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D'Arcy Norman

Max daily temps

I saw this on /r/dataisbeautiful – I like the way it shows a range of values, in “lanes” corresponding to a month.The data is aggregated over 66 years, but still shows patterns, extremes, and norms. via https://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful/comments/71r4gj/max_daily_temperatures_in_mountain_view_ca/

sculpture of a performance

Playing with tools from stage direction to visualize groups of people and spatial arrangement.

Data Sketch 001

First, hesitant sketch of the data. I picked a subset to start – classes on mondays during f2017 – and explored with an aggregate timeline.

historic traffic fatalities in the US

Interesting, but missing one more bit about total number of vehicles driven each year. Rate of fatalities is waaaaaaay down since the middle of last century, but total fatalities are still high – are more vehicles on the road now?… Continue Reading →

Hurricane damage by building

From the New York Times – damage to individual buildings from hurricanes on St. Martin / Sint Maarten. I’d be curious to see population density as well.

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 →

3 years of growth

My son outgrew his snowboard, so we got a new one to replace it. The old one got him through 3 seasons of learning – he’s now far better than I’ll ever be – and it struck me, seeing both… Continue Reading →

few data points

I got this after getting some blood work done. 2 samples do not make a very useful line graph.

raw numbers vs. per-thousand residents

census data on “high earners” by province. Globe and Mail made a chart of raw numbers, but it’s misleading without the “what proportion of the population is that?” per-thousand-residents calculation… Update: I made a quick version using Les’ calculations:


Students “vote with their feet” during a session in the TI. human-scale visualization of… what?

axes sketch

I use two-axis sketches to help me think about tools and systems, and how they interconnect or lead to different kinds of uses. This one is a super-early diagram of some of the online learning tools at UofC (with only… Continue Reading →

Mapping data

Hand-drawing a map of the world from memory under time constraint is hard…

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