Beautiful data : visualization links and examples

December 4, 2008

I’ve said in the past that some of the best Creative Directors of tomorrow will be those who also appreciate the usefulness of data and analytics. This may seem to be a contradiction in terms but in a digital world, a creative mind that is able to find meaning in spreadsheets, graphs and data may discover ‘gold’ that can compliment, add to, or even originate new ideas.

Unfortunately creative people are usually visual beasts who thrive on imagery, not numbers. (Ugghh!) It would be nice if we could decode ‘matrix style’ data into meaningful insight that allowed us to see patterns and trends. The good news is that there are tools and people that see data in a different way – I’ve listed some of my favourites below:

Data visualisation examples:
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http://www.number27.org/work/maps/index.html

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http://www.visualcomplexity.com/vc/

Other resources and examples:

http://marumushi.com/
http://infosthetics.com/
http://www.babynamewizard.com/voyager
http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/
http://demo.qlikview.com/
http://www.neoformix.com/Projects/TwitterStreamGraphs/view.php
http://blog.instantcognition.com/
http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2008/06/citysense-reality-mining-iphone.html
http://www.setpixel.com/
http://www.swivel.com/
http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/treemap-history/index.shtml
http://www.issuecrawler.net/

I know there are those who disagree with me on this, and I understand their viewpoint as I am also a huge believer in the expression “Knowledge does not always give you Insight”. Despite the difficulty in adapting to thinking in this new way I have become quite happy spending time in Excel etc and after a few hard years it has become my friend not my enemy.

Iain
(Exec Creative Director, Amnesia Razorfish) – (
twitter/eunmac)


How to turn off WordPress related links

April 28, 2008

An unwelcome new feature “related posts” appeared in WordPress hosted blogs on April 25th 2008  (announcement possibly here). The result is that inside your blog post a list of links (some internal, some external) appear inside your post at the bottom of the page. You have no real control of what is displayed. Some users also noticed links inappropriate material appearing in these related posts (here).

We weren’t too happy about this new feature being delivered out of the blue, but luckily we found a forum (here) full of other WordPress users desperate to turn it off too.

This is how to turn off WordPress related posts:
Go to Dashboard.
Click “Design”
Click “Extras”
Put a Checkmark on “Hide Related Links”
Click Update box below

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We think the feature would be great if the option was to provide links ONLY from YOUR current blog. That way there should be no issues of unwelcome content being linked in.