CPSC 683 - InfoVis

exploring information visualization


Visual Journal

divergence and convergence


Interesting! I would have expected these to get progressively darker with difficulty, but it seems like there are quite a lot of dark squares in the medium difficulty. Taken from r/dataisbeautiful

Crop to Cup

Coffee! As someone who loves coffee more than life, I know very little about it. So I found this very informative! The author spent some time growing coffee and taking notes. It’s shocking how much of it becomes waste! Taken… Continue Reading →

carbon footprints

interesting interactive vis on carbon footprints, reminded me of the subject meika is working on.

a little colour for your day

bob rossing it out – adding a little colour into your life.  for me, visually appealing, without interaction to isolate trends or specific points it may be a bit difficult to discern especially in areas of significant overlap.

parallel or not

thought it was an interesting looking visualization, would people consider this a spin on parallel coords ?

eat your heart out sankey


reminded me of sasha’s take on a time lapse

here comes the sun

while it may be visually appealing i find this visualization slightly difficult to interpret.  not a major fan.

a spin on tradition

layout maps and graphs

updated strava heatmap

Strava just updated their global heatmap, visualizing all GPS tracks uploaded to the service. I turned off all roads and map labels, but it’s still pretty easy to make out the Calgary area… https://labs.strava.com/heatmap/#9.23/-114.91460/50.60659/hot/all

radial detail explosion

This is from a project page from a Spanish architecture firm. Looks interesting, but the radial layout and zoom/exploding details caught my eye. http://pyoarquitectos.com/by-the-way/reconstruccion-de-vehiculos-de-la-mirada/2/

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 →

Olympic Bias

According to this, Norway is great at Winter Olympics! I’m curious about the categories they’re including though; I suspect it’s really biasing the visualization.


Source My wife always tells me that her friends don’t like me at first because I don’t talk enough. I come across as rude, and egotistical. I think of it like Zimbabwean currency though, or currency in general; the more… Continue Reading →

Theft in the workforce

Source When you think about theft in the workforce, I bet wage theft isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Even further, I’d be willing to bet that employer theft is also not the first thought even if you… Continue Reading →

This is a recent installation using small screens for the Cannes film fest called EmotiCannes as interactive sculpture.

Colour-coded packaging

Usually companies colour code these things. It makes it so easy to know what’s what without having to read the packaging. Why isn’t this brand doing that?! (I think it was Kotex maybe?) Infuriating.

bubbling over time

I’m playing with my data again, trying to dial in how I want to set it up as an interactive visualization. Still really really struggling with that. But – I did come up with a new simple bubble chart, that… Continue Reading →

Consumption of Fries

(https://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/fry_viz2.jpg) Although I found the visualization itself interesting, the y-axis isn’t labeled, making me unable to tell if the person was consuming pounds, grams, or tons of fries. Is this person actually consuming 10 tons of fries in August? Who… Continue Reading →

Brazilian Money

  (https://kicky-wiki.wikispaces.com/file/view/reais.jpg/80472789/reais.jpg) Quite similarly to Canadian Dollars, Brazilian money, or Reais, are quite colorful. Currently the money has suffered an “update” where, apart from solely focussing on color to help distinguish one note from the other, they will also now… Continue Reading →

Shadow Puppets

(https://www.adventure-in-a-box.com/product/three-little-pigs-puppets-set-for-sale/) Shadow puppets are another possible medium for story telling and are used quite a bit with children. Supposedly they are useful in aiding children in developing their creativity and visual memories — but I just tend to find them… Continue Reading →

When Unicorns Throw Up on Websites

(https://www.branded3.com/blog/top-10-worst-websites/) This is one of the most garish websites that I have ever seen. Just the absurd amount of color blends make it practically unreadable – not to mention gives the reader a headache. In terms of vis, the obnoxious… Continue Reading →

I am looking at what others have done in terms of wearable visualizations and came across this one using tape. I also like how the subject changes positions and the clarity of the colour/material/pattern.


I’m apparently thinking in circles lately. This is from a sample of images generated by Circos, which is apparently a DNA analysis thingamawhacky. The layered info, segmentation by type, and connections between segments provide some pretty rich and deep visualization… Continue Reading →

motion illusions and persistence of vision

I used this one as part of a keynote presentation at the Canadian eLearning Conference a few years ago – wound up having about 500 researchers and professionals sitting through a simulated LSD trip together. Highly recommended. Embiggen the image… 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.

