Edward Tufte

PowerPoint: here’s how to keep your audience awake

Sitting through tedious presentations, much like office fire drills, temporarily unites employees in polite umbrage. And we all know the main weapon …

Public Speaking

Data Visualization Design, Part 3: Chart Junk in Data Science

As data scientists one of the tasks we have is communicating what we’ve found during our data analysis to various types of audiences. Data …

Data Visualization

Python 3: Create Sparklines Using matplotlib

I recently wanted to create sparklines to show how some values were changing over time. In addition, I wanted to generate them as images on the …

Python Programming

A New Classic in Sabermetric Literature

Renowned sabermetric author Jim Albert is back with a new book.Jim Albert has a new book out. Released on Sept. 17 from CRC Press, it’s called</i> …

Data Science

Online MS in Information Design and Strategy, Northwestern University

Online Master's in Information Design and Strategy<p>Learn to drive effective digital communication<p>Step into an emerging field and learn how to blend …

Web Design

How to Use Sparklines to Create Mini Graphs in an Excel Workbook

Using sparklines allows you to display data trends without going to the trouble of creating a full-blown chart or graph. It’s simple, on-demand …

Laptops

Turn Numbers Into Interactive Graphics In Seconds

After the Flood designed a font for writers who want to provide clearer context to their data points in their sentences for readers

Information Architecture

Free Typeface Transforms Numbers Into Graphics In Seconds, Without Code

Screenshot via After the flood<br>Consolidating data into easy-to-understand graphical representations has always been cumbersome. Apart from that, …

Typography

This Font Makes Graphics Out Of Numbers In Seconds

Inspired by Edward Tufte’s “sparklines,” the typeface turns typed numerals into inline data visualizations.<p>Data is always more accurate and informative in context. Take Hurricane Harvey, for example. Some parts of Houston had more than 50 inches of rain. But it’s hard to understand just how crazy …

Infographics

Projects | AtF Spark

“Can charts be shown in text without using code?”<p>Data can be hard to grasp – visualising it can make comprehension faster. Sparklines (tiny charts in …

Web Design

The Single Most Powerful Visualization Of Harvey’s Impact

This New York Times graphic is information design at its best.<p>When a natural disaster on the scale of Hurricane Harvey strikes, it can be difficult not to reduce it to a number. Nearly 50 inches of rain. Thirty-eight dead. Thousands of homes flooded, thousands of people displaced.<p>These numbers only …

New York Times

Plagiarism detection in PowerPoint presentations

The unattributed and substantial use of the words of others is plagiarism.<br>Colleges, newspapers, and some businesses have codes of behavior for …

Information Architecture

Layered Data Visualizations Using R, Plotly, and Displayr

(This article was first published on <b> R – Displayr</b>, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)If you have tried to communicate research results and data …

Data Science

Weather Maps Are Failing Us

Climate change is causing extreme weather that is–quite literally–off the charts. It’s time for information design to catch up.<p>Hurricane Harvey has dumped so much rain on Houston and the coast of Texas that the National Weather Service was forced to adopt new colors to map it accurately.<p>This is the …

Weather

Improving security through data analysis and visualizations

I recently sat down with Charles Givre, data scientist, to discuss the characteristics of successful security analytics programs, principles for …

Data Science

A New Framework for UX Heuristics

Earlier this week I had a check in with a UX Designer I had a hand in training before we hired her at the Studio. Being a new transfer into the …

UX Design

Employee Performance Panel Charts – Excel vs. R [video]

Recently, I had to make a bunch of panel charts. After wrangling with Excel (and a tiny bit of VBA) to create them, I wondered if we are suffering …

Data Science

Foundations of Interaction Design

I teach a number of classes at CCA, including Creative Founder, Story and Play. One year I tried on teaching Foundations. I love the Sophomores, and …

UX Design

The Ripple Effect: How Our Smallest Design Choices Can Make A Big Impact

The rules of typography and information design provide us with a framework with which to design. But within these contraints, can our design choices …

Web Design

SA student catches the UN’s attention with ocean pollution poster

<b>A South African student’s poster was selected as part of an international design project to raise global awareness about the dangers of extensive</b> …

Oceans

Dataviz ducks: when designers put style ahead of substance

Calling Bullshit (previously) has released a wonderful lecture series on the epidemic of misinformation in today's media landscape. This lecture …

Information Architecture

Principles for Mobile Design

By Steven HooberI am a principled designer. I also like to think I am a principled man, but today, I’m going to talk not about my moral guideposts, …

UX Design

Data-a-Day in a Post-Truth World

This past Sunday, Danne Woo, professor of graphic design at New York’s Queens College and self-professed data-monger, reached the seven-month point …

Data Visualization

Are young photographers being taught post-digital visual literacy?

<i>“The illiterate of the future will be ignorant of the use of camera and pen alike.”</i><p>—<b>Moholy-Nagy, 1932</b><p>Whenever I am asked what I do for a living, I …

Photography

Junk Chart? Cover Art!

Yes, I have all of Edward Tufte’s beautiful books, as well as quite a few from Stephen Few and others. Yes, I know that you shouldn’t embellish …

Power BI

HOW TO MAKE BETTER INFOGRAPHICS: TELL A SINGLE STORY

<i>This article originally appeared on Column Five.</i><p>A lot of people want to know how to make infographics. We’ve made over 4,000 infographics for tons of …

Infographics

Civil Rights: How Pictures Changed America

If your students think a photo can’t change history, have them think again, with this resource-rich article from media literacy expert Frank W. …

Black History

Data visuals notes for my talks in 2017

(This article was first published on <b> Bluecology blog</b>, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)Data visuals: notes for my talks in 2017Supplementary …

Data Science

Kevin's Meandering Mind | Visual Literacies and the Emergence of “Picting”

visualliteracy flickr photo by alisonkeller shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license<p>The term “picting” is new to me but it makes sense. In …

Literacy