This, by Mike Arauz, is just too funny not to post. Sorry, Tiger.
10/GUI, a prototype interface by R. Clayton Miller, is a new way of interacting with the computer. We're all familiar with touch screens, but what Miller proposes is separating the touch from the screen and bringing your hands back to where you normally would use a keyboard and a mouse.
In a different take on a timeline of television, Abstruse Goose, a web comic, shows us what aliens would be watching if they were able to tune into our television frequencies light years away. It doubly serves as a reminder of how old you are.
Tufte's Invisible Yet Ubiquitous Influence - Edward Tufte combines a policy wonk's love of data with an artist's eye for beauty and a PR maestro's knack for promotion.
Look at these &$(*@^@# Statistics - It's heavy on the swear words and light on the actual data, but I guess it's amusing. Just don't click if you're offended by potty mouth. [Thanks, j2]
Why Making Maps Guides Us to Be Greener - A picture is worth a thousand words, and that's the case for maps too. Turns out, using some visual mapping helps groups show people their purpose and get the support they need to accomplish their goals.
Financial Responsibility in the United States - In the growing trend of financial applications posting infographics to drive traffic, here's another one.
Is Information Visualization the Next Frontier for Design? - I don't know. What do you think?
Oh why not, it's Friday. Have a good weekend, everyone. Go have yourself a slice of beautiful chocolate Belgian tart... or some other beautiful treat. You deserve it.
What exactly is a doer? Feeling much like a segment on Sesame Street, this ad from Honda explains, "Well, doers do things. Things to move us forward, to make stuff better." The ad (below) goes on to imagine a world where people and companies are doers who take an active role in making environmentally conscious decisions.
[via Cool Infographics]
It's good to see PBS is teaching strong values to grow up with with Sid the Science Kid and this lovely chart song (below). A chart is a handy dandy scientific tool...it gives you information that you can see with your eyes...a chart that you visualize...you get the picture... so do I... Best kid song ever.
Have a nice weekend all.
[via infosthetics | Thanks, Nick]
After much thought and arguments with myself, I've decided to quit data. It's been almost two years writing for FlowingData and almost four years as a statistics graduate student, and data never stops. I think I know what postal employees feel like. Every day is just more and more data. Gimme more. Everyone wants more - but to what end? There's too much of it. Sometimes I just want to curl up in the fetal position in the corner of my office and cry.
Why do we need data anyways? It just makes life more complicated, and educated decisions are overrated. Guesswork is underrated. So - and it pains me to say this - I've decided to quit FlowingData and graduate school. I will be joining a traveling entertainment troupe that eats paper. I just need one of those sticks with the back on the end of it. You know, like the ones that they show on TV... with the hobos. Forget it, I can't remember. I'll just get a garbage bag.
I hope you all understand. Like I said, I've given this a lot of thought, and this is really the best thing to do at this point of my life. Visualization, design, statistics, or computer science will never be able to handle all the data that are to come, so it's best I part ways now before it's too late. Keep an eye out for my paper-eating entertainment troupe. We don't have a name yet... and it's really just me, not so much a group. I also don't have any paper, or actually, I do have a few post-it notes. No, that won't be enough. Maybe I can be the used-napkin-eating person guy thing. I dunno. Well - keep an eye out. It will be the show to watch. Thanks everyone for reading and all of your support. Please do sign the guest book to stay up to date on the
All the best,
UPDATE: Just to be clear - happy april 1 :)
It's time like these I feel like one big nerd.
[via xkcd | Thanks, Mickey]
Dan Meth plots out the trilogy meter - a series of charts that show his level of enjoyment of each movie in the trilogy:
These are rated purely on my enjoyment level on each film and nothing else. Frankly Iâ€™m surprised by how many sequels were better than the original. And Iâ€™m not surprised that the 3rd movie is never the best.
Perhaps more surprising is that Dan's actually seen so many full trilogies, especially after the second in a series sucking so bad.
[via Dan Meth | Thanks, Chris]
Valentine's Day can be tricky. Do you get her flowers? Chocolate? Is it time for jewelry or a corn dog and a blow pop? This graph helps you decide what to do for your special someone tomorrow. Don't get stuck in the dog house this Valentine's Day. Follow the chart wisely. If you've got cash and care for her a lot, it's time for more than a matinee and Olive Garden.
