CPSC 683 - InfoVis

exploring information visualization



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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