CPSC 683 - InfoVis

exploring information visualization



Representing Worth

Today in class Dr. Carpendale briefly mentioned money, which I was super excited about and I wanted to derail the entire class discussion to talk about this Money talk I want to in the department of Philosophy. However, due to time… Continue Reading →

Glitch Rugs

Created by: Faig Ahmed Photo from: Traditional Rugs Recreated with Technological Glitches by Faig Ahmed I was asking for advice from Sasha and D’arcy about how to condense my texts down to a reasonable size. They gave me a great idea (using… Continue Reading →

Slightly off = Very Jarring

I have overheard several people complaining about how the ilab logo’s outline just doesn’t line up between the a and b. I think this is because it is so close to lining up and doesn’t

Rainbow Thread

When I was at the fabric store buying things for my project I found this rainbow thread and I got very excited. I can’t wait to use this for embroidery! I think it will for some pretty interesting embroidery visuals.

Coffee Logging

My partner and I are addicted to coffee, we have at least two cups every day. I noticed he drank his much faster than I did so we marked how big our sips were/ how many we took and noted… Continue Reading →

Sorting Algorithms With Colour

https://franciscouzo.github.io/sort/ This interactive tool lets you select a sorting algorithm and sort the color spectrum. It is an interesting tool but I am not sure that if I didn’t understand the algorithm this would help.

3D RGB Scatterplots of colours used in famous paintings

The color of Stary Night has been spread over a 3d scatter plot. This is a cool way of visualizing an images pixels. I hadn’t ever thought about reorganizing color in a photo. https://imgur.com/a/aRBd1,Linked November 2017

Interaction to Understand

https://me.nektro.net/projects/circular_multiplication/#10×8 Visualizing mathematical concepts. This website allows you to play around with the variables of modular arithmetic to help understand how the numbers connect.

Sherlock Homes

  BBC’s Sherlock The TV show Sherlock has the interesting challenge of showing how Sherlock is thinking and what he is noticing such that the audience is not lost throughout the show. They overlay text on the video and show… Continue Reading →

The Atmosphere of Blankets and Lights

I really like the look and feel of this picture as design inspiration for my term project


Creating blankets with a white background and white thread is nothing new. Here is an example from the quilting world

FingerGlass: Efficient Multiscale Interaction on Multitouch Screens

FingerGlass: Efficient Multiscale Interaction on Multitouch Screens Dominik Käser, Maneesh Agrawala, Mark Pauly ACM Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2011. pp. 1601-1610. Realized that to have all of the text messages on a single blanket, the text would have to be… Continue Reading →

Back Projection

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/72-16-9-Back-Rear-Projection-Screen-for-Office-Home-Projectors-Beam-Film-Portable-Foldable-High/32638443363.html Back rear projection screen example. I was worried about people walking in front of the projection screen. Wes suggested using a thin piece of cloth and backlighting the blanket.

Business or Personal

Shimin Wang, Yuzuru Tanahashi, Nick Leaf, and Kwan-Liu Ma. 2015. Design and Effects of Personal Visualizations. In IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications 35, 4, Pp. 82-93. DOI=10.1109/MCG.2015.74   This paper makes some really interesting points and highlights key differences in visualizations… Continue Reading →

Rainbow done well

http://www.datapointed.net/visualizations/color/men-women-color-names-d3/ His and Hers Colors: Men, Women, And Two Thousand Color Names By Stephen Von Worley, September 1, 2010 The colors in this visualization represent themselves, the size of each dot the number of people who named said color, and… Continue Reading →

Visualization + Interaction with Neural Networks

http://playground.tensorflow.org My friend showed me this website and we spent a fair amount of time playing with the different node configurations to see how it affected the neural networks ability to learn. This is an awesome use of interaction to facilitate… Continue Reading →

Activity Sculptures

Simon Stusak, Aurélien Tabard, Franziska Sauka, Rohit Ashok Khot, and Anreas Butz. 2014. Activity Sculptures: Exploring the Impact of Physical Visualizations on Running Activity. In IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 20, 12. Pp. 2201-2210. I read this paper… Continue Reading →

Interacting with a blanket

After deciding on the embroidered blanket and brainstorming with various people throughout the week these are types of interactions I am considering. Pinning Buttons: What emotion do you see in the text? Do you agree with Watson on the tone? The… Continue Reading →

Let’s get physical! #5

Stacked graph with text to embroidered blanket?

