August 26, 2013
Some small news: Shan Carter and I will be teaching a class about data visualization this fall at UC-Berkeley. 
The photo above is from Shan’s syllabus page, which should answer any questions you might have about what kind of teacher he’s going to be.

Some small news: Shan Carter and I will be teaching a class about data visualization this fall at UC-Berkeley. 

The photo above is from Shan’s syllabus page, which should answer any questions you might have about what kind of teacher he’s going to be.

August 22, 2013
Graham’s online class

My colleague Graham Roberts is teaching a SkillShare class about animated motion graphics. It’s only $20. If you’re interested in this sort of thing, it’s probably worth not drinking those three beers and spending the money on Graham instead.  (I get nothing by posting this except his eternal gratitude, which means maybe next time we do a narrated video I’ll win the fight and he’ll cut all the background music.) 

These kind of storytelling skills are pretty hard to come by. If you have them, your portfolio looks like Graham’s. If you don’t, you could be stuck making broken 2D Sankey diagrams like this one for the rest of your career:

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July 22, 2013
Winning

From a chat transcript with Amanda Cox this morning (with permission). image

The spirit-lifting content she is describing is the print version of this interactive article, for lack of a better word, about income mobility, mostly developed by Amanda and Shan Carter. Subway man’s fingers were tracing this chart: image

It’s always hard watching print readers, most of whom are ruthless scanners, come across something you made; I’m glad it appears to have worked out. It goes without saying that “winning” Amanda is preferable to “spirits fell” Amanda by all parties everywhere.

July 15, 2013

July 15, 2013

July 13, 2013
Just happened

100% no lie

Was just at a sandwich place outside work, chatting with a co-worker about an upcoming map project. Co-corker leaves. A guy in the sandwich place walks up to me, asks me if I make maps. I tell him yes, sort of, sometimes. He says he loves maps. I say, cool, me too. Then he says, You know what would be really cool is, a map of quiet places in New York. I say are you messing with me? He says no. I say, are you joking? He says no. I then tell him that in the last day or two the Times published THIS EXACT MAP. I then watched his mind get blown in slow motion.

The map in question is “Finding the Quiet City,” a nice collection of video snapshots and reader suggestions by Catherine Spangler, Josh Williams, Emily Rueb and Jeremy White.

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I had a journalism professor once say he knew he had written a good article when he overheard people talking about it in the supermarket. This seems sort of like that. 

July 11, 2013

July 10, 2013
Mike B. told me today that “charts n things needs more gifs.” As it happens I messed up some Hexbins just this afternoon.
 

Mike B. told me today that “charts n things needs more gifs.” As it happens I messed up some Hexbins just this afternoon.

 

July 9, 2013

June 29, 2013
Backwards gsub.

Backwards gsub.

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