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One Death is a Tragedy; a Million is a Statistic

Photograph by *Your Guide I posted a comic from xkcd last week that implied graphs and data lead to a decline in love. I didn't really think much of it,…

Steve Jobs on Design

Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like… People think it's this veneer -- that the designers are handed this box and told, 'Make it…

Great Data Visualization Tells a Great Story

Think of all the popular data visualization pieces out there - the ones that you always hear in lectures, read about in blogs, and the ones that popped into your…

Sketching Around Personal Brand Tracking

This is a guest post by Miguel Jiménez, a user experience and interaction designer based in Madrid. There's a lot of noise today around Personal Branding and constructing your own…

Playful Infographics Triumph Over Pure Analytics (Sometimes)

The New York Times shows how presidential candidates have spent more than $900 million so far with this bubbly graphic by Lee Byron, Hannah Fairfield and Griff Palmer. The area…

Why Should Engineers and Scientists Care About Color (and Design)?

I studied electrical engineering and computer science in undergrad and now as a stat student, I still work with a lot of engineers and scientists. Something that has always confused…

A Little Bit of Design Goes a Long Way With Infographics

If I've learned anything about designing information graphics, it's that attention to detail and small changes make a mediocre graphic into a really useful and usually more attractive one. It's…

A Chat with The New York Times on Making Data More Engaging

Everybody knows about The New York Times graphics. Here are two people that their hand in a lot of it.

Symbiosis of Engineering, Statistics, Design and Data Visualization

Andrew Vande Moere writes in his 2005 paper Form Follows Data: [W]e can perceive a current trend in portable input and output devices that trace, store and make users aware…

Bars as an Alternative to Bubble Charts

Are bubble charts effective? This seems to be a recurring question. Some say people suck at comparing areas in the form of bubbles, or rather, people are horrible with areas,…

John Maeda Speaks About Simplicity

John Maeda, a professor in the MIT Media Lab, gives his talk on simplicity and how it plays a role in his position between technology and art. I read John's…

Displaying Data as Efficiently as Possible

The above picture isn't totally related, but I just had to put it up. It's so amusing. A family of five plus groceries on one motorcycle! I think there's room…

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…