Good/Bad Data Visualizations

Effective data viz example:

Hindsight Is Always 20/20

Hindsight is always 20/20

This is a big data piece titled “Hindsight Is Always 20/20,” commissioned for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, by one of our professors Luke DuBois. He culled the State of the Union addresses of every president for their most frequent words. Then, playing with the idea of testing the presidents’ visions, he presented the top 66 words used by each one in descending order of frequency on eye charts.

Each eye chart represents one US president with the most frequent word in the biggest type at the top. George W. Bush: Terror. Richard Nixon: Truly.

The visual aesthetic of the charts is super clean and the information provided is intuitive enough, and the scales of the words in each line are consistent. It also provides relevant information at the corner of each chart to show the president’s serving year. There is interactivity where people can switch to other charts at the bottom of a line of thumbnails which are aligned chronologically.

Effective data visualizations enable the user to discover unexpected patterns and invite a different perspective of the data. This visualization combines the visual form and information with metaphor and hence tells an interesting story through data. The phrase ‘Hindsight Is Always 20/20’ is used to describe the fact that it is easy for one to be knowledgeable about an event after it has happened.

Ineffective data viz example:

The bitcoin wealth distribution

The graph represents the entire bitcoin market, which has a value of around $60 billion.  As described on its website, ‘then divided the value of the bitcoin market by address’. As you can see, over 95% of all bitcoins in circulation is owned by about 4% of the market. In fact, 1% of the addresses control half the entire market.

Why slicing a pie chart using Voronoi? Shattered polygons make it harder to read than the usual pie chart.

Color: What is the point of using blue vs pink and differences in transparency if they are not intuitive enough?

Two variables in a single pie chart: addresses vs BTC, both represented with figures.


Point of Interest Fan Fiction (Root x Shaw)

Note: Sameen Shaw POV

A stone ruined our climbing plan.

I didn’t agree with Root when she first came up with the hiking and climbing plan to some deep forests. One thing is Montana’s so-called ‘park’ is nothing like the park in New York, where I don’t want to go halfway being chased by a bear or wolves. The second is that Root is still in rehabilitation, and her condition is not suitable for hiking. Third, food… How can the picnic at the lakeside be compared with sitting in a fine steakhouse?

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Ideas for BAM Teknopolis

  • Left or Right?

#Projection #interactive #machineLearning #kinect/Max #2Dspace

Inspired by the quote on the wall of the staircase at Tisch Building: All human beings move, closer to machines. The appearance of human figures gets shifted or changed based on their relative location to the camera. One example of the visual representation is written below:

if (stay in the middle){
    show exactly what they look like; 
else if (move to the right){
    gradually turns to a cyborg;
else if (move to the left){
    gradually turns to a hmmmm monkey;
  • Never move forward

#VR #CAVE #immersive #3Dspace

Create an immersive space (either in a cave automatic virtual environment or wearing VR headsets) where people can only move backward.


Fan Group Observation

A fan tweeting about the signing event

So the both of us went to attend a book signing for a YA author named Ryan Graudin, held at an indie bookstore called Books of Wonder. Jade has no previous knowledge about this author, while Shannelle’s very familiar with the fandom, but she wasn’t expecting it to be so small. There were about 20 people attending. She was following a Twitter called YA Book Events NYC, who had been live-tweeting the event as well sharing updates like how the event was starting a little later than advertised, or pieces from the talk. From the angle of the photos, we guessed that she was one of the two people sitting at the front in the second column of seats, which didn’t really matter, as they were friends.

Shannelle found out about this as she was lining behind a relatively well-known book blogger, known as Alexa, and the two people we were guessing to be the YA Events tweeter went up to her, along with someone else, and started chatting about books. Shannelle managed to hear Alexa complimenting someone else about her readings speed, and she even saw one of them hand over an advanced reader’s copy (ARC-cheap editions of a book sent to media for review purposes ahead of the publishing date) of Batman: Nightwalker over to Alexa. Since the author’s Marie Lu, it’s definitely an ARC that’s very, very in-demand.

Fans waiting in line for signing
Taking selfie with the author

So arguably, these are the big-name fans, and we’re guessing they’re in the middle-aged demographic. We didn’t really spot someone who looked like a teen (what does a teen even look like?), although there was a middle-aged man, and including us, we were definitely the smaller players. Again, since it was small, there wasn’t really a chance for people to assert their hierarchy, like people waiting in line before Hillary Clinton’s signing event at Barnes and Noble in Union Square. From Shannelle’s previous years being in the online fandom, she argues that those are far better group cohesion activities, especially with how people show off the ARCs they receive from publishers, and offline activities like signings can be a way to show off hierarchy–I was at this event and you weren’t!–if the author is big enough.