Real-time dynamic data display

Displaying data from observations of dynamic phenomena isn’t easy. Normally, we select sequences in discrete time slices and look for trends implied in the static data. A lot is lost in the paired translations of dynamic-to-static and static-to-trends. This was made clear to me recently while working with the Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Puget […]

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Tracking milestones and burn rate

I am a big fan of simple and elegant dashboard tools. Jim Fowler, Interim VP of Business Development at Carbon Design Group, one of Seattle’s premier full-service product development consultancies, shared the method that they use for reporting actual-to-budget resource burn rates and mapping them to milestone delivery. With this tool, hours and expenses are […]

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Digital distractions

David McCandless at Information is Beautiful collects some interesting visual displays of information. One of my favorites is The Hierarchy of Digital Distractions. I now clearly understand two things: (1) how to get more work done and (2) how perusing LinkedIn updates can result in aching fingers (yes—I’ve felt the laptop lid slam.)

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Buy and hold?

Don’t you love it when mountains of complex data can be reduced to a simple visual tool? Ed Easterling of Crestmont Research did just that when he mapped return rates for investments made and withdrawn during all years between 1920 and 2010. Ed Tufte, a pioneer in the field of data visualization, would love Easterling’s […]

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Where was this when I was in Oaxaca?

This isn’t an ad. It is just very, very interesting. Word Lens, by Quest Visual, is a real-time, visual, 2-way English/Spanish translator. The demo of the App stunning. The future of the technology in other fields is thought-provoking. Adding text-to-voice, voice-to-text, voice-to-voice, handwritten text translators—well, you get the idea. The possibilities are staggering. Now—if my […]

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Structuring visualization methods

I collect visualization tools like the floor under my bed collects dust bunnies. I’d like to think I have a pretty good collection. Of visualization tools. This table was created by Ralph Lengler and Martin Eppler at the Visual-Literacy.org. Along with organizing the methods, the table shows examples of each by hovering over the method […]

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