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NFL Fandom Map

April 13, 2015

I forgot to post this earlier but I came across it when I was looking at different types of map visualizations for Project 3.

Poor NY Jets…


More Game of Thrones Data Visualization

April 9, 2015


A really well done data visualization on ALL the deaths in the Game of Thrones show. Warning: EVERY SPOILER EVER

Readings for Thursday, 4.16

April 9, 2015
Meet in the conference room upstairs for our last reading discussion on the theme of contemporary issues in information design and visualization:
Design and Redesign in Data Vis, Viegas/Wattenberg
The Promises and Challenges of Big Social Data, Manovich
Why You Should Never Trust a Data Visualisation, The Guardian
Discussion leaders: Jessie, Claire, Katy, and Donald
And updates from all on final project.

The New York Times vs. FiveThirtyEight: Do you think the obsession with statistics is ruining baseball?

April 9, 2015

On Opening Day, the New York Times published an op-ed piece titled “Don’t Let Statistics Ruin Baseball.” It argues that obsession of statistics and numbers that surround baseball prevent fans from enjoying the more visceral aspects of what baseball truly is. The following quote summarizes the point Steve Kettman tries to make in the piece:

The importance of being fully present for a game, shorn of distractions, lies not in sentimentality about the nobility of baseball (even Mr. Angell once groused that “The ‘Field of Dreams’ thing gives me a pain!”), but in continuously deepening one’s understanding of the game.

In response to this, FiveThirtyEight wrote “Don’t Let Op-Eds ruin baseball” where they argue that statistics can enhance an appreciation for baseball. An excerpt from the article, which is basically an annotated group chat, summarizes their main point:

But the other way it cuts is that, without statistics, I probably wouldn’t be interested in baseball at all. Like many people, my fandom started out with baseball cards. Fast-forward 30 years, and while I’m not as nutty about the game as some of my colleagues, I still take time to follow the fascinating statistical developments in the league, and can appreciate Mike Trout or Billy Beane’s greatness in a way that has something of an aesthetic aspect for me.

Kettman responds to the FiveThirtyEight article as well, which can also be found on their website. Check them out!

A flowchart of charts

April 2, 2015


Here’s a visualization that shows all the different ways you can visualize things. DUHHHHHH (inception noise)

Different Approaches to Portraying the United States in Data Visualizations

March 31, 2015

Sorry I’m kind of a NYTimes fangirl but I stumbled across both of these on social media this morning.

I know we were talking a lot about our visualizations last week and how to play around with the shape of the United States when portraying data.  I thought these were two interesting examples.

The first is a look at how gay marriage has expanded state by state.  Here, the states are squares roughly in the shape of the U.S.  The color corresponds to some point in the evolution of gay marriage rights.  Check out that graphic here.

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The second is just an illustration, but it is as if the United States is made up of emojis.  Kind of an interesting look at the 50 states of emoticons.  You can check the column that goes with it here.

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One project and one filmmaker that I thought of during your presentations…

March 26, 2015

Anam Oman’s 321 is an interactive visualization of advice on how to be happy

Virtual Beauty is a film production company that seeks to explain complex ideas through vivid visual narratives.


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