessaly La Force, with illustrator Jane Mount, recently published My Ideal Bookshelf, which is a look into the books that some people of interest, including Judd Apatow, Chuck Klosterman, and Tony Hawk, would like to have on their ideal bookshelf. La Force’s boyfriend took a more data-centric look at the collections.

In the network above, each node is a person who listed their ideal books, and connections represent people who named the same books. Those in the center of the network had more book similarities than those on the edges. For example, James Franco named a ton of books and as you might expect has a bunch of connections. [via @shiffman]


  • I really enjoyed the expanding/contracting-circles on hover UI on the force-directed layout.

    A great way to both highlight the connected nodes, as well as minimize the background nodes to provide more space for annotation.

  • What about sorting this graph using yEd for instance? Thus it may be more easy to read and interpret.

  • Probably off-topic, just surfin’, but
    I came across a website 11-12 years ago that use/-d the “same” concept on music,
    I was really impressed, and I’m very happy that it still exists, it’s a really good idea, that should’ve been expanded to work for all nationalities, all genres, all artistic expressions. A global recommendations-engine, a librarians dream:)


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