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 →

Woods of Net

“Woods of Net” is by artist Toshiko Horiuchi and is a permanent installation at the Hakone Open-Air Museum in Hakone, Japan. Horiuchi knit the net by hand and created a 3D area for kids to go inside and explore. I think it’s a… Continue Reading →

photo map

The macOS Photos app has a really nice map view, using GPS location metadata from photos taken in a region. It’d be awesome to combine that with a timeline slider control… The clustering of photos taken near each other is… Continue Reading →

Data Cuisine Talk

November 17 Throwback to the class where were came up with a data dinner. A very interesting talk on data cuisine, getting into the details of  different data cuisine concepts. VERY COOL  

Vector Changes

Source Maybe I should have done something like this for my state visualization of reddits data. It’s the change in income of jobs between 2002, and 2016. It shows the changes using 2D vectors, which is exactly what I was… Continue Reading →

Radial Shapes?

  Source I don’t associate with soccer in any way, but I came across this visualization showing the 32 teams of the world cup. I’m gonna be honest and say I don’t really understand this visualization. This is my way… Continue Reading →

Password Visualization

Source Its interesting to see there’s even visualizations for how to encode a password. A simple 3×3 grid becomes an 9! + 8! + 7! + 6! + 5! + 4! + 3! + 2 (factorial) unit recorder. It’s possible… Continue Reading →

The Render Time…

Source NASA rendered this in a collab for boeing using the 17th most powerful computer in the world. “The simulation was run on 5,000 Pleiades cores and required over 1 million processor hours.” Some visualizations are so tough, that even… Continue Reading →

Checker Shadow Illusion

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checker_shadow_illusion) This is the illusion I was mentioning in class – the checker shadow illusion is one of the more well known illusions based on shadow. Even though it does not seem like it, the “white” squares beneath the cylinder’s… Continue Reading →

Fading Image Illusion

(http://list25.com/25-incredible-optical-illusions/) Continuing on with optical illusions, this one is based on Troxler’s effect which essentially says that if you fixate your eyes on a certain point, stimuli near that point will gradually fade. Stare at the image for about 30 seconds… Continue Reading →

Crazy optical illusions

(http://cdn2.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/optical.png) Pretty neat  

Timeline Colours

This was in a paper by Jagoda that we read for Lora’s class. While there are a variety of colours, some are fairly similar, and particularly where the bars are short, it’s difficult to read at times.

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 →

Selfie City

http://selfiecity.net/ The Oxford Dictionaries’ 2013 word of the year was “selfie,” and for a good reason: usage of the word in the English language increased by 17,000% from 2012 to 2013 alone. Now that the term and concept are an integral part… Continue Reading →

natural visualization

I saw this in an article on augmented reality and data visualization – almost all AR mockups show incredibly garish and vibrant artificial floating baubles, but this use of natural textures and shapes would fit much better in an AR… Continue Reading →

Floating Star

Serendipitously, after talking about visual illusions in class, I found this article on Twitter. It shows some of the more recent winning optical illusions. This one from 2012 was the coolest to me, but I admit that as I write… Continue Reading →

Project Ukko

November 16 “Project Ukko presents a novel way to spot patterns in seasonal wind prediction data. Understanding future wind conditions can become a crucial component block in supporting clean energy sources and climate change resilience.” – Truth & Beauty Operations


I was originally just looking for visual journal inspiration around my apartment, but the way the photo of this turned out makes me wonder if shadows or reflections could be used to assist information visualization in public places, for example…. Continue Reading →


My great-oma made this for me when I was born. It doesn’t exactly encode any data, but it’s interesting to think how needlepoint could be used for that. Something I might want to explore in the future!


I saw this online and it stuck out to me since it’s sort of related to my project data set. The colours represent the relative number of prisoners per 100,000 population. I’m curious which countries are the lighter ones without… Continue Reading →

The Media Cloud describes today’s media landscape

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 →

Goldilocks Earth Similarity

http://tulpinteractive.com/goldilocks/ Visualization of exoplanets similar to earth. The number is very small which signifies how unique our planet really is.


Source This graph I find to be interesting since the author appears to have intentionally displayed the jobs which would produce an hourglass figure. Reinforced the idea that by manipulating and showing data, you can make it say anything you… Continue Reading →


Source I’ve always been fascinated by blueprints and their ability to convey real world objects in such a structured way. Everything is measured, indexed, and sorted into quick and easily identifiable tokens for pieces that are repeated.

