CPSC 683 - InfoVis

exploring information visualization



Time Animation

(http://www.pewresearch.org/files/2014/04/847889448.gif) This chart animates the amount of population by age group as the coming years would show it. I think it’s interesting how older females will become so dominant in the coming years for the US.

Differences in the Great Minds

(https://podio.com/site/creative-routines) This site describes some of the greatest people who’ve ever lived, and what their patterns were in terms of living. Many of them have different tasks that they do, but personally I find that completely reasonable and normal. I… Continue Reading →

Disease to Vaccine

(http://www.randalolson.com/wp-content/uploads/wsj-polio-dataviz.png) I find this visualization extremely interesting, but also possibly confusing. I’m going off the assumption that the colors are representative of the number of people with Polio. I wonder how some places managed to go from a very dark… Continue Reading →

Lines to Airplane Paths

(https://i.pinimg.com/736x/e3/99/47/e399479055f6099d77b76bb57d7fac63–data-visualization-visualisation.jpg) Lately, there’s been talk at the lab about creating a 3D map that can show airplane paths, with moving airplanes and time stamps attached. This visualizations reminds me of that, but also reminds me of how difficult and crazy… Continue Reading →


(http://blog.visme.co/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/data-visualization.jpg) I keep coming across this image when I’m looking for data visualizations for my visual journal, and I finally decided to make a comment on it. The wording represents that I should be seeing something amazing if I continue… Continue Reading →

Absolute Mess

(http://informationandvisualization.de/files/graph.jpg) This information visualization is such a mess, but it is a problem that I have in terms of representing text in any info vis. Do you show it all but have it extremely crowded? Or do you change it… Continue Reading →


(https://morphocode.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/urban-visualization-pluto.jpg) I actually found this visualizations extremely cool. They did a good job incorporating the use of color to help understand height, which is important when looking at a visualization such at this. However, I always have such issues using… Continue Reading →

3D Visualizations gone wrong

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYAKcXJ9Ask&feature=youtu.be) While I think that this visualization is very well done, I think that they are missing a lot of details to help the user identify what they are working on, as well as a not-so-great interface for users. It… Continue Reading →

Meta 2

(http://www.metavision.com/) I was told today that my lab received a new toy called the Meta 2. Pretty much, it is a tethered augmented reality device. However, I’m really excited to work with it because of the possibilities it presents that… Continue Reading →

Confusing but clear?

(https://cdn.business2community.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/China-US-infographic-lede.jpeg) To me, this visualization describes a lot of data, but doesn’t clearly state what it is other than at some very specific points. While the colors make it very clear which country has which values, it’s useless unless the… Continue Reading →

Physical Bar Charts

(http://www.aviz.fr/wiki/uploads/Research/phys2.png) I know earlier this semester Lora talked about physical bar charts and such, and to this day I find them interesting to play with, not informative whatsoever. While you do get to actually feel your visualization, it doesn’t give… Continue Reading →

People into Country

(https://www.mindjet.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2012/12/Demographics-101-Visualizations-from-the-US-Census-Bureau1.jpg) While this image doesn’t actually represent any numerical data, I found it very interesting that they created the US out of people. It was an interesting concept to me that people are the country.

Fortnite Victory

I was playing a new game this weekend called Fortnite and it was actually relatively interesting to see how hard I tried to get first place. While the graphics of it are lacking compared to some FPS games, it uses… Continue Reading →

Slacking Off to Rushing like Mad

The above image shows the number of commits I’ve made over the course of the semester for my info vis project. As you can tell, I get extremely inspired for little things, get super busy, and stop working on it… Continue Reading →

Work Slack Analytics

I find this image absolutely hilarious because it completely shows when people have midterms/assignments due, and when everyone decides to come into work. The red line shows private messages, and the purple show public messages. As you can see, near… Continue Reading →

Detailed Color Strata

(http://coolinfographics.com/blog/tag/words) I remember that Sheelagh showed something similar in class, but I thought this was much more detailed. I don’t have much use for something like this, as interesting as it is, but the next time a friend argues about… Continue Reading →

Adventure and Discovery

(https://www.visualcinnamon.com/2017/03/my-journey-into-dataviz.html) I was looking around for motivation for entries, when I stumbled across this woman’s website. While her website itself does not provide any information about information visualizations, it talks about her journey and what she loved about what she… Continue Reading →

World Representation

(https://i.pinimg.com/736x/cf/f8/89/cff889949cbe5d2a35e3e046aa259276–web-design-trends-data-visualization.jpg) I found this picture while looking for world visualizations since I’m working on something similar for work. This shows how the world population is divided. I find it incredibly interesting actually that about a quarter of the world’s population… Continue Reading →

Beauty in Presentation

(https://www.howtoforgivepeople.com/how-to-overcome-emotional-dependency) I went through a phase in my life a couple years ago where I was extremely dependent on people (even more so than I am now). I remember looking at this site, and actually having it have a huge… Continue Reading →

TV Show Hour Calculator

(http://tiii.me/) Along the trend of Netflix and hours watched, I put in a couple of TV shows I’ve finished lately into this website which calculates the length of that TV show for you. I thought it was pretty useful, even… Continue Reading →

Netflix Hours

I never realized that Netflix actually kept a history of everything that you watched, but I wanted to know how much time I’ve been spending on Netflix lately. The answer is that apparently I have been living and breathing TV… Continue Reading →

Emotional Focus

I’ve been going through a bit of a rough time for the last month or so, and whatever spare time I do have I try to throw into gaming. Yesterday was a rougher day, but it appears that I play… Continue Reading →

