Category Design

Grand Designs

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 […]

Daily Mail pie chart fail, a crime against data visualisation

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 […]

Week 5 & 6 – A topic of our own

For the final week of the MOOC, we have been given the task of producing an infographic of our own – this means choosing a topic, gathering the information and presenting an idea to show the information in graphic form. As my previous sketches have been for interactive infographics, I wanted to give a static […]

Week 4: Interactive graphic based on US unemployment stats

Our goal this week was to think about what kind of interactive graphic we could create based on the data used in the Guardian’s piece about unemployment in the US -> http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2011/sep/08/us-unemployment-obama-jobs-speech-state-map There is a lot of data used behind the scenes of this graphic which is great but is also slightly frustrating. For example, […]

Week 3: Sketch an interactive graphic

The goal for this week was to think about how an interactive graphic based on a particular report by Publish What You Fund, and also published in a Guardian blog, would look. The data in question relates to how transparent major donor organisations are with their own data and so each organisation has been rated using a distinct set of […]

Week 2: A critique of the “Convention Word Counts” visualisation in the NYT

Source material: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/09/06/us/politics/convention-word-counts.html A comparison of how often speakers at the two presidential nominating conventions used different words and phrases, based on an analysis of transcripts from the Federal News Service. Although I very much like the look of this graphic at first glance I feel it includes too much information and too many layers of abstraction […]

Week 1: Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization course

About a month ago, I signed up to a new MOOC offered by the Knight Center for Journalism. The course is run by Alberto Cairo and is exactly the sort of course I’ve been after for a while. As an aside, Higher Education institutions in the US seem to be way ahead of the game […]