Let’s get physical! #4

scattered star graph to stacked star candle holder

Let’s get physical! #3

@Copper suggested this during the speed dating class. Each sentence maps to a unique line segment and the line segments move in a direction base on the emotional analysis. This could be done with augmented reality or wire/plastic.

Let’s get physical! #2

Topic Swirl in a block of plastic vs Topic grouping blobs

Let’s get physical! #1

I took my original sketches are started thinking about turning them into physical representations. 3D scatter plot to scatter post?

Wearable projection system

developed by  Microsoft Research and Carnegie Mellon University http://www.kurzweilai.net/wearable-projection-system-turns-any-surface-into-a-multitouch-interface. This way of interacting is incredible! If this was available it would be  awesome to use as an interaction with my blanket

Pi Quilt – Theodore Gray

by Theodore Gray http://home.theodoregray.com/quilt-products/pi-quilt A quilt displaying a large number of the digits of pi. A great example of white thread on white fabric.

Epic Embroidery – Meticulous Vignettes

by Meticulous Vignettes Calgary artist embroiders epic work of art: ‘It’s been so much a part of my life’ A Calgary women told the story of oil in an embroidered piece that spans two city blocks. The piece is on display at the… Continue Reading →

Sleep Series 2016 – Maryam Ashkanian

by Maryam Ashkanian https://www.instagram.com/maryamashkanianstudio/ I think this represents art as it approaches visualization. Ashkanian has captured instances of people sleeping through the creation of embroidered portraits.

Embroidery on Money – Victoria Villasana

by Victoria Villasana Adding embroidery to existing art pieces to create something unique a beautiful. I like this idea of adding embroidery on top of images/ unconventional material  

Embroidery – Sheena Liam

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/tags/embroidery/ The different types of material used in this embroidery provide an extra layer of depth and which is used to create a stunningly beautiful piece. There are several more examples of Liam’s work on the website that are truly beautiful.

Text Connections

Ahmad Ragab. Text Connection Visualization. YouTube. May 13, 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZMvQ5BD-r0,Linked November 2017   This is a visualization tool created to compare words in different texts. The position of the word is its average location in the text and the green lines… 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 →

Playing with my Data 4

I tried putting my data into some of the templates on http://app.rawgraphs.io/. Unfortunately, it couldn’t really handle it. This was generated with half of my available data and it is still quite a mess. The Raw templates look really nice and… Continue Reading →

Playing with my data 3

Generated with Voyant Tools: http://voyant-tools.org Bubble graph of top 5 words. I like how simple and beautiful this is, I could see expanding on this idea. Having these lines of bubbles be a building block as part of a larger visualization…. Continue Reading →

Playing with my data 2

Term Berry: generated by Voyant Tools: http://voyant-tools.org This is an interesting way of getting the same information as a word tree but through interaction. You hover over the word you are interested in, it gives you the frequency of that word… Continue Reading →

Playing With My Data 1

Generated with Voyant Tools: http://voyant-tools.org Well, we went over all the reasons word clouds are bad in class but this was an interesting look into the speech patterns that my partner and I use.  This might be a good stepping stone if… Continue Reading →

Lego Store

Visualization as a sales tactic. The Lego store in Chinook has this display where you hold a box set of lego up to a camera. The screen on the wall displays a 3D put together version of the lego set… Continue Reading →

Smart Money Market Map

https://www.uie.com/brainsparks/2008/09/30/seeing-red-smartmoneycoms-map-of-the-market/ ,Linked October 2017 Smartmoney’s Map of the Market This reminds me of the windowing concept we covered in class. I don’t particularly like this visualization. It is slightly abstract and very confusing for something I would like precise information about.

