CPSC 683 - InfoVis

exploring information visualization


September 17, 2017

Misleading Twitter Volume Data

I found the data visualization to be quite misleading. Data shows the twitter volume from January 2009 to January 2014. Initial inspection might lead us to believe people are more interested in the event where US qualifies for the world… Continue Reading →

Scarves As Records

As I was looking for more crochet patterns, I was reminded of projects people have created to track information and display it via a scarf (mood and weather are the most popular ones I’ve seen). As a rigorous data collection technique,… Continue Reading →

High School Plays

This visualization came from an amazing article (follow the link!), describing the most popular American high school theatre productions over the years. This vis is interactive– you can highlight plays as you hover over them to see them throughout the… Continue Reading →

Lack of Scale

My friend sent me this graph from the book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. It describes how in the same time span, some people become experts and others stall out. At first, I found the graph fairly… Continue Reading →

Post-It Note To-do List

I like to keep my to-do list on as post-it notes on my fridge (the focal point of my life). I organize them by position and color, which now I know are two visual variables that can be used in… Continue Reading →

Fitbit and Uncertainty

  The new Fitbits have a feature that calculates VO2 Max scores (measurement of how the body uses oxygen) from heart rate. As heart rate isn’t a very reliable measurement for VO2 Max, this graph indicates uncertainty with radiating transparent circles…. Continue Reading →

Crochet Patterns

  I think crochet patterns can be categorized similarly to how we categorized maps: representing objects spacially, but still in the realm of visual abstraction. This pattern shows the how the individual stitches are constructed in a shawl.

Eclipse Vs Vim

Technical Interview Performance by Editor/OS/Language by Mike Robbins, September 19, 2017 My friend sent this visualization to me as proof that his choice of editor is far superior. Though I visually enjoy this composition there are quite a few questions… Continue Reading →

Adding green to the area that corresponds to me opening a door handle.

From Shapes to Cat

(https://design.tutsplus.com/articles/how-to-draw-animals-cats-and-their-anatomy–vector-17417) Steps to drawing a cat, starting from bone structure to muscles to actual cat. Understanding is an extremely individual thing – I know friends who are much better at drawing animals using the steps shown above. For me, I… Continue Reading →

Blue Black vs White Gold?

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a8/The_Dress_%28viral_phenomenon%29.png) This dress was an internet phenomenon a couple years ago. The idea that so many people had so many conflicting opinions about the simple colours of a dress makes me think that data visualization is the same way –… Continue Reading →

Big Picture

(https://firstreaker999.deviantart.com/art/Elephant-292689844) A painting I did many years ago. While there are not a lot of details within the painting (the eyes aren’t detailed, the leaves aren’t completely drawn in) we can still infer that it is an image with two… Continue Reading →

Joy Of Stats

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbkSRLYSojo) Took the image off a video called “Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes – The Joy of Stats – BBC Four”. Personally one of my favourite data visualization videos of all time because of the use of… Continue Reading →

Solar Eclipse vs My Eyes Hurt

(https://i.redditmedia.com/2i71XsHDQsQI6WwwBdZHNRhcSw03JvDNpUchVEil_xM.png?w=1024&s=3ac70f916c0b5aa47379db7d23296d9e) The results of Google searches leading up to a solar eclipse, and then the immediate after-effects of it with the search “my eyes hurt” from New York. While this graph shows some interesting results, it makes me wonder if… Continue Reading →

Strava route heatmap

1 year of aggregate ride tracking data for NW Calgary, showing “more popular” and “less popular” routes ridden by members of Strava.com. I contributed ride data for commuting between my house in Tuscany to/from the UofC, and some rides out… Continue Reading →

Sorted iPhone Home Screen Colours

  September 17 I took the visualization of my iPhone’s home screen apps I created two days ago, then tried to group the colours by hand. By simply grouping some of the colours together, we can already begin to see… Continue Reading →

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