CPSC 683 - InfoVis

exploring information visualization



Github Contributor

(https://github.com/diannayim) I thought I would take a look into how much I’ve been committing to GitHub over the last little while, and turns out the answer is that I have been quite active both over the summer until now. An… Continue Reading →

League Improvement

(http://www.lolking.net/summoner/na/29562954/Dimsum1080#/profile) I’m a pretty obsessive gamer – the more stressed out I am, the more I game to try and alleviate that stress. This graph shows my progress in League of Legends from February until now. That huge spike at… Continue Reading →

Iron Ring Glory

While the iron ring that I got for completing my engineering degree does not look all that impressive, it actually has quite a bit of meaning (aka the $20,000 I spent for my undergrad). With this in mind, I realized… Continue Reading →

Lack of Design != Lack of Awesomeness

Went to Bro’kin Yolk a couple days ago with a couple friends, and this is the order that I got. On the outside, it didn’t look that great, but by the gods was it the most amazing thing I’ve had… Continue Reading →

Beauty in Websites

(https://www.facebook.com/gamersboard/videos/1742871752413182/) The picture is actually completely meaningless without watching the video, so please do watch the video 😀 but this is a visualization of music by using drawings of the bike travelling over various lines. I think this is probably… Continue Reading →

Appreciating the Beauty

(artlogic.net) This is probably one of my favourite designs of websites I’ve ever seen. I found it a couple years ago when working on my web-based design project, but the way everything flows in that website as well as the… Continue Reading →

Music Confusion

This is a picture of a document my mom had me print for her a while ago, and it’s some music composition for her Chinese drum class. I’ve been pretty musical all my life, but when I look at this… Continue Reading →

Incorrect Representation, ft. Me

This is a small snippet of my resume, but I remember when I went down to San Fran to interview for Google, and one of the interviewers asked me, “What exactly do these percentages mean?”. And at the time, I… Continue Reading →

Work Scrum Board

This is part of our scrum board at work, with all of my coworkers being another colour. I thought this was really interesting because even though everyone had about the same number of post its on the board, some of… Continue Reading →


This photo quality is horrible, but I took it on a drive home a couple weeks ago. I thought the sunset looked was absolutely beautiful, and made a really nice colour scheme with the sky.

Potluck Drinks

I was supposed to do this last week, but this is the visualization that D’Arcy and I made during Lora’s class. I thought it was actually the most fun I’ve had creating visualizations, because I’m always limited by the fact… Continue Reading →

Sketch #10: Scatter Plot Bar Chart

I’ve actually been thinking about this idea since last year, but I’ve never actually been able to sketch out the idea until now. Pretty much, this graph would present different information depending on which axis it is viewed on. Unfortunately,… Continue Reading →

Sketch #9: (Horribly Drawn) World Map with Height

Obviously there are a lot of maps that use height to represent altitude of land, but rather than doing that, I thought that using height of each continent could represent some information as well. While I realize that not a… Continue Reading →

Sketch #8: Filtering by 3D Models

Personally, I think that this is less about visualization of the data, and more about almost selecting what the user would want to see within a subset of information. Since my dataset is about hotels, the idea is that you… Continue Reading →

Sketch #7: Diving Into Reality

At this point, I started thinking about something that I discuss a lot with my co-worker, Cooper. The way he thinks is extremely different from me, but also provides a point of view that I don’t often think about. For… Continue Reading →

Sketch #6: Slices of Life… or Information

This model I think would actually look a lot better if the slices were a lot thinner – it would look extremely messy and convoluted at first, but if the user took the time to pull each of the slices… Continue Reading →

Sketch #5: Splitting of the Polygon

This idea is slightly modified from the strengths and weaknesses chart they used in Pokemon (I think, I may be wrong about that). But rather than only having it as two dimension, each slice provides more information to the user… Continue Reading →

Sketch #4: Lego Block Building

With this idea, I wanted to incorporate a kind of continuous value with using tokens such as lego blocks. Each of the individual blocks represents a row in the data with a specific dimension, and each block is scaled according… Continue Reading →

Sketch 3: Circular Calendar with Height

I actually sketched this one extremely poorly since I decided to change the way I wanted dimensions represented halfway through, but the idea is that it works as a circular calendar, with bars that rise and lower in height depending… Continue Reading →

Sketch 2: Circling Circles

This idea is sliced cylinders, with both the top and the bottom angles representing information for the dataset, then put together. The slices can be separated and rotated out to view details that can be hidden by the architecture of… Continue Reading →

Sketch #1: Bars, Bars, and More Bars

I’ve decided to post all of my sketches, simply because it helps to actually describe my ideas in writing. For all of my sketches, I had the idea to do them in virtual or augmented reality, meaning that I scaled… Continue Reading →

Netflix Appreciation

(www.netflix.com) Netflix actually has some of the easiest ways to browse through videos that I’ve ever found. It organizes everything in a way that is efficient, yet possible to get more information if needed. Goals for an information visualization!

The Beauty of Coding IDEs

(My Visual Studio Code) I was actually thinking about it this morning, and the idea of not being able to use auto-complete scared the heck out of me. I feel like Visual Studios is kind of like the idea of… Continue Reading →


(https://photo-viewbug.s3.amazonaws.com/media/mediafiles/2014/02/06/10372651_large1300.jpg) The eyes of this cat are absolutely stunning to me – however, if an information visualization was represented as those eyes, it would look amazing, but no information can be gleaned from it. I’ve been working on visualizations all… Continue Reading →

Lazy, or creative?

(http://assets2.ignimgs.com/2016/04/22/pyrejpg-6d9f3e_1280w.jpg) This image is actually from one of my all time favourite games – Pyre. I remember playing games by the same maker and thinking that, “Wow, I feel like their art style could be better.” However, when I was… Continue Reading →

Human Perception

(https://staticdelivery.nexusmods.com/mods/110/images/54466-1-1401582271.gif) I was talking with one of my coworkers yesterday about the level of detail needed within a visualization, and whether we could reduce detail in order to improve performance. While we were having our discussion, he brought up how… Continue Reading →

Star Glyphs

From another project that we are working on in our lab, also to do with Nova Chemicals. Also done by my coworker, but I remember seeing this visualization and completely taken aback by how much information you could actually gain… Continue Reading →

Colour Schemes

(https://github.com/d3/d3-scale-chromatic) I was talking to a professor yesterday and we started discussing colour themes for using in visualizations. He also brought in the idea of using hue and saturation as two different visual variables, which brings me to this image…. Continue Reading →

Detailed Mesh Creation

The lab that I’m currently working in (Agile Surface Engineering Lab) had a project with Nova Chemicals throughout the summer. This code is actually written by a coworker of mine, but I actually thought he did a fabulous job with… Continue Reading →

Design vs Visualization

(https://www.upwork.com/hiring/design/what-is-3d-visualization-who-does-it-why-do-you-need-it/) I think the fact that they call the second image a visualization is not really accurate – from what I can tell, it does not provide any actual information about anything, just the fact that it looks cool.

Bias Data Sampling

(http://www.stat.ufl.edu/~aa/cda/data.html) Found this dataset while looking for a dataset to use in my project. It reminds me that even if this was created into a great visualization, the data that supports it would be absolutely worthless and bias.

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 →

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