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✚ Technical Know-How is Part One (The Process #70)

There's a technical component of visualization that leans towards code, data formatting, and clicking the right buttons in the right order. Then there's everything else that makes okay charts into something much better. Read More

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How data changes the design process at every stage

On Multiple Views, the Interactions Lab talks about their experience as a design studio and how quickly implementations can change when you introduce real data into the system: It’s easy to assume that the tools and approaches used for general software design apply equally to data visualization design. But data visualization design and interface design are often deeply and fundamentally distinct from one another. We learned this the hard way...

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5 Tips for Learning to Code for Visualization

Here are some tips to get you started, based on my own experiences with R, and more recently, the JavaScript library d3.js. Read More

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Treating visualization as a process

Many people think of visualization as a plug-in tool that spits out something to look at. Microsoft Excel comes to mind. Some think of visualization as just that final chart to put on a presentation slide. However, there’s always a backstory about how it was made, who made it, why it was made, and most importantly, how the data came about. This is often more important than the finished product....

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How We Created Color Scales

Introduction This article is about creating refined color scales for charts and visualizations. You will get insights from, and a deeper view into, our working process at Interactive Things. 
For us, a diverse and balanced palette is one of the key components to efficiently communicate information trough color. A list of the used tools can be found at the end of this article. The Briefing The general goal of the project at hand was...

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Visualizing Substratum

As part of my internship at Interactive Things, I was offered the opportunity to work on a purely self-directed project. I decided to create a visualization based on the interview collection of Substratum. I was involved in the redesign of the website itself and the idea for a more quantitative or lexical access to the content was part of my initial concept exploration. You can read more about the design process...

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Interactively Explore the YOLO Flip

In preparation of the Winter Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi, we helped the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung publish a long-form article about Iouri Podladtchikov, a professional snowboarder and – since yesterday – freshly baked Olympic gold medalist. To help readers better understand the sport and its terminology, we created a series of illustrations and an interactive animation in collaboration with scientific illustrator Roland Ryser, who brought a unique visual style...

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How We Visualized Meteorite Impacts

Research and Analysis The data set was provided by The Meteoritical Society, an organization that has been documenting meteorites since 1933. The data set we received contained the name of each meteorite, the weight, the year when it fell or was found as well as its coordinates. I noticed early that the amount of registered meteorites was very few before 1974. The reason for the increase was that during this...

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