CPSC 683 - InfoVis

exploring information visualization


October 23, 2017

State of The Union address

source: http://twitter.github.io/interactive/sotu2014/#p1 I like that this visualization is an interactive visualization as well as different types of visualizations combined to show the important information.

Data aggregation

source: http://vudlab.com/simpsons/ I like this visualization as the concept used for this visualization is similar to the one I am thinking to use for my data visualization. This graph shows the importance of weighting when we create aggregate numbers.

How Risky Are You?

Music Timeline

source: https://research.google.com/bigpicture/music/ This is a visualization from the Google. The visualization has been produced as an interactive graph. I like that this clearly shows the popularity level for each time period.

Carbon emissions

source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2014/dec/01/carbon-emissions-past-present-and-future-interactive This is a short video related to carbon emission. Using simple graph and ranking, this visualization manages to convey the main message.


source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/sports/wizards-shooting-stars/ This visualization is one of many interesting data visualization available in the website related to basketball. I like that this visualization shows detail information. If use number, words and other statistical methods to explain this information, it may not… Continue Reading →

New York City

source: http://cargocollective.com/jrschmidt/Lego-New-York I like that this visualization used the Legos upside down. It provides unique look to the visualization.

Bayes’ Theorem with Lego

source: https://www.countbayesie.com/blog/2015/2/18/bayes-theorem-with-lego   I do not think this visualization helps to understand the Bay’s theorem. There may be other methods such as drawing can be used for the visualization. However, Legos can draw the attention from some of the audience.

Lego color scheme

source: https://flowingdata.com/2017/09/19/lego-color-scheme-classifications/ I like this visualization as Legos have been used to visualized to something related to legos. It is very rare that we will be able to use same material to visualize the information related to that.

GM Lego visualization

source:http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2012/Mar/0326_lego.html It seems like using Lego blog is good data visualization technique in automobile and health care. Especially data visualization is used to communicate with general audience, less technical visualization is a powerful method.  

World map

source: https://flowingdata.com/2017/09/27/lego-world-map/ Even though this Lego map does not visualize any data, I like that the completeness. This is a good example for non-data visualization expert using technique to display some information.

HCI Prototypes

This diagram was provided to me to help describe to students in the HCI course I’m TAing the difference between a fully-implemented software system and the “vertical prototype” we expect them to create. There didn’t seem to be many questions… Continue Reading →


(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zodiac) I’m not really into astrology but I find it very interesting how far back the use of zodiac signs dates to. Zodiacal signs originated in Babylonian astronomy during the first half of the 1st millenium BC and zodiac mysticism can… Continue Reading →


I’ve been playing with Vuforia’s object recognition using the HoloLens, and one of the requirements for recognizing an object is that it should have a unique shape and plenty of contrast in the colours. To test it out, I built… Continue Reading →

visualizing bots in twitter feeds

This, from Wired – this shows twitter feeds for “people”, “companies” and “bots” – different activity patterns, with bursts vs. streams… image found on Wired UK archive: http://www.wired.co.uk/article/bot-or-not

FedEx SoundTrack

If you input a FedEx tracking number into the site (or create a package), it will take the dimensions of the package, and the details of its transport, and create a song from the different variables. I thought this was… Continue Reading →

U.S Electric Grid

https://energy.gov/eere/articles/east-meets-west-lab-study-focuses-connecting-power-grid-coast-coast I always thought that the national electric grid is one connected entity stretching over the entire geological area. But the image clearly shows how scattered their distribution really is. It’s because different parts have different energy potential.

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