CPSC 683 - InfoVis

exploring information visualization


October 31, 2017

Topic Modelling for Text Analysis

  Modelling the result of analyzing the text from an article. It provides a very nice way to see what people are talking about in the selected articles

Elevation Map of Crime rates in Different Cities

Crime rates in cities around the world shown using physical elevation maps.

Physicalization of World Population

Representation of World population from 10,000 BCE to 2000 CE.

London Transit

https://www.wired.com/2013/08/london-underground-3d-map/ This is an interactive 3D visualization of London transit. It includes with real-time data, line depth, and detailed mapping. Although without proper labeling this could be incredibly useless.

An Interactive Visualization of Every Line in Hamilton

Hamilton is great and so is this visualization by Shirley Wu. Each line (or set of lines by the same person) is a circle, and you can group them by singer, theme, or song. It’s a lot of fun to… Continue Reading →

Stack, Real time graphs of popular stories by time

the stack visualization constantly updates stories with the most recent activity load across the bottom of the screen and then ‘Diggs’ seemingly fall from the sky to land and create a real-time graph of what stories are popular.

Narrative 2.0 visualises music

This is an absolutely beauty! credits (http://www.matthiasdittrich.com/projekte/narratives/visualisation/index.html) The music was segmented in single channels. The channels are shown fanlike and the lines move from the center away with the time. The angle of the line changes according to the frequency… Continue Reading →

Graph of twitter chats that contains “datavis”

credits (https://www.flickr.com/photos/marc_smith/8924975889) This is a graph of tweets that contains the word “datavis” taken from 1500 users over a 7-day, 2-hour, 0-minute time period.  Data visualization is increasing coming into focus!

Light-up trees

I’ve been playing around with the idea of lighting up themes inside word trees as the words are spoken for my project. Since there are so many final statements with so many starting words, this visualization would end up being… Continue Reading →


Yesterday’s sunset painted some gorgeous colours across the sky. So I thought I’d share! Nature is beautiful. 🙂 Unfortunately my phone camera couldn’t capture it as nicely as it looked in person. But there were crazy pinks, blues and yellows… Continue Reading →

Laundry Language

I’m sure glad that most clothing tags also include written instructions for washing and drying. I was never taught the language of laundry!


It’s still weird to me how big this gluten-free fad has been and how much companies have been cashing in on it. But I guess this giant sign at Starbucks would be helpful for any celiac people! But is wheat-free… Continue Reading →

Elevated Lego Map

This 3-D elevated map made with lego truly makes the world tangible. Even though we often use lego to do a quick prototype of things, we don’t often think of them as the end product. This is a very good… Continue Reading →

Architectural Infographics

These are the symbols someone is using for architectural infographics. I think it is interesting to see if the buildings can be inferred by just looking at the photos and not paying attention to the names. That is a measure… Continue Reading →

20,000 Year Old Tallies

The Ishango bone is the world’s oldest mathematical object to be discovered. The tallies keep track of some form of counting. It was discovered in Africa, and there are many theories around what it was used to count/ measure. I… Continue Reading →

Network view of Topics in an article

A network view of the topics from a topic model of PMLA (source http://pmla.site44.com/), where links are created for shared words between topics. size of the circle represents approximately the number of words in the topic. Color is use to… Continue Reading →

2008 Stanford Dissertation Browser

This is an interesting visualization of the number of dissertations by department with reference to the Chemistry department. I like the fact it uses a slider to move between the years. The size of the circle represents the number of… Continue Reading →

Textual Visualization

The Termite system. A Combination of tabular view, displaying term-topic distributions for an LDA topic model and  a bar chart (right) showing the marginal probability of each term.

Words Spoken in LOTR

(https://www.visualcinnamon.com/portfolio/words-lord-of-the-rings) This visualization displays the words spoken by the characters of Lord of the Rings. Even though its a cool concept, it can be a bit hard to read at times since, for the thinner connections, it becomes a little… Continue Reading →

Amazon HQ2 representation of all 238 bidding cities

    Visualization of the 238 cities bidding for Amazon’s HQ2 represented in 3D. (converted to 2D here). Common Calgary

aggregate data layers

This sketch has 8 layers of data – 1 per semester – showing # of courses by faculty. The area of each square shows the total # of students in each faculty’s courses (square root of the number to convert… Continue Reading →

Wikileaks Text Vis

Jonathan Stray. Wikileaks Iraq: how to visualise the text. www.guardian.com. https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2010/dec/16/wikileaks-iraq-visualisation “At the rate of one document per minute, it would take 272 days non-stop to read every report — and you still might miss the big picture. This is… Continue Reading →

From the National Museum of Scotland, this is a Court Dress from 1740

I’d rather be a sparrow than a snail

Interactive emotion based visualization that deals with various artists and their lyrics.  In this case we have the one and only Simon and Garfunkel.   When an artist is selected, it highlights and shifts the focus to the words and emotions… Continue Reading →

Try to see it my way

This little diddy comes to us all the way from GE.  This was an interactive visualization that showcased the words used in internal reports over the last century .

Wearing a face that she keeps in a jar by the door

So in the last 5+ posts I made I noticed the images don’t show up unless you click on the actual thread.  Sad times indeed.  In the spirit of all things Beatles today folks, check out this little diddy related… Continue Reading →

34 UN Global Environment Outlook

Peep this.  created for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).  Cool spin on the traditional tree like structure.

The Beatles – Working Schedule

Thought this infographic was great!  Ever wonder what months and years had the beatles in studio / working the most ?  You can find out.  During their start it seems they were very busy throughout most of the year, as… Continue Reading →

Geek Zodiac

  Find your sign.  Thought this was an interesting little infographic?  Packs a lot of years into the mix, uses a variation of colours to map to signs.  Where there are multiple representations, it utilizes a multiple colour wheel.  I… Continue Reading →

Starbucks vs McDonalds

Infographic ! Ref: Princeton University website   Not a major fan of this info graphic.  However, we most definitely can see that McDonald’s dominates portions of western Europe.  Bonus for that, however, compare North America, not so easy to decipher,… Continue Reading →

Strange things be happening

Somewhat inspired by the recent release of Stranger Things 2 – I was in the mood to search out some lightning related images.  This one is representative of Bitcoin’s Lightning Network (see: CoinDesk).  I thought, alright this is cool.  We… Continue Reading →


Is this an infographic or even a visualization of data?  No.  Could it be, most definitely I feel.  I liked this image, I thought not only could the colour palette / ramp symbolize some form of data or another but… Continue Reading →


October 31 Each year Calgary has a halloween data challenge called #yyckidcount that encourages users to tweet the number of kids that visit their home! Here’s how one turned out in 2014.   http://yyckidcount.kenwtong.com

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