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Flow Chart Shows You What Chart to Use

Amit Agarwal, of Digital Inspiration, posts this Andrew Abela creates this flow chart that helps you decide, well, what type of chart to use. Start in the middle with what…

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…