Archive for the ‘Design’ category

Live Coding example with D3 and Mike Bostock’s chord diagram from

March 17th, 2012

Bret Victor is a genius. His recent CUSEC 2012 talk, Inventing on Principle, is one of the best talks I’ve ever seen. If you watch only one talk this year, make sure it’s this one.

I was blown away by his ‘live coding’ idea, but couldn’t find any actual live examples, so I put together a quick demo using d3 and Ace. I 100% totally based it on Bret’s idea – down to the clever book styling. Imitation is the sincerest… etc etc.

The default code is Mike Bostock’s beautiful chord diagram, tweaked to fit the Twilight theme. And remember, click the pulsing red numbers and hold down the alt key!


Venn of Greek Rhetoric |

March 16th, 2012

Venn of Greek Rhetoric |

Venn of Greek Rhetoric |

Fast Thinking and Slow Thinking Visualisation | Spatial Analysis

March 11th, 2012

I have seen bad examples of both slow thinking and fast thinking maps but there is undoubtedly more rubbish in the latter category. I blame the rise of infographics in addition to the increasing ease with which data can be mapped (I note, this latter point has also facilitated many great maps). It’s not all bad though, much like tabloid newspaper headlines I think clever fast thinking visualisations have required a lot of slow thinking by their creators and are good for portraying simple but important messages.

via Fast Thinking and Slow Thinking Visualisation | Spatial Analysis.