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exploring information visualization



Social Circles of Primary Caregivers

source: https://blogs.library.duke.edu/data/files/2015/03/Presentation2.jpg I like the design of this visualization as circles have been used for different levels of care givers. It is appropriate to add level of closeness from the rings.

Ring Visualization: HIV

source: http://angelirawat.blogspot.ca/ Ring visualization is useful for data which increase over time as outer rings can accommodate more information. This visualization does not use that concept as each circle shows the constant size. The length of the circle cannot compare as… Continue Reading →

Global Flows of Agriculture and Forestry Feedstocks

source: https://blogs.library.duke.edu/data/category/data-visualization/ The design use appropriate to visualize a flow. I like the colour combination. Flows with larger with send behind the small with flows. It helpful to follow the flow.

N.Korea NUCLEAR Power

source: http://www.visualcapitalist.com/worlds-nuclear-weapons/ I like this visualization as it shows detail information about different types of nuclear weapons own by N. Korea and the their maximum range on a map. If the country is spread across a large area on the world,… Continue Reading →

Nuclear warheads in the world

source: http://nationalpost.com/news/world/north-korea-is-just-the-tip-of-the-stockpile-here-are-all-the-nuclear-warheads-in-the-world-visualized I liked this visualization as it clearly indicates the size of nuclear weapons ownership by countries. It indicates that North Korea is only one country which own nuclear warheads. The visualization has used red to highlight the N. Korea… Continue Reading →

Who has NUKES

source: http://nationalpost.com/news/graphics/world-nuclear-graphic I like the design of this visualization. However, it is very difficult to read the information. Similar colour has been used more than one country. Also, different types of Nukes cannot compared easily. Space in the ring has been… Continue Reading →

Do you think President Obama should apologize for the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

source: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/05/13/national/majority-see-no-need-for-obama-to-apologize-for-atomic-bombing-of-hiroshima-and-nagasaki-japan-times-poll/#.WiIJhkqnFPY This visualization is simple. The expected audience is general public who read the newspaper. Thus, using a simple visualization is helpful to convey the message. I like that the total is presented using pie graph. Using legend close to… Continue Reading →

Map with dots

source: https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/reducing-health-inequalities-britain Rather than polygons dots have been used to visualize spatial information. I do not think the areas represent from dot is not the real boundaries of geographic areas. However, I like that the using dots to represent the area…. Continue Reading →

Burden of disease

source: https://ourworldindata.org/health-meta/ I think this graph presents a lot of information. As most of the colours are similar, it is difficult to identify each categories. I would reconsider the design in order to provide different categories.

Multiple arrows

source: https://ourworldindata.org/health-meta/ I like this graph as each country is shown one arrow. If average line was used, it is difficult to understand progress of individual counties. However, this type of visualization assume that the change is linear.

Evolution of health protection coverage as a percentage of total population

source: https://ourworldindata.org/health-meta/ I like the color scheme used in this graph. Line pattern also used to distinguish countries in addition to the colours. The sudden changes of the line shows impact of policy changes. Thus, it may useful to mention special… Continue Reading →

Mobile Payments

source: https://www.fastcodesign.com/3033797/the-youtube-of-data-visualization-is-here I like this visualization but it does not provide the payment is higher in some counties due to number of connections, fee or purchasing power of the people. However, using a phone and a map of Africa shows the… Continue Reading →


source: http://wikibrains.tumblr.com/post/85112921334/adobe-acquisitions-by-country Wikibrains provides easy way to visualize information. I like the ordering each circle to maximize the use of available space.

National waste

source: https://visual.ly/blog/100-year-old-debate-science-art-data-visualization/ This visualization has used octopus to shows five categories. However, it is better they have eight categories as it is suitable to used octopus for eight data point. This visualization contains a critique of the figure.  


source: https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/10/14/best-american-infographics-2014-nate-silver/ In this visualization each poppy started at the year of the war stared and bosom at the end of the war. Size of the poppy sows the number of life lost due to the war. I like that this… Continue Reading →

Types of Emails

source: https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/10/14/best-american-infographics-2014-nate-silver/ I like this visualization as each email has been represented by one dot. I have used similar approach to represent individual in my data set.

Saharan dust tracking

source: https://youtu.be/ygulQJoIe2Y I like this presentation as it provides detail information from collecting data to visualizing the result. The video is short and easy to understand the travel of Saharan dust.

Evolution of life

  source: https://www.fastcodesign.com/3043479/worlds-largest-tree-of-life-visualizes-50000-species-across-time This visualization contains information related to billion years life evaluation. The spiral shape used in the visualization is helpful to show information in confined space. If the data were lined, it is necessary a wider canvas display the… Continue Reading →

Tallest Statues

source: https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/30891947425597906/ I like this visualization as it is easy to see the location where we can find the tallest statues. Also, this visualization shows sketches of the real statutes. It is helpful to identify the types tallest statues.