New York Times Front Pages

I found this on Twitter, and I think it’s a super neat visual timeline. I do wish that it included years so I could figure out when pictures became more prevalent and expected on the front page.

meaningless scores

not sure I’ve ever had a perfect score in anything. the numbers. they mean nothing…

EPFL Data Monolith

November 15 “The EPFL Data Monolith presents an immersive data perspective on the complex microcosmos that constitutes university life. It is on display at the Data Square exhibition in the ArtLab building at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)…. 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 →

Walmart Came to Conquer Apparently

(https://uxmag.com/articles/its-about-time) These freeze frame images show the (fast as heck) expansion of walmart in the US over the course of 34 years. Also hot damn Walmart, slow down a bit.

House Hunting All Day, Every Day

(https://uxmag.com/articles/its-about-time) The above is interactive heat map developed by Trulia based on a 3 month snapshot of all the window-shopping done on their website and mobile apps. Its pretty clean and well organized – and is able to show a… Continue Reading →


Be the beat with the VisiR Music Visualizer VisiR is a music visualizer integrated with virtual reality software. The beat detection and spectrum analyzers allow for a large number of ‘permutations and combinations’ for different lights, colors, and shapes. Basically… 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 →

Too Much Booze?

http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/more-than-200-canadians-hospitalized-from-booze-every-day-study-1.3472551 The chart shows the number of people hospitalized every day for alcohol intake. Northwest territory seems to be leading the flock here.

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 →

Carrot seeds as inspiration for viz

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 →

not-stacked-bars to emphasize differences

I saw this on BoingBoing, looking at gender differentiation in US jobs. At first, I thought “hey! that’s not just a stacked bar chart! What an interesting way to present the data!” and then I looked more closely, and realized… Continue Reading →


I fond this image from the announcement gallery of the new Visual Journalism book (https://www.amazon.com/Visual-Journalism-Infographics-Newsrooms-Designers/dp/3899559193). This one appeared with no description, but I can gather from context that it’s from German newspaper Die Zeit and is called Kriegsjahre (“War Years”… Continue Reading →

Sound as Color

November 14 “Sound as Color is an exploration in converting audible frequencies to electromagnetic waves perceptible to human eye relative to that of the audible frequency range of the input sound signal.” – Ronnie Pence

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 →

Middle Eastern Conflict

https://www.vignetteinteractive.com/untangling-middle-east-data-visualization/ I am always fascinated by the complexity of middle eastern conflicts and how different parties are related to each other during the events. This graph visualization is not helping very much. It’s like the graph is saying it’s too… Continue Reading →

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.


This image is by photographer Bernhard Lang, and it’s gorgeous. It’s an aerial view of an Italian beach and I find it incredibly satisfying to look at. I don’t know how staged the colors or the even positioning of those… Continue Reading →

Massive error bars

From an article on the NYTimes, on a recent spike in fossil fuel emissions. CO2 Emissions Were Flat for Three Years. Now They’re Rising Again. https://nyti.ms/2jmn2V0

Film Flowers

  November 13 “top summer blockbusters reimagined as flowers” – Shirley Wu Check out the interactive data visualization here!

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 →

Yoga Sun Salutation

I enjoy practicing yoga, and think this is an excellent representation of how to do the sun salutation (Surya Namaskar) routine. It is effective because it conveys the poses without any extra information and zero words. Source: https://vedicambassador.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/benefits-of-surya-namaskar-sun-salutation-yoga-asanas/

Pop-Flavoured Lip Smackers

As I kid, I really liked collecting lip smackers flavours. This was the chapstick that kids would get in each other’s birthday loot bags. I remember thinking that it was really cool when I first saw the pop flavoured ones…. Continue Reading →

Braille Information Representation

Braille is written communication for blind people. It is represented by embossed material either in paper or plastic (on public signs), etc. It is an information visualization alternative for people who communicate differently. For people who view it visually can… Continue Reading →

Guitar Chords Visual

I enjoy playing music, and the most recent instrument that I am attempting to learn is the guitar, so I am familiar with seeing this kind of thing. This is an effective way of conveying which finger goes on which… Continue Reading →

almost interactive data

I spent the day wrestling with ChartJS, and slowly remembering how to iterate through arrays and build things that do stuff. I’m pretty out of practice. What an eye-opener. I need to build things more often. Anyway. This is almost… Continue Reading →

Let’s get physical! #5

Stacked graph with text to embroidered blanket?

So much data

Didn’t quite understand what the vis was about because it’s another language, however, look at all that data.  Check out the use of so many different scales.  This thing is packed full of goodness.

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