Archive for month: December, 2008

Gerry McGovern paid us a visit

17 December, 2008 (18:47) | web sites | By: jerome

And he gave us a talk about the internet in general. While I enjoyed the talk in general, there were some ideas which I really liked and some with which I’d adamantly disagree. Here goes. The task-centric internet. That’s the main theory. We went from a tool-centric internet to a content-centric internet. Now the web […]

The state of presentations in 2008

17 December, 2008 (14:41) | presentation | By: jerome

There have been many changes in how people understand presentations in 2008. How far have we gone? In 2008, 2 major books on the topic have been published. Presentation Zen, by Garr Reynolds, and slide:ology, by Nancy Duarte. People are accepting that a well-executed presentation can change the world. An Inconvenient Truth got nothing less […]

Go deep rather than go wide

16 December, 2008 (11:45) | presentation | By: jerome

Yesterday, I attended a Presentation Zen webinar. One phrase that struck me was this advice to go deep rather than go wide. In a presentation, there is only so much time to present information, before everyone’s attention collapses. Rather than try to cover as much ground as possible, it’s much more efficient to focus on […]

Re: flowing data contest, code for my entry

15 December, 2008 (17:08) | charts, data visualization | By: jerome

Here is the processing applet with source code for my entry. The code is based on a charter program I’ve been working on and off for a while, which I’ll publish once it’s more polished. Select the applet then press a key to alternate between the 2 representations. The text file is the data, and […]

Is data visualization needed?

10 December, 2008 (23:48) | data visualization | By: jerome

Today, Flowing Data has a post on the jobs in data visualization and gives a list, im my opinion quite restrictive, of the industries that need data visualization specialists – media, research, design. The truth is, any activity that produce data, which is every activity on  earth, needs a better way to represent and communicate […]

Junk charts

5 December, 2008 (10:00) | charts, web sites | By: jerome

I’d like to write a few words about blogs I read regularly and to start this series, I am happy to talk about Junk Charts.  Junk Charts is the one-man crusade of Kaiser Fung against ineffective charts, who has been working on the blog since 2005. Kaiser is a convinced follower of Tufte, whom he owes […]

Flowing Data’s chart contest

3 December, 2008 (19:03) | charts, data visualization | By: jerome

This week, FlowingData has organized the contest. A chart was submitted, and contestants were asked to improve it.  A lot of my job revolves around reviewing and correcting graphs, so I was more than happy to compete.  Here is the original graph, hosted & designed by Swivel: The rules of the contest stated that the new […]