Political figures on the internet

source: http://www.visualnews.com/2017/06/12/analyzed-every-meme-internet/ Selecting image for this type of visualization is appropriate only if that picture is the widely circulated image on the internet. I do not like this visualization as the image did not improve the visualization.

Student debt

source: http://www.visualnews.com/2017/06/22/graduate-degree-gets-debt-fastest/ This graph averages the debt level for graduates. Also, I do not think absolute value of the debt level does not show in this graph. Thus, this graph does not show the yield for the investment of degrees.

Observed vs Projection

source: https://ourworldindata.org/extreme-poverty/ The observed data and estimated has been visualized in single graph. I like that the range has been shown for predicted data. When deviate from the observed value, range has been increased. It indicates that the accuracy is low… Continue Reading →

Change of poverty

source: https://ourworldindata.org/extreme-poverty/ This graph shows the direction of the GDP change over time. However, increasing GDP per capita is a positive outcome while decreasing is negative outcome. I would try to highlight that using the width of the line etc. as… Continue Reading →

Correlation and partial correlation

source: http://diabetes.diabetesjournals.org/content/65/7/2039 This visualization shows the correlation, direction, and positive and negative relationship. However, when there are multiple links, it is difficult to identify the relationship. Dash line and solid line is difficult to distinguish too.

HIV-1 subtype B spread

source: https://www.nature.com/articles/nature19827   The overview map shows the origin. If overview map was not used, it is not possible to show other information in detail on US map. Also, arrows has been used to show few places and different type of… Continue Reading →

Image for legend

source: https://ourworldindata.org/extreme-poverty/ I like this graph as they have used symbol to show different groups. Y axis has five lines to divide the area to five. Aligning the key in each row provides good look the visualization.

Volcano plot

source: http://diabetes.diabetesjournals.org/content/65/7/2039 It is common practice to change the scale of the data by converting log or other mathematical combination in order to visualize the relationship. In this graph has been named as volcano plot in the publication. I wonder whether… Continue Reading →

Australopith fossils

source: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Australopithecus I like this visualization as it includes multiple information in a chart. The heading includes the counties. Second row indicates the exact location of the and rest of the rows show time. Including image and labeling gives clear idea… Continue Reading →

clinic locations

source:http://bigdata.duke.edu/projects/rti-duke-data-practicum Satellite images are mostly used for classification analyses. However, in this analysis, they have used images to improve the visualization.

Rat Growth

source: http://bigdata.duke.edu/projects/nutrition-dependent-growth-laboratory-rat Using images to display the rat growth over time is more effective. I think it is easy to visualize the information in picture than other visualization.

floor plans

source: http://www.roomsketcher.com/floor-plans/ Information visualization of the floor plans have been developed considerably. I think the visualization of the first picture provides clear idea about the final project. Also, the visualization of 3D models helpful to reduce the miscommunication (between building developers… Continue Reading →

State of The Union address

source: http://twitter.github.io/interactive/sotu2014/#p1 I like that this visualization is an interactive visualization as well as different types of visualizations combined to show the important information.

Data aggregation

source: http://vudlab.com/simpsons/ I like this visualization as the concept used for this visualization is similar to the one I am thinking to use for my data visualization. This graph shows the importance of weighting when we create aggregate numbers.

Music Timeline

source: https://research.google.com/bigpicture/music/ This is a visualization from the Google. The visualization has been produced as an interactive graph. I like that this clearly shows the popularity level for each time period.

Carbon emissions

source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2014/dec/01/carbon-emissions-past-present-and-future-interactive This is a short video related to carbon emission. Using simple graph and ranking, this visualization manages to convey the main message.


source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/sports/wizards-shooting-stars/ This visualization is one of many interesting data visualization available in the website related to basketball. I like that this visualization shows detail information. If use number, words and other statistical methods to explain this information, it may not… Continue Reading →

New York City

source: http://cargocollective.com/jrschmidt/Lego-New-York I like that this visualization used the Legos upside down. It provides unique look to the visualization.

Bayes’ Theorem with Lego

source: https://www.countbayesie.com/blog/2015/2/18/bayes-theorem-with-lego   I do not think this visualization helps to understand the Bay’s theorem. There may be other methods such as drawing can be used for the visualization. However, Legos can draw the attention from some of the audience.

Lego color scheme

source: https://flowingdata.com/2017/09/19/lego-color-scheme-classifications/ I like this visualization as Legos have been used to visualized to something related to legos. It is very rare that we will be able to use same material to visualize the information related to that.

GM Lego visualization

source:http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2012/Mar/0326_lego.html It seems like using Lego blog is good data visualization technique in automobile and health care. Especially data visualization is used to communicate with general audience, less technical visualization is a powerful method.  

