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 […]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 […]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 […]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"
While I have professed my love for this humble Swedish former professor before, this video is a great demonstration of the kind of no nonsense, mind‐blowing, world‐perspective‐transforming things he makes statistics do. Still think we live in a world which can be split neatly into two — the developing and developed world? Prepare to have your world‐view shaken. […]Read more "I 3 Hans Rosling"
This is the second in a series of posts about the projects I“ve been doing as part of my Masters in Information Design at the University of Reading. Book design was the second project we had and perhaps the one I most dreaded. Only one term in and feeling my lack of design experience very keenly, the thought […]Read more "Book design: making food good"
While I find myself increasingly sceptical about the worth of infographics, and indeed increasingly frustrated that they’re not treated with the due care and attention they need to be to actually tell their story, they sure can be pretty on occasion. (Okay, I’m a sucker for pretty). Have a look at the shortlist for the Information is Beautiful […]Read more "Noted: visualization awards shortlist"