Ben Fogarty uses a stacked area chart to represent his life. To us outsiders looking in it's not much more than that, but to Ben I am sure there is a story in every peak and valley. It's like a "this is your life" slideshow in data.
This is the drive behind your.flowingdata. I don't think YFD is even remotely close yet to developing a personal narrative, but it's something to shoot for. I can imagine a lifetime of data replaying and watching it unfold like a movie. That'd be amazing. Then again, I might also end up like Jerry in Act 3 of Episode 88 in This American Life. Fingers crossed for the former.
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.
Like I said, data graphics that aren't interactive are a lot better in print. I'm not sure what it is exactly but it's the same feeling as holding a physical book in your hands over reading an electronic version online. It just feels right.
What would a freshman English class be without Of MIce and Men? No George or Lenny? People in Appomattox, Virginia seem to think it'd be just fine.
The National Coalition Against Censorship, however, has different ideas on the matter. For the past couple of years the NCAC has confronted such bans and challenges from libraries and curricula. Above is a map of bans and challenges over from December 2006 to May 2009. Other notable works include The Golden Compass, Girl, Interrupted, and yes, brace yourself, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
While on the topic of job loss and unemployment, here's an animated map from Tip Strategies that shows job gains and losses over time.
Red means loss and green means gain, and as you can see above, there isn't much green (read that zero) on the map. The larger the circle is, the greater the number of net loss or gain compared to that of the numbers of the year before in the respective metropolitan statistical area.
As we all know, many people, much more than usual, have lost their jobs during the past few years. Visual Economics shows layoffs and changes in unemployment rate by industry over the last year. Obviously manufacturing has taken a huge hit along with construction.
Health care and social assistance has also seen a lot of mass layoffs, but that one I don't really get. I've been under the impression there was high demand in that area. Maybe I'm wrong.
In any case, one thing that I would definitely change in this graphic, other than getting rid of those out-of-place icons, is the percent change for unemployment rate.
I thought to myself, "That bar for 2009 is over twice as tall and it's not even a 100% increase?" Then I realized they were percentage differences, which isn't as important the actual percent change of the rates.
Then we'd see that the unemployment rate for manufacturing has increased over 140% and for construction it's gone up over 120%.
Again, FlowingData had another record month in terms of growth, and I cannot thank you all enough for reading and spreading the word. Thank you. We've got quite the community developing here.
In case you missed them, here are the top posts from the past month ranked by a combination of page views, comments, and trackbacks:
- What Visualization Tool/Software Should You Use? - Getting Started
- Highs and Lows of Being a Young Man
- 3 In-depth Views of Flight Delays and Cancellations
- The World of Seinfeld
- Vintage Infographics From the 1930s
- Ben Fry Visualizes the Evolution of Darwin's Ideas
- Stimulus Funding Map is 'Slick as Hell'
- 10 More Infographic Reasons Why You Should Go Green
- A Road Map to Success
- TV Size Over the Past 8 Years
From the Forums
And here's some of the good stuff that's been going on in the forums in no particular order.
- Visualization/analysis tool for SSH/FTP stats - ina.Cirdaye wants your thoughts on his new tool.
- Notable Political Visualizations - How has visualization played a role in making (important) decisions in government?
- Visual Metrics to Inform: Petro-Wealth Importance
- Animated Bar Chart for CO2 emissions
- Sunlight Foundation is Looking for Data Viz Specialist - Work towards a more transparent government.
Do you have a data visualization question or have something data-ish to share? The FlowingData forums is the best place to do it, especially since I (really) suck with email now.
Like I mentioned before, Robert Kosara (EagerEyes), Andrew Vande Moere (information aesthetics) and I are hosting a workshop on Visualization on the Web this Sunday (October 11) in Atlantic City as a part of VisWeek. So if you're in town, make sure you drop by.
We accepted topic proposals earlier last month, and those will be presented (briefly) during the workshop, and we'll break into discussion from there. It'll be an informal event.