Tableau Machine

Romero et. al. The Tableau Machine This seems like a cross between Markus’ Master’s thesis and the clock from Harry Potter. Markus’ thesis because it has the same idea of abstracting personal data into geometric shapes. And, the clock from Harry… Continue Reading →

Star Plot Earrings

Wearable Self, Jiyeon Kang, 2017, http://dataphys.org/list/wearable-self/, Linked October 2017   These earrings are star graphs of peoples personal fitness data. I love this. It reminds me of one of the sketches I did where the emotions were on a star graph… Continue Reading →

DNA Ring

2014 – Silver Ring Shaped by DNA Profile Alireza & Donovan, Jared (2014) Design of a tangible data visualization. I posted a malaria ring a few days ago and then I found this one. I think the design of the ring has… Continue Reading →

Ikea Cookbook

The photos are by Karl Kleiner. As most people know IKEA instructions are entirely constructed with pictures. This allows them to avoid printing instructions in a multitude of languages. Here is that idea carried forward into an IKEA cookbook. It is… Continue Reading →

Keyboard Frequency Sculpture

Keyboard Frequency Sculpture by Micheal Knuepfe. 2010. http://dataphys.org/list/keyboard-frequency-sculpture/. Linked October 2017   I quite like this use of the original object in the physicalization. It reminds me of the way Chris Jordan uses the objects he is representing in the representation.

Electron Density Contours

1947 – Dorothy Hodgkin’s Electron Density Contours http://dataphys.org/list/electron-density-contours/ , Linked October 2017 This physicalization shows the structure of penicillin. I love how beautiful this is. It looks like something I might be able to accomplish with maker vis. I could… Continue Reading →

More Jewelry Physicalizations

https://www.shapeways.com/product/E43HBKYSV/4-parameter-malaria-ring-size-7?optionId=60168068&li=marketplace , Linked October 2017 Malaria Ring – David Schneider “This ring tracks the progress of a malaria infection in a mouse from health through sickness and back to health.  The four parameters plotted are Parasite load, Granulocytes, Red Blood… Continue Reading →

Twitter Physicalization

The Data Necklace, Stef Lewandowski I have been trying to think of different physical mementos I could create with my text message data while looking for some examples I came across this. It is a necklace physicalization with a year… Continue Reading →

Augmented Reality Sandbox

UCLA’s youtube channel, video title: UCLA’s Augmented Reality Sandbox, posted July 22 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE1B7tdGCw0 , Linked October 2017 This interactive physicalization is so amazing! You can move the sand around and it will project a topographical layout on top. It will simulate… Continue Reading →

Beads of Courage

I went to a Beads of Courage charity event last year and learned about this organization, it wasn’t until now I really thought about it as a physical visualization. Kids with cancer receive a bead for a variety of things from… Continue Reading →

Game of Thrones Physicalization

Mild spoilers In the first season of Game of Thrones, we see the character Daenerys explain that braided hair is a representation of battles won for the Dothraki. If you pay attention as the series progresses you can see her hair become… Continue Reading →

Maps with Different Goals

My last post was a map of the London transit system. This reminded me of amusement park maps which look very different. A transit map’s job is to help people plan their routes on the train which is also arguably… Continue Reading →

London Transit

On a recent trip to London, I had to master their notoriously complex transit system. Compared to Calgary’s two train lines London’s transit system looks like someone threw spaghetti at the wall.  At every station, they have this large map plastered everywhere,… Continue Reading →

Emotional Tactile Map

Emotional Tactile Map by Kate McLean http://sensorymaps.com/portfolio/emotional-tactile-map/ , Linked October 2017 It is probably frowned upon to take so many pictures from a single blog but I felt these were all so relevant to my data. Regardless I promise this will… Continue Reading →

So Chill

So Chill by Lam Thuy Vo http://quantifiedbreakup.tumblr.com/ , Linked October 2017 This visualization was created by the same person as the first text message visualization. I like this one a little bit more, it shows some patterns and gives more of a story…. Continue Reading →