I frequently get requests or propositions for data visualization projects, but I almost always have to turn them down - not because they're not worth my while, but because I've made a conscious decision to try really hard to finish my PhD. To that end, I always wish there was a list or resource that I could at least refer people to for their data visualization needs. I know of a few freelancers, but I'm positive there are many others. If you do visualization freelance (that includes BI, infographics, maps, graphs, charts, etc), post to this thread in the FlowingData forums (NOT this post), and hopefully, I can get a list going that I can point potential clients to.
[via xkcd | Thanks, Justin]
It's hard to believe that another year has come and gone, but as I looked back on the FlowingData archives, it feels like ages since I wrote up some of these posts. I give you the most popular posts of 2008:
- 17 Ways to Visualize the Twitter Universe
- Winner of the Personal Visualization Project is...
- Watching the Growth of Walmart Across America, Interactive Edition
- 21 Ways to Visualize and Explore Your Email Inbox
- 12 Cool Visualizations to Explore Books
- Showing the Obama-Clinton Divide in Decision Tree Infographic
- 10 Largest Data Breaches Since 2000 - Millions Affected
- 23 Personal Tools to Learn More About Yourself
- Watch the Rise of Gasoline Retail Prices, 1993 - 2008
- 40 Essential Tools and Resources to Visualize Data
At the beginning of this year, on January 1, 2008, FlowingData had 126 subscribers. Compare that to the now... wow. Thanks again for sharing FlowingData, everyone. Thank you for the comments, the suggestions, contest entries, and forum topics. FlowingData is what it is because of its readers. Lastly, thank you to the FlowingData sponsors - , , and - who help me keep up with FlowingData's growth.
Here's to an exciting 2009.
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 open government data. Who knows if anyone from Washington actually sees this (probably not), but can you imagine how fun it'd be to have APIs to data that defines the United States, or any country for that matter? Something more accessible than thousands of scattered Excel spreadsheets and PDF files? It's good to hope, or as my friend Andy Dufresne would say, hope will set you free. Yeah, that makes absolutely no sense. This is what happens when I stay up all night long.
[via Boing Boing | Thanks, Georgina]
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 ideas feasible." If you follow visualization on the Web, no doubt you've come across some of their work - somewhere in between analytical and art. There's the Digg Labs stuff, Trulia Hindsight, Twitter Blocks, Cabspotting, and plenty of other fun stuff.
Here's part of the job description:
You'll be working with a small team of designers and engineers who will be looking to you to make their ideas feasible. You're excited by the possibility of cutting and bending data to fit it through the thin straw of the internet. You can look at a source of information and model it as resources, rows and columns, messages and queues. You have the programming experience necessary to write data processors and servers, the system administration experience to inhabit and actively guide a constantly-shifting technical environment of free & open source software, and the patience & grace to grant that PHP and spreadsheets might be appropriate tools when circumstances require the quick and the dirty.
You must have the willingness and ability to discuss the finer points of HTTP, SQL, RESTful API's, response formats and resource consumption. You understand that the perfect is often the enemy of the good, and your pragmatism & flexibility show themselves in functional systems. You can see the connections between technical infrastructure and the interactive design & visualization it supports.
We're less concerned with how long you've worked than with how good you are. You will need to have been paid to do good work; the skill that comes from delivering work for money can't be learned in any other way. You maintain a state of constant learning to keep up with new work in your field, participate in communities of practice connected to your expertise, and experiment with new techniques in personal projects.
Go here for the complete details.
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 at your nearest voting place. If not for the presidency, at least go vote for your local candidates and propositions.
I don't remember when I made this desktop wallpaper, but it was probably during one of those nights when there was nothing good on TV and I had nothing better to do. Anyways, it's my current desktop wallpaper, and thought I'd make it available to all of you just in case someone wanted to flaunt their love for FlowingData.
Here it is in the metallic gray variety. Enjoy. Click on the images to get the full-sized versions:
Gotta love Fridays. Have a good weekend everyone. Go have yourself a slice of pie.
[via Zoomdoggle | Thanks, Canna]