I attended the Visualized.io conference in November and amongst many brilliant talks was one by @JazzPazz about lifelogging where I first heard the phrase “Data or it didn’t happen”. Much like the phrase I’ve heard many times before, “Photo or it didn’t happen…”, we are now moving towards an age where we have to prove we have seen something, […]


While @elpollouk has been in San Francisco for GDC, I’ve been having *issues* with our letting agents thinking they can have 24/7 access to the flat without letting me know in advance – not only is it against the law, it’s bloody freaky coming home to find things moved around when you’re on your own. So, […]

Map I wanted!

   I’ve been looking to do this sort of visualisation with map data for a while; to show links between countries and to have the chunkiness of the lines correspond to particular amounts. I am still very, very new to Tableau but thought their tutorials may be a great place to start. The Advanced Mapping Techniques tutorial had […]

I’ve had a bit of a rubbish start to the year – bad news and sad news abound and being incredibly busy at work has left me a little drained. But it’s times like this when the mind really helps you to focus on the important things in life and makes you realise that there’s […]


There has been much chatter this week about GCSE results, which not only serves as a means by which to make me feel old (16 years ago people, 16 YEARS!) but it has also been a fabulous opportunity to dive in to the data. News outlets predictably report on the performance gap between girls & […]

Daily Mail Pie Fail. 
Source: Daily Mail.

I have a love/hate relationship with pie charts – when they are used well, they are a brilliant way of showing proportions (x is bigger than y, which is bigger than z) and seeing where a particular slice fits in as part of the whole (mmm pie). I’m certainly not the first person to wax […]

So I have a list of UK postcodes and I want to find out the latitude and longitude of that postcode to plot it on to a map. There are numerous ways to do this, including: 1. Visiting Google Maps 2. Entering the postcode in to the search box 3. Right-clicking on the little point on […]


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