World map

source: https://flowingdata.com/2017/09/27/lego-world-map/ Even though this Lego map does not visualize any data, I like that the completeness. This is a good example for non-data visualization expert using technique to display some information.

youngest leader in the EU

source: https://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2017/10/daily-chart-9 This is a very simple visualization. However, I like that they have used the date of birth rather than the age for this visualization. It clearly shows the wide range of data distribution.

World most photograph buildings

source : https://architizer.com/blog/most-photographed-locations/ This map has similar distribution to the other characteristics such as population density or income.Specially location is a tourist destination, it is more likely to photograph and share online.

source: http://www.sugarstacks.com/beverages.htm?utm_source=DesignTAXI&utm_medium=DesignTAXI&utm_term=DesignTAXI&utm_content=DesignTAXI&utm_campaign=DesignTAXI I think most of the food does not show the what it contain. Even though there is a text description on contains, most of the people ignore that or does not read it. I think this type of visualization… Continue Reading →

US property value

source: https://www.citylab.com/equity/2015/07/mapping-the-us-by-property-value-instead-of-land-area/397841/ This map uses the property value to resize the areas. It shows that areas close to the sea is larger compared to the areas middle of the country. However, I find it is difficult to identify the areas by… Continue Reading →

US: Health Care

source: https://medium.com/@sohanmurthy/visualizing-americas-health-care-deserts-675f4502c4e1 source: http://flowingdata.com/2013/08/27/in-search-of-food-deserts I like these maps draw attention to where the problem is severe. However, the first map does not provide enough information (in text) to understand the graph. If the visualization is not self explained, it is important to… Continue Reading →

Life expectancy

source: https://visual.ly/community/infographic/geography/life-expectancy-birth When I first look at the visualization, I was not sure why designer has to used cures for each country rather than straight bars. It is easy to read the distance if it is linear. However, most of the… Continue Reading →

Diseases Spread

source:  https://www.wired.com/2015/04/see-diseases-spread-mesmerizing-graphics/ This map shows the global distribution of H1N1 from its origin (Hanoi). The visual does not use any map but this design helpful to identify the flow.

Different types of wine

source: https://visual.ly/community/infographic/food/different-types-wine I like the color combination for different types of wine. The space has been used nicely. Using a large wine image attracts the attention.  

Agricultural 3D infographics

source: https://www.behance.net/gallery/6659287/Agricultural-infographics-Tutorial I like that this pie chart has pictures to identify the categories. The 3D view is helpful to place the image on the visualization.

Crime data

source: http://flowingdata.com/2010/06/07/san-francisco-crime-mapped-as-elevation/ The crime map used the satellite image to identify the areas. I like this visualization as location and the level of the crime can be easily identified.        

Global blog activity

source: https://world.twingly.com/ I like this visualization provide interactive real time data visualization. Mostly blogging is dominated in north american, Europe and Japan.

Data availability

source: http://www.who.int/health_financing/topics/financial-protection/monitoring-data/en/ This graph is from WHO website. I find it is very difficult to read the information from the graph as figure is small and contains lot of information. Some of the information is not correct as I am aware… Continue Reading →

Birth Convergence

source: http://f2017cpsc683.ucalgaryblogs.ca/wp-admin/post-new.php In this visualization, it is not possible to identify the different counties. However, main point of the authors is to convey that age of first child birth has been increased between 1995 to 2015. So, this simple graph properly… Continue Reading →

Flight radar

source: https://www.flightradar24.com/DAL5882/f276a4e I like this data representation as it is possible quickly understand how much busy each area. Also, by clicking on a flight, it is possible to track the flight. This is a good way of interactive data visualization.

Ring Map

source: https://ij-healthgeographics.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/1476-072X-10-18?site=ij-healthgeographics.biomedcentral.com The combination of the map with other data visualization technique is helpful to show multiple information in single image. I like this visualization as this allows to provide ways of attaching labels, thematic map, and other graphs.

Info graphic: Diabetes

  source: http://f2017cpsc683.ucalgaryblogs.ca/wp-admin/post-new.php I like the color theme use for all different visualization. Using black in the map helpful to focus the attention compared to using dark red.

likelihood of success

  source: https://visual.ly/blog/sports-data-visualization-vs-television/   I like the combination of a image with data visualization. New technology is helpful to collect different types of information. These new information can to be visualized using creative methods.

Most scored areas

source: https://www.analyticsvidhya.com/blog/2015/05/data-visualization-resource/ This figure does not have any number but it clearly shows the areas need to be covered. I like the way colour and 3D view of the boxes as it helpful to easily understand the visualization.

Average time spend

source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/were-working-more-hoursand-watching-more-tv-1435187603 I like this visualization draws the attention as they have human figure. Also, the different part of the body has matched to different activities.

