Monday, November 18, 2013

Where to Find and Access Big Data

This is a great visualization of all the different sources for big data, including the velocity, variety and volume of the specific source, and how structured it is not only smart in design but also practical in nature. 

Link: http://mashable.com/2013/11/05/big-data-access/

Link:
http://visual.ly/selfie-phenomenon

This week’s data viz example illustrates the trending #selfie phenomenon on social media.

Link:
http://visual.ly/selfie-phenomenon

This week’s data viz example illustrates the trending #selfie phenomenon on social media.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Best place to do business?

I found this very interesting “daily chart" from The Economist magazine’s website. As enlightening as it is, I really wish that they could have made an interactive version of this, like being able to show or hide certain areas, so that we can read the data better. Right now, because everything is static, some dots clasped together — as it is the case on the third horizontal line "Getting Electricity."

But this data visualization does tell a compelling story. Representing “OECD high income” countries, the red dots get the best scores on almost every criteria, meaning that the most well-off countries are also the friendliest ones for entrepreneurs and business.

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Monday, October 28, 2013
University of Wisconsin School of Journalism and Mass Communication alumni data visualization completed through Excel. 

University of Wisconsin School of Journalism and Mass Communication alumni data visualization completed through Excel. 

Monday, October 14, 2013
This week’s data visualization example - info-graphics of info-graphics - a really cool idea and nice variations of pie charts and bar charts.

This week’s data visualization example - info-graphics of info-graphics - a really cool idea and nice variations of pie charts and bar charts.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Bundestagswahl 2013 data visualization

The following info-graphics come from 2013 German parliament election, which just took place on September 23. I was following the election results for my German class and that’s why I came across with these graphs.

Although all it takes here is a “simple” visualization using bar and donut charts, I am quite impressed by how clean and intuitive these graphs are. The first bar chart shows the percentage of votes each party gets, while the bar chart below illustrates how much does the popularity of the party increase or decrease in this year’s election compare to last year. The half-donut chart shows the numbers of seats each of the four parties gets in the parliament. The horizontal bar chart shows the absolute majority gained by the Union (CDU & CSU). And lastly, the last one illustrates the possible coalitions between parties based on this year’s election results.

Using the party colors is also quite effective; since the majority of the voters are familiar with the colors representing these parties, it makes it very easy for them to tell the results.

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Source: http://www.ksta.de/bundestagswahl-2013/23500486,23958698.html#/live

Monday, September 30, 2013
This is my second ”visualize something from your apartment” project — except I am being that ”something” to visualize about ;) The data I used for this small multiple sketch piece are basically what I ate last week Monday through Friday. There might be something missed out, but it was quite accurate in general.

Would love to hear from you guys for comments :) 

Ps. I started a self challenge/body control project about 20 some days ago. In order to accomplish my goals, I decided to be a vegetarian for 100 days. So that’s why you won’t see any meat product from here. I love veggies by the way, so it’s actually a rather smooth transition.

This is my second ”visualize something from your apartment” project — except I am being that ”something” to visualize about ;) The data I used for this small multiple sketch piece are basically what I ate last week Monday through Friday. There might be something missed out, but it was quite accurate in general.

Would love to hear from you guys for comments :)

Ps. I started a self challenge/body control project about 20 some days ago. In order to accomplish my goals, I decided to be a vegetarian for 100 days. So that’s why you won’t see any meat product from here. I love veggies by the way, so it’s actually a rather smooth transition.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

CNN Money unemployment rate infographic

This week’s data visualization example, “Unemployment rate, state by state,” is from CNN Money. In comparison to other examples I’ve discussed here, this infographic is by no means sophisticated, but rather simple yet powerful.

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Two features that I found extremely useful:

1. Color Strategy

It is smart, in this particular case, to indicate the degree of unemployment through a change of the color value. This color strategy makes it very easy for us to spot the pattern that, in general, states located from mid to south west areas are doing a better job than those from the southeast and the coasts.

2. The “Pop Effect”

Maybe it is not the most appealing example of the data you are looking for just show up intuitively for you, but when you hover your mouse over each individual state, that state will enlarge and pop out, with a dialog window showing the name of the state and the UE rate. The font size is also large enough to be easily identified and read, which can be very helpful for people with a weak eyesight.

Thoughts from you guys?

Monday, September 23, 2013