Myers Briggs

(https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test) I did my personality test this weekend and I got mediator. These aren’t my exact results, but they are pretty similar. After discussing with a friend, turns out that a few of her letters change every time she does… Continue Reading →

Spiral Staircase Pie Chart

(https://visual.ly/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/3d-618×624.jpg) I think that this visualization is really gool in that it shows all of the pieces of the pie chart as their original size, and are layered so that they do not overlap each other, making it relatively clear… Continue Reading →

Lacking in 2D, Spectacular in 3D

(http://www3.sympatico.ca/blevis/Image41.gif) This image shows a 3D graph on a 2D screen, and it honestly looks extremely underwhelming. However, imagine this visualization in 3D, where you can walk around and view all of this information at the palm of your hand…. Continue Reading →


(www.liveplasma.com) This website is one of the coolest mconnection visualizations I’ve ever seen. Based on bands you like, you can see which ones are similar, how similar, and how they are connected. This is super helpful if you are looking… Continue Reading →

Time Trends… But What Does It Mean?

(https://public-media.interaction-design.org/images/ux-daily/578c6af5a6115.jpg) This image is really nice to look at, and it shows quite a bit of information. However, I’m not sure what it means? The labels are sort of clear, and there are points that draw the user’s attention, but… Continue Reading →

Simple Yet Complex

(https://www.kaushik.net/avinash/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/oil_consumption_treemap.png) This info vis shows a really simple idea – world oil consumption. However, when you actually look at it, it becomes really difficult to decipher because the cubes are oriented differently, thus making it really hard to tell which… Continue Reading →

Text Visualization

(https://www.presentation-process.com/wp-content/uploads/v-shaped-text-visualization.jpg) Since we were discussing text visualizations a couple weeks ago, I think that this is relatively appropriate. While this is a really simple sentence, I liked how the shape of the text expressed what it was saying, and I… Continue Reading →

Gapminder Map

(http://pages.vassar.edu/acs/files/2011/06/GWM2010.png) I did a project earlier this year which incorporates this information into a moving 3D visualization, but it did not show as much information as this stationary image does due to implementation effort. This is a really good reminder… Continue Reading →

Illegal Numbers

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/fd/Sample_09-F9_protest_art%2C_Free_Speech_Flag_by_John_Marcotte.svg/1280px-Sample_09-F9_protest_art%2C_Free_Speech_Flag_by_John_Marcotte.svg.png) Illegal numbers was a topic that came up in the lab today, and the idea is that you can use these to rip a disc into an iso format. If represented in text, you could be arrested, so people… Continue Reading →

Patronus Explanatus

(https://pm1.narvii.com/6233/29c71d2384480cf9c1851d2a3d2b2001a8cc177c_hq.jpg) We spent some time yesterday at work figuring out what our patronuses were, and mine turned out to be an Ocicat. After thinking about it, I realized that personality tests (and their results) are just a combined visualization of… Continue Reading →

The Power of Sound… For Text?

(https://img1.etsystatic.com/072/1/5665813/il_fullxfull.802758423_euj2.jpg) I was talking to Kendra today about soundwave bracelets for text visualization, so I thought I’d post this. I’ve always been obsessed with these as a kid, and while almost no information can be gained out of it, it… Continue Reading →

Color Brewer Maps

(http://colorbrewer2.org/#type=diverging&scheme=PRGn&n=3) I spent 90% of my day today looking at color schemes, and was working heavily with color brewer. I remembered these exercises that I did as a kid, where you had to fill in blocks with a specific color,… Continue Reading →

Spinning Round and Round

(https://cdn-ssl-promptcloud.pressidium.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/6-data-visualization-tools-feature.jpg) I’m not sure what this is meant to visualize since I was just browsing different ways to visualize things for my thesis, but I actually liked the way this is organized. It’s extremely relaxing to look at, and I… Continue Reading →

Word “Tree”

{http://www.harvestworkerscoop.org.uk/site/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/harvest-tree-713×510.png) I thought that this was a really interesting visualization in that they took the word tree extremely literally, and turned their visualization into an object. While it does not show anything of value (or at least I don’t think… Continue Reading →

Video Created

(https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5hbcxfmumAMd3pnY2FSN3VYSjg) This is a video I made over the past two days for something on Saturday. There was a lot of talk about whether this video would look a lot more convincing if filmed using augmented reality, but personally I… Continue Reading →

“I Am Afraid” – Maria Lantin

(http://marialantin.com/i-am-afraid/) I took this picture myself but the link to the project is provided. This was an incredible visualization – the idea is that you could use a wand to run over parts of the words, and start to play… Continue Reading →

LlamaZoo Visualization

This is something I saw at an event while I was in vancouver. A user is using the Vive to manipulate a dog with all of its internal components visible. The idea is to teach people anatomy of animals, and… Continue Reading →

Rubix Cube Advice

I was awkwardly walking through the airport in Vancouver when I saw this ad, and for some reason it was extremely appealing to me. Maybe because of the finished rubix cube, but it was one of the few things that… Continue Reading →

CityVR: Visualization of Code

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJU9FYlp6oU) I’m currently at a conference in Vancouver right now in a workshop for VR and AR, and this one speaker had an application where he visualized difference classes by using a building structure, and the ability to look at… Continue Reading →

Visualization: Version 1.0

Obviously still needs a TON of work, but I’ve started implementing my visualization. There’s a couple of things I’ve done that are missing here, but generally the idea is that if you click on the hotel amenities (pool, gym, tennis… Continue Reading →

Research Poster

(Sources taken about the patent US5718632 A) This is the poster that I have to do for CPSC 699, and it’s probably not the best thing I could have done. But surprisingly, I actually really like it. The mixing of the… Continue Reading →

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 đŸ˜€ 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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