I found this KMZ file the other night. It’s really the greatest Google Earth file I’ve ever seen. It’s tracking bird flu but it’s doing it through, time, space and evolution. It creates a three dimensional representation of the changing aspects of the virus as it moves from carrier to carrier and place to place. There’s a video showing what it can do and explaining things here. The source file is over here. Why am I so impressed? Mainly because it’s a perfect representation of data visualization. It shows a completely different way to use Google Earth. Who would have thought to use a geography program to track the evolution of a virus? This kind of convergence is amazing and examples like this can lead to some amazing connections. It can also lead the way for other creators to start using this application in different ways.
This is meant to be a general survey of a fairly large swathe of concepts and examples with lots of links for additional specificity. I encourage you to follow links.May own pattern is to command click to open interesting looking links in new tabs as I read. I also end up with many, many open tabs. I’ve tried to also mix it with quotes from a variety of designers.I’m not doing as well with diverse representation as I’d like so if you have cool people who aren’t white men please throw them my way. Those people are also worth exploring and most links will lead you to something that will lead you down an associative trailh/t Gardner and Thought Vectors for getting me to read some of the old stuff. of links/searches.. Portfolio design considerations are grounded in many of the same design decisions that are foundational to good data visualizations. Many portfolios also include, maybe should include, elements that meet the typical definition of data visualizations although usually of small data sets.You do want to be careful about over simplifying or arbitrarily simplifying your skills into something like “The Arbitrary ‘Skills’ Chart.” Both portfolios and data visualizations can be thought of as heuristics. You’re helping people think. You’re helping them understand you, a concept, a relationship, etc. Rich content […]
I’m messing around with some workflows to figure out how I’m spending some of my time . . . and, as a result, spending some of my time on how I spend my time. One of those efforts is trying to get some decent numbers around how my own efforts towards rampages support are going. I have my gut feelings but figured I’d see if I could work out a low energy way to document some of it in a more specific manner. I’m currently playing with a simple IFTTT recipe. It takes an email to a specific address with a specific hashtag (#vcusupport in this case) and puts it into a spreadsheet. I modify the subject line so that it’s #vcusupport HELP ME! | faculty | aggregation |. The regexIt is somewhat sloppy but regex remains really crazy to me. below pulls out the elements and puts them in separate columns. Giving me something like the data below. Grabs content between two characters (in this case my “pipes”). =REGEXEXTRACT(B:B,”\|([^()]+?)[\|].*?(([^()]+?)[\|])”)) I started to do some work with Zapier as well. I actually prefer it in a number of ways (much more granular data and other neat things to pull from email) but the price was way too high for this type of use. I might try a more direct API […]