Even if you didn't submit a paper or register, you're welcome to join. Everyone is welcome. There should be plenty of space.
Find more information on EagerEyes. Remember, this Sunday, October 11, 2:00-5:30.
It's exciting times for data heads. The launch of Data.gov back in May got things jump started; San Francisco recently announced DataSF; and now New York is getting in on the party with the announcement of their own Data Mine (live at 1pm EST today) and the NYC Big Apps competition.
As we all know, Facebook lets people update their friends with status updates, and with millions of users, that's a lot of data. Look at the aggregated data over time, and you could see some interesting trends.
In this graphic, we take a look at some data on how long you're expected to live.
Live in Hawaii and you just might live a little longer.
Hawaii has an average life expectancy at birth of 80.0 years. It's 72.0 years in Washington, D.C., the lowest life expectancy in the country.
Let's say you have this idea for a visualization or application, or you're just curious about some trend. But you have a problem. You can't find the data, and without the data, you can't even start. This is a guide and a list of sources for where you can find that data you're looking for. There's a lot out there.
Being a graduate student, I always look to the library for books and resources. Many libraries are amping up their technology and have some expansive data archives. Many statistics departments also tend to keep a list of data somewhere. Continue Reading
This is a guest post by Craig Mod, who collaborated with Information Architects, to develop Web Trend Map. The site, which is largely inspired by iA's previous work, lets you curate links with sources you trust. This post describes the multiple iterations and decisions made during the design process.
Design and development of webtrendmap.com v1.0 took three months. During this period the interaction design and interface underwent countless subtle permutations. What we ended up with is almost totally unlike what we started with. There was a lot of painful iteration. A lot of gut wrenching backtracking.
Just a quick a update. Some of you emailed me to say that you loved the series, but really, only had enough space for one, so... you can now buy individual prints.
The previously mentioned promotion code still works if you buy the complete series, which in the end actually gives you a price lower than that of two prints, so if you're going to buy two, it's better to just buy the set, and maybe give away the third. Nothing says I love you I like a data poster.
Finally, thanks everyone for the support. It was a rocky start, but I think I've got things under control now. It just goes to show you can plan all you want, but in all likelihood Mr. Murphy is going to poke his head in and stir things up a bit. I guess it keeps life interesting, right?
Tack another graphic to the growing list of subway map metaphors. Meet the Boss "maps" Google acquisitions and investments, color-coding tracks by industry. The maroon track, for example, represents video, hence YouTube, which also interconnects with advertising and web services.
The design is nothing new (and kind of overdone), but the data are pretty interesting. I've never even heard of most of the acquisitions.
Does anyone know who was the first to use the subway map metaphor?
Okay, I totally dropped the ball on this one. I must have proofread the designs a gajillion times before sending them out to print, but I missed a typo in one of them :(.
So here's the NEW deal: it's a pair of prints at a lower price, and you can still save $20 with the code in the previous post (or email, if you're subscribed to that way).
As a pair, we get two contrasting views into the data, statistical and illustrative.
Visit the site to find out more.
UPDATE: It turns out the "typo" was not a typo at all, so we have our complete series again. For my stupidity, I'm keeping the price at what it was when I only had a pair up, so you're essentially getting three for the price of two. Sorry for the confusion.
Finally, after lots of long nights, the first FlowingPrints poster series is now available.
Big thanks to everyone who helped me along the way and for all of your emails and feedback. I'm really excited about this project, and clearly, many of you are too. Thanks for all the support.
What is FlowingPrints?
FlowingPrints is a collaboration between statistics and design. I worked with two designers, Atley G. Kasky and Robert Di Ieso, Jr., to create a series of three prints that each provide a very different view into the state of education in America. We put data on paper.
And just for FlowingData readers, use this code by this Friday for $20 off: CQ4W9GWH
Visit the site to find out more.