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Quiet Observer

I’ve always been a quiet person who prefers to observe and slowly think things through. At Eyeo this year, I talked about how these tendencies led to FlowingData. Be sure to check out the other talks. There’s a lot of inspiration and information to absorb. Tags: eyeo, talk

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2018.

While looking through this year’s projects, picking out my favorites, I couldn’t help but reminisce about the times when the internet used to feel so care-free. It was more relaxed. These days, there’s too much going on in the world for the internet to relax. Or rather, more of the world happens online now. This year, I felt like if I was going to spend time working on a project...

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My chat with Data Stories

I talked with Moritz and Enrico on Data Stories, my favorite visualization podcast. They’ve been providing a healthy balance of practice and research since 2012. I don’t dare listen to myself, but based on the show notes we talked about FlowingData over the years, some of the changes in visualization, and answered listener questions. You can listen here. Tags: Data Stories

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Trust The Process

I’m happy to introduce an in-depth, process-focused newsletter for FlowingData members. It’s called The Process. If you’re already a member, you should receive the first issue soon. It’ll be weekly on Thursdays. It’ll be about the how and why of visualization. It’s a benefit in addition to tutorials, courses, etc. Basically, nothing changes, except that you get more now. If you’re not a member yet, I’d love for you to...

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Office Hours

If you’re a FlowingData member, you can now access the new forum where I’ll hold “office hours”. Ask questions, offer suggestions, or get input about visualization and data things. I’ll be popping in twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays. I have no idea how this will go, but I’m interested for two reasons. The first is that there hasn’t been a good place for you to ask questions outside...

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Ten

FlowingData turned a decade last month. June 25 to be exact. Woo woo. I had to buy hosting for some graduate school project in 2007, and it came with a free domain name. Looking for some variation of data flows, I settled on flowingdata.com. I used it as a sandbox for stray HTML pages, and then on some idle day when I didn’t want to write my dissertation, I setup...

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2016.

That was fast. Just when you get used to dating with 2016, 2017 comes along. A big thank you to all of you who make this site possible. I thank my lucky stars that this is what I get to do every day, and I hope I get to do it for years to come. This year I made a conscious effort to learn to visualize data with d3.js. I...

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Innovation by Design Awards

Co.Design picked the winners for their annual Innovation by Design Awards. My series on mortality and causes of death won for the graphic design and data visualization category. Very cool. This year’s entries represented an astonishingly strong survey of innovation around the globe—over 1,700 designs. In the eyes of our esteemed judges, the projects you’ll find below were the best of the best. There were only 15 winners anointed in...

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Another Data Point On the Way

We have another data point on the way, so it might suddenly go silent around these parts soon. There was a sursprising amount of downtime with the first data point, with naps and feeding and such, so I was able to keep going. But I expect my hands to be more full this time, because, well, two data points.

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Visualization Books in the Queue

I don’t read visualization books nearly as much as I wish I did, but there are a handful I keep on the shelf for a rainy day, which until recently was basically never here in California. I updated the books page to show some of my favorites. I also added a few books in my queue that I hope to get to one day. Two are new visualization books that...

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