Good Night SMS

good night sms by paul heinicker. http://paulheinicker.com/goodnightsms/ , Linked October 2017 On the last text messages visualization, I was pretty harsh on how simple it was and how it barely encoded any information. This one is also very simple, did we text… Continue Reading →

Break up text message Visualization

UPDATE: Talking to Your Ex: One year of text messages, emails, and gchat post-breakup By: Lam Thuy Vo http://vis4me.com/portfolio/quantified-breakup/, Linked October 2017 I think this visualization is very plain and straightforward. There are many interesting expects that could have been added… Continue Reading →

Elevator Vis #4

This visualization of the data captures the most information. Gathering start and stop states of each elevator when the timer started, each movement the elevator made, and the known number of people during each ride.(Observed from the first floor) The… Continue Reading →

Elevator Vis 3

This table was much easier to use for direct recording than trying to maintain the coloured line chart, however, it falls short in much the same way the first elevator vis. It loses the order the events happened in exactly… Continue Reading →

Elevator Vis #2

This is 5 minutes of ICT elevator data. Today I tried to capture the order of events, unfortunately, I tried to make this graphic as it was happening. The elevator was very busy and the accuracy suffered. The height is… Continue Reading →

Elevator Data #1

I watched the elevator for 10 minutes and constructed this based on what I saw. The time goes from 4:25 -4:35, E# represents the elevator that was acting, direction based on if people were entering or exiting on the ground… Continue Reading →


ICT Good Earth Whenever I go to a coffee shop they have every size of their cup in a row on display with a label. I was wondering if this counted as a physicalization? I don’t usually see a list… Continue Reading →

Sentiment Analysis of The Bible

Applying Sentiment Analysis to the Bible by openbibleinfo, initial post was made on Monday, October 10th, 2011   https://www.openbible.info/blog/2011/10/ , Linked October 2017   This visualization shows a similar dataset as the one I have chosen for my final project. (With… Continue Reading →

Fibonacci Sequins

Fibonacci Sequins – Designed by Nina Paley using Theodore Gray’s Mathematica Fibonacci Spiral tool. Hand-beaded, sequined and bound by Nina. PaleGray labs was a tremendous inspiration when completing my undergrad research. Last week in class someone mentioned that Transmog could be used to display mathematical concepts…. Continue Reading →


The Depth of the Problem – Richard Johnson and Ben Chartoff – The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/apps/g/page/world/the-depth-of-the-problem/931/ , Linked September 2017 Sometimes numbers are too big and it helps to benchmark them against more tangible objects such that the scale isn’t lost… Continue Reading →

Menu Vis

https://www.pinterest.ca/sol333/data-visualization/ , Linked September 2017 (I am not sure if this is the original poster but I wasn’t able to find another instance) My last few posts have been a bit more serious but I thought this was quite a… Continue Reading →

Facebook Networks

“NETWORK OF 340 FRIENDS WITH CLEAR COMMUNITY CLUSTERS AND SEVERAL SIGNIFICANT FRIENDS IDENTIFIED BY BETWEENNESS CENTRALITY WEIGHTING OF NODE SIZE” https://kimoquaintance.com/2011/08/22/what-can-we-learn-about-somalis-from-their-facebook-networks/ , Linked September 2017   What can we learn about Somalis from their Facebook networks? by  KIMO QUAINTANCE published 22/08/2011… Continue Reading →

Relationship Visualization

A Multidimensional Approach to Characterizing and Visualizing Latent Relationships in Enterprise Social Networks by Michael J. Burns and Brian D. Friedman I would categorize this as a bad visualization. It is visually unappealing(feels very 1990s) and there are several visual variables being wasted… Continue Reading →

Blog Conversation Topics

ConVis: A Visual Text Analytic System for Exploring Blog Conversations By E. Hoque and G. Carenini This Visualization is very similar to the book theme one I posted earlier. This one shows the topics of blog posts. Interestingly it is almost… Continue Reading →

