I was commissioned (see what I did there?!) to do two infographics for the launch of the ‘new’ NHS, one on NHS Commissioning and one on how the NHS is monitored or safeguarded. While I’m not sure whether they were used, and regardless of my political feelings on the matter, understanding the changes is going to […]Read more "NHS England"
Over the year I’ve been to three so-called ‘hack days’, one of which me and my team accidentally won (Hack the Government). The last of which my team just as accidentally lost didn’t win (Girl Geek Hack Day). The one in between however was the most intriguing, perhaps because it wasn’t a competition at all. Held in Whitehall […]Read more "Event: Datakind London"
Ever wondered why in newspaper articles about science breakthroughs, and particularly in medical stories, scientists seem to be so… well.… cagey about their results? All those ‘may’s and ‘if’s! Can’t they even tell us what’s true and what’s not? We’re used to the idea that most of the time, truth is black and white. But when […]Read more "Tell me the (relative) truth"
Reading over this article The Science of Our Optimism Bias and the Life-Cycle of Happiness from Brain Pickings, I was struck by the often repeated idea that we are ‘hardwired’ for optimism, and that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But as part of my dissertation I was looking at the different ways researchers have tried to affect the way […]Read more "Noted: The Science of Our Optimism Bias"
One of my university projects this year was a ‘personal’ project. I wanted to work on my infographics experience, and put a call out on Twitter for charities that might be willing to have me do dubious things to their data. The lovely Unicef responded, and while this isn’t strictly official so I can’t use their logos, these were […]Read more "Infographic: how poverty affects child mortality"
You know how you can sometimes get lost in Wikipedia? Well, all I really wanted to do was satisfy my curiosity about who on earth the Whigs were, and it really just snowballed from there. I present for your delectation the no doubt Slightly Inaccurate and Inclined Toward Hyperbole history of the British Government. Witness the interchangeability of […]Read more "Infographic: the history of the British government"
I wanted to make a note of a conversation I keep having with people. Enough that I’m tempted to record my answer with a dictaphone and just play it at them when asked. It goes something like this: “This new infographics trend is amazing. Such a great way to present information. They’re so engaging and tell great stories.” Me: “Yes, they’re lovely things, […]Read more "Noted: Beautiful Data Visualizations from the 19th Century"
This is quite ridiculous, but more people should see it. Visualisation by cookery! Open Data Cooking: Data Visualization that You Can Eat via information aesthetics — Data Visualization & Information DesignRead more "Noted: Open Data Cooking"