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Alberto Cairo
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Simulating the lives of hunter-gatherers with animation and visualization (and good humor)
Simulpast is a large interdisciplinary project organized by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BCS) intended to model past human behavior. Its latest effort is Simulados , a simulation of the lives of prehistoric hunter-gatherers in the region of modern G...
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Hiram Henriquez's "The Importance of Explanatory Infographics in Journalism"
This year I'm busy with my PhD dissertation, so expect some posts about sources (books, articles, papers) that I'm planning to quote. The first one is Hiram Henríquez's “The Importance of Explanatory Infographics in Journalism” (d ownload it as a PDF .) Hir...
This year I'm busy with my PhD dissertation, so expect some posts about sources (books, articles, papers) that I'm planning to quote. The first one is Hiram Henríquez's “The Importance of Explanatory Infographics in Journalis...
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The Financial Times launches "The Chart Doctor", a column about visualization and infographics
The Financial Time s, known for its elegant charts and infographics , has just launched a new section called “The Chart Doctor” .  Its  first article discusses the widespread and wrongheaded idea that any visualization should be understood in just five seco...
The Financial Time</i>s, known for its elegant charts and infographics, has just launched a new section called “The Chart Doctor”. Its first article discusses the widespread and wrongheaded idea that any visualization should...
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We have an hymn: Graphin' the lines, and scatter the plots, pivot tables hallelujah!
A bit of fun for the weekend:  this amazing song , which should soon become the hymn of data journalism, data visualization, and news infographics. It's catchy as hell: h/t Sisi Wei and Lynn Cherny
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Visualization's expanding vocabulary
This morning I received a long e-mail by professor Nick Cox , from the University of Durham. He sent me many detailed and thoughtful comments on The Truthful Art , and my reply was that if we had met before, I'd have asked him to be a technical reviewer, al...
This morning I received a long e-mail by professor Nick Cox, from the University of Durham. He sent me many detailed and thoughtful comments on The Truthful Art, and my reply was that if we had met before, I'd have asked him ...
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The Guardian puts flow charts on a map
Alluvial diagrams ,  Sankey diagrams , and similar graphic forms can be nice alternatives to mere  stacked area charts , which represent just parts of a whole, but not ranking. The Guardian has just published an interesting experiment , in a small multiple ...
Alluvial diagrams, Sankey diagrams, and similar graphic forms can be nice alternatives to mere stacked area charts, which represent just parts of a whole, but not ranking. The Guardian has just published an interesting experi...
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Stacked bar graphs and small multiples
Stacked bar graphs are tricky, particularly when you design more than one and you arrange them in a sequence: Only the bottom and upper portions are comparable to each other, as they sit on common baselines. However, there are cases when this graphic form i...
Stacked bar graphs are tricky, particularly when you design more than one and you arrange them in a sequence: Only the bottom and upper portions are comparable to each other, as they sit on common baselines. However, there ar...
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Playful visualization
A visualization that shows data and reveals some patterns or trends can be good; a visualization that lets you interact with the data may be better; but a visualization that transforms the interaction into a playful, game-like experience usually has a great...
A visualization that shows data and reveals some patterns or trends can be good; a visualization that lets you interact with the data may be better; but a visualization that transforms the interaction into a playful, game-lik...
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Magnificent print visualizations
Yeah, I know that mobile-first is the way to go nowadays (I'm planning to make my classes mobile-first starting next semester, after all,) but I believe that, by avoiding print publications, too many people are unaware of how impressive large static graphic...
Yeah, I know that mobile-first is the way to go nowadays (I'm planning to make my classes mobile-first starting next semester, after all,) but I believe that, by avoiding print publications, too many people are unaware of how...
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"Our reader" won't understand something as complicated as that!
The other day I received a gift from Luís Melgar , one of our infographics/data visualization Masters students at the University of Miami  ( here's our other program ) . Luís has just graduated, and you should expect a post about his final project soon, as ...
The other day I received a gift from Luís Melgar, one of our infographics/data visualization Masters students at the University of Miami (here's our other program). Luís has just graduated, and you should expect a post about ...
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Beeswarm plots to show frequency distribution
The Truthful Art has a couple of chapters discussing the virtues and shortcomings of different frequency charts, such as the histogram , the box plot , and even the strip plot . Gerardo Furtado has just reminded me of another one, the beeswarm plot * , whic...
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OneZoom: The tree of life in a massive interactive visualization
OneZoom is a recently launched a large-scale node visualization of the tree of life based on these previous efforts . I saw it announced in Jerry Coyne's  blog about evolution and I immediately began playing with it. Even if the project is still incomplete,...
OneZoom is a recently launched a large-scale node visualization of the tree of life based on these previous efforts. I saw it announced in Jerry Coyne's blog about evolution and I immediately began playing with it. Even if th...
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Infographics director. Information graphics and visualization teacher/consultant: www.elartefuncional.com www.visualopolis.com www.albertocairo.com
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Information graphics and visualization teacher and director. www.elartefuncional.com , www.visualopolis.com , www.albertocairo.com Interested in visual presentation, cognitive psychology, and science in general
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