Event Marking

Track National Unemployment, Job Gains and Job Losses, By Andrew Van Dam and Renee Lightner. http://graphics.wsj.com/job-market-tracker/ ,Linked 2017 September I like the way this visualization marks the recision. It helps explain the data trends by marking events that happened in the… Continue Reading →

The Ebb and Flow of Movies

The Ebb and Flow of Movies: Box Office Receipts 1986 – 2008 Published by The New York Time, and created by Baseline StudioSystems; BoxOffice Mojo, Mathew Bloch, Ledd Byron, Shan Carter, and Amanda Cox. February 23, 2008 http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/02/23/movies/20080223_REVENUE_GRAPHIC.html , Linked 2017… Continue Reading →

Movie Plot Vis

Visualization of themes of novels nominated for the Man Booker Prize (by Johanna Kamradt and Christian Tate) http://www.litcharts.com/blog/how-we-created-data-visualizations-of-200-books/ , Linked September 2017 I like this visualization, I find the use of color well done and the fanning out of plot lines into… Continue Reading →

Conversation Clock

Conversation Clock: Visualizing audio patterns in co-located groups, Tony Bergstrom, Karrie Karahalios (IEEE 2007) As I was looking for existing visualizations of conversations I found this. This is a visualization of audio data meant to provide live feedback of verbal communications. Perhaps I… Continue Reading →

Chris Jordan – Over the Moon

Over the Moon, An American Self-portrait by Chris Jordan – http://www.chrisjordan.com/gallery/rtn/#moon linked September 2017 We talked about this artist in class in regards to the plastic cups piece. I love the concept of creating visualization out of the objects you are… Continue Reading →

Pokemon Interactive Vis

Ph.D. Kirell Benzi http://www.kirellbenzi.com/wp-content/uploads/pokemon-viz/pokemon.html, linked September 2017 A visualization of the youtube videos that mentioned “Pokemon” after the release of the new Pokemon Go game. This image represents almost 50 000 videos, where links show video connected by playlists, color/shade is… Continue Reading →

Coffee Vis

I like this visualization, as it compares and contrasts a single persons coffee consumption with their countries. In addition, I find it interesting that it presents facts the creator has deemed relative alongside the personal visualization (such as average cost)

Garmin Run Visualizations

This is part of a personal interactive visualization Garmin creates with run data. The time, pace, GPS coordinates, elevation, pace, heart rate, stride length, run cadence, vertical ratio, ground contact time, and temperature are all automatically used to create visualization… Continue Reading →

Eclipse Vs Vim

Technical Interview Performance by Editor/OS/Language by Mike Robbins, September 19, 2017 My friend sent this visualization to me as proof that his choice of editor is far superior. Though I visually enjoy this composition there are quite a few questions… Continue Reading →

Hand Made Physicalization

[Swaminathan et al. 2014] This illustrates the construction process Doug McCune went through to create a 3D heat map which shows the quality of elementary schools in San Franciso. This was a case study presented in the “Creating Physical Visualization with MakerVis”… Continue Reading →

Embroidery Visualization

This is a visualization I created last year with the embroidery machine from the Fab Lab. It tracks heart rate over a 45-minute workout. Where the distance from the center is heart rate (marked at 10 bpm intervals) and the… Continue Reading →

3D Pie Charts

I would consider this a bad visualization. It asks the reader to interpret a two-dimensional representation of three dimensions I believe pie charts best represent parts of a whole and should, therefore, use percentages that add to 100. (Not to… Continue Reading →

Vincent Van Gogh

I choose this Vincent Van Gogh self-portrait as he was mentioned in lecture (and I visited his museum this summer). Van Gogh did not use lines and colour to replicate the world exactly as it was but instead to convey… Continue Reading →

Napoleon’s Russian Campaign

Though I am fairly new to the world of information visualization, this is my favourite visualization. Charles Minard skillfully encodes 6 types of information in this seemly simple illustration. (# of Napoleon’s troops, distance, temperature,  latitude and longitude, direction, and… Continue Reading →

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