Infographic Designer - Designed a data visualzation inspired by the work of McCandless. This is a storyboard for a flash app that would take data google image search. Plutchik’s wheel of emotions was translated into six languages, English, Spanish, German, Japanese, Russian, and Swahili. Colors have been pulled from the internet to create a list of dominant colors, and color themes for each emotion. Color dominance would be decided by the numeric values of google image search by color filter. Color theme would be determined by creating a kuler swatch from the image results.
The Guardian experiments with a robot-generated newspaper with The Long Good Read. Guardian developer Dan Catt made a script running on Google App Engine that calls the Guardian’s API for each new item it sees to find out more about it. It rejects things like Galleries, Podcasts, Videos and such like right away. It also gets rid of the “Live Blogs” at this stage. Then does a word count rejecting anything under 1,000 words. Any article that gets past those filters would get queued and blogged.
The technology was then paired up with semi-automated on-demand printing technology from The Newspaper Club to create layouts ready for print. Tom Taylor, who automated the process was interviewed:
It’s a human-robot workflow that makes putting together a customized newspaper a quick process. The Long Good Read is sent to the printer on Friday and delivered fresh on Monday, Taylor said. “It becomes possible to make a paper in an hour that you can put in a coffee shop and have 500 copies.”
If you’ve always fancied trying your hand at data visualization but never really known where to start, Raw might just be the answer: a free tool designed to create vector-based visualizations from data that’s sat in a humble old spreadsheet.
I like it. Not only a good intro to data visualisation, but also good for data explorations. Going to take time to learn more about Sankey diagrams as well as a result of this.