Noted: The Science of Our Optimism Bias

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 […]

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Noted: Beautiful Data Visualizations from the 19th Century

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 […]

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I 3 Hans Rosling

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. […]

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Book design: making food good

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 […]

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Noted: visualization awards shortlist

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 […]

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