Sport: Cricket

source: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/stats/index.html More and more people use data visualization techniques in sport. Even though, batmen change the wicket when they play, in this visualization uses the single origin. I like that method as it makes it easy to understand.


source:http://www.jdbn.fr/sans-libre%C2%AD-arbitre-pas-dastrologie-qui-tienne-par-sophie-keller-astrologue-conseil/ I think horoscope is a way of data visualization in old days. People were groups into different categories based on the birth time. The visualization is universally similar for various countries.

Route Map (UPS)

  Finding the best root is complex as there are multiple options are available. I like the way they used red to indicates the route as it draws attention to the path. However, the direction is not mentioned. source: https://www.facebook.com/esrigis/photos/a.433181450280.217127.211211155280/10155595669630281/?type=3&theater

Elements of a prize-winning novel

This graph can be considered as qualitative data visualization. Common categories are clearly visualized in the graph. Book covers have been used to visualize the books.

Distribution of oldest trees

In this graph, spatial distribution and time properly visualized. The green background is appropriate as this visualization is on trees.     source: https://ubersuper.com/the-earths-oldest-trees/

3D visualization options

  This poster shows 3D infographic elements. I like that they have use the paper as surface and all the elements follow the base layer. source:https://graphicriver.net/item/infographics-design-elements/4676313?ref=pinterest&clickthrough_id=1093900214&redirect_back=true

List of visualization options

I like this graph summarized different types of data visualization.   source: http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2015/9/1/how-to-think-visually.html

Health: Equality vs Equity

The difference between equality vs equity has been clearly visualize in these graphics. Both of the graphics are based on the same concept. These figures clearly indicates that equity is important than equality.     source: https://healthequity.globalpolicysolutions.org/about-health-equity/   source: http://www.montana.edu/cairhe/news-events/article.html?id=16448

Health: risk factors

WHO health research risk factors are visualize depending on the important. The factors mentioned in center closely related with health outcomes compared to the distance factors. Even though, this graph does not have any data, the figure nicely visualize the… Continue Reading →

Birth month and disease incidence

  seasonal differences in diseases is nicely visualize in this graph. I like that they have used the sun to indicate different seasons.   source: http://newsroom.cumc.columbia.edu/blog/2015/06/08/data-scientists-find-connections-between-birth-month-and-health/


  This graph contain links as well as different types of bar graphs. I like that zooming out would provide more information. source: http://circos.ca/intro/genomic_data/

Map layers

It is difficult to create a map to represent real world in a digital map. Different layers is helpful to clearly visualize selected properties.    

C-train map

This map does not include scale or accurate direction. However, it is easy to understand for general public.

Corruption and development

It is difficult use label to identify all the countries in the graph. They have selected useful countries related to the study/purpose. source:

Scatter graph for migration

Labels has been successfully used to identify each data point.  If color or symbols were to used, it is difficult to identify each metropolitan areas.

Comparing Internal Migration

Statistics Canada has been used new data visualization technique to map internal migration flows in Canada. Some of the color selection, such as green is difficult to distinguish. Even though, graphs as produced for two age categories, it is difficult… Continue Reading →

Epidemiologic Transition

Simple data visualization technique can be used to confirm new theories. The following data visualization has been successfully used to put forward the epidemiologic transition theory. As this figure has been published in 1971, the author had to used black… Continue Reading →

Chocolate Vs Nobel Prize

Correlation does not confirm the causality.  Data analysis techniques and visualizations generate a misleading conclusion. The visualization technique or data quality does not improve the accuracy of finding. The following figures shows the high correlation between chocolate consumption and Nobel… Continue Reading →

Satellite Image Classification

Color selection for satellite image classification follows familiar colours to human eyes such was water in blue and vegetation in green. The accuracy assessment is very important for satellite image classifications. These data visualization does not indicate the accuracy. On… Continue Reading →

Mapping the 1854 London Cholera Outbreak

The simple visualization provided a very useful information to identify the sources of Cholera.  This is a good example how data visualization is helpful to prevent a major disease outbreak such as Cholera. source:https://www1.udel.edu/johnmack/frec682/cholera/

Internationl Trade (3D)

  Flow of international trades for all the counties are displayed in this interactive map. This is helpful to identify the complexity of the flows of goods but ecommerce and actual goods exchange need to be identified as digital products… Continue Reading →

Colour selection

This online tool provide facilitate colour selection in particular for maps. Also, the main advantage is that it is capable to suggest appropriate colours selection for colour blind people http://colorbrewer2.org/#type=qualitative&scheme=Dark2&n=3  

Visual journal (5 visualizations)

1) This visualization shows lots of information clearly but cannot find the total imported values. 2) Multiple counties have internal conflicts at the same time and it causes to creates a large number of refugees. This graph shows counties and… Continue Reading →

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