Infographics in a Music Video

Infographics, Visualization

Interesting music video by The Longcut incorporates infographics quite nicely.

Hat tip to Jason Kottke

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The Social Life of Visualizations

Data Vizualization, Human Computer Interaction, Visualization


I thought I’d pass this along since we’re all interested in visualization and data visualization…

HCIL Seminar Series Presents:

Speaker: Martin Wattenberg, IBM Research,

Where: 3258 AV Williams Bldg, University of Maryland , College Park

Tuesday November 7th, 12:30pm

Talk: The Social Life of Visualizations


Visualization is often viewed as an efficient way of getting information out of a database and into an individual’s head. I argue that the value of many visualizations derives instead from their position in social systems involving two or more people. Through a series of examples from both science and art, I will discuss how this viewpoint leads to new directions, questions and design principles.


Martin Wattenberg is a research scientist at IBM, where he leads the Visual Communication Lab. His work focuses on new approaches to data visualization and collaboration. He is known for both applied and artistic visualizations, interpreting such disparate information sources as online communities, music, baby names, and stock market data. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from UC Berkeley.

Please visit:, For more information.

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Tufte in DC

Data Vizualization, Usability, User Experience, Visualization

This from Dan

“During my talk at the last UX Week in August, I mentioned Edward Tufte, who has done lots of work in the area of information visualization. (You may have seen PeterMe‘s review of Tufte’s new book Beautiful Evidence on his site – here, here, and here.) Tufte’s work can inform how we
develop user experience documentation.

Tufte will be giving his workshop in the DC area Nov 14-16 this year at the Marriott Crystal Forum. I *highly* recommend this session. The session is a full day, and costs $360. This includes ALL FOUR BOOKS!

You can learn more about his workshop here:

If you do attend, please let me know! Perhaps DCIA will host a happy hour in which attendees can share what they learned!”

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Concept Mapping

Tools, Uncategorized, Visualization


I’ve been posting about various “mind mapping,” “flow charting,” and “concept mapping” tools that might be useful to use during brainstorming sessions. Well, I’ve come across another promising piece of software that is completely free. It is called Cmap (concept map), and it is the brainchild of the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. It seems you can also export a drawing as a PDF, so it can easily be shared with others who do not have the software installed on their machines.

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Best Practices – Data Visualization

Business Intelligence, Data Vizualization, Movie, Tools, Visualization

I’m not sure if you are familiar with TED, but one speaker presented data in a way that was both elegant and simple at the same time. Here’s the brief bio:

“Hans Rosling is professor of international health at Sweden’s world-renowned Karolinska Institute, and founder of Gapminder, a non-profit that brings vital global data to life.” (Recorded February, 2006 in Monterey, CA.)

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Business Intelligence and Data Visualization

Business Intelligence, Data Vizualization, Information Management, Tools, UX Tasks and Deliverables, Visualization

Tableau Logo

I’ve been working on a data/business intelligence project for the company, and in the process of thinking about some BI solutions, Zach pointed me to a tool called Tableau.

Our group has been discussing data visualization, and since the data project I am working on might move towards recommending a reporting tool, I wondered what your impressions are of this tool.


Demo here

Example of output for satisfaction data here

In the meantime, Juice Analytics recommends a quick little Excel fix that can make charts more Tufte-compliant.

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Examples of Good Design

Human Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Usability, Visualization

Ok. So I came across these 2 sites. I think the design is subtle but very effective. Thought I would pass them around.

The first is a search mechanism for flickr. is essentially an online photo album. It gives you space to store your digital pictures and allows an interface for you to share it with your friends.

The site I found, , is a search engine for flickr photos. I don’t think its actually affiliated with the site. The front page is about as simple as possible, and the search results are interactive. Not only giving you options of zooming into thumbnailed sets but also on the outside access to other linked categories. it allows search by ideas instead of file names.

The second site is called chowhound. It’s a posting board for restaurant reviews. If you have seen it before, take a second look, they have a new layout. . open up one of the longer threads. Something with 20 or 30 replies and scroll through. I really like the layout. It’s top to bottom, oldest to newest, but look at the nesting. You immediately know if a post is an original, a reply, a reply to a reply, etc. there is no need for referencing. Reduction of clutter.

Just some thoughts